Itís the economy stupid! The US economic recovery is so weak and the global economic backdrop could hardly be worse. The current flirtation with higher interest rates will end in tears very soon.
Who bought the $2 trillion in AAA bonds issued around the world over the past year? Why the central banks bought them all to keep interest rates down. If they stop doing that the bond markets will crash and mayhem will rip through global financial markets.
Solid economic data?!
Besides Ben Bernanke himself said any winding down in bond buying will depend on solid economic data. For all the talk of a US housing recovery, house starts are still 60 per cent down on pre-crisis levels. Thatís a depression not a recession in housing.
The jobs recovery is a fake too. Just look at the 47 million US citizens on food stamps, twice the pre-crisis total. Thatís a depression, not a recession for 16 per cent of the US population, not the 7.8 per cent officially classified as unemployed.
A depressed US economy just cannot handle the deflationary shock of an end to QE. And donít rely on the emerging markets led by China to bail the global economy out this time. China has its own massive debt crisis to worry about, probably the largest in history.
ArabianMoney is presently in Italy where a leading bank now says the country is just six months away from asking the EU for a bailout. Spain, Greece and Portugal are also falling deeper into recession.
At least the Bank of England now has a born again money printer at the helm now in new Governor Mark Carney from Canada. Heís accepted a mission impossible and we can only warn him that the UK Government will deny all knowledge of his mission when he fails. A foreign scapegoat, what could be better to shift the blame?
Gold is money
Against this backdrop the money printing by central banks can only accelerate and those abandoning gold now will live to regret it. Goldman Sachs knows that and is doubtless buying for its own book while telling everybody else the gold price is going to hell.
Its specious argument about the US recovery gaining speed will soon be exposed for the fraud it is, and if you care to look at the true state of the US economy the depression has hardly shifted except in asset price inflation for stocks and to a limited extent in housing.
Goldís not dead because money printing is far from over and the US economic recovery is a dodo. Thatís why investors we respect like Marc Faber and Jim Rogers are buying gold now!
-- Posted Tuesday, 25 June 2013 | Digg This Article | Source: GoldSeek.com
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Oxford University educated financial journalist Peter Cooper found himself made redundant by Emap plc in London in the mid-1990s and decided to rebuild his career in Dubai as launch editor of the pioneering magazine Gulf Business. He returned briefly to London in
1999 to complete his first book, a history of the Bovis construction group.
Then in 2000 he went back to Dubai to become an Internet entrepreneur, just as the dot-com market crashed. But he stumbled across the opportunity to become a partner in www.ameinfo.com, which later became the Middle East's leading English language business news website.
Over the course of the next seven years he had a ringside seat as editor-in-chief writing about the remarkable transformation of Dubai into a global business and financial hub city. At the same time www.ameinfo.com prospered and was sold in 2006 to Emap plc for $27 million, completing the career circle back to where it began a decade earlier.
He remains a lively commentator and columnist as a freelance journalist based in Dubai and travels extensively each summer with his wife Svetlana. His financial blog www.arabianmoney.net is attracting increasing attention with its focus on investment in gold and silver as a means of prospering during a time of great consumer price inflation and asset price deflation.
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