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Gold hits record near $1,200 as dollar slips

Gold hits record near $1,200 as dollar slips

Reuters
December 1, 2009

Gold hit record highs near US$1,200 an ounce on Tuesday as dollar weakness fuelled buying of the metal as an alternative asset, while investors speculating on more gains were cheered by recovery from last week’s setback.

Spot gold hit a peak of US$1,198.70 an ounce and was bid at US$1,190.20 an ounce at 1315 GMT, against US$1,179.10 late in New York on Monday.

“The fact that we are seeing the dollar weaken is helping to drive gold,” said Ole Hansen, senior manager at Saxo Bank.

He said investors had been encouraged by the strength of gold’s recovery after it fell to below US$1,140 an ounce last week, with the fall being met with strong fund buying.

“Everyone was waiting for that correction, and the way gold recovered suggested there was a lot of buying lurking in the wings (among) people who missed the opportunity to get into the market in the first place,” said Mr. Hansen.

U.S. gold futures for February delivery on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange also hit a record US$1,200.50 an ounce and were later up US$9.40 at US$1,191.70.

The dollar index, which tracks the U.S. currency’s performance against a basket of six others, fell on Tuesday as more clarity about Dubai’s debt situation eased some concerns over the region’s stability, lifting risk appetite.

The dollar also pared gains against the yen after comments from the Bank of Japan on monetary policy.

Weakness in the U.S. unit boosts gold’s appeal as an alternative asset and makes dollar-priced commodities cheaper for holders of other currencies.

Other commodity prices also firmed on the back of the weaker dollar, with base metals firming and oil rising more than half a percent to nearly US$78 a barrel.

Gold tends to track crude prices, as the metal can be bought as a hedge against oil-led inflation.

Elsewhere the world’s biggest gold miner, Barrick Gold Corp., said on Tuesday it has completed the elimination of all of its gold hedges as planned. De-hedging has represented a significant source of demand in recent years.

During times of weak prices, gold miners often sell a portion of their future production to protect, or hedge, against the possibility that prices will fall.

When prices rise, as they have done since 2001, the company suffers because the value of the future production it has sold does not increase with the gold price.

In the physical market, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, the SPDR Gold Trust, said its holdings rose 2.134 tonnes to 1,129.994 tonnes as of Nov. 30.

Indian gold offtake abated on Tuesday as prices resumed their upward trend, after a modest pick-up in recent sessions when traders stocked up ahead of wedding demand.

Sales of scrap persisted in other parts of Asia on Tuesday, cutting premiums, dealers said.

Analysts say they expect the gold market to continue taking support from fund and other investment demand, and further buying from central banks.

News in early November that India’s central bank had bought 200 tonnes of gold, followed by acquisitions by Russia, Sri Lanka and Mauritius, sparked a 13% price rise that month.

“We expect to see further announcements of Central Bank gold purchases over the coming months as these banks realign their U.S. dollar and other asset holdings,” said Fairfax analyst John Meyer in a note.

On the supply side, Harmony Gold Mining Co., the world’s No. 5 gold miner, said output was suspended at a South African shaft on Tuesday after a fatality.

Among other precious metals, spot silver was bid at US$18.64 an ounce against US$18.45.

Platinum was at US$1,465.50 an ounce against US$1,452, while palladium was at US$376.50 against US$363.50, having earlier touched a high of US$379 an ounce, its firmest since August 2008.

 

Mark Dice Tries To Give Away One Ounce Gold Coin To Random People

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAaVK5AkZzI

 



Oil hits $82, Gold $1065, Dollar $1.50 against Euro

ECONOMY: Oil hits $82, Gold $1061, Dollar $1.50 against Euro

Reuters Canada
October 21, 2009

Gold prices clawed back above $1,060 an ounce Wednesday as oil rallied and the euro rose above $1.50 for the first time in 14 months.

The metal continued to take heart from a steadily falling dollar. Investors were turning to gold as the depreciation of global currencies threatened the value of paper assets.

Weak physical demand among jewelers and exchange-traded funds has put gold at the mercy of the currency markets, traders said.

Spot gold was at $1,062.70 an ounce at 3:07 p.m. EDT compared with $1,054.00 late Tuesday in New York.

