Fiat Currencies Lose Ground to Metals

As part of its ongoing “Race to Debase” competition, tracked how gold & silver performed against 164 fiat currencies in 2012. Approximately 94% of the fiat currencies lost purchasing power to gold and 96% lost purchasing power to silver.

The median loss of purchasing power against gold was 7% and against silver it was 8.3%.  The best performers against gold were the Hungarian forint and Polish zloty, each gaining less than 5%.  Among the 34 fiat currencies that logged double-digit losses against gold was the Iranian real, down 17.5%, and the Japanese yen, down 19.4%.

News & Views

MarketWatch/Reuters:  Gold ends lower, logs first loss in three sessions; Gold down 1.2 pct as Fed minutes show doubts on QE, silver off 1.8%

USA Gold/Zero Hedge:  Fed split about when to halt QE3

BullionVault/Dan Norcini:  Gold, silver slip as fiscal cliff euphoria recedes; Commodity index back to where it started the year:

Seeking Alpha:  Gold will trend higher in 2013; More good news for silver

GoldSeek:  The case for Dow 20,000 and $2500 gold

Bullion Street:  Turkey imports 120.78 tons of gold in 2012; China’s silver transition to continue

Mineweb:  Dec 2012 American Eagle silver coins sales 3rd highest in history

KWN:  James Turk – A Black Swan event, global monetary reset & chaos; Robert Fitzwilson – Gold & the frightening picture of our financial abyss

Jim Sinclair:  The global derivative graveyard problem

Zero Hedge:   The 96 charts that have to be seen to be believed for 2013; Two magazine covers to commemorate the end of the 112th Congress

Nouriel Roubini/Peter Schiff:  U.S. has been let down by its leadership; Congress avoids the cliff by selling us down the river

Washington Examiner/Spiegel:  How corporate tax credits got in the ‘cliff’ deal; Today’s American politics a ‘tiresome farce

Bull Market Thinking/NY Times:  Ground vibrations in the gold & silver market; A Swiss region where the gold comes in solid and liquid forms

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