Central banks in gold rush

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#1 Mon, Nov 21, 2011 - 7:55pm
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Central banks in gold rush

Central banks in gold rush

from GoldMoney

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A key reason why central banks want to
hold onto gold is the instability of
their most common reserve asset, the
dollar.
2011-NOV-21

Gold bars Central banks around the globe have joined the gold rush, as the World Gold Council's latest report makes clear. This is especially true of the central banks of rapidly growing emerging countries. Up until the third quarter, the central banks of Russia, China, Thailand and Mexico increased their gold reserves six-fold in comparison with the same period last year, which amounts to a total increase of 148.8 tonnes. In comparison with the previous quarter, central banks around the world have increased their gold purchases by 114%, with emerging economies in particular looking to sell part of their US dollar reserves. Even though the US dollar registered some gains last week, more investors around the world are becoming dollar-sceptics.

Global investors are increasingly afraid of systemic risks and imbalances affecting economic relations. Many observers fear the outbreak of a global currency war as financially stricken countries try to debase their currencies in order to obtain trading advantages. In this context, markets are focusing on the US. It seems that an increasing number of market participants do not believe that the US is following the necessary strategies to keep a strong currency. The country's economic problems are too big, with the unemployment rate remaining stubbornly high. US president Obama has repeatedly said that from now on the US has to concentrate on creating jobs in the exports sector. In order to do this, it needs a currency that is internationally competitive... Finish reading>>
Edited by: Billsbest on Nov 8, 2014 - 5:02am
Tue, Nov 22, 2011 - 5:18am
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No surprise for a historic

No surprise for a historic relic, is it? The debasement issue is one thing. The protectionist leaning of countries is the scary thing. This is what happened in the '30's. Politically popular solutions to economics issues never work. This is the lesson from history. Why, is that? Politicians aren't economists. For anyone to expect a political to make sound economic policy is a fool. For the pol will do what benefits himself first, and the economy second. It is not to his benefit to do what is economically sensible if it hurts his political standing.

May God Help Us All But, what do I know?
Tue, Nov 22, 2011 - 11:47am
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Mexican Gold

The word is that Mexico bought paper gold. https://seekingalpha.com/article/296124-seems-like-mexico-purchased-110-...

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