Portugal Runs Out of Gold as Citizens Forced to Sell in Order to Eat

This story from Bloomberg is one of the most gold bullish items I have read in the last 12 months.  While many pundits like to get on their soapboxes and spout about how gold is in a “bubble” merely due to the fact that it has soared so much and they are bitter they didn’t see it coming, this article demonstrates quite clearly that gold is in the opposite of a bubble.  Let’s take a few quotes from the article:

Paulo Oliveira and his wife sold their wedding rings to pay the rent after he lost his job as a builder last month. They were the couple’s last pieces of jewelry.

“We have no more gold to save us from being kicked out this month,” the 46-year-old said as he stood in the area of downtown Lisbon popular with cash-for-gold stores. “Everyone I know is struggling, even the gold stores are empty because nobody has any more gold left to sell.”

“Business has gone from great to terrible in a matter of months,” Luis Almeida, whose family has owned a gold store near Lisbon’s Rossio Square for more than 40 years, said in an interview. “The sad truth is that most of my clients have already sold all of their gold rings.”

Portugal’s gold exports increased by more than five times to 519.4 million euros last year from 102.1 million euros in 2009, according to data published on the Lisbon-based National Statistics Institute’s website.

Oliveira said he now makes as little as 15 euros a day polishing shoes on a wooden stool in Lisbon’s central Barros Queiroz street, where gold traders complain competition is eating profit.

This all very much reminds me of an article I posted several months ago about how pawn shops in the U.S. were running out of gold.  Seems the U.S. serfs got fleeced a couple months earlier.  Good thing we have EBT cards and disability checks though!

The big macro point here is obvious.  Despite a depression and euro weakness, the Portuguese are not only unable to buy gold as protection, they are being forced to sell what little real wealth they have just to survive.  It is all going straight out the back door to China and others.  This is just a massive transfer of wealth away from Europe and once the metal dries up (which appears to be happening now), the gold price will resume its march toward much higher levels.  I believe this march is beginning now and will be very powerful over the next 3-6 months.

Full article here.

Mike

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  1. Many precious metals and other commodity resource stocks appear to be breaking out of their long term downtrends dating from ~early 2011.

    Food prices have rocketed.

    War in Syria and Iran looms.

    It should be an interesting autumn.

  2. But I should say, if one wants to hold stocks, it’s worth reviewing the last few weeks of commentary on jsmineset regarding direct registration (DRS) of shares. In a nutshell: counterparty risk. If your brokerage goes bankrupt, will you get your shares? Will SIPC work when the next acute phase of this systemic economic upheaval hits? You can take some risks out of the equation by using DRS. But it’s also worth checking out Rick Rules commentary on the same topic: https://cc.callinfo.com/cc/playback/Playback.do?id=6mqc8k

  3. From weak hands to the strong…
    Do as the Central Banks do. Accumulate.

  4. I’m starting to take offense when people say “from the weak hands to the strong” when someone is forced to sell their gold to make ends meet. These people are not “weak”, they are at the end of their ropes. If by “weak” you mean they have no assets left, while the “strong” are the multimillionaires and governments who can use fiat money creation to cover their bills, then the saying is being misused.

    “From the weak hands to the strong” was supposed to mean those who bought commodities on a whim and then sell at the slightest drop in price. People are being forced with inflation and taxation to sell their last asset, in this case gold, at which point there is nothing left. Because gold has not kept up with inflation, it is being suppressed to force people to sell at reduced prices. That price is $1600 USD instead of $1900 USD, which should be $9000 USD to reflect the amount of money printing. All commodities that were supposed to be alternatives to paper currency are not keeping up with inflation, they are being suppressed. People have no choice but to sell – and then they have nothing.

  5. If they’re selling their gold in these stores, they’re getting ripped off BIG-TIME.

  6. When you have no more gold or anything that the overlord pigs want from you, you will be exterminated.
    That is the policy of the globalist oligarchy.

  7. Sell what gold you may hold and buy all & any bullion grade silver, holding this rarer than gold (fact), PM will keep you in shelter, food water & ammo!… Stay safe!

  8. I particularly love how Devane peddles the stuff…………… where he speaks about loving the feel of it
    It’s creepy………..hardly material to make me want to rush out and buy a ton of it
    to squirrel away in my private safe
    If it ever gets to that its bullets and canned peaches time……..

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