Monday, June 22, 2015

Hold "Physical Cash" says Fidelity's Ian Spreadbury

'It's time to hold physical cash,' says one of Britain's most senior fund managers.

It may be time to put money under the mattress. High profile fund managers explain how to prepare for a 'systemic event'.
The manager of one of Britain’s biggest bond funds has urged investors to keep cash under the mattress.
Ian Spreadbury, who invests more than £4bn of investors’ money across a handful of bond funds for Fidelity, including the flagship Moneybuilder Income fund, is concerned that a “systemic event” could rock markets, possibly similar in magnitude to the financial crisis of 2008, which began in Britain with a run on Northern Rock.
“Systemic risk is in the system and as an investor you have to be aware of that,” he told Telegraph Money.   Read more...
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Our U-Vault Account is perfectly suited and fully insured to hold cash.   BK

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bank of China Joins Gold Fix in London

by Eddie Van Der Walt
Bloomberg Business News


Bank of China Ltd. will become the first Chinese bank to join the auction process that sets gold prices in the London market.

The bank, along with seven other lenders, will start participating in the twice-daily electronic auction, according to a statement from the London Bullion Market Association on Tuesday. While China is the world’s largest bullion buyer, it has never directly played a role in determining London gold prices.

The addition of a Chinese bank is another sign that China is increasing its influence in gold and currency markets worldwide as the country seeks to make the yuan a viable competitor to the dollar. The Bank of China’s part in the gold auction shows the nation is stepping into the global market, the lender wrote in a press release today.

“They want to be on the top table in all areas of international trade and this is no different,” Ross Norman, chief executive officer of dealer Sharps Pixley Ltd., said by phone. “They want to be represented in locations where benchmark prices are derived, and they have demonstrated that by signing up for the fix.”

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Societe Generale SA, Bank of Nova Scotia, HSBC Holdings Plc and Barclays Plc are among the lenders that currently participate in the auction. Bank of China will join on June 22, Intercontinental Exchange Inc. said in an e-mail.

ICE Benchmark Administration, which runs the price-setting process, expects more firms to join soon, according to President Finbarr Hutcheson. It occurs at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. London time, with buy and sell orders submitted electronically in rounds until a price is found.  LINK...
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The "good ol'boys club" is changing and China is moving in. Watch out!  BK

Monday, June 15, 2015

Texas Gold Bill Becomes Law

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law on Friday, June 12, that will allow Texas to build a gold and silver bullion depository. In addition, Texas will repatriate $1 billion worth of bullion from the Federal Reserve in New York to the new facility once completed. 
This is what the governor had to say:   Read more:
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There are four videos and the volume is a little low but it gives you a good overview of how the banking system was created.  BK