Grant Williams pieced together some of the same things I did in my Russia piece which you ran last April, about why the Russians are buying gold (when economists are advising them to sell it) and why Russia’s balance sheet is in great shape compared to those of Western nations. The ruble’s recovery still confounds the mainstream! But Grant takes the analysis a step further to show that oil may be trading in gold terms again, tying its price action to the proposed Shanghai crude oil futures contract (which has been delayed) and the Shanghai gold market. When that oil futures contract goes live, basically the countries that have been cut out of the USD-based financial system by sanctions will be able to sell oil for gold in Shanghai. This will be a very big deal, and few mainstream economists will understand why! No one knows the timing, of course, but it’s certainly worth watching because it’s an important piece of the geopolitical and financial puzzle.
Grant Williams, author of “Things That Make You Go Hmm…” offered the most comprehensive analysis yet of the rise and inevitable fall of the petrodollar (and implicitly US hegemony). In the following presentation, from Mines & Money Conference in London in December 2016,
Grab a glass fo wine – turn off Trump’s twitter feed for 30 minutes and enjoy. Here is the full presentation –
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