Alasdair Macleod: Oil/Yuan/Gold Benchmark – Explained
Alasdair Macleod: Oil/Yuan/Gold Benchmark – Explained by Rory – The Daily Coin
What’s happened is that America, very quickly, a lot more quickly than expected, has actually lost it’s influence in the Middle East. That, to me, is a key part to this story.
And I think now what we have, instead of China turning ’round and saying “we can control the pace at which the change is occurring”. What’s happening is the people in Asia and places like the Middle East, will now be pushing for the change which China was planning to do anyway. ~Alasdair Macleod, The Daily Coin
For those that have been following the Federal Reserve Note since President Nixon closed the gold window in August 1971, you fully understand the implications of a global monetary shift. Not only can such a change be disruptive to economies, it can create unintended consequences, like out of control inflation, oil/gas shortages and shifts in global power.
What we see happening today, beginning in July 2017, is another shift of global power. The U.S. has been involved in a “war of words” with Russia for the past two years and beginning in mid 2016 there was a major shift with the mainstream media, Clinton and Clinton supporters all crying “Russia did it”. What “Russia did” has changed a number of times, but the story has remained the same – “Russia did it”.
What happened in July 2017 when President Trump pulled the CIA out of Syria was to end a secret program began by the Obama regime to over-throw Syrian President Assad.
The program was a central plank of a policy begun by the Obama administration in 2013 to put pressure on Assad to step aside, but even its backers have questioned its efficacy since Russia deployed forces in Syria two years later.
Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as an assault on its interests. The shuttering of the program is also an acknowledgment of Washington’s limited leverage and desire to remove Assad from power. Source
This marked the beginning of the end of American influence in the Middle East and over the oil fields of OPEC.
On October 5 Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met with Russian President Putin in Moscow. The significants of this meeting can not be overstated. The shift in global power will be seen, through the eyes of history, as beginning during this meeting.
Most recently, Russian operations in Syria have put it in direct conflict with Saudi interests. The Saudis remain opposed to Bashar al-Assad, whose regime is being supported by Russian military power. The gulf kingdom, on its part, is also believed to be funding rebel groups opposed to al-Assad.
“The Saudis have lost interest and realise that Russia now owns the crisis,” says Yuri Barmin, an expert at the Russian International Affairs Council. “They see how the balance of power is changing in the region: how the US is pulling out and how Russia is now increasing its influence in the Middle East.” Source
The two scenarios above point to the same conclusion – Russia is moving into the Middle East with the blessing of Saudi Arabia as the U.S. is being sidelined.
Oil makes the world go-round. Oil is the life blood of the global economy. Acquiring oil with gold sidesteps the Federal Reserve Note and the U.S. economy. If the U.S. is no longer the “Superpower” over seeing the Middle East and supplying the Middle East with military protection then what good is the U.S. to the OPEC nations? If Russia steps in with the military supplies to support the OPEC nations and Russia’s number one trading partner, China, is the largest importer of oil we begin to see a major shift of all power – economic and military.
Alasdair Macleod, Head of Research, GoldMoney, provides us a fascinating, detailed review of the oil/yuan/gold benchmark story that has been evolving over the past six weeks. Alasdair reviews the two known contracts, – oil futures contract and physical gold futures contract – their origins and the possibilities of that lie ahead for the melding of these two contracts on the global monetary stage. A future that could very well prove to have oil settled in payments made with gold.