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Real physical gold.

This is gold that you store yourself or at a trusted vaulting company. This is gold that you can actually hold in your hands. This is the gold that is demanded at record levels by central banks around the globe.


Pretend Gold

This is the domain of the bullion banks. They offer futures contracts, unallocated accounts, and ETFs…all as an alternative to the real thing and as a way of increasing the total supply of “gold” in what amounts to modern-day alchemy.


What are Futures Contracts

futures contract

A precious metals futures contract is a legally binding agreement for delivery of gold or silver at an agreed-upon price in the future. A futures exchange standardizes the contracts as to the quantity, quality, time, and place of delivery. … The great majority of futures contracts are offset before the delivery date.

Unallocated Gold



is a bookkeeping device by which a bank or other enterprise provides you with notional gold. The gold is a liability to you on their balance sheet. It is synonymous with gold ‘accounts' and its holders are unsecured creditors.

Gold ETFs


A gold ETF, or exchange-traded fund, is a commodity ETF that consists of only one principal asset: gold. Exchange-traded funds act like individual stocks, and they trade on an exchange in the same manner. However, the fund itself holds gold derivative contracts that are backed by gold.  Gold ETFs are a convenient, liquid way for individual investors to buy and hold gold.

The investment world allows a physical price to be determined through the trading of the pretend alternative.there's demand for the real thing: physical gold.

One great story in 2019 was how the Polish central bank purchased—and then demanded immediate delivery of—about 100 metric tonnes of physical gold. The Poles are no dummies, and they apparently wanted no part of the unallocated promises from the London Bullion Market.

Central bank demand for gold will exceed 670 metric tonnes in 2019. This follows what was a 50-year record demand of 641 metric tonnes in 2018. This from the World Gold Council at the end of 3rd Quarter 2019:  Price rose by 18% in 2019, a logical conclusion would be that this was due to strong physical demand,  that conclusion would be mostly correct.

Surging demand often leads to higher prices, price is not determined through the exchange of fiat currency for physical metal.  Price is determined through the trading of gold derivatives and futures contracts—pretend gold,

Last year saw the global central banks demand delivery of 670 metric tonnes of physical gold, while at the same time, the global bullion banks oversaw an increase in the supply of 1024 metric tonne gold.


  • Central Bank physical demand: 21,500,000 ounces
  • Global physical mine supply: 90,000,000 ounces
  • Bullion Bank pretend gold supply: 78,616,600 ounces

With the price of gold rallying from $1280 to $1520 in 2019, a move of 18%, which factor had the largest impact?

Demand for physical gold or the supply of pretend gold? all of these trends will continue in 2020, and as such, the price trends will continue, too.


  1. 1. Central bank demand for physical gold will continue unabated as foreign currency reserves are gradually shifted from fiat currency to sound money.
  2. 2. Institutional demand for physical gold will increase as fiat currencies are devalued and global interest rates trend lower.
  3. 3. Personal demand for physical gold will increase as investors increase the asset allocation to our under-utilized sector.
  4. 4. Bullion bank supply of pretends gold will increase as these banks defend their established and underwater short positions. (Keep in mind that these Bank shorts positions are not constrained by the same factors that face Spec longs. These Banks are deemed “too big to fail” and thus will always have access to enough cash to meet perceived margin requirements. Additionally, these Banks are rarely forced to actually deliver physical gold against their short positions, as the Spec longs rarely demand physical delivery.)


The bullion bank control over the pricing scheme grows more tenuous by the month. Each ounce of physical gold that is demanded globally removes it from the over-leveraged hands of the Banks. So keep the pressure on in 2020.

The Advice of Craig Hemke from the Gold Eagle is:

” Buy gold and demand immediate delivery. And then let's see if we can finally begin to see prices reflect true physical gold demand and not fabricated pretend gold supply”.