Fed 'Currency Debasement 3' Sees Gold And Silver Surge 2% And 4.3%

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Fed 'Currency Debasement 3' Sees Gold and Silver Surge 2% and 4.3%

Today’s AM fix was USD 1,772.50, EUR 1,359.70 and GBP 1,093.53 per ounce.
Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,730.50, EUR 1,339.81 and GBP 1,073.64 per ounce.

Silver is trading at $34.64/oz, €26.53/oz and £21.43/oz. Platinum is trading at $1,700.20/oz, palladium at $695.75/oz and rhodium at $1,050/oz.

Bernanke’s announcement of further money printing and ultra loose monetary policies saw gold and silver surge in all currencies yesterday. Gold rose $34.30 or 1.98% in New York and closed at $1,732.00. Silver soared to a high of $34.781 and finished with a gain of 4.34%.

XAU/USD Currency – (Bloomberg)

Gold surged to a 6 month high in dollars, to very close to new record highs in euros and importantly to an all time record nominal high in Swiss francs (see chart below). Gold climbed as much as 2.2% in the “safe haven” Swiss franc to 1,657 per ounce.

Platinum topped $1,700 an ounce for the first time since March and silver and palladium also hit their highest prices in 6 months, as the Fed announced an open-ended debt buying program and promised to keep interest rates near zero until at least mid-2015.

XAU/EUR Currency – (Bloomberg)

Commodities and oil surged alongside equities. Oil rose to $100 a barrel in New York for the first time since May after the Fed news while unrest in the Middle East and North Africa fanned concern that supplies will be threatened.

Commodities are set for the longest run of weekly gains since 2010. The Fed decision is fuelling expectations raw-material use will rise.

The Standard & Poor’s GSCI Spot Index of 24 raw materials gained nearly 1% to 692.62, the highest level since April 4. It is set for a 2.3% increase this week, a seventh weekly advance and the best run since October 2010.

Bernanke took the plunge yesterday by embarking on QE3 or what would be better described as “Currency Debasement 3”. 

Improving the U.S. job market and therefore economy was the reason given for the extremely radical measures. However, the scale of the open ended monetary commitments suggests the Fed is worried about another Great Depression and an economic collapse. 

The move was described as "stunningly bold" by some analysts as it is "open ended" with Bernanke pledging to print or electronically create, with no time limit, an extra $40 billion every single month until the labour market improves. 

This is the frightening vista we have been warning of for some time. It means that should the US economy enter a recession and or depression, which still seems very likely, that the Fed will continue printing money and debasing the dollar thereby leading to dollar devaluation and inflation - potentially virulent inflation on a par with or worse than that seen in the 1970's.

We had long said that QE3 was inevitable - the question was when rather than if. Indeed, we had said that given Bernanke's closeness to Wall Street we expected that QE4, QE5 etc.  were likely. 

The "open ended" nature of this new round of QE as enunciated yesterday means that the Fed could if it wished or believes it is necessary print unlimited quantities of dollars.

The consensus continues to be that Bernanke and the Fed's actions in addressing U.S. economic ills are bold and progressive. The same consensus holds that the ECB’s (hindered by the Bundesbank and the will of the German people) failure to print euros 'bazooka' style is regressive, negative and risky. 

The consensus is mistaken again and in time the more prudent monetary policy stance of the Bundesbank, while painful in the short term, will be seen as having been the monetarily responsible course of action.  

Printing money is easy with central bankers just pressing a few buttons on a keyboard and electronically creating billions and indeed trillions of dollars, euros and pounds today.

Mining for gold and other precious metals is far from easy and gets harder every year.

Miners are having to go deeper and deeper into the ground to attempt to extract the precious metal from declining ore grades. Peak gold has been reached in South Africa and may have been reached globally.

The poor miners in South Africa who are wielding machetes today will testify as to just how very hard it is to mine for the earth’s precious metals – despite the huge advancement in technology seen in recent years. 

Blood, sweat and tears  are involved in extracting small amounts of gold from the earth's crust.

Bernanke's 'QE3', which should be known as 'Currency Debasement 3' means that the dollar, the euro, the pound and all fiat currencies in our current fiat based monetary system will continue to fall in value versus gold, silver and the precious metals.

On a slightly more mundane and less important note, today European Finance Ministers are meeting in Nicosia, Cyprus.

The Fed action is manifestly bullish for inflation hedging assets such as equities and gold and bearish for cash in all its forms and bonds.

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Cross Currency Table – (Bloomberg)

Gold extends rally on Fed's new stimulus - Reuters

Gold, Silver Prices Soar After Fed Fires Off QE3 – Investors.com

Gold at best in nearly 7 months on Fed bond plan – Market Watch

Gold, Silver Surge on Fed Plans – Wall Street Journal


Get Ready For The Return of the Golden Age – Market Watch

Ron Paul: "Country Should Panic Over Fed's Decision" – Zero Hedge

Norcini - A Violent Wave Of Short Covering In Gold & Silver – King World News

America's Hold On AAA Rating Risks Collapse Next Year – The Telegraph

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LawsofPhysics's picture

The dogs of war are growing impatient.  Look at the Baltic Dry index, when goods and services stop crossing borders, troops will.  hedge accordingly.

Dalago's picture

Just a friendly reminder that 4 years ago on the Ides, Lehman brothers went kaput.  Will this happen to countries this weekend?

American34's picture

Since the Fed is now buying Treasuries and MBS with fake money shouldn't that money go directly into the US economy and therefore cause inflation. And since the amount in 2013 aline is 1.17 Trillion shouldn't minimum inflation next year be about 10%. That is kind of scary!

MachoMan's picture

Eh no.  The fake money does not go directly into the U.S. economy in any material way in proportion to the amount printed.  This is how inflation has been relatively contained despite massive monetary prolifigacy.  That hasn't stopped them from trying...

