Faced with far more depressed economy then imagined, the downgrade rating decision by S&P is the first ever in US history. This is just the latest consequence of an out-of-control economy. It’s humbling, but perhaps a wake up call, regardless whether it was a correct decision not by the S&P or not. The fact is, it set the fire of panic in an already undisciplined government with varied political aspirations, while passing the blame on one another. Washington is quiet as the downgrade marks the undeniable debt and inability to solve it.
While Allen Greenspan disagrees with the S&P downgrade, saying there was no threat of a US default, the signal was not amusing for the Chinese holding $1.2 trillion US debt. Being the largest creditor of the world’s sole super power is rightfully demanding the US to curb its addiction to debts and learn to live within its means. With stimulates being exhausted, and China still has $3.2 trillion in foreign exchange reserves mainly in dollars, they fear of a global recession. The downgrade may be preposterous to many. They never thought they’d see it happen since even corporations are rated higher. But as it unnerved the global community, with the economical structure as if there’s smoke there’s fire.
While the world is faced with unrest and unemployment, in the US, Chairman Bernanke awaits the green light to save the country with another QE3. Europe has its own crisis. Greece will likely be the first to leave the Euro, while other countries like Italy have no strategy for an economic rescue. As the third largest bond market, after US and Japan, Italy is hanging on the cliff of catastrophe.
Although the ECB announced to intervene in several sovereign debts under the SMP, Switzerland is not waiting but taking precautions to save the Swiss franc—A green light is underway by the Swiss National Bank for a Quantative Easing to counteract the overvalued Swiss Franc. Should the ECB buy Italian and Spanish debt, the question remains, should or would the ECB bring enough to the table to save the market crisis there, which Germany is refusing to condone. Consensus is that regardless of the ECB’s actions, it will not have lasting reprieve in the euro crisis.
While the political upheavals and arguments in such chaotic economical leadership on both sides of the globe await decisive actions, the Euro and the Dollar are in continued freefall. A currency confidence crisis is on the move. Which will crumble first will depend on the think tanks (or policy institutes) makers. Whether it will be Greece to leave the Euro first, or not, pressures continue to mount toward a serious meltdown. Targeted with stocks and Euro falling, investors are spooked and getting out of both.
The enormous deterioration in the country’s finances and budget outlook has pushed gold up north. The fundamentals of US and global growth are weakening, and that’s a fertile time to get under the safe haven of the yellow metal. Gold is the only few investments that climbed and steadily rose from $250oz., in 2001 to $2,663 today. “Investors who are betting against economy recovery are fleeing to gold ,” says Regal Assets Team of Analyst. Any doubts at all, holding gold is doing a wise thing for oneself and one’s families.