-- Published: Wednesday, 26 November 2014 | Print | Disqus
The Swiss National Bank would be forced to buy the equivalent of around 70 per cent of total global gold production for the next three years if the referendum being held in Switzerland next Monday is passed. Gold prices could easily double within a matter of weeks.
Recent polls have suggested an early surge in the ‘yes’ vote to 42 per cent has declined in recent days. But the large number of voters declaring themselves undecided will make the result on Monday a cliffhanger for gold and silver investors.
Switzerland was the last country in the world to leave the gold standard in 1999 and may be the first to take a major step to becoming a gold-backed currency next week. Many Swiss citizens are scared by the rise of paper money and money printing around the world and now regret having ditched the gold standard.
Experts say that if the Swiss vote ‘yes’ on Monday, the SNB will have to buy 1,500 tonnes of gold over the next five years, the equivalent of almost 70 per cent of the annual global output from gold mines.
Five million Swiss citizens are able to vote on a proposal that would force the central bank to triple its gold reserves from seven to 20 per cent of total foreign currency reserves. The vote is being keenly observed by financial markets and governments all over the world.
Under the ‘Save Our Swiss Gold’ initiative the SNB will have to hold at least a fifth of its assets in gold within five years. The bank will also be required to repatriate all Swiss gold held abroad and be banned from selling any of its holdings in future. A fifth of Switzerland’s 1,040 tonnes of gold reserves are in the vaults of The Bank of England while a third are deposited in the Canadian Central Bank.
Opponents see this as fatally tying the hands of the SNB. The Swiss franc is already at a two-year high thanks to the referendum. The SNB has been forced to track the euro lower in recent years to avoid making Swiss industry hopelessly uncompetitive against the eurozone countries. This will be far more difficult to achieve with a gold-backed Swisse.
Still securing the position of the Swiss franc buy buying gold is far from being as mad as trying to do so by printing paper money as other central banks around the world are doing with their currencies. Somebody has to be the first to move towards sound money.
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Oxford University educated financial journalist Peter Cooper found himself made redundant by Emap plc in London in the mid-1990s and decided to rebuild his career in Dubai as launch editor of the pioneering magazine Gulf Business. He returned briefly to London in
1999 to complete his first book, a history of the Bovis construction group.
Then in 2000 he went back to Dubai to become an Internet entrepreneur, just as the dot-com market crashed. But he stumbled across the opportunity to become a partner in www.ameinfo.com, which later became the Middle East's leading English language business news website.
Over the course of the next seven years he had a ringside seat as editor-in-chief writing about the remarkable transformation of Dubai into a global business and financial hub city. At the same time www.ameinfo.com prospered and was sold in 2006 to Emap plc for $27 million, completing the career circle back to where it began a decade earlier.
He remains a lively commentator and columnist as a freelance journalist based in Dubai and travels extensively each summer with his wife Svetlana. His financial blog www.arabianmoney.net is attracting increasing attention with its focus on investment in gold and silver as a means of prospering during a time of great consumer price inflation and asset price deflation.
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