However, some portion DOES eventually trickle out into the economy, but mostly as cost push rather than demand pull inflation (in other words, through indirect channels).  Wages are stagnant to declining, but the cost of living is increasing.  Essentially, the inflation is pushed through the supply chain from increased resource costs (note: not labor), curtailing margins and eventually gutting the end consumers who dare consume (holy shit at grocery prices).  Those sitting on the sidelines are likewise punished due to debasement and decreased purchasing power.  The logic is to force us to move, however this is faulty given any material movement necessarily entails market participants to subsequently move faster to keep pace, eventually leading to an inability to do so (objective, hard constraints).

As for who benefits from this type of monetary arrangement, see generally the cantillon effect.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Cantillon  http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-cantillon-effect


Ruffcut's picture

Time magazine needs to change to "Asshole of the year" from man of the year.

Problem is benny would constantly be on the cover, with obama as honorable mention.

Bicycle Repairman's picture

And Romney as an afterthought.

SheepRevolution's picture

It's just simply wonderful watching gold being priced at 1776 USD/oz.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Death of the dollar.   The plan is to make the EBT card worth more than the people's money and it is working perfectly.  Remember the endgame is about power and control, period.  What did that one Rothschild say about controlling a countries money supply?

Spastica Rex's picture

My 16 your old son said the following to me at the grocery store yesterday:

"I never want to have a credit card. I'm going to pay for everything with cash."

He and I never talk money.

ebworthen's picture


Elimination of paper and coin currency within the next decade, if not sooner.

NSA installation in Utah will track all mobile phone/credit-debit card transactions and be fed directly to I.R.S.

Bullish for small plastic bottles of liquor, cigarettes, and anything else of value that isn't considered "money".

HelluvaEngineer's picture

The Fed essentially forced people to invest in Gold.  Brilliant.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Just be damn sure that you take delivery of the physical metal.

Sofa King Confused's picture

That works out great until they come to confiscate it.

TheCanadianAustrian's picture

If they can find it on the bottom of the lake, they can have it.

Baal's picture

They will have to take it from my cold dead hands.... oh shit I've been shot.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

gold bitchez!

[clocks in, puts feet up on desk, opens crossword]

GetZeeGold's picture



What's a four letter word for getting screwed without asking for it.


Starts with an R.......I'm coming up with nothing here.


Sofa King Confused's picture

The last official act of any government is to loot the treasury

krispkritter's picture

A few decades too late for that...

Sofa King Confused's picture

Just wait.....You aint seen nothing yet

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

"...loot the treasury"

No treasure is left in the Treasury!

krispkritter's picture

Yep. I think the next step is 'retirement savings'; all those private plans are going to be rolled up into one big ball of Fed-owned moola and you'll never see it again...

Sofa King Confused's picture

+1  You are exactly right... OUR retirement plans are nothing more then collateral for the debts...When the debt equals the total savings of the Amerikan people,  it will be taken from us and given to the FED.

Buzzworthy's picture

QE was instituted to save the banks of Europe.  They are starved for liquidity and as ZH has explained time and again they benefitted the most from Helicopter Ben's earlier CTRL+P experiments.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Correct, banks and financial houses must appear to have valuable assets on their books in order to appear solvent.  This will fail eventually, but for now "mark to fantasy" is very much in play.

Comay Mierda's picture


QE3 is a banker bailout in disguise

GetZeeGold's picture



Fooled three times.......dammit.....I hate when that happens.


caimen garou's picture

GOLD and SILVER, there is nothing like the real thing!

Comay Mierda's picture

start practicing how to wipe your ass with FRNs

francis_sawyer's picture

The beatings will continue until morale improves...

Quinvarius's picture

And with the Republicans asking for a gold standard, who is going to be the hero and try to stop it?  The conversion rate being over 10k, that is a big loss to take overnight someday in the future.  The only hope of the bankers is to push gold up so high that the US becomes solvent without a gold standard.  Then the bankers and the gov can keep playing their leverage and print unbacked garbage game for another 40 years because the issue will be dead.  It worked in the 80's. 

SheepDog-One's picture

Republiclowns sound like dorks 'asking' for a gold standard....no one wants to hear that shit except fuddy-duddies. Now if they were asking for free iPhone5's they'd get a huge following! 

Quinvarius's picture

In the end, the general population will be begging for it.

Spastica Rex's picture

Begging for gold?

Or just perpetually begging. I can see that happening.

Vincent Vega's picture

I love the smell of PM's in the morning. Oh Hell, who am i kidding...I love the smell of PM's anytime!

SheepDog-One's picture

'SHOULD' the US economy enter recession'.....lol only here in america could people look around and say 'Gee, I hope things dont get shitty!'

LOL fuktardville.

PaperBear's picture

This unlimited limit will be reached once all of the mortgage backed securities on the balance sheet of the big banks have all been sold to the non-Federal non-Reserve

so the use of the word ‘unlimited’ is absurd.


Quinvarius's picture

I think we will find that if you do an unlimited subsidy of MBS, you get an unlimited amount of MBS.

Mister Ponzi's picture

There is virtually no limit. Once the Fed has bought up all MBS, it can buy other assets: Corporate bonds, stocks, old bicycles, land, houses, foreign bonds - you name it.

voltaire2030's picture

One word : LIQUIDITY TRAP....

buzzsaw99's picture

QE is no fundamental reason for the stock market to rise though. The only corporations that will benefit are the big banks and all those earnings will be pilfered by employees.

adr's picture

The good news in QE3 will send the unemployment rate to 0% in short order as record people leave the workforce. According the the "reason" Ben launched QE3, it won't be needed past a month or two.

mr_bad's picture

We're all doomed.