Senin, 18 Juli 2011

Gold Hits $1600 Milestone, Silver Back Over $40 >>> Seeking a safe haven, United States investors have rushed to the gold market to protect their wealth. >>> Note: Gold and Silver values are looks stable in the long run.... and it is most likely so good for being monetary stability unit standard. So, Indonesia and or Asian countries and or whole the world would be much better using the gold and silver standard or such guaranteed by gold and silver.......in real... in using the payment bill or payment instrument.... >>...Harga emas meroket diatas 1.600 dolar AS (atau setara dengan Rp 13,7 juta) per ons untuk pertama kalinya akibat makin tak menentunya situasi ekonomi dunia di tengah krisis utang AS dan Eropa.....>

Gold Hits $1600 Milestone, Silver Back Over $40





Posted by Brittany Stepniak - Monday, July 18th, 2011





Seeking a safe haven, United States investors have rushed to the gold market to protect their wealth.  


Debt concerns and uncertainty in the U.S. and Europe have pushed gold to all-time highs. Gold rallied today for an 11th consecutive day on the markets; making it the longest streak of gains since July of 1980. 
Gold was trading at $1,603 an ounce on the Comex in New York, up 0.8 percent. The price peaked at a record of $1,603.80. The debt ceiling debate in addition to the financial crisis in Europe play, perhaps, the most important role in the recent bullion trend. According to Bloomberg:
The situation in the euro area, as well as the proliferation of the debt-ceiling problem in the U.S., continues to be a very strong focus,” Ben Westmore, a minerals and energy economist at National Australia Bank Ltd. (NAB), said by phone from Melbourne. “It’s difficult to see the problems and downside risk to global growth being less of a focus.”

Bullion almost doubled since December 2008 as the Federal Reserve kept interest rates at a record low and governments spent trillions of dollars to prop up the economy after the worst global recession since World War II. The Treasury Department has warned the U.S. debt ceiling must be lifted by Aug. 2 to avoid default. Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service are threatening to downgrade the government’s credit rating if Congress doesn’t act. 

Holdings of the metal in exchange-traded products rose 0.6 percent to 2,101.9 metric tons on July 15, data compiled by Bloomberg show. That’s the highest level since December.
Silver is hovering right around $40. Immediate silver delivery jumped as much as 2.8 percent, up to $40.3875 per ounce -the highest amount since May 4. 

Yan Chen, head of metals and mining for Standard Chartered Equity Research, reports on the future outlook for gold in this Bloomberg Television clip.



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Note: Gold and Silver values are looks stable in the long run.... and it is most likely so good for being monetary stability unit standard. So, Indonesia and or Asian countries and or whole the world would be much better using the gold and silver standard or such guaranteed by gold and silver.......in real... in using the payment bill or payment instrument....


Selasa, 19 Juli 2011 - 11:46 WIB
http://www.poskota.co.id/berita-terkini/2011/07/19/harga-emas-semakin-meroket

