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Mark Nestmann: Offshore Your Physical Gold

Yesterday I brought up the recent Nomad Capitalist article “10 Tips for Buying Gold in 2018” in which gold expert Claudio Grass said:

As a general rule, if you have over $50,000 to invest in gold, store it in a safe jurisdiction. For anything less than that, keep it nearby.

And according to Grass, “safe jurisdictions” meant two European countries.

Offshore expert Mark Nestmann also talked about storing physical gold locally and offshore in a July 9 piece on the International Living website. In “Why You Should Store Gold Overseas to Protect Your Money,” Nestmann informed readers:

You may already have gold safely stored at home or in a domestic vault. While that’s a smart plan, there is an even safer way to store your gold: Keep it overseas.

If all your wealth is in the U.S., it’s vulnerable. If you are sued in the U.S. (a one-in-three risk for U.S. citizens) and lose, a creditor can foreclose on your U.S. assets, including your domestic gold. Gold stored overseas, however, is much more difficult for creditors to seize.

Second, there’s political risk. In 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt forced all gold-owners to turn their holdings over to the government. I don’t think a recurrence is likely, as gold is no longer the standard to which we peg our money. But moving your gold overseas gives you peace of mind.

Of course, it’s possible that the country you move your gold to could enforce a U.S. general gold confiscation order. But that’s never happened before. And in countries like Austria, Switzerland, and Singapore, doing so would violate their own ultraprotective wealth preservation laws.

The head of The Nestmann Group went on to talk about the three options available to Americans for keeping their gold overseas, one of which is “direct storage” and “a safe deposit box at a private vault.”

A short but informative primer on offshore gold storage, which you can read here on the International Living site.

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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Silver Bullion Article ‘Why Choose A Private Offshore Vault’

It’s been some time since I last mentioned The Safe House (TSH), a Singapore private, non-bank vault with safe deposit boxes. The facility is a subsidiary of the award-winning bullion dealer Silver Bullion, and while on their site earlier today I stumbled upon an article from late August entitled “Why Choose A Private Offshore Vault.” Gregor Gregersen (founder/CEO of The Safe House and Silver Bullion) and Srdjan Seva (Business Development at Silver Bullion) wrote:

When choosing a place to buy and store gold and silver bullion, there are several aspects that need to be considered, especially for those who are new to storing their precious metals. Physical precious metals are almost always purchased for the purpose of wealth protection but how good is such ‘protection’ in a systemic crisis?

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Gregersen and Seva hammered home two important points regarding the above. The first being:

When purchasing precious metals with a plan to physically own and store in a vault, it is important to make sure that buyers are the legal title owners of the stored bullion rather than just creditors being owed bullion.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Second, and no less important:

Diversifying the country risk by storing precious metals offshore in a safe jurisdiction is one the most important aspects of wealth protection against seizures, nationalizations or other forms of confiscations in the home country.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

For Gregersen and Seva, a “safe jurisdiction” can be defined as having:

A clear rule of law especially when it comes to the respect of private property rights, has enough economic and military power to defend its sovereignty and which is strong enough to actually enforce its laws.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Based on this criteria for a “safe jurisdiction,” I suspect a number of countries with safe deposit box facilities outside the banking system might fall short.

An informative and insightful read, which can be found here on the Silver Bullion website. For more information about The Safe House, 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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Degussa Singapore Launches YouTube Channel

It’s been some time since I last blogged about the first Asian branch of Degussa, a leading international player in the precious metals world. Degussa Singapore opened its doors at 22 Orchard Road in October 2015 and operates a safe deposit box service in addition to selling bullion bars, coins, and precious gifts.

Yesterday I learned about Degussa Singapore’s recently-launched YouTube.com channel. From the “About” page:

On this channel we’ll offer some shopping inspirations as well as tutorials and interesting background information.

Michael Kempinski, Managing Director of Degussa Singapore, discussed “why gold and silver are coveted currencies and how you can protect your wealth against inflation and economic uncertainty” in the latest video (uploaded April 18):


“Five Reasons for Buying Gold”
YouTube Video

Good stuff. And the Orchard Road facility sure turned out nice.

Head on over to Degussa Singapore’s YouTube channel here for more videos.

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

(Editor’s notes: The mention of entities marketing themselves as precious metals vendors/private vaults outside the U.S. offering safe deposit boxes/lockers at a minimum 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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Nomad Capitalist’s 5 Best Countries For Offshore Gold Storage

Research related to Monday’s post about precious metals storage in Singapore led me to a piece published last fall by Andrew Henderson over on the Nomad Capitalist website. I’ve mentioned Andrew and his company before on the blog, but for those readers not familiar with them, Henderson is the founder and managing partner of Hong Kong-headquartered Nomad Capitalist, billed as the “world’s leading offshore consulting firm.”

Back on September 28, 2016, Henderson wrote in “The five best countries for offshore gold storage”:

The world is a big place and not every country is made alike, especially when it comes to offshore gold storage. The following are our top picks here at Nomad Capitalist for best countries for offshore gold storage

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Their top picks? In alphabetical order:

-Austria
-Cayman Islands
-New Zealand
-Singapore
-Switzerland

Henderson proceeded to explain why these countries made the “top 5” for offshore gold storage before ultimately selecting a single nation for the “number one spot on this list.”

Another insightful read from Andrew Henderson, which you can view in its entirety here on the Nomad Capitalist website.

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

(Editor’s notes: The mention of entities marketing themselves as consulting businesses 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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Singapore’s ‘Strong’ Precious Metals Storage Infrastructure Anchors Trading Hub Push

It’s no secret that Singapore has become a global leader in the storage and safekeeping of private wealth.

