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Title: "Thar's Gold in Them Mountains" (Swiss Alps military bunkers)
Source: Mises Wire
URL Source: https://mises.org/blog/thars-gold-them-mountains
Published: Oct 3, 2016
Author: Joseph T. Salerno
Post Date: 2016-10-03 19:06:02 by hondo68
Keywords: Swiss financial innovation, lovers of financial freedom, and privacy
Views: 503
Comments: 4

It is no secret that secret Swiss bank accounts are not so secret anymore, as political elites throughout the world led by the U.S. government wage an all-out war against financial privacy, even to the point of scheming to stamp out cash.   But Swiss financial innovation knows no bounds.  To meet the intensifying demand for financial privacy and for protection against unstable banks, negative interest rates and other "unconventional" monetary policies, Swiss entrepreneurs have purchased and refurbished former military bunkers hidden deep in the bowels of the Swiss Alps and transformed them into huge warehouses for storing gold.  Unlike banks, these warehousing firms are not obliged to report suspicious activities to Swiss federal authorities, nor are U.S. citizens storing gold abroad outside of financial institutions legally required to report such holdings under the  U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.  There are currently 10 gold storage firms operating out of submontane bunkers.  One Alpine company is so marvelously secretive that the owner refuses to publicly disclose his name or even the name of his company.   Evidently business is booming.  According to Swiss customs records, In the first half of 2016, Switzerland imported 1,357 metric tons of gold valued at about $40 billion.

Of course, this development has not escaped the notice of the U.S. government and its minions.  John Cassara, a former U.S. Treasury special agent who has written books on money laundering, notes that gold is a big part of the Swiss economy.  Cassara is "not surprised that there are not more effective efforts in Switzerland to better monitor its misuse. The powers that be don’t want to crack down."  And he suggests, "Perhaps gold should be subject to currency cross-border reporting.”  Unfortunately for the lovers of financial freedom and privacy "the powers that be" in Switzerland answer to the World's Only Superpower, for whom Cassara is a mouthpiece

Joseph T. Salerno is professor of economics in the Lubin School of Business of Pace University in New York. He is editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics; Academic Vice President of the Mises Institute, and Director of the Mises Institute Fellows Program. Contact: email.


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#1. To: hondo68 (#0)

Well. Suppose you have some gold stored there, then TSHTF. Then you decide you want to get some of your gold back into your hands. Wonder how that would be done, and wonder how long it would take?

Si vis pacem, para bellum

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if you look around, we have gone so far down the the rat hole, the almighty is going to have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah, if we don't have a judgement come down on us.

President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. --Clint Eastwood

"I am concerned for the security of our great nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within." -- General Douglas MacArthur

Stoner  posted on  2016-10-03   19:24:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Stoner (#1)

There are currently 10 gold storage firms operating out of submontane bunkers.

Presumably you'd have a receipt from the gold storage company, the equivalent of a "Gold Certificate", aka old money where it said "pay to the bearer upon demand, $20 in Gold", etc...

The Treasury will bust you if you call it US currency, though.


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hondo68  posted on  2016-10-03   19:38:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: hondo68 (#2)

" Presumably you'd have a receipt from the gold storage company, the equivalent of a "Gold Certificate", aka old money where it said "pay to the bearer upon demand, $20 in Gold", etc... "

So, if TSHTF, you think it would be simple & quick to get your gold transported from Siss mountains to you in the USA?

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who don't

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

if you look around, we have gone so far down the the rat hole, the almighty is going to have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah, if we don't have a judgement come down on us.

President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. --Clint Eastwood

"I am concerned for the security of our great nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within." -- General Douglas MacArthur

Stoner  posted on  2016-10-03   19:50:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Stoner (#3)

if TSHTF, you think it would be simple & quick to get your gold transported from Siss mountains to you in the USA?

No way, the worse the chaos the longer it would take. If the US dollar takes a beating, a Swiss Gold Certificate might look pretty dang good in comparison to a US treasury note, backed by nothing.

The "street value" would depend on the reputation of the issuer, like "the full faith and credence of the US gov". It's a wonder that US dollars are worth anything.


The D&R terrorists hate us because we're free, to vote second party

Castle(C), Stein(G), Johnson(L)

hondo68  posted on  2016-10-03   20:02:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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