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Dollar and Yen Fall - Moody’s Warns of Japan Downgrade & UN Warn of Risk of “Collapse” of Dollar

Gold has fallen against the euro and most currencies but is 0.2% higher in U.S. dollars and nearly 1% higher in yen terms as the American and Japanese currencies have come under selling pressure. Gold remains near record nominal highs in all major currencies which shows that markets are concerned about inflation and concerns about the future of major currencies. 


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EU Debt Contamination Deepens in Greece, Portugal and Ireland - Gold Just 2% From Record Nominal High

Gold and silver are flat in US dollars but higher in euros this morning. Trade is thin with the UK and US markets closed for spring holidays. Gold and silver were 1.75% and 8% higher last week and the precious metals and especially gold appear to be on solid footing due to the continuing debt crisis in Europe and concerns about a slowdown in the US and global economy. 


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U.S. at Risk of Default as Cost to Insure U.S. “Ponzi Scheme” Against Default Rises Sharply

Gold and silver are lower today with profit taking, Chinese bond buying and increased risk appetite being cited for the price falls. Gold is marginally lower in all currencies and is 0.2% lower in U.S. dollar terms despite the dollar coming under selling pressure again this morning. Risky assets have recovered somewhat from recent losses with Asian and European equities and commodities receiving a bid. 


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Euro and Global Debt Contagion Concerns Mount - Gold's New Record Nominal Highs in Euros and Pounds

Europe’s debt crisis has seen gold prices climb to new record highs in euros and British pounds at EUR 1,087.80/oz and GBP 944.93/oz respectively. Contagion concerns are mounting due to the failure of the ECB, the IMF and respective governments to tackle the sovereign debt crisis. 


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Gold in Pounds Rises to New Record High over GBP 944/oz on Stagflation Risk – Moody’s Lists 14 UK Banks for Downgrade Review …

Gold is marginally higher in most currencies today as the yen, the dollar and the pound are all weaker. 


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Eurozone Debt Crisis Deepens Sending Euro Lower and Gold to New Record at EUR 1,080/oz

The euro, global equities and bonds in peripheral Eurozone countries are all lower this morning on heightened concerns about the debt crisis in the Eurozone. The euro has fallen against all currencies and is now at a record low against gold at EUR 1,080.21/oz. Silver is lower against most currencies but is higher against the Australian dollar and the euro ( EUR 24.80/oz).


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China Becomes World’s Largest Gold Buyer - Buys 93.5 Tonnes of Gold Coins/Bars in Q1 - Gold Ownership Rising From Minuscule Lvls

Gold and silver are higher again today with the debt laden dollar, euro and yen all being sold. News that China has become the world’s largest buyer of gold bullion and has seen investment demand double continues to reverberate in the markets and may have contributed to this morning’s strength. 


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Japanese Economy Contracts Very Sharply - Gold in Yen Consolidates Near 120,00 and Record Nominal High of 200,000 Yen Likely

 Gold is lower while silver is higher this morning after yesterday’s 1% and nearly 5% gains respectively. The yen has fallen as markets digest the news that the world’s third largest economy has again fallen into recession after a very sharp contraction in GDP growth in the first quarter. 


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UK and US Data Shows Stagflation Threat Deepening - Asian Gold Demand Remains Very High

Gold and silver have snapped their three day losing streak so far this morning and both are higher in all currencies. Sterling has fallen on this morning’s very poor UK employment data. This in conjunction with yesterday’s high inflation figure in the UK and negative data in the U.S. confirm the increasing threat of stagflation to western economies. 


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Soros Sells Gold ETF While Paulson Buys - PIMCO Favour Gold as a “Protection Against What Can Go Wrong”

Gold and silver are higher today while sterling is stronger and the Japanese yen has again come under pressure. The yen has weakened on deepening concerns about the Japanese economy and the BOJ Governor said that the Japanese economy is in a “very severe state”.

Gold is trading at $1,491/oz, £919/oz, €1,055/oz and 121,850 yen per ounce.


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$14.3 Trillion U.S. Debt Ceiling Threatened; Silver Bullion Buying Spree in India After Price Falls

Gold and silver are lower this morning as the recent bout of weakness continues. Equities in Asia were lower on economic growth and inflation concerns and European indices are also lower as Greek debt talks are in disarray after the weekend arrest IMF’s Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Cross Currency Rates


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Gold a Bubble? Steve Forbes, Billionaire Media Magnate, Predicts New Gold Standard Within 5 Years

Gold and silver’s recovery in recent days proved to be temporary and further falls were seen yesterday (sharply in silver) prior to a tentative recovery overnight and then more falls again this morning. The euro has stabilized after recent sharp falls and euro gold at €1,050/oz remains comfortably above €1,000/oz after a period of correction and consolidation. Euro gold looks like it is set to break above record highs of €1,072/oz (12/28/10) and target €1,100/oz as the European debt crisis deepens.


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India, Indonesia, China and Wider Asia Buy Physical Gold and Silver on Dip as Stagflation Threatens

 Gold and silver have extended their recovery and may be headed for the fourth day of gains due to the continuing European sovereign debt crisis, Chinese inflation (+5.3%) and the real risk that rising oil and commodity prices are leading to an international inflation spiral and stagflation.


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Euro Gold Targets Record EUR 1,072/oz on Risk of Forced Greek Default and Euro Zone Debt Contagion

 Gold and silver continue to rebound from their sell offs as Euro zone periphery worries intensify with real risks of defaults and possible contagion. Gold has risen from €1,010/oz to over €1,057/oz since Friday. The long period of correction and consolidation may soon see a break out above resistance at record nominal highs of €1,072/oz - less than 1.5% below the current price.


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China Buying Silver Overnight, Prudent Money Holding and Accumulating Bullion on Dip

Gold and silver are tentatively higher after their 2% and 8% falls yesterday. In silver, speculators on the COMEX continue to liquidate on mass after margin was increased a massive 84% and various stop loss levels are hit, leading to further falls in the futures market.


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Silver’s Paper Driven Sell Off to Be Confronted by Continued Significant Physical Demand

 Gold stabilised in Asian and early European trading prior to a 1% fall, while silver’s sharp price fall continues and silver is now down 20% in USD terms in 5 days. The huge and unprecedented increase in margin in the paper silver market has forced some weak hands out of the silver market and allowed the concentrated shorts on Wall Street to press their advantage to the downside.


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Portuguese Gold Sale Urged by Senior German Lawmakers as Mexican Central Bank Buys 100 Tonnes

 Gold is mixed while silver is down some 1.5% again today. Weakness is being attributed to profit taking, momentum-driven traders and rumours regarding selling of gold and silver by George Soros’s fund.


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Gold Robust Despite Death of Bin Laden; Geopolitical Risk Remains Elevated due to North Africa, the Middle East and Pakistan

 Gold has remained robust despite the potentially negative short term implications for safe haven demand due to Bin Laden’s murder. This suggests that market participants do not believe that Bin Laden’s death is of any great importance or that participants realise that the global economy faces greater challenges than that of Bin Laden and al Qaeda.