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James Rickards Reports Gold Still Moving From Banks To Swiss Private Vaults

Late last week I was reading the Daily Reckoning website when I came across a November 28 article by the American lawyer, economist, investment banker, and best-selling author James (Jim) Rickards. The editor of Jim Rickards’ Strategic Intelligence mentioned the following in his discussion about potential triggers for the next financial crisis:

I was in Switzerland not long ago, and I met with one of the big four “secure logistics” firms in the world. These are the people that handle the actual physical metal.

They’re building vaults as fast as they can. They’ve been negotiating with the Swiss Army. Over the years, the army’s hollowed out some of these mountains in the Alps to build these extensive warehouses and storage facilities and tunnels that will withstand nuclear attack.

So these vault contractors have been in negotiation to lease the mountains — these nuclear bomb-proof mountains — from the army. My source told me, “We’re building vault space as fast as we can. But we’re running out of capacity.”

I asked, “Where’s the gold coming from?”

He said, “UBS and Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, and customers are taking it out of the banks and giving it to us.”

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

The above might ring a bell for regular readers of Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes. Back in the spring I blogged about a March interview of Rickards by London-based Tip TV Finance show in which viewers were warned:

Keep away from the paper contracts. Get physical gold. Put it in a safe place. Don’t put it in the bank. I spent a lot of time in Switzerland. I visited… when I go to Switzerland I don’t spend much time with the banks, I spend it with secure logistics operators, vault operators, refineries- the people that actually handle the physical gold. They see gold coming out of Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, UBS, and others, going into Loomis and the private vault operators. That does not change the total supply of gold, but it changes the floating supply. Once you take it out of the banks there’s less available to prop up this paper gold market. The banks will probably be closed, at least temporarily. You won’t be able to get your gold

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“Get physical gold. Put it in a safe place. Don’t put it in the bank.”

So what qualifies as a “safe place” for Rickards?

Late last year, the author of the USA Today and Wall Street Journal business best-seller The New Case for Gold told The Capital Network’s Lelde Smits at Custodian Vaults, a private, non-bank safe deposit facility in Sydney, Australia:

Well you know, Lelde, we’re in a private vault. And I recommend private, non-bank storage. Now this is a vault. It’s very secure. You see we have some gold right here obviously and there is a lot more in these boxes. But this is not a bank. This is private. And that’s what I recommend.

You don’t want to put your gold in the bank because banks are controlled by the government. When you most want your gold, that’s when the banks will be closed. You won’t be able to get it. So, I recommend again, a place like the one we’re in, which is a private, non-bank, secure storage

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)


“Jim Rickards: How to make a fortune before 2018”
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By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: The mention of a particular organization should not be construed as confirmation of services claimed to be provided or any sort of recommendation. A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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Rickards, Jim. “Waiting for the Avalanche.” Daily Reckoning. 28 Nov. 2017. (https://dailyreckoning.com/waiting-for-the-avalanche/). 3 Dec. 2017.

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Sovereign Man Simon Black: ‘Have Some Non-Reportable Assets’

Regular readers of Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes know I’ve brought up Simon Black of Sovereign Man website-fame occasionally. Black is an international investor, entrepreneur, “permanent traveler”, and self-described “free man.” I’ve been following his work for some years now for his insights on offshore asset protection. And yesterday, a post entitled “100 billion reasons to have non-reportable assets” appeared on his blog. Those “100 billion reasons” referred to a low-end estimate of the billions of dollars Black claims the cash-strapped government of Saudi Arabia will seize in their ongoing anti-corruption purge. He surmised:

Saudi Arabia needs cash. Now.

So over the past few weeks they’ve found their source: theft.

Under the guise of a ‘corruption crackdown’, the government of Saudi Arabia has arrested hundreds of its wealthiest, most prominent citizens, and frozen more than 1700 bank accounts.

Black paralleled the Saudi situation with the United States. He added:

This is really no different than Civil Asset Forfeiture in the Land of the Free, the legal framework where countless federal, state, and local agencies have the authority to seize and freeze every asset you own without even so much as charging you with a crime.

(They can even take your kids away!)

I think there’s a pretty big lesson here: desperate governments almost invariably resort to stealing from their own citizens.

And that’s why one step in a Plan B is to have some non-reportable assets.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

One of those “assets that you’re not legally required to tell them about” mentioned was precious metals.

Black has discussed physical gold- and offshoring it- on the Sovereign Man website before. A little over three years ago I blogged:

Simon Black of Sovereign Man-fame talked about that additional line of defense with storing physical gold overseas. He wrote Wednesday on his site:

I’ve long been an advocate of moving a portion of one’s savings overseas.

After all, what’s the sense of leaving 100% of your assets within a country ruled by a morally and financially bankrupt government that treats you like a dairy cow?

Moving some of your gold abroad to a jurisdiction that prides itself on maintaining a high level of financial security and privacy protects you against legal thievery your government might commit against you.

