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It’s an interesting thought that the greatest threat to gold and silver investment might not be the possibility of losing on the speculation, but the government taking it away from you. It’s a thought that I’ve found few want to even think about, let alone discuss. [Let’s take this opportunity to do just that.] Words: 1800
So writes Jeff Thomas (www.caseyresearch.com) in edited excerpts from his original article* entitled Don’t Dismiss the Possibility of Gold Confiscation.
[The following article is presented by Lorimer Wilson, editor of www.munKNEE.com and may have been edited ([ ]), abridged (…) and/or reformatted (some sub-titles and bold/italics emphases) for the sake of clarity and brevity to ensure a fast and easy read. This paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.]
Thomas goes on to say in further edited excerpts:
If you hold precious metals in your portfolio, there is a good chance you fear hyperinflation and the crash of fiat currencies. You probably distrust governments in general and believe they are self-serving and have no interest in your economic well-being. It is likely that your holdings in gold are your lifeline – your hope to get you through these times while holding on to your wealth – but have you ever given any thought to the possibility of having this lifeline confiscated by the authorities?
- “They’d never do that.”
- “I’ll deal with that if and when it happens.”
- “I just wouldn’t give it to them.”
- “Confiscation would mean the government acknowledges the reality of the value of gold.”
- “They would meet greater resistance than they did back in 1933.”
- 8,200 tonnes of gold in Fort Knox, although this may well be partially or completely missing and
- 5,000 tonnes of gold in the cellar of the New York Federal Reserve building. Again, there is no certainty that it is there.
- The evening news programs announce that the economic recovery is being hampered by wealthy private investors who, by hoarding gold, are skewing the value of the dollar and threatening the middle and poorer classes. The little man is being made to suffer while the rich get richer. A press campaign to equate gold ownership with greed ensues.
- The government announces the Second Emergency Banking Act, advising the public that “the first EBA was instituted by FDR to solve this same problem during the Great Depression. This act was instrumental in helping the little man ‘recover.'” (As the average man on the street doesn’t know his history nor how wrong this statement is, he’ll believe it. Besides, the announcement has a “feel-good” message, and that’s all that matters.)
- Possessors of gold, who make up a small minority of the population, would become pariahs. It won’t matter that the guy who owns two gold Maple Leafs is not exactly a greedy, rich man. No one will wish to be seen as resisting confiscation. Neither will they wish to go to prison for resisting, no matter how remote the possibility.
- The U.S. pays for the gold in US dollars, which are rapidly headed south. Yes, the Fed will need to print more fiat dollars in order to pay them off, but this suits their purpose, as it inflates the dollar even more. Those who have turned in their gold will do whatever they can to unload the US dollars as quickly as possible and will need to find another investment at a time when there are very few trustworthy investments other than gold. The stock market would likely rise, showing the public how the gold confiscation program is “working.”
- One last scary possibility: The government demands that gold is turned in immediately and that settlement will occur following confiscation.
- After confiscation, it announces that, as there has been such a large number of cases of rich people ripping off the little man, processing them all could take months, possibly even a year or more.
- A further announcement states that some investors have made an unreasonable profit on the backs of the poor and that they should not be granted this profit. This profit must be returned to the people. (You can almost hear the cheers of the people.)
- Then it sets about making assessments. The bureaucrats find that most investors do not have formal, acceptable receipts for every coin in their possession so, if you paid $1,200 for a Krugerrand a couple of years ago, you get paid $1,200. If you bought it at $250 in 1999, you get paid $250. If you have no receipt in an acceptable form, you get a “fair,” median payment, say, $500, regardless of when you bought it.
- Appeals: Each investor will be allowed up to one year to appeal the decision of the Treasury as to what is owed him. Of course, the investor knows that the dollar is sinking rapidly and that he would be wise to shut up and take what he is being offered.
investing in international markets, opening offshore bank accounts, setting up an offshore LLC or annuity… getting a second passport and choosing a good place to live.
[Editor’s Note: The author’s views and conclusions in the above article are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original post. Furthermore, the views, conclusions and any recommendations offered in this article are not to be construed as an endorsement of such by the editor.]
*http://www.caseyresearch.com/articles/dont-dismiss-the-possibility-of-gold-confiscation (© 2013 Casey Research, LLC; All rights reserved)
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