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martedì 2 giugno 2015

Il Texas vuole farsi un suo deposito per l'oro texano


Kyle Bass è famoso, fra l'altro, per aver detto: "buying gold is just buying a put against the idiocy of the political cycle. It's that simple". Ma molti non ricordano come nel 2011 suggerì alla University of Texas Investment Management Co. di pretendere la consegna fisica dell'oro di sua proprietà piuttosto che fidarsi delle mani "sicure" del COMEX, casa delle scommesse di carta su oro per eccellenza insieme al mercato inglese.

Ora, i Tylers ci fanno sapere che secondo lo Star Telegram il Texas sta facendo un passo nella direzione indicata da Bass. Il repubblicano Giovanni Capriglione (Giovanni Capriglione?!) ha chiesto che venga creata un Texas Bullion Depository in cui immagazzinare l'oro dello stato. Si parla di circa 1 miliardo di dollari in lingotti d'oro di proprietà della UTIMCo che sono al momento in mano alla HSBC di New York.
“We are not talking Fort Knox,” Capriglione said. “But when I first announced this, I got so many emails and phone calls from people literally all over the world who said they want to store their gold … in a Texas depository.

“People have this image of Texas as big and powerful … so for a lot of people, this is exactly where they would want to go with their gold.” And other precious metals.

House Bill 483 would let the Texas comptroller’s office establish the state’s first bullion depository at a location yet to be determined.

Capriglione’s changes to the bill must be approved by Monday, the last day of the 84th legislative session.

The goal is to create a secure facility that would allow the state to bring home more than $1 billion in gold bars that are owned by the University of Texas Investment Management Co. and are now housed at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank in New York.

“The depository would be an agency of the state located in the Office of the Comptroller, directed by an administrator appointed by the Comptroller with the advice and consent of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Senate,” according to a fiscal analysis of the bill.

The depository could also hold deposits of gold and other precious metals from financial institutions, cities, school districts, businesses, individuals and countries.

“This will allow for bullion to be deposited here, as well as any other investments that … any state agencies, businesses or individuals have,” Capriglione said.

Storage fees will be charged, perhaps generating revenue for the state. For instance, Texas pays about $1 million a year to store its gold in New York, Capriglione said.

A fiscal note attached to the bill states that the depository will have “an indeterminate fiscal impact” on the state, depending on the number of transactions and fees, but says it’s too early to determine the extent.

“It’s unusual,” said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University. “So far as I know, there are no states with bullion depositories.”
Che si stiano cominciando a sfaldare anche gli Stati "Uniti" ?

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