Russia Sells More US Bonds, Buys More Gold. De-Dollarization Marches On

Mon, Jan 19, 2015
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Russia gold reserves jump the most in six months in December

This is an excerpt from an article that originally appeared at Zero Hedge


The rumors of Russia selling its gold reserves, it is now clear, were greatly exaggerated as not only did Putin not sell, Russian gold reserves rose by their largest amount in six months in December to just over $46 billion (near the highest since April 2013). It appears all the "Russia is selling" chatter did was lower prices enabling them to gather non-fiat physical assets at a lower cost.

On the other hand, there is another trend that continues for the Russians - that of reducing their exposure to US Treasury debt. For the 20th month in a row, Russia's holdings of US Treasury debt fell year-over-year - selling into the strength. 

Buying low...

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Russia gold reserves jump the most in six months in December, near the highest since April 2013...

 

and selling high...

Russian holdings of US Treasuries are now at the 2nd lowest since 2008...

Charts: BloombergIt would appear the greatest rotations that no one is talking about are the fiat to non-fiat and the paper to physical shifts occurring in China and Russia.

 

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