U.S. December gold futures settled up $4.80 at $1,063.40 an ounce on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Prices have been tracking the euro-dollar exchange rate, with gold reaching record highs of $1,070.40 last week as the dollar hit its lowest level in over a year versus the single currency.

“Gold does not seem to have a mind of its own,” said Afshin Nabavi, head of trading at MKS Finance in Geneva. “It all depends on the euro.”

The dollar touched a one-month low against sterling and the euro broke above $1.50 as expectations for low U.S. interest rates weighed on the greenback.

Oil jumped more than 3 percent toward $82 a barrel on Wednesday, its highest level in a year, due to a drawdown in U.S. refined oil inventories and as a rise in U.S. equities which showed optimism about the economy and a potential rebound in energy demand.

However, physical demand for gold remained slow as high prices put off buyers. In India, the world’s biggest gold consumer last year, buyers stuck to the sidelines as demand linked to last week’s festival period petered out.

Among other precious metals, spot silver was at $17.75 an ounce against $17.45.

 



Physical Gold Remains Over +1,000 an Ounce

Physical Gold Remains Over +1,000 an Ounce
Gold buffalo 1oz coins are trading between 300 to 400 over spot price on ebay.

Market Oracle
October 24, 2008

It appears that there is a common refrain going around the investment community. It goes something like this:

“Gold should be doing better, and, since it isn’t, I am not going to buy it”

Investors who believe this are making the mistake of thinking COMEX gold is the same as real physical gold. It is not.

COMEX gold is a form of debt. It involves one party promising to produce gold (money) to another at a future date. Like all forms of debt, a COMEX futures contract is only as good as the counterparty behind the contract. Right now, because of low margin requirements, sellers of gold futures only have enough gold to cover 10% of outstanding contracts stored in COMEX warehouses. Considering that the biggest sellers of gold futures contract are insolvent financial institutions, it is obvious that COMEX gold has enormous counterparty risks . If even a quarter of outstanding contracts asked for physical delivery, it would be enough to guarantee a default. Since a financial collapse would actually creates the risk total default (insolvent banks can’t produce the gold or cash), COMEX gold fails miserably as a safe haven . This is why COMEX gold prices are falling, while physical gold is disappearing from the market place

Because of scarcity, physical gold is selling at an enormous premium to gold spot price (which is set by COMEX). How big a premium? Well, on eBay 2008 gold buffalo are trading between 300 to 400 over spot price. That is a 50% premium. The enormous premiums being paid in the physical market means that a large number of December gold contract holders are likely to request delivery. A volume, whether it causes defaults or not, is likely to change the marketplace perception of gold and cause a rush of into a physical gold plagued by shortages. Gold will skyrocket over 2000 in a matter of days.

I am not the only person who believes COMEX gold futures are on the verge of collapse. I urge you to watch this video (skip to 11 minute mark) and read the extract below to see what others are saying about paper gold:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e9y7ci80D0

Why Gold Is Down When It Should Be Up
http://noworldsystem.com/2008/10/26..-is-down-when-it-should-be-up/

Demand For Gold Soars
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/financ..-gold-soars-has-price-tumbles.html

Fitch says gold price will hold up reasonably well over 12-18 months
http://www.mineweb.net/mineweb/vie..=Detail

 



Why Gold Is Down When It Should Be Up

Why Gold Is Down When It Should Be Up

Alex_Wallenwein
The Market Oracle
October 13, 2008

Why is gold dropping right now when anyone in their sane mind would expect it to rise? The simple answer to this question is, “because Comex-gold isn’t gold” – and because it deceptively pretends to be ‘the’ price-setter for real gold.

Gold is gold, paper is paper, and “Comex gold” is nothing but paper masquerading as gold while simultaneously pretending to be the price-setting medium for actual gold in the world. Now, finally, Comex-gold is in the process of being unmasked.

The real supply and demand determinants for Comex gold are not actual gold investors but fund managers . Fund managers are inextricably intertwined with the world of contract-based credit instruments. They use bet on Comex gold contracts to hedge their other (currently horrendously losing) bets with something they all, in their in-bred belief in paper markets, believe will ‘go up’ in value while everything else is going down.