In fact, the last mention of the Southeast Asian city-state on this blog concerned a December 12, 2016, article on the The Business Times (Singapore) website which noted privately-owned precious metals from around the world are finding their way to non-bank vaults in Singapore.

The Straits Times (Singapore) recently reported on the leadership of “The Lion City” in storing precious metals as part of a push to make Singapore a bullion trading “hub.” Jacqueline Woo wrote on April 13:

Singapore is in a good position to reprise its role as the region’s global precious metals trading hub, but there is still some way to go, said Singapore Bullion Market Association (SBMA) chief executive Albert Cheng…

Mr Cheng believes Singapore has the key features in place to become Asia Pacific’s global precious metals trading hub, given its strong financial, as well as precious metals storage and trading infrastructure

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

An interesting piece, which can viewed on The Straits Times 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 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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Thoughts On Safe Deposit Box Article By The Straits Times

Yesterday I came across an article on The Straits Times (Singapore) website entitled “Time to part ways with safe deposit boxes.” Business editor Lee Su Shyan wrote Sunday:

Growing up, having a safe deposit box symbolised financial adulthood, even more than scoring that exclusive credit card.

But that’s not a view shared by many nowadays. I did a casual check among friends and colleagues whom I met over the Chinese New Year period and only a couple owned up to having a box. Others said: “I don’t, but my mother has one.”

It’s probably the hassle that has contributed to the decline in popularity. Access is only at limited times, although the hours are certainly longer at non-bank locations such as that of Certis Cisco.

Then there is the issue of the rental rate. Even if it’s not a large sum, it’s still a few hundred dollars annually.

Banks, too, are apparently none too keen on encouraging customers to have one. They take up precious space and offer a poor return on capital.

A couple of years ago, a report by the Swiss authorities highlighted the growth of non-bank safe deposit box companies, with some quarters questioning their rapid expansion. Apparently, many customers were using them for stashing gold and valuables. Since the contents are known only to their owners, these boxes could pose a money-laundering risk…

Some thoughts about the piece:

1. Longer operating hours are indeed often found at private safe deposit box facilities. Certis Cisco in Singapore, for example, is open 365 days a year and up to 12 hours a day according to their website.

2. “Banks, too, are apparently none too keen on encouraging customers to have one.” The Times’ Rachel Boon reported on April 22, 2015, that “banks cut back on safe deposit box services in land-scarce Singapore,” with HSBC and DBS Bank closing a number of safety deposit boxes on the island nation.

3. The article stated:

A couple of years ago, a report by the Swiss authorities highlighted the growth of non-bank safe deposit box companies, with some quarters questioning their rapid expansion. Apparently, many customers were using them for stashing gold and valuables. Since the contents are known only to their owners, these boxes could pose a money-laundering risk

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

I believe the report being referred to here was produced by Switzerland’s Federal Department of Finance (FDF) and released to the public on December 14, 2015 (blogged about here). From the accompanying media release:

The report also explains the money laundering and terrorist financing statutory framework in terms of safe-deposit box rental and the relevant rules of professional conduct. Moreover, it sheds light on the potential risks and actual abuses.

Although a potential risk of abuse does exist for certain categories of safe-deposit box, there is little evidence of actual abuse and thus of a real danger according to the report

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

4. The Times’ business editor concluded the piece with:

At this rate, it looks like I will have to part ways with that box. The money I save from the rental of the box won’t get me a fancy piece of jewellery – but it will go some way to buying a sturdy safe.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

I don’t know how it is for Singapore, but the Spartanburg Journal-Herald (South Carolina) just noted in a February 11 article on their website:

A residence is almost 20 times more likely to be robbed than a safe deposit box in a bank.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

I believe the source of this U.S. statistic is Elgin, Illinois-based Safe Deposit Box Insurance Coverage (SDBIC), a provider of safe deposit box insurance.

You can read that entire Straits Times article on the paper’s website here.

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

Source:

“Money Talk: Security for a safe deposit box in an insecure world.” Spartanburg Herald-Journal. 11 Feb. 2017. (http://www.goupstate.com/news/20170211/money-talk-security-for-safe-deposit-box-in-insecure-world). 13 Feb. 2017.

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List Of Offshore Private Vaults Updated

Updates have recently been performed on the list of private, non-bank vaults outside the United States (offering safe deposit boxes/lockers at a minimum) located on this blog’s sister site- Offshore Private Vaults.

Safe deposit facilities now open for business have been added under the following countries:

-Germany (pro aurum, Bad Homburg)
-Hong Kong (UltraVault by Malca-Amit)
-India (Navkettan Lockers, Mumbai)
-Japan (UltraVault by Malca-Amit, Kobe and Tokyo)
-Liechtenstein (Swiss Gold Safe (Liechtenstein) AG, Triesen)
-Malaysia (Titanium Safe Deposit Box, Tawau in Sabah)
-Netherlands (DNK, Maasdijk)
-New Zealand (Imperial Vaults, Mount Roskill- Auckland suburb)
-Singapore (Malca-Amit, Central Business District; UltraVault by Malca-Amit)
-United Kingdom (Luton Safe Deposit Centre, Luton, England; Newcastle Vaults, Newcastle upon Tyne, England)
-Uruguay (Cambio Europa S.A., Montevideo- formerly Europa Servicios)

Know of any I may have missed? Please let me know.

Readers can view the updated list of offshore private vaults here.

Christopher E. Hill
Editor

2/6/17 UPDATE: Imperial Vaults in New Zealand and Luton Safe Deposit Centre in the United Kingdom were added to the above list after this post was originally published

(Editor’s note: The mention of entities marketing themselves as private vaults outside the U.S. offering safe deposit boxes/lockers at a minimum 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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