A Curious Conversation About U.Ks Gold Deposits When Four Countries Cannot Get a Glimpse of Theirs Held at the Federal Reserve!*
This caught my attention because Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Ecuador have been unsuccessful to match fact (visual) with fiction (the paperwork).
By Rebecca English
As the financial crisis hit in 2008, she spoke for the nation when she asked a group of economists: ‘Why did nobody notice?’
Four years on, the Queen finally got her answer – although it didn’t seem much to her liking.
The monarch was visiting the Bank of England in Threadneedle Street yesterday when she was buttonholed by one of its financial policy experts.
Sujit Kapadia said he wanted to put her mind at rest after she famously described the credit crunch as ‘awful’ during a visit to the London School of Economics in 2008.
At the time, she asked academics how the onset of the crisis could have been missed when it was so enormous.
Yesterday Mr Kadapia told her that it was partly because financial crises, like flu pandemics and earthquakes, are hard to predict.
People, she was also informed, got complacent because they thought the risk was being managed better than before.
The Queen grimaced at this and said: ‘But people had got a bit…lax, had they?’
Usually, she is notoriously discreet about her views on international events.
But, remarkably, the Queen went on to suggest that the Financial Services Authority may not have been aggressive enough in its policing. She said: ‘The Financial Services – what do they call themselves, the regulators – Authority, which was really quite new … it didn’t have any teeth.’
The Duke of Edinburgh didn’t help matters much, asking: ‘There’s not another one coming, is there?
He then fixed Mr Kapadia and his group with a typically gimlet eye and barked: ‘Don’t do it again!’
Afterwards Mr Kapadia was optimistic as he assessed the encounter, saying: ‘It was a real pleasure to be able to offer some explanation. I think she recognised that these things are very difficult and it’s not a straightforward exercise.
‘The strongest thing I got [from the Queen] is what are we trying to do so it doesn’t happen again.’
The FSA, which is being disbanded after failing to spot the financial crisis which engulfed Britain, later issued a stiff response to the Queen’s remarks.
It said: ‘We’ve widely acknowledged that the regulatory approach before the financial crisis in 2008 was flawed and has since been completely changed.’
It was the Queen’s ninth visit to the Bank. On her first, as the 11-year-old Princess Elizabeth, she signed a thousand pound note. Read on >>
What it is to be out of touch with reality!
According to the World Gold Council…
#1 United States = 8,133.5 tonnes – 76.1%
#2 Germany = 3,391.3 tonnes – 73.2%
#3 Italy = 2,451.8 tonnes – 72.5%
#4 France = 2,435.4 tonnes – 72.0%
#5 China = 1,054.1 tonnes – 1.7%
#6 Switzerland = 1,040.1 tonnes – 11.0%
#7 Russia = 934.9 tonnes – 9.8%
#8 Japan = 765.2 tonnes – 3.3%
#9 Netherlands = 612.5 tonnes – 60.3%
#10 India = 557.7 tonnes – 10.3%