Friday, November 17th, 2017 MST

Category: Interesting Issues

Germany repatriates its gold, at least some of it

Last week Germany’s central bank pompously announced that it had completed its repatriation of $31 billion in gold from Paris and New York, ridiculing earlier speculation that the gold had somehow been compromised.  A widely circulated theory was that Germany’s gold had been borrowed by bullion houses and delivered against futures contracts that were sold

Massive Gold Maple Leaf stolen

Early last Monday morning, burglars broke into Berlin’s Bode Museum and stole a 100-kilogram [221-pound (avoirdupois)] .99999 fine Gold Maple Leaf with a face value of C$1,000,000.  However, the C$1 million face value was nominal.  The coin’s gold value was right at $4 million.

Snow Falcon silver coins not good buys

A telemarketing firm recently began promoting 1-1/2 oz Snow Falcon silver coins, minted by the Royal Canadian Mint.  We advise our clients to stay away from any silver bullion coins larger than one ounce. Not only would 1-1/2 oz silver coins not be practical if the need ever came to use them as money, but

North Korea linked to $81 million theft

According to Symantec, North Korea probably is responsible for the $81 million theft from Bangladesh’s central bank.  Researchers at the digital security firm uncovered “a rare piece of code” that had been seen in previous hacking cases by North Korea. The theft is believed to be the first by a nation for purely financial gain.