Sure, it’s a risk that might never come to fruition. But you won’t be worse off for having stashed some of your gold away privately in a safe, stable jurisdiction…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“What’s the sense of leaving 100% of your assets within a country ruled by a morally and financially bankrupt government that treats you like a dairy cow?”

Some would argue this applies to good old Uncle Sam. However, while I believe the American Republic is in real danger of becoming “morally and financially bankrupt”- we’re not quite there yet.

That being said, if we continue down the same path we’ve been on for a while now, that gold of yours could look pretty tempting to the Feds.

All-in-all, another fine piece by Simon Black, which you can read in its entirety here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: The mention of a particular business should not be construed as confirmation of services claimed to be provided or any sort of recommendation. A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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Storing Precious Metals Focus Of Numismatic News Article

Yesterday, I pointed out a new “how-to” video entitled “How To Store Silver Bars And Coins At Home” by the folks over at GoldSilver.com, a global leader in gold and silver sales and one of the world’s most highly regarded investment education companies since 2005.

This comes a few weeks after a different piece about precious metals storage appeared on the website of Numismatic News. Back on March 9, Pat Heller penned an article entitled “Hard assets make soft targets?” in which he discussed the advantages/disadvantages of keeping precious metals in bank safe deposit boxes (a number of the “drawbacks” don’t apply to their private, non-bank brethren) and other “storage alternatives” including:

-“Hidden storage on your property”
-“Storage in safe or strong box on your property”
-“Precious metals vault storage”

It’s an interesting read, which you can view in its entirety over on the Numismatic News site here if you didn’t catch it a couple of weeks ago.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: A qualified professional should be consulted prior to taking any action- financial or otherwise- based on information found in this weblog. If this recommendation is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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Jim Rickards On Storing Gold: ‘Don’t Put It In The Bank’

American portfolio manager, attorney, economist, and best-selling author James Rickards was recently interviewed by the London-based Tip TV Finance show. Rickards answered questions about a number of topics, including the next financial crisis and how to prepare for it. The editor of the financial newsletter Jim Rickards’ Strategic Intelligence believes physical gold should be part of preparations. He told listeners:

Keep away from the paper contracts. Get physical gold. Put it in a safe place. Don’t put it in the bank. I spent a lot of time in Switzerland. I visited… when I go to Switzerland I don’t spend much time with the banks, I spend it with secure logistics operators, vault operators, refineries- the people that actually handle the physical gold. They see gold coming out of Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, UBS, and others, going into Loomis and the private vault operators. That does not change the total supply of gold, but it changes the floating supply. Once you take it out of the banks there’s less available to prop up this paper gold market. The banks will probably be closed, at least temporarily. You won’t be able to get your gold

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)


“Brexit is a good separation; Scexit could be a reality- James Rickards”
(Gold discussion starts at 10:15)
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By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on information found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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Related Reading: James Rickards Mentions Role Of Private, Non-Bank Vaults In Next Financial Crisis

Monday night I was reading a just-published article by American lawyer, economist, investment banker, and best-selling author James Rickards on The Daily Reckoning website. In “The Ice-Nine Lockdown,” Rickards discussed the fictional doomsday machine “Ice-Nine,” which served as “a metaphor to explain what’s going to happen in the financial system and the next financial crisis.”

What he forecasts certainly isn’t pretty.

At one point in the piece Rickards stated:

Physical gold and silver is the answer to Ice-Nine, and you should get it while you still can…

He elaborated elsewhere:

The thing about gold and silver is that it needs to be in physical form, in safe storage, and a non-bank. Putting it in a safety deposit box in a bank is troublesome because by the time you want it the most, that will be when the banks are going to be closed…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

A really interesting article, which you can read on The Daily Reckoning website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. The creator/Editor of this blog is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information contained herein.)

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Related Reading: PTI Reports India’s Finance Secretary Reiterates ‘No Plans’ To Seal Safe Deposit Boxes

Last Friday I blogged about India’s safe deposit box industry in light of that country’s “currency experiment.” Specifically, I noted the following from a November 26 article on The Economic Times (India) website:

Listen carefully and you might hear a creaky, squeaky noise. It is the sound of safe deposit boxes in security vaults across India being opened and emptied as their panicky renters anticipate an impending government crackdown as part of the war on black money.

No such notice has been delivered officially, nor does anyone in the government seem to have said anything about lockers. But it would be a logical move…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Earlier today, the Press Trust of India, the country’s largest news agency, covered a meeting of “BRICS” (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) officials in which India’s Revenue Secretary, Hasmukh Adhia, spoke to reporters on the sidelines of the event. India’s safe deposit boxes- and private gold ownership- were said to have been mentioned. From the PTI piece:

[Adhia] reiterated that the government has no plans to cap gold holding by an individual and also sealing of bank lockers. “Lot of rumors are spreading on the social media. There is a rumour that all safe deposit vaults will be sealed and then government will confiscate the money. These are all rumours. Even there are some rumors about putting a limit on gold holding but this is also baseless,” Adhia said.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

The Press Trust of India added this about Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad:

Prasad said the country was moving towards a cashless economy

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

You can read the entire PTI article here via the Millenium Post website.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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