Consider Switzerland, a nation which relies on customer trust of its banking system for a substantial portion of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and which holds approximately 28 percent of all funds held outside of the jurisdiction of the funds’ origins (The Boston Consulting Group Global Wealth 2009), committing a fraudulent disclosure of a highly sensitive financial product. That’s what happened to a well-heeled customer of an unnamed Swiss bank charged with storing the customer’s physical gold bullion, according to Egon von Greyerz, founder of Switzerland’s Matterhorn Asset Management.
“We are stressing to investors to take their gold out of the banking system, not only because there are runs on banks that will continue, but the risk of being in the banking system is major,” von Greyerz told King World News. “So you should take the additional step of not just owning physical gold, but also owning it outside of the banking system.
“We (just) had an example of a client moving a substantial amount (of gold) from a Swiss bank to our vaults, and we found out the bank didn’t have the gold. This was supposed to be allocated gold, but the bank didn’t have it. We didn’t understand why there was a delay (in our vaults receiving the gold), but eventually we found out why there was a delay (the bank didn’t have the gold). It’s absolutely amazing, but not surprising.”