Gold Surges In Asian Trading To Record Nominal High On Washington Theatre And Dollar Debasement

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Gold Surges in Asian Trading to Record Nominal High on Washington Theatre and Dollar Debasement

Gold surged 1.4% ($23) from $1,600.90/oz to a new record nominal of $1,624.07/oz within an hour of the open in Asia. Gold reached new highs due to continuing uncertainty  and theatre regarding the debt ceiling negotiations in Washington. Gold is higher in all currencies except the Swiss franc as the Swiss currency is also continuing to see flows.

Silver surged 2% on the open from $39.69/oz to $40.48/oz and is higher in all currencies including the Swissie. There was some unusual selling in the electronic market prior to the open which saw prices fall from the close on Friday at $40.05/oz to $39.69/oz prior to the surge on the open.

Cross Currency Rates

Asian indices fell with the Chinese indices in particular down sharply (CSI 300 -3.25%) on the U.S. debt impasse concerns.

The high speed train crash may have contributed to the larger losses in China but there are also growing concerns about the Chinese financial system and economy.

European indices have recovered from an initial sell off and peripheral Eurozone debt markets have seen some selling.

The tragic events in Norway may also have markets on edge and police around Europe are on increased alert regarding security threats. Geopolitical risk remains an important reason for maintaining allocations to precious metals.

US Dollar Index – 1971-Today (Weekly)

Markets are spooked by the political theatre which continued in Washington over the weekend.

An eleventh-hour solution is expected before next Tuesday’s August 2 deadline when the U.S. Treasury has said that it would not be able to borrow any more funds.

At the same time, investors have cut their exposure to risky assets and the appalling fiscal situation in the U.S. is positive for gold and silver – whether the politicians come to an agreement or not.

The dollar and US treasuries look set to come under pressure in the coming weeks – especially treasuries which remains close to record historical highs (record low yields) after a historic 30 year bull run.

US Generic Govt 30 Year Yield – 1977 to Today (Weekly)

Political posturing and alarmist rhetoric about ‘catastrophe’ and ‘Armageddon’ has been used by many, including President Obama and Treasury Secretary Geitner, but a default is quite unlikely as ratings agencies may be unlikely to downgrade the U.S. with the global financial system already in such a precarious state.

Regardless of whether the debt ceiling is raised, the Federal Reserve will continue to purchase the Treasury’s debt and Uncle Sam can continue to print an endless stream of money in order to redeem its bonds.

Also, in a worst case scenario, President Obama has the power to ignore the debt ceiling limit and could declare a national emergency due to the threat of “financial Armageddon’, thereby making redundant the divided Congress.

The debt ceiling will almost certainly be increased by next Tuesday which is bullish for gold and silver in the long term as it means that the dollar will continue to be printed en masse and the embattled world reserve currency will continue to be debased.

Throughout history, inflation, currency devaluation and currency debasement have never ended well.

Indeed, without exception currency debasement has ended in economic hardship for ordinary citizens.

World’s Top 15 Largest Gold Producers by 2010 Output and ‘Peak Gold’

Bloomberg published last week a table of the world’s largest gold producers, ranked by 2010 production and based on data from London-based researcher GFMS Ltd (all figures are in metric tons).

Rank      Company                  2010      2009

  1. Barrick Gold Corp.       241.5     230.1
  2. Newmont Mining Corp.     167.7     162.9
  3. AngloGold Ashanti Ltd    140.4     143.0
  4. Gold Fields Ltd          102.4     106.6
  5. Goldcorp Inc.             78.4      75.3
  6. Newcrest Mining Ltd       72.8      49.2
  7. Kinross Gold Corp.        68.0      64.5
  8. Navoi MMC                 62.5      62.0
  9. Freeport-McMoRan          52.9      74.8
  10. Polyus Gold               43.1      39.2
  11. Harmony Gold Mining Co.   41.7      45.2
  12. Cia de Minas Buenaventura 34.1      41.2
  13. Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd    30.7      15.3
  14. Zijin Mining Group Ltd    30.1      30.7
  15. Iamgold Corp.      30.1      29.2

The figures are interesting as they show an increase in production is most of the major gold producers between 2009 and 2010.

