Additional Covert QE On The Way?

Wed, May 16, 2012 - 3:59pm

An alert Turdite sent me an email last evening where he connected some dots about additional quantitative easing. I've been thinking about it off and on today and I've concluded that it deserves a discussion here.

Before we get started and, as background, please take a few minutes to watch this video:

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"IMHO, QE3 is presently being implemented via the Chartering of NEW Bank Holding Companies in the United States which will utilize Chinese held U.S. Treasuries as their BASE Capital.
-The Chinese held US Treasuries will be utilized as BASE CAPITAL upon which to create TRILLIONS of digital FRN via fractional reserve.
While these Treasuries were held outside of the U.S. Banking System FRN could not be created via fractional reserve; -but, now these Treasuries WILL be used as a basis to generate digital FRN out of thin air.
IF China holds $1.2 Trillion of U.S. Treasuries....
...THEN $1.2 Trillion in U.S. Treasuries = the possible creation of $10.8 Trillion new digital FRN via fractional reserve banking.
Sounds kinda like a money printing scheme doesn't it?
-NO 'Dollar of Capital' rule as Our Host would say...
Sounds a tad inflationary doesn't it?
THIS is exactly how the U.S. Banks Counterfeited FRN and ramped up inflation during the housing bubble.
-It is going to be done again with the help of the Chinese.
The Chinese ARE NOT going to 'dump' their Treasuries: the Chinese are going to print Trillions of digital FRN and go on an unprecedented .GOV/FED sponsored Leveraged Domestic Buying Binge!"

This rather interesting idea seems to have been generated by this little-noticed story from last week.

The banks in question are: (from the article)

  • China Investment Corp., or CIC, and other Chinese entities were permitted to acquire an 80% stake in New York's Bank of East Asia (U.S.A.) NA. CIC manages a portion of China's huge foreign exchange reserves.
  • Separately Wednesday, the Fed also allowed the Agricultural Bank of China Ltd. to establish a branch in New York and the Bank of China Ltd. to have a branch in Chicago.

Now, for those of you unfamiliar with fractional reserve banking, I suggest you watch this:

Fractional Reserve Banking

Whether it's overt or covert QE, growth of the money supply equals growth of debt and vice versa. And, as you can plainly see on this chart, rising debt causes equally rising gold prices.

Put it all together and what do ya do? BTFD and keep stacking.


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bellyacre · May 16, 2012 - 4:00pm



Halo · May 16, 2012 - 4:05pm

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Silver Danny · May 16, 2012 - 4:07pm

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Big L · May 16, 2012 - 4:10pm

Was there ever any doubt?

I mean really? It's the ONLY option.



StevenBHorse · May 16, 2012 - 4:14pm


I believe that the treasuries held by China are held in custody by the Fed. Rickards detailed this fact in his recent book. For those of you unfamiliar with the book, Rickards participated in a DoD exercise wherein they ran a simulated financial war games. One option was China liquidating their treasury stack, but since they are held in custody at the Fed, they (Fed) would simply not allow the Chinese to do this.

So how exactly would that work in practice. The whole premise falls apart if the banks don't physically or digitally in this case hold the treasuries in their own balance sheet.

Glad to see you are contributing fatwah against the 1st's started with you, but has now grown to 50 people on my ignore list. 

recaptureamerica · May 16, 2012 - 4:20pm


Lol. 50 people on ignore? It's going to get lonely in Turdville. A town of one doesn't a Turdville, make. Maybe you won't read this. I was first once.

StevenBHorse recaptureamerica · May 16, 2012 - 4:25pm

You are on my list ...but since you addressed me personally

I did read your response. I was hoping to get a thought about the content of my post, not my poking at bellyacre. But alas, you didn't disappoint. 

My being a supreme dickhead should not be open for discussion, it's just something that you have to live with.

Exergy · May 16, 2012 - 4:27pm


Nice Chess move ...

Take your crappy US paper (sorry... Tier 1 assets) and create banks inside the offending economy and use the very fractional reserve system to INSTANTLY let you leverage the value of those assets 10 times so you can instantly BUY hard assets including PM's, Land and companies...and anything you like ...the whole while laughing as the very process of buying these assets drives UP these hard asset's prices further increasing the value of the assets you are leveraging...which allows u to buy more. It also leaves you OWNING hard assets at 10 cents on the dollar. So long as you don't ask to be a primary end up being one of largest banks in the world based on capitol that you own....and all that is before you leverage those FRN's you basically can buy US paper for free to seem like nice guys offering a helping hand. If you are smart enough to do thinks they are not going to just buy whatever the US fed "suggests".

End game...the servant is now the master

The East is going to BUY the west.