Harga Emas Semakin Meroket




JAKARTA (POs Kota)- Harga emas meroket diatas 1.600 dolar AS (atau setara dengan Rp 13,7 juta) per ons untuk pertama kalinya akibat makin tak menentunya situasi ekonomi dunia di tengah krisis utang AS dan Eropa.
Harga logam mulia ini naik 12,3 dolar AS dan akhirnya berada di posisi 1.602 dolar AS per ons di pasar logam mulia London.
Dikutip dati BBC Indonesia, kenaikan harga jual emas hari Senin (18/7) tersebut menandai rekor baru penjualan emas setelah berturut-turut selalu naik selama 11 hari.
Emas dipandang sebagai bentuk investasi yang paling aman terutama di tengah situasi ekonomi dunia yang tak menentu.
Harga perak ikut meroket, naik lebih dari 3persen dalam dua bulan terakhir, kini berada di posisi 40 dolar AS (Rp342 ribu) per ons.
“Emas menorehkan titik (harga) tertingginya yang baru… pada 1.600 dolar AS karena inevestor kehilangan kepercayaan pada kemampuan politisi mengatasi masalah utang yang membuat sentimen anjlok,” kata Michael Hewson dari kelompok perusahaan perdagangan CMC Markets.
“Kelihatannya (harga) masih akan naik lagi ,” tambah Hewson.
Harga emas di titik tertinggi ini dicapai hampir bersamaan dengan jadwal pertemuan puncak pimpinan zona ekonomi Eropa yang akan bertemu Kamis lusa, di Brussels dimana sekali lagi mereka akan memeras otak mencari jalan keluar mengatasi krisis utang sejumlah negara.
Para investor khawatir Yunani mungkin akan dinyatakan tak mampu membayar utang, dan negara lain seperti Spanyol dan Italia yang juga mengalami kesulitan dengan utangnya akan ikut terbelit krisis lebih dalam.
Sementara saat yang sama di AS, politisi dari dua kubu juga bergelut keras dengan upaya untuk mencari kesepakatan terkait upaya pengurangan defisit untuk menghindari terjadinya situasi gagal bayar (default) sebelum tanggal 2 Agustus.(BBC/b)



George Soros: Wrong About Gold Again?


Posted by Brittany Stepniak - Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Gold prices are projected to take some dips this week. Is the bubble popping...or   was gold even in a bubble at all?
Most say no. Some analysts, including many respected hedge fund managers, see no end to gold's long reigning bull-market trend-- predicting as much as 140 percent gains in five years.
Here are a few simple reasons why:
-Gold is one of the only true save havens when hedging against inflation
-The dollar's value is unstable
-Fear: fears of future financial meltdowns, hyperinflation, debt crises etc.
-China and India have an (arguably) steadily increasing gold demand
-Gold's got a more impressive track record than any other investment option
Ronald Stoeferle, analyst at Erste Group Bank AG gives his optimistic commentary in the Bloomberg clip 
below. Stoeferle doesn't expect gold to hit a bubble until it reaches $2300

