History May View ECB's Draghi As "Currency Forger of Europe"

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on August 27 2012 8:21 AM

Today the London Bullion Market is closed for a national holiday. Friday's AM fix was USD 1,666.50, EUR 1,329.16 and GBP 1,051.88 per ounce.

Silver is trading at $30.91/oz, €24.77/oz and £19.62/oz. Platinum is trading at $1,550.00/oz, palladium at $647.90/oz and rhodium at $1,025/oz.

Gold climbed $0.80 or 0.05% in New York on Friday and closed at $1,669.80. Silver surged to as high of $30.71 and finished with a gain of 0.52%.  On the week gold climbed 3.3% and silver gained a whopping 9.3%.

Cross Currency Table - (Bloomberg)

Gold hit a high not seen since mid April on Monday, continuing the momentum from last week's gains as investors expect further monetary stimulus from central banks and become increasingly concerned about inflation.

Consumer price inflation data in the US is due Friday and is expected to move higher on higher fuel and food costs.

There may be more hints of further cheap money from the Jackson Hole Symposium later this week as finance chiefs gather to discuss economic policy behind closed doors.

Monetary risk remains high especially in the euro zone after Jens Weidmann, head of the Bundesbank, sent a shot across the bows of the ECB's Draghi and likened the mooted ECB bond-buying plans to a dangerous drug. 

Merkel praised Weidmann for speaking out about his doubts and said she saw strong Bundesbank influence within the ECB as positive. But she took care not to voice any support for his criticism of Draghi's policies.

Weidmann rejected suggestions that he was isolated on the ECB Governing Council in having such reservations. "I hardly believe that I am the only one to get a stomach ache over this," he said.

Alexander Dobrindt, a senior German politician who has been the Executive Secretary of the Christian Social Union of Bavaria since 2009, was more direct, saying Draghi risked passing into the history books as the "currency forger of Europe".

A conservative ally of Merkel, Dobrindy echoed Bundesbank's Weidmann that Greece should leave the currency bloc by next year.

The comments show the huge divisions in Germany over the debt crisis now in its 3rd year and the understandable concerns of inflation and even hyperinflation. 

The Bundebank and senior politicians and allies of Merkel may thwart Mario Draghi's big plans to do "whatever it takes" to solve Europe's financial collapse. 

One way or another, the euro is certain to fall in value in the long term. 

Gold in USD 2 Years - (Bloomberg)

As was pointed out by Merryn Somerset Webb at the weekend (see commentary) the euro has defied negative commentary but the question is for how much longer. 

The fundamentals of the euro are appalling - just to keep eurozone broad money supply from contracting alone will take a whopping €3 trillion.

"The euro is clearly a bad currency by any definition." While some fund managers advocate shorting the euro, we believe this is a high risk strategy for investors as in the short term the euro could stage a strong rally - should for example Grexit happen. A 'core euro' could and would likely become stronger.

Therefore, investors and savers best way to protect against a fall in the value of the euro and indeed other fiat currencies is to have an allocation in physical gold.

US economic data published this week follows.  Today is the Chicago Midwest manufacturing index for July at 1230 GMT. Tuesday is the Case-Shiller 20-city Index and Consumer Confidence.  Wednesday is GDP, Pending Home Sales, and the Fed's Beige Book. Thursday is Initial Jobless Claims, Personal Income & Spending, and Core PCE Prices. Friday is Chicago PMI, Michigan Sentiment, and Factory Orders.

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