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China Sold Second-Largest Amount Ever Of US Treasurys In December: And Guess Who Comes To The Rescue

 

Submitted by Tyler
Durden
on 02/18/2014 20:15 -0500

While we will have more to say about the disastrous December TIC data shortly, which was released early today, and which showed a dramatic plunge in foreign purchases of US securities in December – the month when the S&P soared to all time highs and when everyone was panicking about the 3% barrier in the 10 Year being breached and resulting in a selloff in Tsy paper – one thing stands out. The chart below shows holdings of Chinese Treasurys (pending revision of course, as the Treasury department is quite fond of ajdusting this data series with annual regularity): in a nutshell, Chinese Treasury holdings plunged by the most in two years, after China offloaded some $48 billion in paper, bringing its total to only $1268.9 billion, down from $1316.7 billion, and back to a level last seen in March 2013! 

This was the second largest dump by China in history with the sole exception of December 2011.

That this happened at a time when Chinese FX reserves soared to all time highs, and when China had gobs of spare cash lying around and not investing in US paper should be quite troubling to anyone who follows the nuanced game theory between the US and its largest external creditor, and the signals China sends to the world when it comes to its confidence in the US.

Yet what was truly surprising is that despite the plunge in Chinese holdings, and Japanese holdings which also dropped by $4 billion in December, is that total foreign holdings of US Treasurys increased in December, from $5716.9 billion to 5794.9 billion.

Why? Because of this country. Guess which one it is without looking at legend. 

That’s right: at a time when America’s two largest foreign creditors, China and Japan, went on a buyers strike, the entity that came to the US rescue was Belgium, which as most know is simply another name for… Europe: the continent that has just a modest amount of its own excess debt to worry about. One wonders what favors were (and are) being exchanged behind the scenes in order to preserve the semblance that “all is well”?

Click here for graphs/pictures:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-18/china-sells-second-largest-amount-us-treasurys-december-and-guess-who-comes-rescue

 

SDR’s and the New Bretton Woods – Part One

Some real heavy duty writings from this writer, JC Collins.  Link to part 2 in the bottom.

 

BRICS Inject Capital into I.M.F. Basket of Currencies

Jan 21, 2014

By JC Collins

In my previous post I briefly explained how China was in the process of assuming the liabilities of the Federal Reserve, in addition to their already held liabilities of the U.S. Treasury.  Such a strong statement will require even stronger evidence.  This I will attempt to achieve over this multi-part essay. 

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“The legislative process is underway right now. We want the reforms to be adopted expeditiously. It’s really the U.S. Treasury, Jack Lew and his team that’s taking the lead on getting these measures through the U.S. Congress that are required to implement the 2010 reforms.”

“Just to remind you what those are, the 2010 reforms do a couple things. One, they bring four dynamic emerging market countries into the top 10 shareholder ranks or what we call quota ranks of the institution. China, Brazil, Russia, India. It also doubles our permanent capital, the quota. And it also creates a fully elected Executive Board.” 

                          – William Murray, I.M.F. Deputy Spokesman, Jan 9, 2014.

“The IMF is explicit in its antidemocratic leanings, what it calls “political considerations”.  The SDR blueprint calls for the appointment of “an advisory board of eminent experts” to provide direction on the amount of money printing in the new SDR system.  Perhaps these “eminent experts” would be selected from among the same economists and central bankers who led the international monetary system to the brink of destruction in 2008.”

                                   – James Rickards, Currency Wars, Penguin Group, 2011

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G. Edward Griffin’s mind altering “The Creature from Jekyll Island” introduced many of us to the somewhat hidden history of the U.S. Federal Reserve.  It told of how the Federal Reserve Act was passed in Congress during the Christmas break in the year 1913.  It was insidious.  And it changed the course of human history, as it planted the seed of what would slowly grow to become the world’s reserve currency.

 

Though the U.S. dollar didn’t become the official reserve currency until the Bretton Woods Agreement of 1944, it is commonly accepted that the dollar had already usurped the British pound of this title well before it was officially acknowledged. As I believe the U.S. dollar has now already been usurped by another.  We’ll get back to that in a while.

There was another event which took place in the year 1913 which has been little understood or known at all in the western world today.  After the collapse of the Manchu Dynasty in 1911, the remaining Government of the Chinese Republic issued bonds to foreign investors for the purpose of raising capital to rebuild the country.  These bonds were titled the 1913 Chinese Government 5% Reorganization Gold Loan.  Emphasis on the word gold for later reference.

These bonds were pegged to the price of gold as a hedge against future inflation and were denominated in four currencies.  The underwriting banks for the bonds reflect the four currencies which the bonds were interchangeable with at the time, which are now known as HSBC, Deutsche Bank, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, and Caylon – Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank.

