Frank states there was a IMF Article 4 Review with Iraq on March 24th. In Frank’s opinion Iraq is Article 8 compliant- we just do not see it yet. Iraq is ready for WTO ascension….We just do not see it yet.
Franks Opinion is to pay attention to the month of April as the IMF often makes changes at that time.
On Monday the US Senate moved to pass the Ukraine-aid bill. Inside it was the 2010 IMF reform….The bill passed at 6:30 PM pm last night and it was passed by a super-majority in the senate. So they can bypass the house and send it right to O for his signature.
Why did they need a super-majority? It is because of the 2010 IMF reform bill and not because of aid for the Ukraine.
This is very significant as to what is going on globally now. Just like the language law in Iraq….it was done months ago but did not show up in the exact place it needed to be (the Gazette) until the moment it needed to be there.
In Nova’s opinion we shall see the same thing here in that bill that was just passed.
Nova says to study this bill as diligently as we study the Dinar…or we could lose our dinar. Frank agreed and said things being done on the Senate floor have a reason.
Iraq Buys Massive 36 Tonnes Of Gold In March
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The Central Bank of Iraq said it bought 36 tons of gold this month to help stabilise the Iraqi dinar against foreign currencies, according to a statement from the bank that was emailed this morning.
It is very large in tonnage terms and Iraq’s purchases this month alone surpasses the entire demand of many large industrial nations in all of 2013. It surpasses the entire demand of large countries such as France, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Italy, Japan, the UK, Brazil and Mexico. Indeed, it is just below the entire gold demand of voracious Hong Kong for all of 2013 according to GFMS data (see chart).
Demand By Country (GFMS via Thomson Reuters)
Iraq had 27 tonnes of gold reserves at the end of 2013 according to the IMF data and thus Iraq has more than doubled their reserves with their allocations to gold this month. Gold remains less than 5% of their overall foreign exchange reserves showing that there is the possibility of further diversification into gold in the coming months.
The governor of the Iraqi Central Bank, Abdel Basset Turki, told a news conference that, “the bank bought 36 tonnes of gold to boost reserves and this move is to strengthen the financial capacity of the country and increase the elements of security and insurance reserves of the Central Bank of Iraq.”
He said, “the purchase quantity comes with the aim of achieving the highest stages of the financial soundness for Iraq”. He pointed out that the measure comes within the purview of the central bank in the use of the fiscal policy tools of Iraq.
“The Bank has purchased large quantities of gold bullion with a very high purity and in accordance with the approved international standards,” according to the Iraqi central bank.
He added that “the central bank seeks through the purchase of large quantities of gold to stabilize the Iraqi dinar against foreign currencies.”
Iraq quadrupled its gold holdings to 31.07 tonnes over the course of three months between August and October 2012, data from the International Monetary Fund shows. The IMF’s monthly statistics report showed the country’s holdings increased to some 23.9 tonnes in August 2012 to 29.7 tonnes.
That was followed by a 2.3-tonne rise in September to 32.09 tonnes and then a cut of 1.02 tonnes in October 2012 to 31.07 tonnes.
It is Iraq’s first major move to bolster its gold reserves in months.
The central bank of Iraq’s doubling of its gold reserves this month is important as there are many oil rich nations in the world with sizeable foreign exchange reserves, primarily in dollars, and only a small allocation to gold by these central banks alone could lead to higher gold prices.
36 tonnes is a lot of physical gold, however in terms of dollars it is worth just $1.522 billion which is a tiny fraction of the $80 billion of foreign exchange reserves that Iraq holds.
Energy rich Russia alone has foreign exchange reserves of some $440 billion. Should they decide to allocate a sizeable portion of their reserves to gold, it would rapidly result in materially higher prices.
Signs that the global economy is slowing down and the most serious confrontation between Moscow and the U.S. and its allies since the end of the Cold War is likely to lead to central banks continuing their foreign exchange diversification.
Central banks and the smart money will continue to dollar cost average and accumulate bullion on dips.