What Is the Actual Book Value of Germany’s Gold Reserves
Our friend Stephen Flood's Goldcore.com writes:German Federal auditors handed in a report slamming the Bundesbank for not inspecting their foreign held gold reserves to verify their book value.
The report says the gold bars "have never been physically checked by the Bundesbank itself or other independent auditors regarding their authenticity or weight." Instead, it relies on "written confirmations by the storage sites."
The Bundesbank stated, “There is no doubt about the integrity of the foreign storage sites in this regard".
In contrast with best industry practices Germany’s gold reserves do not seem to be independently verified by a third party. GoldCore Gold Bullion Services offers clients secure storage accounts in Zurich, London, USA and Hong Kong, with independent verification of all client stored assets.
Philipp Missfelder, a politician from Merkel’s own party, has asked the Bundesbank for the right to view the gold bars in Paris and London, but the central bank has denied the request, citing the lack of visitor rooms in those facilities, German’s daily Bild reported.
The Bundesbank won't let German parliament members inspect the German gold vaulted abroad because the central bank vaulting facilities supposedly lack "visiting rooms." And yet one of those vaults, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, offers the public tours that include "an exclusive visit to the gold vault".
With German elections around the corner (and this a politically sensitive issue) the central bank decided last month to repatriate about 50 tons of gold per year over the next 3 years from New York to its headquarters in Frankfurt for "thorough examinations" regarding weight and quality, the report revealed.
The auditor’s report stated that the German Central Bank’s gold in London has dropped "below 500 tons" due to recent sales and repatriations, but it did not specify how much gold was held in the U.S. and in France. German media have widely reported that some 1,500 tons — half of their total is stored in New York.
The lack of an announcement of the sale of the German gold in London suggests that the sale was actually part of a gold swap with another central bank -- like the New York Fed. The only question is the lack of transparency surrounding the fall in London. Was German gold sold at the behest of the US and in exchange Germany took title to US gold vaulted in the New York? Or was title to gold supposedly vaulted in the United States?
German economists have led a rally to “bring home our gold” and the news article listed below was circulated by the AP.
October 23, 2012 (Source: Goldcore.com)