Mnuchin: I Assume Fort Knox Gold Is Still There

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Mnuchin: I Assume Fort Knox Gold Is Still There

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  • US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin visits Fort Knox Gold
  • Later tweeted ‘Glad gold is safe!’
  • Only the third Treasury Secretary to visit the fortified vault, last visit was 1948
  • Last Congressional visit was 1974
  • Speculation over existence of gold in Fort Knox is rife
  • Concerns over Federal Reserves lack of interest in carrying to an audit on gold
  • Gold was last counted in 1953, nine yearsbefore Mnuchin was born
  • Mnuchin may be looking to prevent countries and states from worrying about and repatriatingtheir gold

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US Treasury Secretary ‘assumes’ the gold is still in Fort Knox, 64 years after it was audited.

81 years after it was built Fort Knox received its third visit from a US Treasury Secretary yesterday, Steven Mnuchin.

The fortified facility is reportedly surrounded by 30,000 soldiers, tanks, armored personnel carriers, attack helicopters, and artillery. Despite this, there is still concern as to whether the gold is there.

As he headed in, Mnuchin told an audience I assume the gold is still thereIt would really be quite a movie if we walked in and there was no gold.

With a background in Hollywood it was unsurprising that Mnuchin’s imagination appeared to be getting carried away with tales of finding the $200 billion of gold missing.

Missing gold: fact or fiction?

An empty Fort Knox is an issue far removed from the hills of Hollywood and has far more basis in reality than many give it credit for.

For many decades campaigns have been led for the US Treasury and government to audit the gold and to testify to its existence.

The gold has not been ‘counted’ since 1953. This was less than 20 years after Fort Knox was built. Since then there has been no official count or audit.

The facility (purportedly) holds 147 million ounces of gold, worth around $186 billion. This is small compared to the amount purportedly held at the Liberty Street facility, in New York.

As with Fort Knox, the New York gold is yet to be audited.

At the moment, a tweet from a US Treasury Secretary is all we have when it comes to assurance over the gold’s existence.

Lack of Fort Knox gold audit to prevent damage, will cause damage

Congressman Ron Paulhas argued previously that the US government ask Americans to trust that the Fort Knox gold is there plus gold stored elsewhere. They refuse to allow any checks and audits (whether independent or carried out by the government).

Paul stated back in 2010, if there was no question about the gold being there, you think they would be anxious to prove gold is there.

Mnuchin is no doubt aware of the damage that would be done to the US economy should it come to light that the gold is no longer where it’s supposed to be.

He has likely taken note of Goldfinger’s dastardly plan in the infamous Bond film. In Goldfinger the villain plans to contaminate the US gold holdings in order to boost the value of his and the Chinese’s own bullion.

Whilst the gold in Fort Knox is unlikely to have been contaminated there is a strong argument that it isn’t there at all. Instead, it has been leased out many times over.

Who has the gold?

As GATA found out between 2008 and 2009 the Fed keeps a secret of its gold-swap arrangements with foreign banks.

Unsurprisingly gold-swap arrangements potentially lead to the eventual problem that no-one’s sure whose gold is whose anymore. It can be a high-end, expensive game of pass-the-parcel.

It’s worth remembering that the gold held by the US Government is not just owned by America, they hold gold for many countries, including Germany.

There is an argument to be made over whether or not Germany, or anyone else storing gold in a central bank abroad, owns allocated gold or is merely a ‘creditor’ on a metal statement, given gold swap arrangements.

Concerns have been so great over the United State’s lack of interest in auditing the gold bullion thatcountries have begun to repatriate the goldand demand statements.

Venezuela and Germany are the two most high profile countries to have recently repatriated their gold. Both went to big efforts to publicise the existence of the gold as it was repatriated. Germany even published bar numbers.

Missing gold has the states in a state

The US has its own trust issues though when it comes to gold, thanks to the lack of checks in place. Two years ago the state ofTexaswere given the go ahead to build its own Bullion Depository, into which the state would repatriate over $1 billion worth of gold.

The move by Texas highlighted mistrust in the Federal Government’s ability to not only keep the physical gold but also to not confiscate it should the monetary system run into problems.

Gold going missing in the US is not a recent issue.

Back in the 1920s Herr Hjalmar Schacht, then head of the German Central Bank, went to New York to see Germany’s gold. Despite the importance of the visit, Fed officials could not find the palette of Germany’s gold bullion.

One would have thought this would have triggered an early start to the Second World War but instead Herr Schacht turned to the Federal Reserve Chairman, Benjamin Strong, and said ‘Never mind, I believe you when you when you say the gold is there. Even if it weren’t you are good for its replacement.’

All of this serves as a timely reminder that we should learn from the mistakes of governments and central banks. Rather than offer up a blind trust to counterparties storing gold we should ensure that we have as much control as possible over our gold bullion.

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