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GoldCore: Classic Christmas Film Lesson In Danger Of Exposing Wealth To Banking System

While visiting GoldSeek.com earlier tonight, the following article title jumped out at me:

“It’s A Wonderful Life Is A Wonderful Lesson To Hold Gold Outside of The Banking System”

Penned by the folks over at international bullion dealer GoldCore, the piece began with:

Frank Capra’s 1946 film It’s A Wonderful Life is one that many families will be settling down to watch this Christmas weekend. A story that is ultimately about a suicidal man is one of the most watched holiday films of all time…

There are some important lessons to be learnt from the film’s protagonist George Bailey. For us the main takeaway for cautious investors and savers is in reference to trusting banks and deposit companies with your hard earned cash.

It is a lesson on how exposing your wealth to various counterparties is exposing it to an incalculable level of risk. Furthermore it should be a lesson on the importance of having savings and learning how best to protect them…

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An interesting piece, which you can read here on GoldSeek.com.

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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BullionStar Highlights Advantages To Storing Precious Metals In Singapore

These days, the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore is a popular destination for the storage of gold and other precious metals. A number of private vaults can be found there, as well as safe deposit boxes outside the banking system.

Last week, the Singapore bullion dealer BullionStar published a blog post entitled “Gold Demand in the Singapore Bullion Market” in which the advantages of storing precious metals in the “Switzerland of Asia” were highlighted. From BullionStar’s Blog on December 11:

One of the early initiatives that transformed Singapore into a precious metals trading and storage hub came in February 2012, when during a budgetary speech to parliament, finance minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam announced that the importation and supply of investment-grade gold and other precious metals in Singapore would become exempt from Singapore’s Goods and Services Tax (GST)…

Apart from the GST exemption on investment precious metals, there are a number of other jurisdictional advantages that have supported the growth of Singapore as a gold trading and storage hub, and that reinforce the logic for buying gold and storing gold in Singapore.

In Singapore, there are no other taxes when buying gold, silver or other precious metals. This means no capital gains tax, no other sales tax, no death tax, in short no taxes. There are no reporting requirements when buying or selling gold or silver or other precious metals in Singapore. This means no reporting requirements to any Singaporean authority and no reporting requirements to any international authority.

There is no GST when importing gold and other precious metals into Singapore, or exporting gold or other precious metals out of the country. Singapore is also famed for its strong rule of law, making the country one of the safest and most secure countries on earth to buy and store gold. If taking delivery or selling precious metals, it is quite safe, apart from the usual precautions, to walk in and out of bullion dealer shops in Singapore carrying your precious metals.

Furthermore, the Singapore legal system is very protective of private property rights, and the nation of Singapore has strong military capabilities, both of which are reassuring when storing gold or silver in the city-state. Finally, because it’s a thriving gold trading hub, with a buoyant wholesale and retail bullion market, Singapore has a very well-developed gold storage and vaulting infrastructure, and is very well serviced by secure transport companies

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An informative blog post about Singapore’s growth as a precious metals trading and storage hub, which can be read here on BullionStar’s 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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Hacked.com Article About Buying, Storing Gold While In Hong Kong

A couple of days ago I came across an article on the financial website Hacked.com which certain readers may find useful. Back in October Fredrik Vold penned a piece entitled “Buying and Storing Physical Gold in Hong Kong.” He wrote:

If you are one of the many people who feel uncertain about the direction of the global economy and stock market, you should be looking for other options to preserve and grow your wealth. Cryptocurrency is obviously one option, but with the high volatility that comes with it, some people may prefer more traditional stores of value. In this article, we will guide you through exactly how you can buy and store physical gold in Hong Kong, widely regarded as one of the best places in the world to buy gold

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For those looking to rent a Hong Kong safe deposit box and acquire gold while physically present in this autonomous territory of China, information provided in the article, such as the “more reputable jewelry shops in Hong Kong” and the “most often recommended” banks that “actually let you buy gold bars and coins directly over the counter,” may prove useful.

