EU Debt Contamination Deepens In Greece, Portugal And Ireland - Gold Just 2% From Record Nominal High

Tyler Durden's picture

From Gold Core

Gold and silver are flat in US dollars but higher in euros this
morning. Trade is thin with the UK and US markets closed for spring
holidays. Gold and silver were 1.75% and 8% higher last week and the
precious metals and especially gold appear to be on solid footing due to
the continuing debt crisis in Europe and concerns about a slowdown in
the US and global economy. 

Cross Currency Rates 

Despite gold being only some 2% away from the record nominal highs
seen at the end of April ($1,563.70/oz), sentiment remains lackluster at
best with little or no coverage of gold in the international financial
press and media over the weekend. 

Gold Bullion in US Dollars – 60 Days (Daily) 

Speculative sentiment remains highly muted with the investment public
not participating in the gold market. Indeed, the majority of the
public’s only experience of the gold market is when they have
imprudently sold their gold jewellery to the thousands of new cash for
gold merchants seen globally. 

There are a tiny minority of more risk averse individuals and people
who understand the importance of gold as a form of financial protection
who continue to allocate funds to gold. 

In the last two weeks we have experienced a lot of sell orders and
the ratio of sell to buy orders has been the highest since our
foundation in 2003. Value buyers emerged last week but much of the
buying was by existing clients adding to their holdings. 

The threat of sovereign default and contagion increases by the day. 

Greece is facing the threat of further severe austerity measures and a
plan for unprecedented outside intervention including in the collection
of tax and wholesale privatization of Greek state assets. The severity
of the plan and the fact that it would in effect spell the end of Greek
sovereignty and a forced move towards a European fiscal union may lead
to its rejection by opposition Greek parties who may seek a fairer

Portugal Government 10 Year Note – 2 Years (Daily) 

Greece is just one of the sovereign debt crisis facing the Eurozone.
Portugal and Ireland are bracing for debt crisis contagion to reach
their shores and in both countries the crisis is deepening. 

Portuguese bonds have come under heavy selling pressure again this
morning with 10 year bonds rising to 9.822% and two-year note yields
were 21 basis points higher at 11.53% this morning. The spread or yield
difference between German 10-year bunds and Portuguese securities of a
similar maturity widened to a record over 678 basis points in London
this morning. This is the highest since Bloomberg began collecting the
data in 1997. 

Ireland Government Bond – 10 Year (Daily) 

In Ireland, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar sparked alarm and confusion
over the weekend when he said the government may need further funding
from the European Union and IMF next year as Ireland will be shut out of
bond markets for 2012 and possibly even in 2013. 

Irish 10 year bond yields surged over 11% last week and remain over 11% at 11.07% this morning. 

Punitive “bail outs” have clearly not worked and have simply managed
to transfer massive debts from profligate banks to western nations
taxpayers who were already struggling with very high debt levels. 

A continuation of these misguided policies makes a second more
dangerous phase of the global debt crisis increasingly likely and means
that diversification into gold remains prudent and safe haven demand for
gold will remain robust for the foreseeable future. 


Gold is trading at $1,536.10/oz, €1,075.62/oz and £932.95oz.


Silver is trading at $37.97/oz, €26.59/oz and £23.06/oz.

Platinum Group Metals

Platinum is trading at $1,798.20oz, palladium at $756/oz and rhodium at $2125/oz. 


(Bloomberg) -- Silver Futures Climb, Gold May Advance on Europe Debt, Inflation Concerns 

(MarketWatch) -- futures fall, but silver moves higher 

(Reuters) -- Gold steady on Greece debt fear, soft U.S. data

(Bloomberg) -- Euro Weakens on Greek Debt Concerns


(ZeroHedge) -- The Greek "Ultimatum": Bailout (For The Bankers) And (Loss Of) Sovereignty 

(NY Times) -- Utah Law Makes Coins Worth Their Weight in Gold (or Silver) 

(MarketOracle) -- Gold Going Parabolic This Summer 

(Armstrong Economics) -- The End of Time 

(International Business Times) -- Why gold demand is surging in China? 