Keep in mind that these bonds were issued in the same context as the U.S. Treasury Bonds which the world’s central banks have been gobbling up since 1944. These bonds had a yield.  These bonds have never fully been acknowledged by the Chinese government.  As a part of the deal with the British government for the return of Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China did honor 10% of the outstanding bonds at about 62% of the face value.  And what I can say at this time is that there is in fact a deal in the works for a final payout on the remaining bonds.  We’ll get back to that in a while.

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In 1944, as a part of the Bretton Woods system, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank were created.  These were western dominated institutions whose sole purpose was organizing foreign markets for the acceptance of U.S. dollars.  We will leave the full explanation of these institutions and their role in structuring our current debt based system for another essay series, but for our purposes here, it’s important to understand that they propagated the exporting of dollar inflation to what we now call the “emerging markets”, or the BRICS countries.

Since the initial printing of the Federal Reserve Note (U.S. dollar) in 1913, the “dollar” has lost 95% of its value.  We see this devaluation of the dollar as inflation, or the increase of costs for items we buy.  This devaluation of the dollar has had a few milestones.  One is after the Bretton Woods Agreement when the dollar became the primary reserve currency of the world.  The second came when President Richard Nixon uncoupled the dollar from its peg with gold.  This was in 1971.  A third milestone can be argued to be in 1973, when the so called “petrodollar” was created with agreements between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, and later all the OPEC countries.  This “petrodollar” scheme ensured that all oil trades were completed internationally in U.S. dollars.  This was a slight-of-hand from the Bretton Woods arrangement to the “petrodollar” arrangement.

A fourth milestone was obviously the onset of Quantitative Easing after the financial crisis of 2008.  The chart below clearly shows how with each milestone the amount of debt (money printing) by the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve tag team has been multiplied dramatically leading to inflation.  This is shown by an increase in the red line, which represents CPI – Consumer Price Index, the amount you pay for stuff.

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The only end to this pattern is an end to the dollar as the world’s primary reserve currency.  Just like the British pound before it.  In the chart below you’ll notice the same gradual downward pattern as the U.S. dollar.

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The central banks of the world were buying up U.S. treasuries before the British even accepted that there was a problem with the pound.  The same is happening today with the dollar.  In fact, most of the world outside the United States has already accepted the demise of the dollar as fact.  But the idea is unfathomable to the average American.

The International Monetary Fund issues a currency called SDR – Special Drawing Rights.  The SDR’s are valued on a basket of currencies.  In essence, it’s a true to life multiply reserve currency system.  It has been slowly built up since the early 1970’s, at the same time the U.S. dollar started its serious devaluation.  Could the plan have been in place since 1971 to end the dollar system through hyperinflation before implementing the SDR as a true world currency?  Perhaps.

On January 9, 2014, I.M.F. Deputy Spokesman William Murray was giving a press briefing.  With zero coverage of this briefing in the western media, it’s important to relay what happened when the questioned was asked about the implementation of the 2010 Code of Reforms, or Governance Reforms.  Mr. Murray answered by stating:

“The legislative process is underway right now. We want the reforms to be adopted expeditiously. It’s really the U.S. Treasury, Jack Lew and his team that’s taking the lead on getting these measures through the U.S. Congress that are required to implement the 2010 reforms.”

It seems both the U.S. Treasury and the I.M.F. are very anxious about these reforms.  So what are they?

“Just to remind you what those are, the 2010 reforms do a couple things. One, they bring four dynamic emerging market countries into the top 10 shareholder ranks or what we call quota ranks of the institution. China, Brazil, Russia, India. It also doubles our permanent capital, the quota. And it also creates a fully elected Executive Board.” 

This tells us a few important things.  One, the influence of the BRICS countries within the structure of the I.M.F. is going to be greatly expanded.  As stated, they will be in the top 10 shareholder ranks.  These are positions previously dominated by western financial and U.S. dollar interests.  The gravity of this statement cannot be understated.

Second, it’s telling us that the BRICS countries are bringing capital with them.  Enough capital in fact, to double what the I.M.F. presently holds on reserve.  The BRICS countries will be injecting a huge amount of capital into the SDR system.  One only has to research the amount of gold being exported to the BRICS countries, especially China, to understand where this capital, or worth, will come from.  We’ll get back to that in a while.

Thirdly, expanding the influence of the BRICS countries within the structure of the I.M.F. also “creates a fully elected Executive Board”.  The Executive Board of the I.M.F. is responsible for SDR allocation.  Let that sink in for a moment.  The BRICS countries are going to have an equal say on SDR allocation.  The SDR is being built up as the world’s reserve currency.  The value of the SDR will be based on a basket of currencies.  And the U.S. Treasury is pushing congress to make this happen.

