Or is that Bailout to the power of Bailout?
Gold maintains its safe haven status In an increasingly risk averse environment and in the wake of tumbling commodity markets, gold is maintaining a bid, albeit in a tight trading range with strong resistance at $777 , confirming its status as a safe haven asset. Gold is currently trading at $755 (12:15GMT).
Excerpts from The Financial Times' View from the Markets online interview with Jim Rogers: FT: It’s a year since we last interviewed you.
Citigroup to cut 52,000 jobs Vikram Pandit, the Chief Executive of Citigroup announced yesterday that in a bid to revive their ailing share price, a massive 52,000 jobs would be cut. That's 1 in every 7 employees and slash costs by $10bn. Citi shares have lost more than 75% of their value over the past year and suffered over $50bn in writedowns and credit provisions. An analyst likened Citigroup to a super tanker; turning it around takes a long time.
The Washington Times's Lawrence Hunter wrote last week that U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has an opportunity to reset the economy and restore the U.S. dollar to its preeminence as the world's reserve currency by reestablishing the gold standard.
G20 Summit The G20 leaders showed a united front as they pledged to shore up global growth, introduce regulatory reform in a relatively short timeframe and avoid protectionism. However, the timeframe for resolution of these reforms is as soon as March 31st. Success will hinge on the new US Administration's willingness to take big decisions, a mere 2 months after taking office.
Crude oil briefly dipped below $55 a barrel yesterday for the first time in 22 months prompted by reports, warning that demand will be significantly weaker in 2009 due to the global economic downturn. Despite this, Gold gained slightly on the news that Chinese investors' demand had surged in the first nine months of 2008. Gold is currently trading at $728 after closing in New York on Wednesday at $710.30. In wealth preservation terms, Gold is still doing an admirable job.
The great global deleveraging continues. In a world that has become addicted to debt fuelled growth, the idea that readily available credit may no longer be available, has scared many into facing the truth; credit is not free and should never have been priced as such. Over the past few weeks markets have continue to sell off, outlook for production and consumption are all bearish and thus oil continues its volatile ride losing $2 overnight to its current level of $58 a barrel.
Since 2003, GoldCore (then called Gold Investments) has clearly warned of property and stock market bubbles internationally, the risks in sharp falls in these markets, and the importance of diversifying into gold. This is our homepage from early 2004, when we warned about property and stock bubbles, and the importance of diversifying into gold - http://web.archive.org/web/20040324071856/http://www.gold.ie/ Our home page warned investors and savers as seen in this section:
Gold and silver were up another 2% yesterday as bargain hunters continue to bottom feed.
I.O.U.S.A. is a documentary film released earlier this year, and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The film focuses on the shape and impact of the United States national debt and features Robert Bixby, director of the Concord Coalition, and David Walker, the current U.S.
Gold rose 2.1% last week and is up another 2% in Asian and early European trading.
Gold continues to consolidate between $700/oz and $760/oz and looks set to rechallenge $800/oz in the coming days as safe haven buying reemerges on continuing concerns regarding the global financial system and economy. Gold was down marginally yesterday (some 1%).
Gold gave up some of the Election Day gains yesterday on profit taking due to sharply lower oil (WTI $Dec down $5.23 to $65.30) and commodity prices (the CRB Commodities Index fell 10.25 to 267.97) on fears of significant demand destruction due to a protracted global recession.
Gold and silver both surged some 4% yesterday from oversold levels as the dollar weakened and oil surged. We said some weeks ago that the recent sell off in precious metals was likely to end around election day and believe that this has indeed happened and that gold will resume its secular bull market in the coming weeks.
Gold was up marginally yesterday despite further strength in the dollar and a further sharp fall in the oil price.
ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. (via MarketWatch) -- A record 130 million voters are predicted to head to the polls Tuesday. The bad news: 65 million, roughly 50% of all voters, will be miffed, mad at, angry with, even hate the new president ... no matter who wins! Half against Obama, half against McCain. Either way, half of America will be angry, for at least four years. And that 50% will get even angrier as the recession deepens, sweeping aside all the grand upbeat promises of the campaign. Think things are bad now? Just wait, they'll get far worse before a recovery. Washington's in hock $11 trillion. Next, pile on all the gluttonous bailout billions and lost revenues and soon we'll be pushing $15 trillion even $20 trillion as this global meltdown spreads. Worse yet: All that debt's guaranteed to force new taxes and huge cutbacks, no matter what the winner promised. Last week I predicted this dark future, a "Great Global Depression" by 2011. Fortunately, there are still optimists out there. See previous Paul B. Farrell. For example: In a story in the latest Newsweek, "Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue: The Scary Challenges Facing the Next President on Day One," Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of "Opportunity: America's Moment to Alter History's Course," had this warning for the next president: "This is not the world you've been discussing on the campaign trail," that was a "caricature." But he added, the "American people are ready to be leveled with" -- even ready for the pain of moving in a bold new direction. After warning of domestic dangers in his Newsweek "Memorandum to the President Elect," New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg hit a high note about the future: "This is a competition we should relish, because we continue to enjoy all sorts of advantages: the best universities, the most advanced factories and health care, the most entrepreneurial workers and the best quality of life. But like a champion who has gotten complacent and sloughed off on workouts, the federal government -- paralyzed by partisan gridlock and special-interest pandering -- has let America slip out of top fighting form." McCain? Obama? The 535 members of Congress? Plus 42,000 special-interest lobbyists? Maybe they'll "level with" you. Don't count it. Besides, it doesn't matter. Campaign's over. "They" got the power. For the next four years the only person you can control is you. Try shifting into survival mode. What if you're stranded on a mountain climb in a storm? Marooned on a desert island? Lost in a jungle? Shipwrecked, drifting in the Pacific? For the next four years! It's not "you versus them." Not "you versus nature." Surviving is "you versus you." Laurence Gonzales has been researching how people behave in accidents for 35 years, and he tells us in "Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why." He discovered "an eerie uniformity in the way people survive seemingly impossible circumstances. Decades and sometimes centuries apart, separated by culture, geography, race, language, and tradition, the most successful survivors -- those who practice what I call 'deep survival' -- go through the same patterns of thought and behavior, the same transformation and spiritual discovery, in the course of keeping themselves alive. Not only that but it doesn't seem to matter whether they are surviving being lost in the wilderness or battling cancer, whether they're struggling through divorce or facing a business catastrophe -- the strategies remain the same." And we are clearly facing a historic political and economic catastrophe today, so listen closely: We can adapt Gonzales' incredible "12 Rules of Adventure" as a road map for Americans, especially investors, in the uncharted waters ahead for four years with the new president. Yes, he calls it an adventure: "Survival should be thought of as a journey, a vision quest of the sort that Native Americans have had as a rite of passage for thousands of years. Once you're past the precipitating event -- you're cast away at sea or told you have cancer -- you have been enrolled in one of the oldest schools in history. Here are a few things I've learned that can help you pass the final exam." The 12 tips that will work if you want to avoid a deep depression, both personally and as a nation: 1. Attitude: 'perceive and believe' Economist Nouriel Roubini predicts "the worst is yet to come," with stocks going over a cliff, along with currencies, next year.
Gold and silver have risen in Asian and early trading in Europe today. Last week saw gold fall some 1.4% while silver rose 4.9%. The performance of the precious metal mining shares may be an indication that we are at or near a low in this sell off as the HUI and XAU mining indices were up sharply last week - up 14.4% and 14.95% respectively. They tend to be a leading indicator of a trend reversal in the precious metals. Similarly the reversal in the dollar's recent strength and stabilisation of oil in the mid to high $60s could also signify that we are close to lows.