Precious metals have now entered their parabolic phase. The latest catalyst for gold having traded north of $1,420 is not only the ongoing collapse of Europe via surging spreads and accelerating ECB bond monetization, which in tried and true bizarro fashion have lead to a more than 100 pip move higher in the EURUSD, but the latest speech by PBOC academic advisor Li Daokui, who said that it is "absurd" that the dollar is still the reserve currency of the world. We are confident that pretty much everyone in China agrees. The likelihood that China is about to do something big in FX land was also confirmed by the biggest move higher in the CNY which rose by 0.51%, the most since the revaluation period, and also by the high yield in the one week auction, which has led some to believe that China may be willing to hike rates once again, and further weaken the dollar peg.
Li Daokui, an academic adviser to China’s central bank, said it could be seen as “absurd” that the dollar remains a reserve currency after the financial crisis.
To a visitor from outer space, it would seem “absurd” that the dollar holds that role, given problems in U.S. financial regulation and the country’s economic difficulties, Li said at a forum in Beijing. The same assessment could be made of the nation’s ability to keep issuing currency according to its own needs, he said.
To a visitor from outer space, it would be more absurd that after precipitating the biggest Depression in history Bernanke is still in charge of the world.