Fed chairman set to speak; should eurozone look at Gold differently?


 

U.S. stock futures and Precious Metals are enjoying a boost this morning in anticipation of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s speech at Jackson Hole, Wyo., set to begin at 10 a.m. (EDT). Many investors are expecting Bernanke to strongly hint about a new round of quantitative easing, if not deliver an outright announcement. Peter Cardillo of Rockwell Global Capital said, “Obviously the market has discounted the fact Mr. Bernanke is not going to announce (a third round of quantitative easing), but he will acknowledge the fact there is a growing possibility that it could happen, so I think that’s what the market is looking at.”

The World Gold Council is suggesting a creative way of looking at Gold in the eurozone. Many pundits have suggested that troubled eurozone countries sell Gold to take care of their debts. This ill advised idea sounds like a simple resolution, but of course it is more complicated than that. The World Gold Council has suggested bonds and loans backed by Gold. Some groups (LCH.Clearnet, Intercontinental Exchange, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange) have begun accepting Gold as collateral for margin requirements recently. Gillian Tett of Financial Times wrote that this “suggest(s) that a slow evolution of attitudes is under way — not so much in terms of the desirability of Gold per se, but the increasing undesirability and riskiness of other supposedly ‘safe’ assets, such as government bonds.”

At 9 a.m. (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, 1,662.90, Up $7.30.
  • Silver, $30.79, Up $0.34.
  • Platinum, $1,519.20, Up $14.50.
  • Palladium, $625.80, Up $625.80.

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