January 18, 2013
The historic Kumbh Mela ended in India this week; it is said that bathing near the event clears away all of ones sins. Maybe a wise man took a bath for gold and silver, with prices resurrecting and closing at $1675 and $31.50, respectively. Indians have come under increasing pressure from their own financial minister to curb their consumption of gold, but since there is not a viable Social Security system in the country, consumption is set to continue at current levels, even if taxes on the yellow metal goes up another 6%. A lot of the purchasing may even move to the black market. China has yet to surpass India in consumption of gold and is currently showing signs of an economic slowdown. Keep a close eye on India’s financial minister’s next move; nothing fuels social instability like unnecessary taxes; just ask Algeria, likely suffering from all that under-the-table gold moving between Turkey and Iran.