On August 5, 2013, the Peoples Bank of China called for a “New Bretton Woods” system where the U.S. dollar would be removed as the world’s primary reserve currency.  It also called for an expanded usage of the SDR and for the new system to be supported by gold.

In Part Two, we will explore how the U.S. debt, being the liabilities of both the Treasury and the Federal Reserve, will be consolidated with the treasury bonds held by China and rolled into the new SDR system.        – JC Collins

Continue to SDR’s and the New Bretton Woods – Part Two

http://philosophyofmetrics.com/2014/01/21/sdrs-and-the-new-bretton-woods-part-one/

Bix Weir sent me an email (others too)

 

Interesting stuff, hope the wheels are turning.

2013 had some dominant theme’s that hit the Mainstream Media and it seems that many of the items related to the Road to Roota Theory are still with us. For example, JP Morgan just can’t get out cleanly anymore from their criminality…
 
JP Morgan Nears $2B Deal Over Involvement with Madoff
 
“JPMorgan Chase & Co is nearing a  $2 billion settlement with federal authorities to resolve  suspicions that the bank ignored signs of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi  scheme, the New York Times reported, citing people briefed on  the case.”
“The bank’s civil and criminal settlements would also involve  a deferred prosecution agreement, a criminal action that would  suspend an indictment as long as the bank acknowledged the facts  of the government’s case and changed its behavior, the NY Times  said.”
 
END
 
I know a lot of you are thinking…”SO WHAT? THEY JUST PAID A FINE AND WALKED AWAY AGAIN!”
 
On one level you are right. On another level these settlements and lawsuits are laying out a very clear message to JPM and the banking cabal…THE FUTURE WILL BE DIFFERENT.
 
Remember, in order to run a truly unbacked fiat monetary system you MUST rig the markets…especially gold and silver. Their prices must be kept under control. It is a requirement. It is a necessity. It has been done via computer programs since the very first computer trading programs were introduced by Alan Greenspan in the 1970’s.
 
That’s the way the unbacked fiat system has worked for over 40 years.
 
And now that is ending…at least on the Bankster level. Removing the Institutionalized Market Rigging avenues is very, very bad for the system. Of course the Bad Guys will try to work around the new barriers. For example, they are TRYING to move the rigging control mechanism into the hedge funds. Currently it’s BlackRock “trading” collusively with companies like Tim Geithner’s hedge fund, Warburg Pincus, but I’m not convinced that it will work. They don’t have the protection of the Fed and US Treasury so it leaves them very vulnerable to an “official take-down” by the Good Guys. Keep an eye on the hedge funds if you are looking for future gold/silver market manipulation.
 
Anyway you slice it silver and gold rigging operations as 2014 is a whole new ball game.
 
As for the other big theme that has made the transfer from 2013 to 2014…
 
BITCOIN IS JUMPING UP OVER $1,000 AGAIN!
 
Now I know how hard it has been for many of you to understand and trust the concept behind Bitcoin because for so long we have understood physical gold and silver as the only alternatives to unbacked fiat money. But Bitcoin is just that…ANOTHER alternative! True, it doesn’t have thousands of years of history as money but how could it have? Computer money has only been around for 40 years! You have no problem accepting our current digital money issued from the Banksters and Fed so why would you have a problem trusting a digital money that CAN’T be mass produced and is controlled by NOBODY??
 
Oh, and please don’t send me any more “anti-bitcoin” articles. I’ve read them all and they all fall short of convincing me that Bitcoin won’t be with us during and after the Global Monetary Meltdown. Even the arguments that bring up weakness in the Bitcoin protocol forget that Bitcoin is anti-fragile…meaning it learns from it’s own weaknesses and failures and becomes stronger and stronger by understanding and fixing the problem.
 
In the end you will find that Bitcoin will be used side-by-side with physical gold and silver after the CRASH so you’d better just get used to it.
 
Here’s an interview I did on it in 2013 and information on how to get started with Bitcoin.
 
INTERVIEW: Bitcoin, Gold & Silver will Survive the Global Implosion
 
I will be posting an updated “Timeline” article for 2014 in the next few weeks. Of course it’s not exact but it gives you an idea about when I think certain important things will occur in this most important year.
 
For Private Road Subscribers here’s the Timeline I posted in September 2013. Not bad for an amateur Nostradamus :-)…
 
Timeline on the Road to RootA
 
 
For those of you suffering through the freezing cold…hang in there! According to Clif High it’s going to last a very, very long time 😦
 
May the Road you choose be the Right Road.
 
Bix Weir