The Gold Antitrust Action Committee (GATA) is an organisation which has been nipping at the heels of the US Treasury Federal Reserve for several years now. The basis of GATA's accusations is that these institutions, in coordination with other complicit central banks and the large gold-trading investment banks in the US, have been manipulating the price of gold for decades. Were it not for this manipulation, the gold price would now likely be in the thousands of US dollars, GATA suggests.
The means of manipulation have largely revolved around the gold leasing and gold derivatives markets. GATA believes the US Treasury has been able to effectively sell gold under the radar of the limited disclosure rules of the International Monetary Fund - global bookkeeper of central bank gold transactions - for the purpose of artificially supporting the value of the US dollar. The upshot is that while the IMF, and the world, is led to believe global central bank gold reserves total some 30,000 tons, the reality is more like 15,000 tons. Today's gold price is a reflection of the former figure.
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