(True Economics) -- Dr Constantin Gurdgiev: A note on my appointment to GoldCore

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dbTX's picture

Good to be Portuguese this morning, or something

hugovanderbubble's picture

Thanks to gold Core for updating info & Charts.

 Tyler this market in europe is completly boring...Mega narrow range and lack of volume, better to be closed and get 250 trading sessions world wide homogenous.


* What about that Greek 2yr yielding 26.55%¿)¡¡¡¡  This farce must end ...question is WHEN...Timing is everything is this life.


Tyler and ZH members, feel free to use any chart and info uploaded here...


*** US banks has also European Sovereign bonds and the biggest problem will be faced by Insurance Portfolios and Endowments with Munibonds...Every1 will c, just fasten ur seat belts.


Regards, Hugo



breezer1's picture

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Racer's picture

Doesn't seem to be bothering the euro too much considering?

hugovanderbubble's picture


Market is completly controlled by Central Banks , doesnt care that Greek Depositors has swapped money from Euro to Swiss Accounts... China is rebalancing the maze...

Irish ones to Australia,UK,Canada and US ....

Spain...who cares Spain lives thanks ultra hidden economy..(roughly 40%)...but big accounts has been transferred to Switzerland and our banks are fully unsolvent in terms of quality and quantity...but again who cares, the system wont allow a Spanish 10 yrs bond yielding above 7% ...or yes...who knows:?=) Its called Financial Terrorism...¡

Racer's picture

Great to be able to feel safe in their hands isn't it 

/sarcasm off

Smiddywesson's picture

"Despite gold being only some 2% away from the record nominal highs seen at the end of April ($1,563.70/oz), sentiment remains lackluster at best with little or no coverage of gold in the international financial press and media over the weekend. "

If anything, the main stream media NOT covering the story tells you which side of the trade to take.  Be very careful to ignore the paper markets during the soverign defaults, central banks are going to try to hammer gold and silver before they engage in panick buying.  I know it feels like this is all over, but it still is going to take a long, long time for the chaos to unfold.

theMAXILOPEZpsycho's picture

I agree with this. I say we have 2 months of accumulation time, then the jig is up, and gold is going to $2000 this year, silver to $70...thats my guess

DosZap's picture

Too bad most of us can't get to Jakarta, Gold was selling for less than $1k per oz US.

Might be worth a trip if you could get it out, or in legally.

Alexmai's picture

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THE DORK OF CORK's picture

 The  Gollum other wise known as Bini Smaghi is following his masters instructions me thinks.

The Evil Eye wants credit deposits to flow into Gold and thus recapitalise its balance sheet.

If they can keep the banks open in Greece , Ireland and Iberia long enough then substantial funds will flow toward the precious.


monopoly's picture

Tyler, nice wrap of what we care about. Please take the day off and do "nothing", just enjoy and relax. We really need you and staff now more than ever.

To all who have lost loved ones in American wars, peace. I returned well from Viet Nam but I know many that never did.

See you in the AM.

Peace would be nice for us all. Lets take care of US. :(

smlbizman's picture

i would now put utah on list of places we need to invade...

serotonindumptruck's picture

Watch out for those Mormons. They are heavily armed. If you are not of their tribe, they are prepared to shoot you on sight.

Kelly's picture

Some of them are heavily armed I'm sure. The tribe and shooting on sight is nonsense. I think you're just a simple bigot.

legal eagle's picture

Too many US soldiers die needless deaths, sacrifices in vane, not because of a lack or heroic noble servicemen and servicewomen, but because our government is ill, no longer sees life as precious, and trades people like pieces on a game board. Our leaders have no soul. Both of my parents were in during Korean War and they agree that this started it all -allowing the president to wage war without Congress declaring war.

PulauHantu29's picture

It is true that debt enslaves a well as a country. Look at Greece.

Bansters-in-my- feces's picture

Just can't help but wonder...??? why..? them countries and Banks don't sell their pesky gold reserves.???
You can't eat gold...
Ask TammyWanger

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Buck Johnson's picture


You know why the market was quite, it was because they need the US market to suck up any problems.  So much of the market kept it's head down until the US market opens for tuesday.