Gold is trading at USD 1,724.70, EUR 1,289.70, GBP 1,099.30, CHF 1,105.5, JPY 134,050 and AUD 1,679.4 per ounce.
Gold’s London AM fix this morning was USD 1731.00, GBP 1108.20, and EUR 1,289.96 per ounce.
Gold is marginally lower in most currencies today except for the euro and Swiss franc after seeing a 0.44% gain in dollar terms yesterday. Technically, gold is back above the 100 day moving average (see chart) which could result in some traders going long again.
It will be interesting to see if gold repeats its trading pattern from last year when it eked out very marginal gains in November and December prior to falling in the first month of 2011.
The price falls in January led to further cries that the gold “bubble” was bursting and indeed led some investors to nervously sell prior to the strong, steady gains seen from February through to August.
Equities have made tentative gains but investors remain cautious ahead of another European Union summit where hopes are again high that politicians find a way to resolve the Eurozone’s 2 year old debt crisis, prevent contagion and the end of the euro as it we know it today.
Markets remains tentative after Standard & Poor’s fired a second warning shot at the euro zone in 24 hours, threatening to cut the credit rating of its financial rescue fund. S&P said the EFSF may lose its AAA rating if any AAA euro zone country is downgraded.
The UK Prime Minister has increased nervousness about the summit. As the scale of the planned “fiscal union” became clear, including proposals for the EU to have “intrusive control” of national budgets, Cameron said that the UK will not sign a new European Union treaty unless certain safeguards are built in.
Cameron has threatened to veto the deal which is ostensibly to save the euro unless he wins safeguards for the UK with regard to national budgets, the City of London and the European single market.
Commentary continues to suggest that gold’s safe haven appeal has been tarnished in recent weeks. Similar commentary was seen in the aftermath of price falls in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and now again in 2011.
Obviously, gold is often correlated with risk assets in the short term. Turmoil in financial markets squeeze funding and forces speculators and more short term investors to close profitable gold positions to cover losses elsewhere.
However, the same market turmoil and uncertainty leads less speculative market participants, investors and store of wealth buyers to buy physical bullion as a long term wealth preservation strategy which leads to gold’s inverse correlation with equities and bonds over the long term.
This lack of correlation with riskier paper assets has clearly been seen throughout history. It was graphically seen in the last decade, since the outset of the global financial crisis in 2007 and will be seen again this year and in the coming years.
New Independent Research Confirms Gold Crucial Diversification, Hedge Against Monetary and Systemic Risk
More excellent independent research was released yesterday confirming gold’s unique role as a diversifier and foundation asset in the portfolios of investors, especially at a time of heightened currency and investment risk.
The independent research from highly respected New Frontier Advisors (NFA) confirms the importance of gold as a portfolio diversifier to investors in Europe and to investors exposed to the euro.
During a period of extraordinarily serious economic uncertainty in the Eurozone, continued concerns about economic growth in the US heading into an election year, and the possibility of an economic slowdown in China, the World Gold Council (WGC) wanted to examine the relevance of gold as a strategic asset for euro-based investors to protect their portfolios and to mitigate the systemic risks being faced.
The report, ‘Gold as a strategic asset for European investors’, commissioned by the World Gold Council, explores gold as a strategic asset across five sets of asset allocation studies, including four using historical data spanning 1986 to 2010, and one using the 1999 to 2010 time frame.
The third party research builds on the now considerable research and academic literature showing that gold adds significant diversifying power due to its low or negative correlation with most other assets in an investment portfolio.
Gold’s relevance as a strategic asset is continuing to grow. This will continue in a world facing the real risk of a global recession and even a Depression, poor investment returns, currency devaluations and wars and very high monetary and systemic risk.
Put simply, when used as a foundation asset, gold has preserved wealth throughout history and again today.
Gold’s unique properties will protect savers and investors in Europe and internationally against the monetary and systemic risks being faced in 2012 and in the coming years.
Chavez Announces Second Batch of Gold in Venezuela
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that a second shipment of gold reserves being repatriated from banks in Europe and North America arrived today in Caracas. He spoke today during a press conference from the presidential palace without providing more details according to Bloomberg.
Venezuela’s central bank received the first shipment of gold on November 25 without providing details on the amount. Venezuela had 211 tons of gold reserves held abroad as of August.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday announced the arrival of the second batch of gold in the country, coinciding with the 13th anniversary of his first electoral victory according to Prensa Latina.
"I was just informed that a second truck carrying gold passed by the Miraflores Palace," Chavez told international reporters.
The president said that there is nothing more exposed than keeping that auriferous resource in Europe and the United States. "I have nothing against Europe. I am just telling the truth," reiterated Chavez.
"How long will we keep that gold there? Who knows if a king or NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) comes and issues an insane decree-law? That gold is ours," added the Venezuelan head of State.
The first shipment of gold, which was in European banks, was repatriated to Venezuela on November 25.
Last August, Chavez announced that he would bring back the 211.35 tons of gold that Venezuela had abroad, worth 11 billion dollars.
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