Vietnamese Banks Who Paid Dividend On Stored Gold, Were Quietly Selling It To Appear Solvent…(Run!…Don’t Walk!, From Any Bank!)
by Tyler Durden
Several months ago, we reported about a troubling development in Vietnam, happy inflationary host of one of the world’s most rapidly devaluing and best named currencies, that in direct refutation of Ben “Gold is not money, it is tradition” Bernanke’s claim that gold is just a trinket one can fondle with no inherent value, the local banks had gone as far as paying the local residents a dividend to “store” their gold (recall all those charges against gold that it never, ever pays a dividend….). However, as we subsequently warned, any time a bank, and especially an entire banking sector, is willing to pay you paper “dividends” for your gold, run, because all this kind of (s)quid pro quo usually ends up as a confiscation ploy. Sure enough, as Dow Jones reports today, the gold, which did not belong to the banks and was merely being warehoused there (or so the fine print said), was promptly sold by these same institutions to generate cash proceeds and to boost liquidity reserves using other people’s gold, obtained under false pretenses.