Gold Tops $1,880 in Longest Weekly Rally Since ’07
By Debarati Roy and Maria Kolesnikova, from Bloomberg
Gold rose to a record above $1,880 an ounce in New York, rallying for the seventh straight week, as concern that the global economy is slowing drove equities lower.
The metal had its longest run of weekly gains since April 2007 as worse-than-expected U.S. economic data and Europe’s debt crisis boost speculation that growth will falter. The MSCI All-Country World Index of equities fell as much as 1.7 percent, heading for the fourth straight weekly drop, after Morgan Stanley cut forecasts for global growth.
“Lack of confidence in the global economy is pushing people towards gold,” Tom Pawlicki, a Chicago-based analyst at MF Global Holdings Ltd., said in a telephone interview. “Gold will continue to advance unless leaders are able to resolve the European or U.S. debt crisis.”
Gold for December delivery gained $30.20, or 1.7 percent, to settle at $1,852.20 on the Comex at 1:42 p.m. in New York, after touching $1,881.40, the highest ever. Prices have gained 6.3 percent this week, the most since February 2009, and 14 percent this month.
In London, the metal is in the 11th year of a bull market for spot prices, the longest winning streak since at least 1920.
“Gold is the currency of the world at the moment, with the world convinced that the monetary and fiscal authorities are likely to do nothing right and everything wrong when it comes to resolving the world’s current fiscal problems,” Dennis Gartman, the economist who correctly forecast 2008’s commodities slump, said in his daily Gartman Letter today.
Investors want to protect their wealth from declining equities, depreciating currencies and accelerating consumer prices. Gold may climb next week amid concern about debt crises and slowing growth, a Bloomberg News survey showed.
Sweden’s financial regulator said lenders must do more to prepare for a worsening debt crisis in the region as the Wall Street Journal reported American regulators are intensifying scrutiny of the U.S. arms of Europe’s largest banks.
“Medium term, the disorder of the global monetary system and long-term inflation threat will amplify gold’s nature as a currency and an inflation hedge,” said Cai Hongyu, an analyst at China International Capital Corp., the country’s biggest investment bank.
Dr. Pinna says:
As I explained in my article ‘The Gold Standard” the people of the world are totally dissatisfied with the rule of their countries by banks. Without the Gold Standard political parasites can do anything they want in order to aggrandize their wealth and power.
With the Gold Standard these same parasites will have to live within their means. That is, with the money the public allows them as tax revenue.
Without a gold standard governments have and will borrow their way into bankruptcy. This is a “no brainer.”
The world is on its way to a gold standard. The Asian countries with their mountains of U.S. Dollar denominated Treasury Notes want something real, not toilet paper.
We will see the Gold Standard soon. That is what is driving gold to these heights. Not inflation or fear.