the theories have been about for a while - the fuss over germany not being allowed to audit its own gold and the period it took for chavez to get venezuelas gold back cause some fuss as it has been selling and lending it out but not buying any.You don't know if there is gold in Fort Knox or not.
The world has been on the U.S. dollar standard since 1971, so why would the USA need to sell its gold?
It could be a disaster for the USA if it had no gold, as governments rely on gold as a last resort to pay their security forces. In the event of a currency collapse, without gold a coup can result.
He who holds the gold, makes the rules.
I haven't done a big search but this sort of thing - if you are interested
Attention Investors: Gold Reserves In The United States Are Nearly Gone - Investing & Day Trading Education: Day Trading Academy
Investors in gold need to be aware that the government of the United States has been lying to the world for years. The national vaults of Fort Knox hold minimum reserves of gold or they are virtually empty. It is the only logical explanation to the nonsensical attitude being displayed by the...
america switched to paper gold a long time ago and that is what is traded. one reason why if they need to go on a new gold standard to balance the debt it would be around 50k per ounce but only for physical gold. and it would be reliant on the world accepting that it still has 8,500 tons.
post WW2 it had a lot more because we had to pay for everything in gold as did russia, canada, australia etc...
I seem to remember it got to 14,000 tons or so.