Is Joe & Suzie America buying precious metal coins and guns? Sales for both are soaring. Are wealthier Americans stashing gold offshore? U.S. gold exports are at a record, yes a lot went to Hong Kong for perhaps entry into China/Asia but a considerable amount also went to Switzerland and London.

 

Global investments in gold ETFs in 2012 was up by 51 percent yoy.

 

Ironic isn’t it? There’s a creeping Fascism in the U.S., and the U.S., which stored a lot of the world’s gold during WWII (to keep it safe from an invading fascist Germany), is now seeing huge outflows of gold with Germany even wanting a significant part of its stored gold (stored in the U.S. because of the Cold War) audited, sent home, melted down and tested for purity.

 

The world's governments and central banks (central bank purchasing was up 29 percent over Q4 2011 marking the eighth consecutive quarter of official sector net purchasing, 2012 saw the highest levels of central bank purchasing since 1964 rising 17 percent over 2011) are not only bringing home their gold but buying gold, a lot of gold. Perhaps they already know what Joe and Suzie are just starting to figure out - the supply of fiat paper money is infinite while the supply of gold is finite.

 

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