Gold To Protect As Bank ‘Holidays’, ATM and Deposit Withdrawal Restrictions and Capital Controls Loom

Today’s AM fix was USD 1,612.75, EUR 1,286.19, and GBP 1,034.94 per ounce.
Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,589.25, EUR 1,271.40, and GBP 1,025.65 per ounce.

Silver is trading at $28.90/oz, €23.16/oz and £18.65/oz. Platinum is trading at $1,455.20/oz, palladium at $617.60/oz and rhodium at $1,200/oz.

Gold rose $11.40 or 0.71% yesterday in New York and closed at $1,611.60/oz.  Gold started out trading sideways in Asia and then edged up in early European trading.  

 

Chart shows huge period of consolidation in all currencies since record highs in late August. Such long periods of consolidation can often be followed by sharp moves to the upside and fundamentals suggest this likely

Gold edged up again today as Spain’s 10 year bond yield’s hit a euro-area high nearing the 7% level, which led investors to question Madrid’s access to the bond markets.  Italy’s bond sale is scheduled for Thursday.  

While the gold price has not surged as expected and appears to be consolidating near the $1,600/oz level (€1,300/oz and £1,000/oz), there has been a definite increase in demand in recent days , particularly this week and this morning, as the crisis is again leading to safe haven demand – particularly from European buyers.

There is a slow but creeping realisation that this crisis is soon to escalate and that financial contagion with risks to bank deposits (often guaranteed by insolvent states) and payment systems. Indeed, the entire modern financial system is at risk.

There are silent runs on banks in Spain, Greece and Italy.  The Bank of Italy authorized the suspension of payments by Bank Network Investments Spa (BNI) without communicating anything to depositors. The BNI, a large Italian bank, suspended operations and clients with bank accounts could not write checks, pay bills, make mortgage payments, use ATMs or debit and credit cards.    

The European Union is making preparations to contain the effects of panic if Greece was to exit from the Euro. Among the measures they are considering imposing are a limit on the amount of money that can be withdrawn from cashpoints or ATMS, imposing border checks and introducing currency controls to stop a flight of capital from countries.

As well as limiting cash withdrawals and imposing capital controls, they have discussed suspending the Schengen Agreement, which allows for visa-free travel among 26 countries, including most of the EU, though not Britain and Ireland. 


Currency Ranked Returns – (Bloomberg)

EU officials are examining whether there is a legal basis for such extreme measures.

While EU officials may manage to patch things up and delay having to implement such extreme measures they seem inevitable in the long term. Especially, as Japan, the UK and US are set to suffer their own debt crisis in the coming months.

These are risks that we have long warned of and it gives us no pleasure to see them come to pass.

However, people who own physical bullion in their possession and in safe storage internationally remain positioned and prepared for these looming real threats.

These real risks have huge implications for us all and ramifications that most have yet to fully consider and comprehend.

The silly debate as to whether gold is a safe haven or not or a bubble or not will be seen for what it is very soon.  

Those who have continuously suggested gold is a “barbaric relic”, is a bubble and is not a safe haven will have some explaining to do. As will those who have said that spam is a better hedge against inflation than gold.

They will no doubt engage in some furious back pedalling and claim that “nobody saw this coming” when indeed many of us have and have been warning about exactly these risks for years.


Cross Currency Table – (Bloomberg)

Markets await with trepidation the Greek elections over the weekend and the Fed’s policy meeting next week.  Today US retail sales figures are released at 1230 GMT.

Rather than sitting nervously and passively and awaiting the coming financial ‘dislocations,’ investors and savers need to be prepared for the uncertain financial scenarios that seem increasingly likely.

Hoping for the best but preparing for less benign scenarios remains prudent. 

OTHER NEWS
(Bloomberg) — Cash Bullion, Gold Futures in Shanghai Advance
Gold for December delivery climbed as much as 0.9 percent to 331.33 yuan a gram on the Shanghai Futures Exchange, tracking overnight gains in international markets. It traded at 331 yuan a gram at 9 a.m. Singapore time. Cash bullion of 99.99 percent purity advanced as much as 2 percent to 333 yuan a gram on the Shanghai Gold Exchange, and last traded at 329.50 yuan a gram.

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NEWS
Gold stays above $1,600/oz, Spain woes support – Reuters

Kazakhstan’s central bank to have 20% of currency reserves in gold – Reuters

Kazakhstan Buying 24.5 Metric Tons Of Gold This Year – Bloomberg

Demand for gold stays strong; closes above $1,600 – Business Week

COMMENTARY
Investors Would Do Well to Accumulate Physical Gold and Silver as Alternatives to Paper Currency – International Business Times

Do Asian central banks hold enough gold? – Reuters

Next Stage Of Financial Disaster Will Glorify Monetary Metals – King World News

On Debt Ceilings, Fiscal Cliffs, And Krugman’s Deficit Debacle – Zero Hedge

Silver Investors Ambush CFTC Chairman In C-SPAN Interview – Silver Doctors

Stephen Flood

Stephen Flood is the CEO of GoldCore. He is a former Wall Street equity trader and FinTech expert. He has been involved in the precious metals markets since 2004 and has appeared as an expert contributor on CNBC, CNN, BBC, RTE & Bloomberg TV and has had articles published in the Irish Times, Irish Independent and The Sunday Business Post.

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