An interesting article, which can viewed in its entirety at the following destination at Hacked.com:
hacked.com/buying-storing-physical-gold-hong-kong/

(Editor’s note: Following the link directly from my piece may trigger the paywall which was intended for me)

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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Degussa Numis Day In January

I ended last week blogging about a promotion being offered by Sharps Pixley in England. The parent of the London bullion store/safe deposit box facility is Degussa (leading international player in the precious metals world which also offers boxes at branches in Germany, Spain, and Switzerland), which recently posted information about their next Numis Day (first blogged about here) at their Geneva and Zurich showrooms. From their website:

The Next Numis Day

We appreciate and appraise your treasures- in Zurich and in Geneva

Coins tell of great civilisations; they bring history to life. And they are of enduring value. Do you wish to put a lovingly curated collection or individual items in the best of hands while benefiting from the extensive expertise of a renowned precious metals trading house? Then you have come to the right place. A simple phone call is all it takes to arrange an appointment at our next Numis day.

Location:
In our showroom in Quai du Mont-Blanc 5 in Geneva
Date:
On January 18, 2018 from 9 am to 5 pm.

Location:
In our showroom in Bleicherweg 41 in Zurich
Date:
On January 19, 2018 from 9 am to 5 pm.

We provide comprehensive advisory service.

Our coin expert Robert Eberlein will be there all day to evaluate your pieces and give you tips. He looks forward to discussing the finer points of numismatics with you.

You can rely on us to provide a fair market value determination, and, on top of that, to offer other marketing options: If you wish, you can sell directly to us at a fair price on Numis Day. Or we can consult with you and jointly determine the best marketplaces for your special treasures, for example, international coin auctions or prestigious Internet platforms.

Are you interested in coins as an investment? If so, our experts will also be happy to advise you on Numis Day. Numismatists have been collecting historical coins for centuries, and the popularity of this pursuit has not waned. If you wish, we can also represent you at auctions worldwide.

Do you wish to sell old gold?

Numis Day is all about historic coins.

Please arrange a separate appointment with us if you wish to evaluate and sell gold jewellery, old gold or silver.

For more information about Degussa’s next Numis Day or the company, visit their website 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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Latest On Proposal To Seize ‘Suspicious’ Cash, Precious Metals, Gems Entering EU

Individuals intending to carry legally-obtained and owned currency, precious metals, and gems into the European Union for their safe deposit boxes may want to take note of a December 5, 2017, press release on the European Parliament web site:

“Cross-border cash movements: tightening up anti-terror and crime checks”

• New rules beefing up rules on cash controls dating back to 2005
New definition of “cash”
• Disclosure declaration required for cash sent by freight

Tougher checks on cash entering or leaving the EU were backed by the Civil Liberties and Economic Affairs committees on Monday.

The new rules repeal the First Cash Control Regulation (CCR) from 2005, which requires individuals to declare sums over €10,000 when leaving or entering the EU. MEPs want to close loopholes exploited by criminals, such as divergent penalties in different member states, travelling with sums just below the declaration threshold or using means of transferring value that are not covered by current rules.

To prevent the proceeds of crime from re-entering the economy or money being used to finance illegal activities, MEPs agreed to:

widen the definition of “cash” to include gold, precious stones and metals, as well as anonymous prepaid electronic cash cards,

enable the authorities to impound cash below the €10,000 threshold temporarily, if criminal activity is suspected, and

• make it mandatory to disclose “unaccompanied” cash sent by cargo.

MEPs also asked the EU Commission to draft legislation to bring about a convergence of cash control penalties in the member states and study the possibility of establishing a Union Financial Intelligence Unit by 2019.

The draft law was adopted Monday evening by 55 votes to 3, with 4 abstentions…

Next steps

The text still needs to be approved by the Parliament as a whole, before MEPs can start negotiating the legislation with EU governments…

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Once again, the proposed rules seek to enable EU authorities to seize cash- “to include gold, precious stones and metals”- below the €10,000 threshold temporarily merely on suspicions of criminal activity.

This initiative may sound familiar to regular readers of Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes as I first blogged about it back on December 28, 2016.

You can read the entire press release on the European Parliament site here.

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

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Sophisticated Investor Magazine Compares, Ranks Countries For Offshoring Precious Metals

Last post in that series concerning gold and storing it offshore.

I recently came across two articles that compared and ranked countries for offshoring gold and other precious metals on the website of Sophisticated Investor, “an online magazine dedicated to providing useful information to sophisticated and accredited investors worldwide.”

The first piece was penned by Wesley Crowder back on September 20, 2017, and is entitled “Precious Metals-Friendly Jurisdictions of the World”:

Though there might be other contenders for the coveted top spots on this list, these six countries are the go-to jurisdictions for storing your precious metals so safely that you do not lose any sleep at night…

The second article was also written by Crowder and is entitled “Comparison of the World’s Top Offshore Precious Metals Safe Havens.” Posted on October 4, 2017:

In this article, we compare and contrast the various seven top safe haven offshore precious metals storage locations of the world to see which is now the best place for you to secrete your physical gold and valuables…

Interesting reads, which you can find here and here, respectively, on the Sophisticated Investor site.

