While "greed was good" in the '80s, it appears "gold is good" in the new normal. As much as the barbarous relic is despised by all the mainstream money-peddlers in public (aside from those who have left the familia like Alan Greenspan), it seems to be loved in private. Central banks have been net buyers of gold for eight straight years, according to IMF estimates, the longest streak since the first troops were deployed in The Vietnam War.
As Bloomberg notes, Russia, China and Kazakhstan among the biggest hoarders, International Monetary Fund data show.
Countries purchased almost 590 metric tons last year, accounting for 14 percent of annual global bullion demand, the World Gold Council estimates. Central bankers are using the metal to diversify from currencies, particularly the dollar, said Stefan Wieler, a Toronto-based vice president at GoldMoney Inc., a financial bullion services firm.
While physical demand has been consistently strong, paper prices have roller-coastered over the same period. However, gold's recent "golden cross" as the world goes NIRP (and protectionist), just as The Fed unleashes tightening hell, suggests something is different this time...