In the aftermath of the Cyprus deposit confiscation, everyone can be excused about feeling a little bit concerned about their deposits held at a European (or any other) bank. Everyone can certainly be excused about feeling concerned about their (rehypothecated) precious metals holdings, Cyprus or not, with any financial counterparty anywhere in the world (because in matters such as those, we don’t need Diesel-BOOM to tell us that Executive Order 6102 is “the template“). Recently one reader put two and two together, and in the aftermath of the Zero Hedge expose of JPM’s London gold vault and the Cypriot deposit confiscation, decided to express his concern to Blackrock about the safety of his ishares physical gold ETF backed by gold held in the abovementioned vault. To his comfort, Blackrock promptly replied that there is “no risk” (perhaps this too means there is “no plan B”), and that the gold in the vault, unlike the cash in assorted European banks, is safe. Why? Read on…
From: “___ ” <___ .firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 25 March 2013 11:59:57 GMT
To: “@gmail.com” <@gmail.com>
Subject: RE: GB Private Investor – Contact BlackRock Message: iShares
Thank you for contacting iShares.
The vault is extremely secure.
In the extremely unlikely case that the vault is broken into, JP Morgan has insurance to cover custody of the metal.
The iShares Team
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Company: Individual Investor
I hold shares in the ishares physical gold ETC (SGLN). I read that the location of the London vault of the custodian JP Morgan is now public knowledge.
Is the iShares gold held by JP Morgan in London still securely protected, and how does this affect the value of my iShares SGLN?
And now you know: no risk… “it’s insured“