However, these very same fund managers and their paper-bound investment psychology are the exclusive reason why Comex gold is dropping in these times when everyone (including fund managers) expects gold to rise. As already stated, though, and as they now finally realize to their own dismay, Comex-gold just isn’t gold – and that causes even further selling.
Two Losing Bets, Compounded

Fund managers’ other bets are losing money fast, now, so they need to raise cash to keep up the overall value of their respective funds, so they can earn their management bonuses and avoid getting booted for lack of relative performance. Guess what they cash in on? The very same Comex paper-gold they mistakenly bought as a ‘hedge’, of course.

Meanwhile, real investors in real gold are enjoying their shopping spree – except that the spree turned into a treasure hunt as the shelves and display cases of gold dealers look more and more like the supermarket shelves in the old Soviet Union – bare.

This is the only ‘bare-market’ in real gold the world will see for a long, long time to come.

With this split, this disconnect, between Comex illusion and gold reality, one thing or the other will have to give, and it won’t be physical gold that gives.

The system built up around the reputation of Comex-gold as being a price-setting mechanism for real gold plays right into the hands of the financial establishment. The establishment depends for its (now increasingly meager) existence on the illusion that gold “isn’t living up to its promise” as a real inflation and disaster hedge. The implication, of course, is that investors might as well stay in the computer blip and paper world.

As the Comex gold price illusion drops, many retail investors are still persuaded to keep their money circulating in the paper world, and that ultimately feeds the system. Of course, by now that ‘feeding’ mechanism looks more like life-support, but try and unhook someone who is on life-support. The results are dramatic, inevitable, immediate – and final.

Yet, even on life-support, the system is deteriorating at a catastrophic pace. It would be hilarious to watch if it wasn’t for the fact that we are all depending on this phony system for our real-life support. Without credit freely circulating through the commercial paper universe, for example, grocery stores won’t have food on their shelves, there won’t be gas a the gas station, and your bank will be shut. Cash doesn’t transfer very well without the bank settlement process.

That’s the problem.

Read Full Article Here

 

COMEX Gold Drops $681 on October 24, 2008

 



Gold Hits Record $1,009, Oil $111, Euro $1.56

Gold hits new record at $1,009

Bloomberg
March 14, 2008

Gold surged to a record $1,009 an ounce in New York as the Bear Stearns Cos. bailout and a plunging dollar increased demand for the precious metal. Silver also gained.

Bear Stearns got emergency funding from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the New York Federal Reserve. The securities firm said its cash position had “significantly deteriorated.” The dollar fell to a record against the euro and a 12-year low against the yen. Gold has jumped 19 percent this year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell 13 percent.

“Gold’s assault on $1,000 is happening for a good reason,” said James Turk, founder of GoldMoney.com, which had $337 million in gold and silver in storage for investors at the end of February. “Gold is not only an inflation hedge, it’s a catastrophe hedge. Gold is becoming increasingly important as the credit crunch continues to spiral out of control.”

Gold futures for April delivery rose $5.70, or 0.6 percent, to $999.50 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The price reached the highest ever for a most-active contract at 10:45 a.m., topping yesterday’s record of $1,001.50. The metal has tripled in the past five years.

Silver futures for May delivery climbed 23.5 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $20.655 an ounce. The price has gained 38 percent this year.

“Gold at $1,000 is a clear sign of a lack of confidence in the dollar and the Fed’s handling of monetary affairs,” said Adrian Day, president of Adrian Day Asset Management in Annapolis, Maryland.

Read Full Article Here

 

Oil Hits Record $111, Euro Reaches $1.56

AFP
March 14, 2008

The dollar struck a fresh all-time low against the euro Friday as gold prices traded close to record highs a day after topping 1,000 dollars for the first time on US economic woes.

Oil prices fell on profit-taking after striking an historic peak of 111 dollars per barrel Thursday.

The European single currency reached a record high of 1.5651 dollars in Asian trade Friday, prompting the EU presidency to voice deep concern.

In later European trading the euro stood at 1.5566 dollars, down from 1.5624 late on Thursday in New York.

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Jim Rogers: Abolish The Federal Reserve

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