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The 79th element. A very dense, soft, malleable and ductile metal which has been desired by many people in many cultures for its ornamental value and for trading.

Gold is a very dense, soft malleable metal which has been used as a currency for thousands of years. It has been used throughout history either as physical coinage or as solid cornerstone for stable paper currencies.

The Gold Standard

Full article: Gold Standard
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Up until 1913, most Western societies used a monetary standard with at least partial gold backing. The gradual abandonment of the gold backing throughout the 20th century and the ultimate delinkage of all currencies from gold in 1971 is the fundamental cause of the ongoing inflation (the US-Dollar has lost 98% of its purchasing power since 1913) as well as the main reason for the global financial crises since 2007. [1]


The US left the gold standard (that is, abandoned its earlier policy of maintaining a fixed exchange rate between gold and the US Dollar) on August 15, 1971. Some currencies remained pegged to gold for some years after, but as of 2017, there are no currencies backed by gold, so that they can be produced in unlimited amounts by central banks. The price of gold appears to have been subject to complex and systematic fixing by influential insiders since 1971.[2][3]

Social engineering of people causing gold to be a status symbol has given leeway to crime syndicate to work for and with gold for money laundering.

Undercover reporters pose as gangsters with up to a billion dollars of black money that need to be cleaned. They gain remarkable access to members of Africa’s Gold Mafia and film closed door meetings with crime bosses.

A senior African ambassador offers to launder $1.2 million using the cover of his diplomatic bag. Criminals offer lucrative deals to clean over $100 million through government gold export schemes. At the centre of it their operations is southern Africa’s biggest laundromat, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. Gold Mafia, a four-part series by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit looks at how society’s obsession with gold underwrites a global shadow economy. The undercover team infiltrates the rival gangs that turn dirty cash into gold, which is then sold around the world. Through thousands of confidential documents and exclusive interviews with whistleblowers from within the criminal organisations, investigators obtain the blueprints of billion-dollar money laundering operations that service the political elite. And the investigation leads to the highest offices of southern Africa.

Private gold holdings

Advise by investing professionals to private investors is "gold provides insurance for your portfolio, and we believe that most people should probably allocate around 5%-15% of their portfolios to gold or gold-related investments." [4]


Beginning in November 2020, the central bank of Uzbekistan started to sell sealed gold bars with a QR-code for real time verification, to stimulate gold use as a store of value and promote the circulation of gold. [5]


Nations tend to hold gold reserves in approximate proportion to GDP.

“In President Wilson's era it was impossible to conceive that the role of gold could ever cease. In President Clinton's era it is impossible for policy makers to visualize that gold has any role at all.”
Anthony Sutton [6]

Yamashita's gold

Full article: Yamashita's gold

Yamashita's gold, also referred to as the Yamashita treasure, is the name given to an alleged vast collection of loot stolen in Southeast Asia, by Imperial Japanese forces during World War II. Hidden in caves, tunnels, underground complexes, or just underground in the Philippines, it was named after the Japanese general Tomoyuki Yamashita, and reportedly fell into the hands of members of the newly formed CIA, who used it to kick start the US Deep State.[7].


In 1948, the president of the Kuomintang (KMT) government, Chiang Kai-shek, was losing the civil war in northeast China against the Communists. He began planning a retreat to Taiwan and to take the national gold reserves with him. When the removal became known, it lead to a total collapse in the Chinese currency and a bank collapse. Estimates of how much was moved differ between sources, ranging from between 113.6 and 115.2 tons.[8] Since 1949, Taiwan also has been a safe haven for superrich overseas Chinese who dominate the Southeast Asian economies to keep their wealth offshore, a big part of it in gold.[9]

Gold price manipulation

The Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee (GATA) is an organisation that has been set up to investigate the Gold market manipulation.[10]


Related Quotations

2011 Attacks on Libya“Gaddafi's government holds 143 tons of gold, and a similar amount in silver. This gold was intended to establish a pan-African currency based on the Libyan golden Dinar. This plan was designed to provide Francophone Africa with an alternative to the CFA."”Ellen Brown14 March 2016
J. P. Morgan“... [credit] is an evidence of banking, but it [credit] is not the money itself. Money is gold, and nothing else.”J.P. Morgan & Co.
J. P. Morgan
Petrodollar“Money supply and debt have exploded in the absence of gold convertibility [...] Today's money is not backed by gold. It is now backed by nothing at all, except our trust in the monetary system.”Smithy2003


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Frenzy in the Gold Market: The Repatriation of Germany’s Post World War II Gold Reservesarticle27 January 2014Michel ChossudovskyAn overview of Germany's decision to repatriate it's physical gold bullion holdings, currently stored in the US, UK and France - they hope.
Document:Gold Smoke and Mirrorsblog post25 March 2010PeterThe murky world of gold custodianship, trading and gold price suppression.
Document:Meeting Note Moscow Stock Exchange Forumseminar description12 June 2017Integrity InitiativeII, probably Victor Madeira or Perry Fawcett, attended a Russian business forum in London
Document:The Spoils of Wararticle2002David GuyattAn introduction to the murky subject of the gold plundered by the NAZI and Japanese militaries during World War II and what happened to it.
File:Gold-Tungsten-Genesis.pdfreportApril 2010Rob Kirby Financial SenseReport on just one incident of ostensibly "Good Delivery" gold bars - 60 metric tonnes of them - stored at an asian depository, that turned out to be 95% Tungsten. Oops!
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