The Mother of all Bank Runs!

Monday, December 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Bill Holter
Global Research
December 08, 2014

Do you remember seeing old pictures of the Great Depression which depicted “lines”? There were two types, bread lines and also lines to the front doors of banks. While we don’t see any bread lines today, trust me, there are bread lines in every single state, and long ones at that. Nearly 50 million people in the U.S. survive on SNAP, EBT cards or whatever they are called in your state. Can you imagine the “confidence” it would instill if each day on your way to work you saw massive lines of people waiting for breakfast? Or, when you came home from work you turn on your television only to see long lines again, this time for supper? I can see it now, some reporter out on the street giving us the “good” unemployment, inflation or GDP news with a line of people in the background waiting for food. My point? False economic news would be harder to “sell” and even harder to “stomach” (pun intended).
Back during the Great Depression there were also the other type of lines, these formed in front of banks. Many banks either “ran out of money” or had poor investments which led to their demise. We also had this type of activity in the U.S. in 2008-09 …but again, we just didn’t see them. There were “electronic runs” of all sorts which we either didn’t hear about or never saw …but they did happen. This is why so many banks, brokers and mortgage companies were rolled up together and merged. The failures had to be hidden as best they could from the public’s eye because fear would have bred more fear. This cannot be allowed in a system built and standing alone on “confidence”.

I mention the above because another situation is now arising, another “line” is beginning to form. The current line formation is unfortunately the scariest imaginable, we are facing the Mother of all Bank Runs! This past week Willem Middlekoop uncovered another central bank asking for their gold back, Belgium. We already know Germany had publicly requested their gold back beginning in early 2013 and gotten very little so far. Just a couple of weeks back, The Netherlands announced the repatriation of 122.5 tons of gold …after the fact. When the announcement came, it said the transfer and transaction had already been done. Several days afterwards, a leading candidate for France’s next election also brought up the possibility of French gold being repatriated …and now it’s Belgium!!!

Notice I used three exclamation points, I did so because of all the central banks to request their gold back Belgium in my opinion would be the very last to do so with one “caveat”. The caveat being “unless something REALLY big has changed”, let me explain. First, Belgium is the “seat” of the European Union, this is where all European decisions are made and announced (with Germany’s approval of course). The decision to repatriate gold from the “safe haven” of New York and to do it publicly raises eyebrows on its own, but this is Belgium, not “just some country” in Europe. Brussels is where the EU itself is headquartered. We are talking about a dealing between the #1 and #2 Western central banks in the world. Did the EU or ECB in Frankfurt give the OK to ask for repatriation? Yes I understand, Belgium’s central bank is not the ECB but would they or any other central bank request repatriation without ECB approval? The same could be asked of both Germany and The Netherlands, they must have had prior approval before asking for their gold back?

Looking at this a little further, I remind you of earlier in the year when it was discovered “Belgium” was holding some $400 billion worth of Treasury securities. This was termed the “Belgian bulge” and not really explainable because Belgium as a country did not have the wherewithal to have purchased this amount. Either this was done via proxies or with ECB help or some other manner, it has never been explained to my knowledge. I mention this because of the important “tie” apparently between the U.S. and Belgium. If “Belgium” trusted us so much to have purchased $400 billion worth of Treasuries, then why repatriate their gold? Belgium has 227 tons of gold, we found out in 2011 that 86 tons of this amount were on lease, leaving approximately141 tons at the FRBNY. This is only worth in current dollars somewhere close to $5 billion. The “ratio” if you will is better than 80 to one, Treasuries to actual gold “held” but not leased (hopefully?).

Why does it even matter what the ratio is? Let’s walk this through, because we are talking about the issue of “trust”. The only reason one would repatriate gold is because they want it in hand. If you believed your gold was safe and sound, protected and “actually there”, no one would ask for their gold back. Belgium has displayed their confidence by holding $400 billion worth of U.S. Treasuries …but apparently not with the U.S. holding less than $5 billion worth of gold? Why the dichotomy of trust? Actually, I will use a better word, “bifurcation” of trust, and yes there is a pun within this one too.

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