- More non western central banks are coming to their senses. They are dumping USD for physical gold. The writing is on the wall for Euro and USD! I expect gold price to reach US$2,500/oz by year end easily! Silver should reach US$55-60/oz!
Kazakh Central Bank Gets ‘Priority Right’ to Buy Gold
By Nariman Gizitdinov, http://www.bloomberg.com/
Kazakhstan’s central bank plans to lock up domestic supplies of refined gold by using a “priority right” it received from the government to buy bullion designated for exports amid record prices for the metal. The National Bank of Kazakhstan plans to use the buying privilege “in full” after changes go into effect Jan. 1, the Almaty-based lender said in an e-mailed statement today.
Central banks are expanding their gold reserves for the first time in a generation as bullion rises for an 11th consecutive year, the longest winning streak since at least 1920, as investors seek to diversify their holdings away from equities and some currencies. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavezlast week ordered the central bank to repatriate $11 billion ofgold reserves held in developed nations’ institutions.
Kazakhstan’s gold holdings were valued at $3.5 billion at the end of last month and accounted for about 9.5 percent of the nation’s gross international reserves, central bank data show.
The central bank may provide advance payments to Kazakh gold producers, becoming their “secure partner” in the coming years, according to the statement. The bank also asked the government to eliminate value-added tax incentives that spurred gold exports.
Kazakh authorities are seeking to induce producers to use the existing capacity to refine gold and curtail exports of raw materials, the bank said.
The Central Asian nation produced 21.4 metric tons of gold in the first seven months, an increase of 48 percent from a year earlier, according to the state statistics agency. Refined gold accounted for about 45 percent of the total.
Egon von Greyerz, of Matterhorn Asset Management, and James Turk, Director of the GoldMoney Foundation, talk about the state of the global economy and gold’s status as a safe haven. They discuss S&P’s recent downgrade of US debt and also talk about the situation in the UK and in Switzerland.
They discuss the Swiss franc and how its appreciation hurts the Swiss economy in the short term, however they make the point that strong currencies are always better for long-term growth and economic stability. James and Egon emphasise the importance of owning allocated physical gold outside the banking system.
This interview was recorded on August 6 2011 in London.