January 26, 2013
With gold prices pinging around like a thought in a schizophrenic’s head, the real story this week is profit taking from gold and silver backed paper holders who are scrambling to get out of the way of the Eurozone meltdown. Gold closed down on Friday at $1,660 with silver making a lateral move closing down at $31.50. After a downgrade from Moody’s, Commerzbank in Germany announced the slashing of 6,000 full time jobs by 2016. Italy’s Unicredit is following suit with a shedding of 1,000 employees of their own. There are known issues in Asian investment banking and the “perp walks” have started for the Libor scandal. Emerging markets are trying to avoid joining in the currency battles initiated by all the quantitative easing of more advanced economies. Thailand is running a surplus, and will seek to create a “pleasant deficit” by shoring up its infrastructure to ease the pressure on its business community. Those addicted to the fast pace of burning paper are rabidly jumping from one investment vehicle to the next, trying to outpace everything from conversations on the U.S. debt ceiling to the IPO freeze in China. Those who possess gold can sit back and enjoy the show in peace. The fools are rushing out.