Monday, August 27, 2012


I was asked today how much gold is there totally. I hope you enjoy this summary. Keep in mind that the above ground gold in the entire world would fit in one olympic size swimming pool approximately 30 ft deep. The more interesting above ground problem is silver.We can make it without gold..but NOT without silver. Its vital to industry...especially technology.Silver is used up in tremendous quantities and gold is preserved. Silver will be the ultimate battleground.But lets go to gold now.


Page Contents

  • How much gold is there?
  • What's it worth?
  • Who owns it?
  • What's left undergound?
  • Inelasticity of supply
  • Anticipated inflation of gold supply
  • Table of gold stats and values
  • How much gold is there ?

    In the world there are currently somewhere between 120,000 and 140,000 tonnes of gold ‘above ground’. To visualise this imagine a single solid gold cube with edges of about 19 metres (about three metres short of the length of a tennis court). That's all that has ever been produced.
    Divided amongst the population of the world there are about 23 grams per person, about 1.2 cubic centimetres each. This equates to about $250 - $350 worth per person on Earth, depending on the current price.

    What's it worth ?

    The value of that short tennis court sized cube is about $1.8 trillion. This compares to the US government’s sovereign debt of $6.9 trillion, which until 1971 was part-backed by gold. The US Gold Reserve is just over 8,000 tonnes - which is about 6% of the total gold ever mined. It is worth about $100 billion, or 1.5% of the US national debt.
    $1.8 trillion is about one fourteenth of the paper based international bond markets, which themselves, at about $26 trillion, are about two thirds composed of western government sovereign debt almost all of which has appeared, co-incidentally, since 1971 and the declared supremacy of paper money, which was what allowed governments to borrow without caution. The total gold content of the world would pay - at current values - about 7% of the international bond market's sovereign debt.  But of course 75% of the world's gold is not available to governments - being held privately as jewellery, bullion and coin.  In fact only about 30,000 tonnes, about 1% of the world's sovereign debt is what is held in central bank gold reserves.
    Meanwhile the entire gold stock of the world - including the privately held bulk - is much less than one half of one percent of the underwritten risk in the global financial derivatives markets.
    The world has placed absolute trust in paper currency denominated assets. Investors have shunned gold for about twenty years while the notional value of paper based financial assets has exploded.

    Who owns the gold ?

    About 30,000 tonnes of the world’s gold [20-25% of above ground inventory] is held in central bank vaults.
    Major Central Bank Reserves (2000)
    Nations & institutionsReserves (Tonnes)
    The totals for other central banks tail off rapidly after these main holders.  Most only hold a few hundred tonnes, and together they make up a bit over 30,000 tonnes in all.
    The rest is held by individuals in the form of gold jewellery [approx 70,000 - 80tonnes


    1. I came to a much different per-person figure, almost 1 troy ounce per person.

      Your 23 grams looks approximately right, but that's worth a lot more than $350.

    2. Thought this would be a nice compliment to today's post.......

    3. Found this trolling this morning and since some may be holding or playing SVM might be worth the read

    4. Tom,

      I saw that article yesterday. It was written by Alfred Little (AL) that readily admits being short SVM. AL have written negative article before about SVM. There are numerous comments rebutting the article on SA.

      Who knows what the truth is?? SVM pays a dividend and I'm sticking with it for now.

    5. still accumulating on low volume......not an easy task....and keeping the headline price whacked

    6. very simple advice that sums up what the PM game is

    7. dsco

      1. I hope someone took that 12% gain...actually started mentioning it at 2.58 a week ago...Come on..everybody is doing it...Disco

      2. No bio's for me and since you mentioned disco, I'm just trying to

        In the casino, hehehehehehe. but 12% sure does sound sweet!

      3. add another 3%....

        this market is going to make one big move next week...which direction is the key...selling many of my longs here..


    9. hey folks...heading to big island for surf, dive, beaches and bikinis...shhhh..don't tell my wife...promise to come back with neck pain, ear aches and full belly of ahi!

      OXGN is getting picked up at .54-55 cents over last 2 weeks...someone might make is move hard then sell out...scalp only...