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GoldMoney & BullionVault clients of all people most to be pitied?


Gold priced in US$ has been declining from its high in August 2011. Wall street has it that it’s because the euro zone debt crisis is now under control, the US economy is recovering, inflation is low and the US unemployment situation is improving. Oh, not to forget there has been no more money printing and the Dow has gained some 20% since gold’s peak. In short, improving outlook has caused investors to move out of gold’s safe haven into riskier assets.

Less demand leads to lower gold prices as reflected in the chart below. Some analysts say the 11-year bull market in gold is over, gold is in a bubble that has or is about to bust.

If that be the case, clients of GoldMoney & BullionVault (two of the more established and popular physical gold dealer and custodians) have got it all wrong and hence are “of all men most to be pitied”. Look at how their collective gold holdings have been increasing relentlessly, even during periods of sharp price declines.

This short term chart covering the period since gold’s intermediate top in August 2011 shows steady increase of total holdings from quarter to quarter. The growth at BullionVault is particularly impressive.

GoldMoney & BullionVault: Quarterly Change in Gold Holdings

The same goes for silver.

GoldMoney & BullionVault: Quarterly Change in Silver Holdings

What then can be said of the apparent dichotomy between the declining trend in gold & silver prices and the increasing demand seen in the metal purchases? Just two words:

Paper & Physical

Prices reflected in the charts come about mainly by “traders” trading paper gold & silver. Traders is put between quotes because they are not the normal traders you’d expect to find in a free market. Most of the trades that determine the price trends are placed by very few large bullion banks and High Frequency Trading (HFT) machines. Yes, the prices are greatly influenced by trades initiated by machines preprogrammed with sophisticated algorithms to set the price which ever way the owners wanted them to go. In case you’re wondering, who may be the people on the other side of these trades? It’s people like this, who sets up trades hoping to beat the supercomputers on the other side only to get sucked in and forced to dump when their stops are hit.

On the other hand, real humans are behind the accumulation of physical metals at BullionVault, GoldMoney and many other private vaults. These are the same humans that do not believe the spin of the MSM, but hold on to the view that the financial crisis is not yet behind us. They believe that the worse is yet to come. I’m one of them. We understand that holding our savings and retirement funds in paper assets and paper money is most likely to result in a massive loss of purchasing power through hyperinflation when the real crisis hits.

We’re not 100% sure it will happen, neither can we be 100% sure it won’t happen.

What about you? Paper or physical?


Notes on data source

  • GoldMoney publishes quarterly audit reports, and they are archived here.
  • BullionVault publishes daily audit report here, but they do not maintain a public archive. Older data (before Sep 2011) for the charts above was obtained from WayBack Machine Internet Archive, which periodically scans the web and takes a snap shot of sites at that point in time. As the frequency of scanning is inconsistent, BullionVault’s plot has fewer data points and they are fitted into the closest quarterly audit dates of GoldMoney’s data points. Beginning Sep 2011, data are derived from BullionVault’s daily audit reports and are more precise.


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  1. April 16, 2012 at 1:21 AM | #1

    I’ll make mine pgld and pslv thank you. Keep mine close and readily at hand if needed. Just for fun try buying 99.9 %pure silver bullion at paper spot price from a dealer. The same goes for 24 CRT gold bullion. If you find a dealer who will sell at the Faux price let me know cause I’m always looking for a deal…..LOL

  1. April 16, 2012 at 2:50 AM | #1

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