Regulators may enact Volcker Rule next week -- and delay its implementation
At least three U.S. regulators will meet on Dec. 10 to adopt the final version of the Volcker rule banning banks from making speculative bets with their own money, according to three people familiar with the planning.
The Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. are scheduling meetings to act on the rule on that date, said the people, who requested anonymity because the schedule hasn’t been announced.
Two other agencies that need to approve the rule -- the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission -- are trying to arrange Dec. 10 votes as well, three other people familiar with that effort said. The agencies are not required to approve the rule at the same time.
The agencies’ approval would be the final stage in the process of adopting the Volcker rule, a centerpiece of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act designed to prevent a repeat of the 2008 global credit crisis. The final version is also expected to extend the rule’s compliance dates, which was sought by Wall Street banks and trade groups
China is fully aware of gold price suppression and planning to overthrow it
Back in October gold researcher Koos Jansen and Jan Skoyles of The Real Asset Co. in London called attention to commentary by Zhang Jie, deputy editor of the Chinese publication Global Finance and a consultant to the China Gold Association, which cited the Federal Reserve's manipulation of the gold market to protect the U.S. dollar's standing as the world reserve currency.
Jansen has obtained a much better English translation of this Chinese commentary, and it includes this observation about gold leasing by Western central banks: "Through continuous gold leasing the gold in the market can be circulated and produce derivatives, creating more and more paper gold. This is very significant for the United States. Gold leasing is a major tool for the Federal Reserve and other central banks in the West to secretly control and regulate the gold market, creating gold credit derivatives and global credit conflict."
The silence of the blockheads -- maybe soon to be dead silence
Noting that the price of gold is starting to fall below the cost of production, Zero Hedge observed last night: "Not even Bernanke, Yellen, or all the paper gold exchange-traded funds in the world will be able to do much to suppress gold prices from reaching their fair value when gold production hits a standstill and when demand, especially by China, is still in the hundreds of tons each year."
The Zero Hedge commentary speculates about the gradual shutdown, company by company, of the gold mining industry as production costs cannot be recovered.
Of course there's no telling when enough of the world outside of a few central banks will wise up to paper gold and when the central banks that have been leasing and swapping their metal surreptitiously for price suppression will run out of metal they're prepared to lose, just as the central banks operating the London Gold Pool reached that threshold in March 1968. The next moment of transition might be many years away, or it could come tomorrow. (Most likely it will be a Sunday night U.S. Eastern time, which is when such things are usually sprung on the world by its unelected rulers.)
What may be most remarkable about the present is the silence of the gold mining industry and its supposed representative, the World Gold Council -- silence that, as the Zero Hedge commentary suggests, soon may be dead silence. [That applies in spades to the members of The Silver Institute as well.