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9,173 Ounces Of Gold Transferred From HSBC To JP Morgan Gold Vaults Overnight

Zero Hedge [1]
Aug 27, 2011

While we have no information as to who or why (we do know when and where) engaged in a transfer of 9,173 ounces of eligible gold (for a total of about $16.5 million) from HSBC’s gold depository into that of JP Morgan, according to today’s closing CME Group Metal Depository Statistics [2], we can merely point out that it happened. One back of the envelope hypothesis: we have counterparty risk at the bank level (which is currently manifesting itself at both the CDS, the stock price, and the Li(E)bor level [3]; are we going to start seeing counterparty concerns at the gold depository level next? What next: a run on the [    ] gold depository in a self-fulfilling prophecy? The second hypothesis is by now well known- JPM needs all the gold it can get. But a paltry 9,173 ounces? Of course, the last hypothesis is that the two precisely 9,173 ounce transactions are in no way related.