5 Reasons George Soros is WRONG about Gold

Posted by Brittany Stepniak - Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
http://www.wealthwire.com/news/metals/1294
Published 06/14/2011 -01:00PM Originally published on StreetAuthority.com and re-published with permission.
By Steven P. Orlowski
George Soros is a world-renowned former billionaire hedge-fund manager and philanthropist. He co-founded the Quantum Fund in the 1970s with Jim Rogers, another world-famous investor. Soros' fame grew in 1992 when he made $1 billion by short-selling the pound sterling, speculating that the British government would be forced to devalue the currency. He became known as "The Man Who Broke the Bank of England."
Unlike his former partner Jim Rogers, who is credited with anticipating the commodity boom that started in the late 1990s and who is keeping his gold, Soros has been selling a lot of gold. The moves speak volumes. He believes gold is in a bubble and he'd rather sell before everybody else catches on.
In September of 2010 Soros said "Gold is the ultimate bubble, it is certainly not safe." In the first quarter of 2011, he sold nearly $800 million worth of gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and stocks. After that sale, his company, Soros Fund Management, owned less than 50,000 sharesof the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSE: GLD), down from a reported 4.7 million shares. He also reportedly sold 5 million shares of iShares Gold Trust (NYSE: IAU).
Soros was reported to have had just under $1 billion in gold ETFs and related stocks at the end of December, 2010. After these sales, the value of his gold holdings was reduced to a little more than $200 million.
Unfortunately for Soros, I think he's wrong. Gold is not in a bubble. And there are several factors pointing to even higher prices.
Gold did pull back a bit after Mr. Soros announced his sale. The GLD ETF fell from an intradayhigh on April 29 of $153.03 to an intraday low of $142.55 on May 5, a 6.8% fall. A temporarycorrection from current levels is always a possibility, but the price is flying high once again, recently trading above $150. And it seems poised to move higher.
Here are five reasons why...
1.  QE2 ending is not the end 
Recently released economic data point to a slowing U.S. economy. The housing market is double-dipping as prices in some areas of the country are as low as they were in the early 2000s. Unemployment is up to 9.1%. Consumer sentiment is down. And China, our critically-important trading partner, has also seen its economy slow. On June 7, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke publicly admitted the U.S. economy is slowing.
Given these factors, the end of QE2 (Quantitative Easing II) -- the Fed's practice of buying U.S. treasuries to add liquidity to the credit markets -- may not really be at hand. With no other viable options to stimulate the economy, it will likely keep the liquidity flowing, whether it's called QE3 or not. Maintaining current liquidity levels or adding more will likely weigh on the dollar and support gold.
2.  Inflation is low (but higher than you think)
While the government wants some inflation, it also needs to prevent it from getting out of control. Governments typically increase the money supply  when the economy has stalled or is inrecession, making it less expensive to borrow, hoping to stimulate growth (and therefore creating inflation). The targeted inflation rate of 2% represents an idealized level of growth for the economy.
The consumer price index (CPI) is a statistic that measures the price of consumer goods and services and is the measure upon which monetary policy is based. A popular complaint is that the government focuses on "Core" CPI, the version that ignores food and energy, two critical components to a consumer's economic well-being.
Core CPI is low, up 1.3% year-over-year. "Headline" inflation, the CPI with food and energy included, is actually much higher, currently near 6%. Under normal circumstances, higher inflation would motivate the Fed to raise interest rates from the historically low 0% that has been held since December 2008. But with core CPI at an acceptable level and with the economy slowing, investors should not expect that to happen anytime soon. Continued low interest rates will likely be maintained despite the risk of higher inflation in the hope of further stimulating the economy. Low rates should translate into more economic activity and demand, driving commodity prices, including gold, higher.
3.  Gold ownership by individual investors is not higher than normal 
Asset bubbles are characterized not just by rapidly-escalating prices but also by abnormal participation of individual investors. During the tech bubble of the late 1990s, one would frequently hear about mailmen, landscapers, barbers and others one would not normally expect to be talking about the stock market making tech stock recommendations. That was an indication of a larger-than-normal level of participation and a bubble brewing.
Today, despite the media coverage, the actual rate of gold ownership by individual investors is at or below historical norms (see table below). If gold were in a bubble, people wouldn't just be talking about it, they'd be buying it en masse. Until gold ownership increases dramatically, I'd take lightly claims of a bubble that's about to burst.
 
4.  The U.S. dollar will continue to decline 
Unfortunately for Americans and anyone who owns U.S. dollars, the decline in the dollar is likely to continue. The enormous debt and entitlement obligations of the United States coupled with the slowing economy suggest the government will maintain its weak dollar strategy. Until the economy stabilizes and the government seriously addresses its financial obligations, expect the dollar to continue to decline. A weaker dollar means higher gold prices. [See David Sterman's "Why Politicians in Washington Could Cause a Global Financial Crisis"]
5.  The fear factor 
The mention of replacing the U.S. dollar as the world's reserve currency was met with laughter only a couple of years ago. American dominance was considered absolute and eternal. No longer.
The United States is dependant on foreign investment to fund its debt. China, the biggest buyer of U.S. treasuries, has become more and more vocal about how the United States is handling its financial travails. China can frequently be heard criticizing the U.S.'s decisions and talking overtly about replacing the dollar. And China is not alone. One idea gaining traction is to replace the dollar with a basket of currencies. Even a partial replacement of the dollar would significantly reduce demand, sending its value plummeting and gold prices higher.
Action to Take --> Don't sell your gold. If you're worried that the bubble-talk might be true, then sell some -- but not all. Gold has performed very well in the last decade, but its price ascension has not been at an unreasonable pace. And while George Soros has made some good market calls in the past, I think he's wrong on this one. Sometimes asset prices rise for very good reasons. This is likely to prove to be one of those times.

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