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China and the developed world – different structures, different strengths

(OroyFinanzas.com) – In the West it is convenient to align developments in China to those in the West. But several major and critical differences highlight why such close comparisons cannot be made.

China and its expanding Gold distribution web developmentThe China Construction Bank has announced a plan to start its own bullion sale next month in eight of its branches nationwide, including Shanghai. This move will lead to other Chinese banks entering the gold trade. The bank is the fifth major bank to enter the distribution of gold in China. This still leaves a great deal of scope to the growth of a countrywide gold distribution system, one of the restraints on the Chinese gold market reaching its full potential. As it grows, we will see Chinese off-take of gold grow with it, until the demand from China for gold will rank ahead of most in the world, with the possible exception of India.

I.M.F. Sales will disrupt the gold markets!

I.M.F. officials have said 400 tonnes to 500 tonnes of gold could be sold without disrupting markets. This contradicts the survey taken in the gold market amongst the main players, which estimated the tonnage that could be sold in the market without disrupting the market. That figure was 500 tonnes, but what they omitted was that this is the amount the Central Bank Gold Agreement, an agreement amongst European Banks ONLY, was set as a ‘ceiling’ to their own sales. If they use the entire amount up to the ceiling, then there is no available quantity of gold on top of their 500 tonnes that could be sold without disrupting the market!

So as observers, it seems on the one side we have the hugely appealing emotive issue being put forward against the solid, structural facts defining the I.M.F and the gold it holds.

In the next issue of Gold – Authentic Money we will produce an article on just what gold is now being sold and what could lie ahead for the sales of the signatories of the Central Bank Gold Agreement. Important new information has surfaced clarifying a picture that they have been at pains to camouflage. [We will send this FREE to Subscribers and new Subscribers only of “Global Watch – the Gold Forecaster”. To subscribe to either publication – see below]

We repeat a statement made last week here, “few observers see any agreement as likely, at the upcoming meetings of the International Monetary Fund”.

You should make sure you are well acquainted with this subject, because it could be a ‘trigger’ to a higher gold price if we are right?

The I.M.F. comes out with the recommendations it was asked for

The I.M.F. was asked to look at ways to raise money with which to write of Third World Debt. It has done so. Asked to look at potential gold sales it has said the International Monetary Fund believes the best way to provide more debt relief for the world’s poorest countries is for rich countries to come up with new resources to pay for up to 100% relief on the sums owed to the IMF and World Bank. Please note that gold sales were not on top of the list of options.

Given the political difficulties in coming up with those funds, the IMF says the next best alternative might be carefully planned sales of a small portion of the I.M.F.’s gold. The I.M.F.’s analysis shows that selling a small portion of the fund’s gold to pay for the I.M.F.’s share of debt relief need not cause disruption to the market, if the sale is well managed.

And at the board’s discussion, on Wednesday, the US director made clear that the Bush administration did not favour gold sales. Few observers see any agreement as likely, at the spring meetings of the fund and the bank in two weeks’ time.

We hope and expect to see this meeting in two weeks time close the book on potential I.M.F. sales of gold. This will remove the uncertainty the gold market has been undergoing since this proposal was put forward, despite the overwhelming number of issues militating against such sales.

Julian Phillips

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