(stack baby stack!!!...this is from a country that WANTS it's citizens to own PM's and they are only just starting to buy!)

boatman · May 16, 2012 - 4:30pm


take your IRA move it to TDAmeritrade or Schwab or somebody.

then buy what paper[sprott?] u want if/til things get shakier.

then/if cash it in, pay the tax, buy phys.

course u can just cash it in, tax it, n buy the phys.

i'm not there yet on the total collapse deal, tho its highly possible.


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SilverWealth · May 16, 2012 - 4:42pm


I have to side with Martin Armstrong. He has pegged this year well. His understanding is that flight to quality out of Europe will not run to gold, first it goes to the Dollar. This is the historic trend. We are in the dollar phase and it is rallying unfortunately. We are seeing that as Europe falls apart there is a deflationary flight to safety out of risk assets and into the dollar. Gold is perceived as a risk asset in this enviroment. This perception will change but not yet, not yet.

Patience will be necessary while this domino collapse plays out. Armstrong has a timing cycle where either gold rallies soon into July and then crashes down in August - September or it continues down from here and then rallies in his time cycle of July and then crashes later in 12'.

The whole thing is a fucking drag I know. We all know that the dollar is toilet paper. But perception is all and one must wait until the perception of the dollar as safe haven sours Then the big gold rally comes and I don't think before.

A55H0LE_Lawyer · May 16, 2012 - 4:45pm

12-year old prodigy, my b---

So some 12-year old Canadian kid is programmed by her parents to spout a bit about central banks. She opposes them, the public cheers!

But what is her solution? Basically, put the governments directly in charge of the printing press. Ooh, that's a great idea. Does nobody see how our efforts are being hijacked???

The problem with our economy is easy money creation. Her "solution" just throws gasoline on the fire. The real solution is to anchor our economies with something politicians and bankers cannot create out of thin air. And what could that be ...???

foggyroad · May 16, 2012 - 4:47pm

TF excellent videos!

Now, We all see the fractional reserve notes creation process and it's exponential nature of increasing the money supply.

Now, consider the compound interest attached to all the loans that went into this vast pile of debt money created.

Boggles the mind!.. rule of thumb, $ 100,000.oo mortgage on a house costs between 2 or 3 times the original principal ie. $300,00000 to $400,000.oo total payout of principal and interest to clear title of said house.

Who is this money paid to?


· May 16, 2012 - 4:51pm

This is brand new

and you should probably watch it, too.

SBSS 19. How Money Dies
silverstax A55H0LE_Lawyer · May 16, 2012 - 4:57pm

Re: 12-year old prodigy

She may very well be a mouthpiece for her folks but her video is helping to wake people up nonetheless! It's gone viral and I know of a couple of people personally who were previously asleep and are now starting to question things after being forwarded that video.

Turd, maybe it's time for you to get one of your kids to make a proper video on JPM and the Federal Reserve - you know we'd make it viral in no time! cheeky

foggyroad SilverWealth · May 16, 2012 - 5:04pm


Agreed Your Premise, well Martin's and Your's usd safe haven flight, however all it would take is for one Big fish to jump in and start a stampede to gold.

MOPE is just that Perception, if the perception is that The Smart Money is sniffing around Gold, it wouldn't take a whale to vaporize the current Mope, due to the small size of the PM market.

Jim Willie ruminated on New currencies backed partially by gold, as this becomes more probable, flight desinations may change.


twippers · May 16, 2012 - 5:07pm

Gold and Silver Stocks

Many of the larger gld and silver stocks finished in the green today even with the plunge in G and S. Harvey Organ usually says this is a precursor to a run up the next day. Can someone enlighten?

Big Buffalo · May 16, 2012 - 5:14pm

Debt to Gold Ratio chart

Does anyone have a chart very similar to Turd's posted chart except, for every $100 gold would equal $1,000,000,000 debt?

I believe this would provide us a better tracking method.

In the meantime, I like this chart too. It's very realistic.

¤ · May 16, 2012 - 5:16pm


I'll try to do so. Thanks for the new reading materialyes

As usual, you're on top of an aspect of this I didn't want to mention aloud because it sounds so unlikely. I actually think that there is a high likelihood that even if they announce QE publicly that the effect won't be as great on the PM's as we think or as sustained. Unless the QE number is so mind boggling and it comes on the heels of some other market events, I think they have the skids prepped to such a degree that the momo money that seemed poised to get in earlier in the year might be spooked by what they've seen in gold/silver the past two months or so.

Unannounced QE like you're talking about would be the perfect 'stealth QE' that they've already telegraphed. They've actually stated their intention and used the words 'stealth QE' if I'm not mistaken. We're in uncharted and historical currency market territory here and there have been many curve balls thrown the public's way (market reaction wise) so something like the next QE not having the same effect seems likely at some point. I hope I'm wrong and the PM's go beserk and I'm leaning towards (and hoping) they do just that. 

We live in an upside down, topsy-turvy world where logical outcomes based on recent and previous experience don't seem very predictable or likely any longer.

