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Berlusconi Hints At Italy Returning to Lira

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Berlusconi has mentioned in the past of Italy possibly returning to the Lira and has is at it again as he warns of an Italian exit from the eurozone unless the European Central Bank gets more powers to ensure lower borrowing costs.

Reminding the world of just the kind of truthiness that got him sacked originally by that other Italian, the Ex-Goldmanite Mario Draghi, back in November 2011, and which the world has to look forward to when Silvio Berlusconi returns to power some time in 2013, even if not as PM (a position he currently has a snowball’s chance in hell of regaining based on current political polls), Reuters informs us that the Italian, who certainly has not read the Goldman book on status quo perpetuation, just said the unimaginable: the truth. To wit: “If Germany doesn’t accept that the ECB must be a real central bank, if interest rates don’t come down, we will be forced to leave the euro and return to our own currency in order to be competitive.” Berlusconi said in comments reported by Italian news agencies Ansa and Agi. The 76-year-old media tycoon has made similar remarks in the past about the possibility of Italy, or even Germany, leaving the euro, but has often at least partially rectified them later.” Not this time. Now with Germany and the Buba folding like a broken chair, Silvio is coming back and knows he can demand anything and everything, and Germany has no choice but to accept, Merkel reelection in a few months be damned.

Perhaps the former PM who recently got engaged to this 28 year old girl who obviously loves him for his personality has read our little primer on what happens in a Europe in which external devaluation (i.e., FX) is not a possibility, and where another 30-50% drop in PIIGS salaries would be neccesary to restore competitiveness. That, or a return to the Lira of course. And Berlusconi has seen that in the duel between Greece and Germany so far the former (and specifically its creditors) have gotten all the advantage. It is only a matter of time before he parlays that negotiating approach to Italy as well, and in the process destabilizes whatever artificial balance the ECB may have created.

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Enjoy the little European respite ladies and gents, because in a few weeks, the Magic Money Tree-free reality is coming back with a vengeance.

Source: ZeroHedge

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99.9% of Australia’s Gold Is Held In Bank Of England

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I would seriously be worried if I was Australian since 99.9% of its gold is stored in the Bank of England’s vaults. When the SHTF, good luck in getting it back. So many countries over the last few months have admitted to their gold being stored overseas either at the Fed or the Bank of England. 

The email below from the RBA has been made available on ausbullion.blogspot.com.au who campaigned for the information.

After a campaign throughout 2012 to seek clarity in regards to the location of Australia’s Gold Reserves the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has confirmed today in an email to me that 99.9% of their Gold Reserves are held in the gold vault of the Bank of England.

Please read below for the text of the RBA’s email response to me dated 19/12/12:

Thank you for your email.
 
As at end-June 2011 the Reserve Bank of Australia held 80 tonnes of gold in London Good Delivery bars. The Reserve Bank holds 99.9 per cent of its gold reserves in the United Kingdom at the Bank of England. The remaining 0.1 per cent is held at the Reserve Bank’s Head Office in Sydney.
 
London is a major global gold trading market and the Bank of England provides a secure and cost-effective storage location for central banks and market participants. The Reserve Bank has processes in place to ensure that the gold reserves are maintained appropriately. It is not considered necessary from management, security or operational  perspectives to relocate the gold bars to a facility in Australia.
 
The Reserve Bank has reviewed its approach to releasing details about its management of the physical reserves of gold and decided to release the above information.
 
Please note that we answered your previous questions as a routine public enquiry.  The FOI Act concerns itself with the release of documents, rather than answering questions, so a request must seek documents to be valid. 
 
Regards
 

Chris Collins | Manager | Media & Public Relations Office

Russia Introduces Gold And Silver Coins As Legal Tender

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A smart move by Russia to issue gold and silver coins as legal tender. Its another blow to the confidence of fiat currency. The Central Bank of Russia said:

The coins are legal tender cash payment in the Russian Federation and must be accepted at face value in all kinds of payments without any restrictions

 

It seems 2012 is not yet done with its surprises. The Central Bank of Russia has issued three values of bullion (300,000 31.1g silver pieces with a 3RUB face value, 300,000 7.78g gold pieces with 50RUB face, & 100,000 15.55g gold pieces with a 100RUB face value) that can be used as legal tender beginning, well,  TWO DAYS AGO! If you don’t yet understand the ramifications of such a move, don’t worry, it’s not too late. But you want to begin reading now – starting with the history of metals as money. The clock is ticking and no one knows when the the current economic model’s Duracell will die. Hell, we don’t even know if it’s a AAA, AA, 9V, C size, or D size battery. Every year there seems to be the establishment of new institutions with the capital to lend more. In my book these sizes don’t matter. I think we’re already on the Duracell Rechargeable model. But we all know they don’t last for ever either.

The link from the Central Bank of Russia is at : http://www.cbr.ru/pw.aspx?file=/press/if/121217_164427monet1.htm

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