Venezula is currently on the brink of a financial crisis. They only have $10 Billion left in cash reserves and it is only a matter of time before the country does not have enough money to run itself. The people of the country are starving and reporters recently learned from school children that the majority of them have not had milk in over a year. Venezuela is a socialist country and it is obvious and the government is failing its people. $7.7 billion of the last $10.5 billion remaining is in gold reserves and to pay its debts in the last year, Venezuela has had to resort to shipping gold to Switzerland.
Venezuela only has $10.5 billion in foreign reserves left, according to its most recent central bank data. For rest of the year, Venezuela owes roughly $7.2 billion in outstanding debt payments. In 2011, Venezuela had roughly $30 billion in reserves. In 2015, it had $20 billion. The trend can’t persist much longer, but it’s hard to know exactly when Venezuela will run completely out of cash. “The question is: Where is the floor?” says Siobhan Morden, head of Latin America fixed income strategy at Nomura Holdings. “If oil prices stagnate and foreign reserves reach zero, then the clock is going to start on a default.” According to the country’s recently released 2016 financial report, about $7.7 billion of its remaining $10.5 billion of reserves is in gold. To make debt payments in the past year, Venezuela shipped gold to Switzerland.