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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Casey Research Articles About Gold Coins For Storing Wealth Offshore

Continuing on the subject of gold and storing it offshore, I’d like to bring up two articles I recently read on the Casey Research website. Casey Research was founded by Doug Casey, an American author, publisher, and investor, who also serves as chairman of the Delray Beach, Florida-based investment research firm. Regular readers know I’ve mentioned Casey before on this blog.

Back on May 18, 2017, an article entitled “Doug Casey’s Two Top Ways to Store Wealth Abroad” appeared on CaseyResearch.com. In it, International Man Senior Editor Nick Giambruno (who I’ve also mentioned in the past) asked Casey, “What forms of savings are good candidates to take abroad?” He replied:

Everybody should own gold coins because they are money in its most basic form-something that a lot of people have forgotten. Gold is the only financial asset that’s not simultaneously somebody else’s liability. And if your gold is outside the US, it gives you another degree of insulation should the United States decide that you shouldn’t own it.

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“It gives you another degree of insulation should the United States decide that you shouldn’t own it.”

I would add “domestically” to the end of that statement.

More recently, a piece entitled “The Ultimate 4-Step ‘Freedom Insurance’ Plan” appeared on the Casey Research website. In the interview of Nick Giambruno by Chris Lowe, editor of Bonner & Partners’ Inner Circle, gold coins were mentioned again as “the easiest way to lessen the political risk to your savings.” From the October 3 exchange:

LOWE: What form of gold are we talking about- bullion, gold coins, ETFs?
GIAMBRUNO: Physical gold is your best option. Then you don’t have any counterparty risk. Having some gold in your possession in your home country is good. But having another stash in a foreign country is even better. You can either store it at a foreign property. Or you can store it in a non-bank safe deposit box.
LOWE: Why not a safe deposit box in a bank?
GIAMBRUNO: When President Roosevelt criminalized the possession of gold in 1933, federal agents went through bank safe deposit boxes searching for undeclared gold. Today, bank safe deposit boxes fall under the regulations and jurisdictions of banks. If there’s a bank holiday, like the one in Greece… or a bail-in like the one in Cyprus… or any event that shuts down or otherwise affects the banking industry, your bank safe deposit box is at risk. That’s not the case with non-bank vaulting and storage companies.

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The subject of transporting gold coins out of the United States came up in the interview. From the exchange:

LOWE: What about gold coins? Can you just hop on a plane to Colombia or Argentina with gold coins in your pocket?
GIAMBRUNO: Well, it’s a gray area. And because it’s a gray area, I wouldn’t recommend taking more than a couple of gold coins with you when traveling abroad. The average TSA agent has probably never seen a gold coin in his life. He probably wouldn’t know what it was if he found one. But, if he thought it was something suspicious, he would confiscate it and let the courts sort it out. And that’s no fun. You’d have to go to court to get your metal back, and that would involve costly legal fees. I’ve taken gold coins across numerous borders, and I haven’t had a problem. But I’ve heard horror stories. And from personal experience, I can tell you that gold coins set off the X-ray machine. So there’s a decent chance the TSA folks- or their foreign counterparts- will find them. And remember, if you take more than $10,000 of “cash” in or out of the US, you need to file a “Report of International Transportation of Currency and Monetary Instruments” with FinCEN, a branch of the Treasury Department that deals with financial “crimes.”

Giambruno ultimately concluded:

You’re better off buying coins when you’re already in your destination country. Taking gold coins with you is just too risky.

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Back on March 20, 2014, I blogged about transporting precious metals out of the United States to place in an overseas safe deposit box. In that post, I pointed out offshore expert Mark Nestmann discussed the process in-depth on the Financial Sense website in September 2012. His thoughts on the matter?

While it’s perfectly legal to move precious metals in or out of the United States, you must understand the reporting rules before you begin. Otherwise, your risk confiscation of your metals along with possible civil and criminal sanctions. You’re much better off paying an armored security service such as Brinks or ViaMat to transport the metals for you.

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You can read the two articles on the Casey Research site here and here, respectively.

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

(Editor’s note: The mention of a particular individual/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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