In this powerful exclusive, I want to tell my readers that I have heard stories about plenty of people who have actually tried to take significant amounts of the shares of SPY (the S+P 500 ETF) to the custodian and been told that they can’t have the 500 underlying stock shares.
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For those overly sensitive types who got all uppity about Shortodile Golddee, the above is called a parody. For those who don't get the joke see here (Eric will be disappointed that he hasn't achieved total gold blog world domination).
What I find amazing is that neither Grant nor Eric are aware that the only people who can redeem GLD for gold are Authorised Participants (and they only get unallocated gold, to boot). For those who are interested, I explained the redemption mechanics in detail in this post.
My best guess is that this rumour is based on is some large investor going to HSBC and asking for metal. Now ETF custodians will reject that because they can't take the shares directly, it is the trustee who gets (or issues) shares and then tells the custodian to give or take gold - the prospectus says that only Authorised Participants can access the redeem or create shares process.
It is a bit confusing what the rumour is, because initially Grant talks about someone going to the custodian, but then later mentions Authorised Participants. The other possibility is that the large investor went to an Authorised Participant and asked them to take their shares and redeem for gold. Again, the prospectus does not give GLD holders this right. I suppose an Authorised Participant could do it if it wanted, but there is no obligation. If the Authorised Participant involved was not a bullion bank with its own vaults, but just a paper trader/arbitrageur, then I can see how they would not have the capability to get physical for a client, particularly as they only get unallocated when redeeming.
Either way I think the custodian or the Authorised Participant telling the investor to bugger off is where the rumour starts and as we know with Chinese whispers the details get lost and it become generalised.
What I think would be news is if the investor went to one of the large bullion banks and the bank would not do a swap (buy GLD, sell them Allocated). In the meantime, this is no more than gossip.