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Feb122011

Tavakoli: "Gold Is Now Official Currency" Says J.P. Morgan

Silver is next.  You heard it here first.   Next month Dimon will begin accepting AG to cover their naked and maniped short position.

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Guest post submitted by Janet Tavakoli.

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By Janet Tavakoli

Gold Game Changer - J.P. Morgan Accepts Bullion as Money

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. announced on February 7, 2011 that it will accept physical gold as collateral for investors that want to make short-term borrowings of cash or securities.

Presenting gold to satisfy demands for performance bond collateral has been allowed on the London CME in a limited way since October 2009. As of November 22, 2010, the Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE) has accepted gold bullion as collateral on all credit default swaps and energy transactions.

I don't recall the G-20 declaring gold a new currency. Yet JPMorgan Chase and a couple of financial market exchanges have effectively declared that gold is an alternative currency.

In other words, gold is money.

Abolish Credit Default Swaps on Sovereign Debt

In an earlier post, I wrote that Congress should act immediately to abolish credit default swaps on the United States, because these derivatives will foment distortions in global currencies and gold. Credit defaults swaps on the United States currently settle in euros, but there is talk of creating new contracts calling for settlement in gold. Congress should immediately ban all credit derivatives on the United States, since the opportunities for mischief making outweigh the hedging value.

Most traders in U.S. credit default swaps don't think the U.S. will default as long as we have money printing presses, so they are speculating on price movements in U.S. Treasury bonds due to potential increases in interest rates. If speculators manage to get contracts to settle in gold, speculators on the winning side of a price move will demand collateral paid in gold.

Destruction of the Volcker Bubble Deflator

In 1979/1980 the Hunt brothers tried to corner the silver market. In March 1980, Paul Volcker (who was then Chairman of the Federal Reserve) went to DEFCON 5 and directed banks to cut off funding to precious metals speculators. That directive included billionaires like the Hunt brothers. The Hunts couldn't borrow money against their long silver positions to meet their margin calls. Volcker popped the silver bubble and the Hunt brothers were bankrupted.

Since gold is now accepted collateral, there will always be a way to borrow against one's gold position, so speculators that create leveraged long gold positions can always find a way to fund margin calls. The Volcker bubble deflator is no longer relevant.

Trifecta of Absent Financial Regulation: CDS, Currencies, Commodities

How much mayhem could "creative" minds generate in the credit default swap markets, the currency markets, and the gold market? Quite a bit, since customized credit default swaps can be embedded in all manner of financial investments, and they can be written to offload unexpected risks on naïve investors.

The Dodd-Frank "financial reform" bill doesn't address customized over-the-counter credit default swaps, and the bill doesn't do anything at all to reign in speculation in the currency markets or the commodities markets.

See also:

"How to Corner the Gold Market"TSF, March 30, 2010

"Washington Must Bank U.S. Credit Derivatives as Traders Demand Gold, Part 1,HuffPo, March 8, 2010

"Washington Must Bank U.S. Credit Derivatives as Traders Demand Gold, Part 2,HuffPo, March 12, 2010

Disclosure: I currently own some long positions in precious metals including gold. This is not an offer or solicitation for purchase or sale of any security and is not an investment recommendation of any kind and should not be construed as such. These comments reflect my views as of February 7, 2011, and are subject to change at any time based on market and other conditions.

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Reader Comments (5)

Feb 9, 2011 at 10:00 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Tight post, so a couple of questions for JT:

(1) Does JP Morgan also accept gold held via ETF as collateral in addition to physical metal, and if not why not?

(2) What do you put the odds of getting back your metal say six months after bailing it within 1 week of demanding it?

(3) Does JPM have an agreement specifying the terms of physical collateral?

Just wondering...
Feb 12, 2011 at 11:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
Gold as money is impossible. Example: what weight of gold would buy a quart of milk and a loaf of bread at your local store. It would take a microscope to measure the transaction. PS how would you get change for your ounce of gold? Gold, Cash, check or script IOU? The fact that the JPMorgans et al are toying around with gold speculation absolutely assures their demise if the currency system should implode. The latent hatred for those perpetrators and survivors of 2008 would support government seizure of all gold in a finger snap. So much for the safety of gold in your porfolio. Remmember FDR 1934.Check out books. MONEY:The 12th and FINAL RELIGION also THE AMERICAN CALIPHATE of BIZ WOG: The Final World Order.These are good works. I wrote them myself. Thanks blog RDuaneWilling
Feb 15, 2011 at 8:31 PM | Unregistered Commenterrduanewilling
Gold has been money for 5000 years. It shows up in the Bible and in Shakespeare, where JPM and USD are nowhere to be found. I "remmember" 1934 quite well, and....? Executive Order 6102 is fiat, pure and simple. It was as successful in preventing people from melting gold down into golf clubs and leaving the country as it was in changing the 2nd law of thermodynamics.

As for microscopes, I'm afraid you have not only the wrong tool (try a scale; mine's good down to 1/100 gram), but the wrong specie (try silver).

But you are 100% correct in this statement: "The fact that the JPMorgans et al are toying around with gold speculation absolutely assures their demise." The JPMs will most assuredly kill themselves by continuing to play with fire. Can you name a kakistocracy that lasted for any appreciable length? Neither can Jamie Dimon. Nor could Darwin.
Feb 15, 2011 at 10:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne

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