I hope I'm wrong about all of that but what it comes down to me is the recognition that we are in a very real and ongoing currency war or 'severe rebalancing for competitive monetary advantage battle' might be the more precise way of putting it. I see anything as possible, including a market under-reaction that they've tried real hard to create even though an unprecedented amount of gold has been bought by sovereign CB's and other big entities. If that much gold can be taken off the market and the price isn't really reacting to supply and demand parameters then anything is possible.

Up is down. Left is right. Yes is no.

QE might be Z'zz to a certain degree, unless it's huge and accompanied by big turmoil elsewhere. (U.S. downgrade after debt ceiling breach)

foggyroad twippers · May 16, 2012 - 5:20pm


The cartel has signals to insiders, as to what direction PMs will be manipulated. Miner's leading spot down signals a forth coming raid and vice versa. Not always but statistically so, a headfake is always possible. Devious bunch these Bullion Banks!

The Doc · May 16, 2012 - 5:25pm

TF, you may be right about

TF, you may be right about JPM F'ing a client with a margin call causing today's waterfalls. As I watched them happen my first thought was insider trading prior to the fed minutes release, and I am still inclined to think that was the intention, margin call or not, particularly as the fed allowed some easing language to magically escape in the minutes.
As you said, either option is obviously criminal...not sure which one is moreso. 

Supply of silver especially is beginning to tighten up somewhat, our suppliers for SD Bullion have begun raising premiums multiple times throughout the day, although only slightly so far... .05 to .10 at a time.

Sentiment is screaming a bottom, I have stackers asking how to short silver. Could we see more weakness? Sure, particularly if JP is attempting to completely extricate itself from its remaining 13,000 silver shorts, as Ted Butler believes. All I know is this is the best stacking opp since 2008. 
Keep up the good work.


ReachWest · May 16, 2012 - 5:28pm

Time for an Aspirin

So - if I read this correctly - QE to infinity - but in an obfuscated fashion, so as not to alarm the markets and the populace. Thus the PM's will continue to be hammered (at least in the paper market) and "John Q Public" will be none the wiser until he finally notices a dozen eggs are costing $25.

Sounds like a plan that I would go along with if I were a Federal Reserve FOMC participant. And - hey, for the Chinese - it is brilliant. They get to have their cake and eat it too. (Essentially converting their worthless fiat to hard assets).

Only one problem (well - there are numerous problems, but) - we're all screwed even more. QE is bad enough - obfuscated QE is much worse. Oh - and how is that oh-so-quiet MENA problem these days? Lest we forget that small annoyance.

Now I really do feel a headache coming on. 

bernard · May 16, 2012 - 5:42pm

Innundated with Fiat Oblivion

It is getting hard to see through this dense fog of fiat deceoption...what is up? what is down?

Dr G · May 16, 2012 - 5:44pm

The stealth QE that Turd

The stealth QE that Turd mentions may indeed be occurring right now. While it may give the system liquidity, it will not have the necessary effects of moving markets (including the metals markets that we love so much).

Only formal and announced QE will do that. It has to come from Ben and he has to say "quantitative easing". Failure to do that will not result in happy days for PM owners desiring a higher price.

The other option is what ReachWest above mentions. That is actually an option I favor. We experience inflation while PM prices are initially very low. This helps to confirm hyperinflation around the bend AND gives us a chance to prep with metals at lower prices. It certainly does not help with prepping other items, as they will see a dramatic increase in cost.

Santa's Elf · May 16, 2012 - 5:45pm

@ IndigoStar7

I agree wholeheartedly with your assertion. In my mind QE3 won't necessarily reflect an instant jolt upward to the price of gold. However, what it will do is act as a manifestation of the Fed's glaring impotence in controlling deflation with any other mechanism.

Now, if the FOMC meeting on June 20th passes sans QE3, then I think we may find ourselves reliving the last 2 weeks all over again. Fact is, unless we have some central bank intervention, I think it's quite possible gold (perceived as risk asset) reaches Martin Armstrong levels ($1300ish).

Save your pennies, just in case.

Full disclosure: I bought today...shows how much I care about that theory wink

kingboo · May 16, 2012 - 5:45pm

Hey BellyAcre.....

you're starting to remind me of "Uncle Frank" from the movie "One Crazy Summer".........

The Swedish Chef · May 16, 2012 - 6:05pm

The thing there is no covert

The thing there is no covert QE unless The Fed starts lying (as if, right?) about M2 and if they don´t lie it´s QE in plain sight. 10 trillions don´t just go away.

Edit: That girls is as cute as can be but she´s advocating monetizing the debt fully through a central bank. Weimar, here we come... But I guess that is what you get when you take advice on monetary policy from a twelve year old kid.

The Doc · May 16, 2012 - 6:11pm

Thanks, Doc

You guys are doing GREAT WORK, too.

Big Buffalo · May 16, 2012 - 6:13pm


Looks like gold at 1550-1600 is fairly priced.

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