Monday, January 3, 2011
The entire precious metals complex had a stellar run in 2010, led by palladium's 97 percent rise, in a broad commodities rally that pushed the 19-commodity Reuters-Jefferies CRB index .CRB up 15 percent.
Spot silver, too, swept higher for an 83 percent gain on the year, as investors sought the white metal as an alternative to gold....read in full
The Mogambo GuruThere are a lot of things in this world that I do not understand, and perhaps it is because of this persistent befuddlement that, for some mysterious reason, I think it is Highly, Highly Significant (HHS) that the Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange is planning "a first"; an international gold contract denominated in renminbi. Agora Financial's 5-Minute Forecast notes that "Right now, the Hong Kong-based exchange settles all its trades in Hong Kong dollars," which should be enough to get the job done, you would think.
So why a new international gold contract denominated in Chinese renminbi? I don't know, which is not unusual because I actually know so little about anything, but The 5 says, "Adding renminbi to the mix could boost the exchange's trading volume by 20%, to a daily total of $6 billion," which I assume means that commissions, fees and money made by middlemen would increase, for one thing! Hahaha!
My shallow cynicism aside, all of this comes at a time when "skyrocketing demand for gold in China" is evident in that Chinese imports of gold through the first 10 months of the year of this year total to more than 209 metric tons. The total for all of 2009 was, by contrast, just 45 tons.
So 209 tons of gold is a hefty 500% increase in buying, which is hard to dismiss out of hand, much less when considering that this may, or may not, have something to do with the fact that "Chinese regulators have approved the first mutual fund to invest in gold-backed ETFs."
And it is even harder to dismiss when you notice that there is nothing about Chinese trusting gold for the last few thousand years or so and so what in the hell did you think that they would spend some of their rapidly rising incomes on, or that commentary buying silver is so suspiciously absent.
Naturally, I come to the only conclusion that makes sense; buy gold, silver and oil ahead of the Chinese, who are buying them ahead of the Federal Reserve creating so much money in quantitative easing 2 (QE2), which makes it all so easy that you, the Chinese and I all have to exclaim, "Whee! This investing stuff is easy!"
And it becomes especially easy, and especially obvious when, as part of a recent Congressional frantic move to get more money into more hands so that these mysterious hands will spend it and thus, somehow, reanimate a dying economy where government spending is half the economy and debt-financed consumption is the other half, a tax break was passed so that the 6.2% Social Security tax that workers must pay on their incomes will be reduced to 4.2%!
A $45,000 income will thus be increased by $900! I assume that the Medicare tax and the employer's matching 6.2% tax will remain intact and due, so that employment will now be taxed at a total of 13.3% instead of the 15.3% of the last few years.
And I assume that the $900 "found money" will be reduced by the entire sum being taxed as ordinary income at the marginal rate, instead of the previous 50% being taxable, but it's still a nice piece of change!
And it will be doled out, paycheck by paycheck, increasing the fabled Keynesian "propensity to consume," as opposed to a lump-sum remittance that results in a higher Keynesian "propensity to save," which is at the bedrock heart of the ridiculous econometric theory to which the asinine Federal Reserve ascribes.
And the European Central Bank, and the Bank of Japan, and central banks everywhere.
In short, there's more money, more money, more money, more money, more money and more money, everywhere you look, making the decision to buy gold, silver and oil against such terrifyingly inflationary floods of money even easier, so that, "Whee! This investing stuff is easier than I originally thought earlier in the paragraph!"
Richard Daughty (Mogambo Guru) is general partner and COO for Smith Consultant Group, serving the financial and medical communities, and the writer/publisher of the Mogambo Guru economic newsletter, an avocational exercise to better heap disrespect on those who desperately deserve it. The Mogambo Guru is quoted frequently in Barron's, The Daily Reckoning , and other fine publications.