How Gold Will Be Added to the SDR Basket Valuation
By JC Collins
Sometimes what at first appears to be conflicting information is anything but, and what was originally considered to be opposing forces or ideals can quickly become unified for the greater good.
There has been much discussion and division over whether the world was moving towards a multilateral super-sovereign reserve currency by way of the Special Drawing Right of the International Monetary Fund or towards a new gold standard by which all currencies would be valued once again on gold.
Positions have taken up defense on both sides and all waited to see which side was going to be right. Were the BRICS countries going to overthrow the western banking cabal? Was the US dollar going to inflate into oblivion? Was the SDR going to become the new reserve currency? Was a new gold standard going to be implemented instead?
So many questions with no clear outline or determinations on what exactly was going to happen.
I have contested all along that the SDR was going to become the super-sovereign reserve currency of the emerging multilateral financial system. The supporters of a new gold standard have found this idea unworkable because gold is considered to be the only method of creating stability within the larger architecture of the global financial system.
But what if everyone is right? Or more correctly, what if all the obvious points and leverage of each potential system can be utilized to create the larger macro stability from which the multilateral will inevitably emerge?
In the post Renminbi is Already a De Facto Reserve Currency, I discussed how the Chinese currency was being internationalized and would be added to the SDR basket valuation.
This basket is currently made up of four currencies, being the US dollar, the Japanese yen, the Euro, and the British pound. Adding the renminbi to the basket is both important and necessary for any changes to the global financial architecture.
But this theory has never accounted for the importance obviously placed on gold and the manipulation and mass movement of the precious metal which has taken place over the last few years.
No doubt the gold moving east has a lot to due with balancing old sovereign bond debts and building up reserves to support the renminbi denominated contracts which have just begun at the Shanghai Gold Exchange.
But this doesn’t fully explain the demand by other countries for gold, such as Russia and India, or even Germany demanding its gold back from the United States.
But nether does a gold standard fit the facts as all participating countries and economies have stated in official publications and speeches that a new gold standard is unworkable and the SDR provided the best opportunity moving forward to balance the financial structure of the world.
In posts such as:
I have attempted to explain and describe how the BRICS countries are aligned with the larger macro mandates of the SDR multilateral system and do not plan on overthrowing the western banks. It is in fact a situation where the western and eastern banks are all controlled by the Bank for International Settlements.
It is interesting that over the last few days even certain conspiracy theorists which have been promoting the overthrow of the western banking cabal are now stating that the BIS and its central bank system will remain.
In most of my more esoteric posts I explain how the human mind seeks out division and from that division is born conflict. Once symbols of division have been established it is almost impossible to shift the thinking of each position to see or observe a larger or more unified macro picture.
But once that realization is made the conscious thought pattern of all things takes a leap forward and what was once hidden in plan site becomes clearly visible and clarity resumes.
As we move closer to the end of this year and the ultimate point of transition to the multilateral, it is important to continue studying and observing the patterns which are taking place on the micro level. These proxy resource wars and attempts to consolidate resources under regional currencies before the larger macro consolidation takes place will likely taper off as agreements are made and positions relinquished.
The US Congress will pass the required legislation to enact the 2010 IMF Code of Reforms which will allow for the necessary changes to the Executive Board of the IMF to take place. This will also allow for the SDR basket to be opened and the renminbi and gold will be added to the overall valuation.
So once completed, the SDR basket valuation will consist of the following stores of value:
From this point we need to study and observe the massive amount of Sovereign Wealth Funds which litter the background of the international financial architecture.
Energy exporters and pacific rim economies which have undervalued currencies have been pouring investment into SWF’s. These funds are in a perfect position to promote the use of the SDR as a unit of account and store of value.
In the coming months and years you will see Sovereign Wealth Funds begin to purchase large amounts of SDR denominated bonds and securities. This is likely where the solution to the derivatives issue will be found. Somewhere in between Sovereign Wealth Funds and SDRM – Sovereign Debt Restructuring Mechanism, will be found the answer.
This will be the “reserve dollar” exit strategy for central banks and national treasuries. – JC
Interested readers can study the following paper published by the University of Glasgow, titled Adding Gold into the Valuation of the SDR.
I would also encourage a strong review of the following document on FINAL+Vision_Sovereign_Wealth_Funds. Especially section three, titled Sovereign Wealth Funds, Special Drawing Rights, and the New Global Financial Architecture.