However, the exception is with the African and South African producers where production fell quite sharply. The trend of falling gold production in Africa continues.

Annual gold production in South Africa has plummeted to 220 tonnes - levels last seen in 1922.

South African gold output has been falling since 1970 when annual production was over 1,000 tonnes. Gold production peaked at this time and has been falling steadily. It has fallen by an incredible nearly 80% since 1970.

The phenomenon of “peak oil” is widely known of and debated however “peak gold” may be of as great import and may be a more realistic threat as a U.S. or global Depression would see demand for oil drop sharply.

This would not be the case with gold and indeed demand for gold should increase in that event – due to safe haven and monetary demand.


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Version 7's picture

The phenomenon of “peak oil” is widely known of and debated however “peak gold” may be of as great import and may be a more realistic threat as a U.S. or global Depression would see demand for oil drop sharply.

You mean people won't have money for gas but will afford to buy gold?

GetZeeGold's picture people will realize they are not rich until they dump their worthess paper for gold......then they will really be rich. can't print it. You have to go down a very deep hole to find it. Take the easy route and just pay cash. Let someone else do the hard work.


Id fight Gandhi's picture

Silver is under performing big time. Still taking lumps from the criminal CME manipulation a couple months ago. Just buy physical and horde it.

GetZeeGold's picture


Think of it as being subsidized......finally a welfare program for rich people.....think about it.


Id fight Gandhi's picture

Market is totally run by algos and machines now. How else would all this debt and defaults be shrugged off. Shit, even chipolte missed earnings last week and it still closed at a record high up 200 points in a year - fucking momo burrito shack!

I'll gladly be a coin clutcher than play in this mad house.

bullionbaron's picture

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Id fight Gandhi's picture

Best deals are the us junk silver quarters, halves and dimes before 1965.

THE DORK OF CORK's picture

I bought a dozen Mexican Libertads recently on the off chance it would be remonetized via a Hugo Salinas Price campagin............


Raymond K Hassel's picture

Now would be the perfect time for a truly half ass debt deal

Id fight Gandhi's picture

I would prefer them to use their whole ass.

Either way we get shit. Debt raised = dollar falls, default = dollar falls.

css1971's picture


Say it isn't so! Our politicians are liars and bankers are swindlers! If we can't trust them, what can we trust?


Silver Dreamer's picture

This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

quick fix for the debt in USA..sell the SPR millions of barrels of black gold would keep the gov going for months then sell gold  in fort knox (if any) then sell the city of San Francisco and you get the could keep the ball in the air for years to come and nobody would have to face the congress.. a win win  LOL.

theprofromdover's picture

Just put out a rumour that all Credt Default Swaps are to be declared (illegal and) unenforcable.

That will start the big clean-up.

Sudden Debt's picture

The last debt ceiling raise that size made gold pop 300$ and boosted silver 50% and pushed the DOW 800 points higher.


Let's hope inflation doesn't cause to many problems like it did for now.


Temporalist's picture

Silver hit $41 on kitco charts.

ViewfromUndertheBridge's picture

Well, to me that looked like short covering this morning "in Asia"...tomorrow is Options Expiry, what chance a Debt Ceiling agreement to co-incide with OpEx and a the clowns.

pmn's picture

Another Silver Drive-by shooting coming?


Eric Sprott just sold 1 million shares of PSLV…(The last time he sold was before the smack down he reinvested the money back into silver related assets.)

Options expiration on Tuesday…

Last week of July Delivery…

Seems like all of the stars are aligned for another silver drive by shooting.

ViewfromUndertheBridge's picture

That open was Johnny5 v. Joe Six...

MiningJunkie's picture

The JPMorg is going to try a raid in the gold pit today - let's see if they can out-muscle the Asians.

My bet is "not a Fucking Chance."

Developers's picture

...but a default is quite unlikely as ratings agencies may be unlikely to downgrade the U.S. with the global financial system already in such a precarious state.

In other words, ratings agencies are worthless.  Why are they even relevant?


Snidley Whipsnae's picture

"There was some unusual selling in the electronic market prior to the open which saw prices fall from the close on Friday at $40.05/oz to $39.69/oz prior to the surge on the open."

LOL... who woulda thunk it???

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