For the sixth day in a row, the price of gold has skyrocketed. On Monday, the precious metal climbed to a 30-year high as fiat paper money values tumbled. Gold for immediate delivery rose as much as 0.3 percent to an all-time high $1,300.15 an ounce.
“There is a net devaluing of currencies,” James Moore, an analyst at TheBullionDesk.com in London. told Bloomberg this morning. Gold gained as Ireland prepares to bail out Anglo Irish Bank Corp. and speculation other European banks lack adequate capital.
The dollar fell after Ben Bernanke announced the Federal Reserve is prepared to launch a new round of quantitative easing by buying millions of dollars of bonds.
The Federal Open Market Committee’s September 21 statement said it “will continue to monitor the economic outlook and financial developments and is prepared to provide additional accommodation if needed to support the economic recovery.” Quantitative easing is a term used when the Fed increases the size of the money supply and floods financial institutions with capital in order to promote increased lending and liquidity.
It should be noted that the Fed used quantitative easing during the first Great Depression. The Fed began to purchase securities in the open market in April of 1933 and eventually shifted to the Treasury and the White House through gold purchases. On August 28, 1933, Roosevelt moved to confiscate all gold held by citizens.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. said there is a 75 percent chance that the Fed will start another round of “asset purchases” before the end of this year to boost the economy, supporting Treasury bond prices, according to Bloomberg.
However, as Bob Chapman of the International Forecaster noted earlier this month, the Fed effort is doomed to fail in a spectacular way. “What the Fed has been approaching since June is a ‘liquidity trap.’ That is when loans are offered to business and they refuse to borrow. They stop using credit because they question the future of the economy, their government and the specter of new taxes in the future. Money and credit is available, but few want to assume the risks to borrow,” writes Chapman.