New gold rush

A woman selects necklaces at a gold shop in Chinatown yesterday. People flocked to buy gold after the price dropped to below Bt18,000 per baht weight (about 15 grams)

Savers nationwide are flocking to gold shops, enticed by the falling price of the precious metal, which yesterday tumbled to a 34-month low amid fears of an end to the US quantitative easing policy.

Gold bar fell below Bt18,000 per baht weight for the first time since April 2010.

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Wisawa Wisawachaiwat, the owner of Jongluck Gold Shop in Phitsanulok, said the recent plunge had sparked new interest among small savers. “The prices have fallen to the lowest in years and they are expecting huge profits once the prices climb up again,” he said. Some clients took home gold bars worth 50-100 in baht weight.

The precious metal yesterday extended the decline to a 34-month low amid speculation that the US Federal Reserve will reduce stimulus with economic data beating estimates. Held as a safe bet against inflation, gold lost value as unprecedented money printing by central banks around the world failed to spur inflation.

A lack of accelerating inflation and concerns about the strength of the global economy is also hurting silver, platinum and palladium, which are used more in industry.

Bullion has slid 28 per cent this year, set for the biggest annual drop since 1981, after rallying for the past 12 years. About US$62.4 billion was wiped off the value of precious metals exchange-traded product holdings this year as some investors lost faith in them as a store of value.

While gold bullion slid to $1,180.50 an ounce early yesterday in Singapore, the lowest since August 2010, gold prices in Thailand followed the move. Local gold prices were adjusted 15 times yesterday in line with global volatility. At 5pm, gold bar was sold at Bt17,850 while ornaments were at Bt18,250 per baht weight.

Local gold price averaged Bt17,493.18 in April, 2010, when global prices averaged $1,145.72 per ounce and when the baht was at 32.29 to the US dollar.

Jitti Tangsitpakdi, president of Gold Traders’ Association of Thailand, believed that gold prices could decline further but would not fall below $1,100 per ounce. Cheap prices should spur new demand and the local prices could be cheaper if the baht does not weaken further against the US dollar.

Christin Tuxen, a senior analyst at Danske Bank in Copenhagen, who sees gold at $1,000 in three months, said: “The current environment is a fundamentally poisonous one for the yellow metal. Rising yields are upping the opportunity cost of holding gold, the initiation of a fundamental dollar up-trend weighs, inflation expectations are in decline as the commodities super-cycle wears off, and many tail risks have been sidelined.”

Investors sold 583.2 tonnes of gold this year.

“There’re still people who are interested in gold but because prices have fallen so much and so rapidly, they’ll wait for some stabilisation,” said Alexandra Knight, an economist at National Australia Bank. “There’s definitely been a loss of confidence in gold and that’s seen in the ETF liquidations.”

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/New-gold-rush-30209352.html

Gold Panic & The Accelerating Great Collapse

With enormous volatility in key global markets this summer, John Williams, of Shadowstats, just released an incredibly important report which contained an ominous warning. This tremendous report also had a powerful chart as well, and King World News wanted to pass it along to our global readers:

Here is the ominous warning from John Williams of Shadowstats: “U.S. Dollar Remains (the) Proximal Hyperinflation Trigger. The unfolding fiscal catastrophe, in combination with the Fed’s direct monetization of Treasury debt, eventually (more likely sooner rather than later) will savage the U.S. dollar’s exchange rate, boosting oil and gasoline prices, and boosting money supply growth and domestic U.S. inflation. Relative market tranquility has given way to mounting instabilities, and severe market turmoil likely looms, despite the tactics of delay by the politicians and ongoing obfuscation by the Federal Reserve.

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This should become increasingly evident as the disgruntled global markets begin to move sustainably against the U.S. dollar. As discussed earlier, a dollar-selling panic is likely this year—still of reasonably high risk in the next month or so—with its effects and aftershocks setting hyperinflation into action in 2014. Gold remains the primary and long-range hedge against the upcoming debasement of the U.S. dollar, irrespective of any near-term price gyrations in the gold market.

Source: http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2013/6/27_John_Williams_-_Gold_Panic_%26_The_Accelerating_Great_Collapse.html

The World Has Never Seen Anything Like This In History

On the heels of incredibly turbulent trading in key global markets, today 40-year veteran, Robert Fitzwilson, put together another extraordinary piece. Fitzwilson, who is founder of The Portola Group, warned that the world is about to see an event that will “shock the financial system,” and set the stage for a “New Financial World Order.” Below is Fitzwilson’s exclusive piece for KWN.

Fitzwilson: “1989 saw the release of a movie called “Field of Dreams” starring Kevin Costner. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Picture. In the movie, Kevin Costner is a farmer growing corn. While taking a stroll through his cornfield, he hears a voice that says “If you build it, he will come”. The “it” was a baseball diamond. While the movie revolves around baseball, the theme was really about regrets for events in the past and not following dreams….

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“Policies followed by the Federal Reserve resemble “Field of Dreams”. Crafted from a lifetime of studying the failures of the 1930s, the two most recent office holders of the Chairman of the Federal Reserve and their colleagues have been building their own financial field of dreams driven by the whispers of history and the regrets of the men who preceded them during the 1930s. The most recent version has been called the wealth effect.

The idea behind the wealth effect is that when people feel wealthier, they are inclined to spend more freely. If spread across broad populations, that will create demand for goods and services resulting in strong economic growth. Two of those important traditional forms of wealth are stocks and real estate.

The trouble with the plan is that money can be created, but controlling where it winds up is much more difficult. What we now know is that the money largely winds up blowing bubbles in the stock, real estate and art markets as well as being channeled to the proprietary trading desks of the biggest global banking institutions. A $119 million purchase of a house in Woodside, California, and a $95 million penthouse purchase in Manhattan are but just two examples. Banks reporting zero trading losses on any day in the first quarter of this calendar year is another.

The money was created, but little of it reached the people from whom the wealth effect was expected. Temporary wealth was created for holders of fixed income due to the disastrous policy of driving down interest rates, but retirees saw their income confiscated. The income lost would probably have stimulated growth more than the increase in prices given to holders of fixed income. Real estate did see a recovery in some parts of the U.S., but it was driven by financial firms buying huge blocks of properties for repackaging and securitizing.

So, the financial “Field of Dreams” created by our central banks has obviously failed. There were some positive effects, but those are now being seen as temporary. The desperate actions taken to pump up stock prices and to smash historical safe havens, such as gold and silver, signaled that the end was near. It is blatantly apparent to rational observers of markets that the policies of the Federal Reserve are broken. You can even include the Federal Reserve in that group in my opinion.

Last week may have marked the beginning of a serious reversal of any gains realized during the last four years. It was reported that the bond market had the worst week in 50 years, with the 10-Year Treasury rate at 2.50%. Having lived through the 1970s, when Treasury rates were in double digits, if we think this past week was bad, prepare to be really shocked if rates continue upward in any manner which closely resembles that period (of the 1970s). A secular rise in rates theoretically could be described as manageable, but a rapid and dramatic rise in rates will shock the financial system.

Since the first of the year, stocks were the envy of investors. The popular indexes basically went straight up with the help of official policy and company stock repurchases. Up until two weeks ago, all of the gains for the year typically came on Tuesdays. That pattern abruptly halted this past week. After Chairman Bernanke’s press conference on Wednesday, the last two days of the week showed severe damage to the sectors that had led the equity markets higher this year. The combination of rising interest rates and a key breakdown of leadership is a warning that steep declines in stocks and bonds could lie ahead.

Source: http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2013/6/25_The_World_Has_Never_Seen_Anything_Like_This_In_History.html