Valuing Gold in A World Awash With Dollars
The comments below are an edited and abridged synopsis of an article by Alasdair Macleod via GoldMoney
Macleod points to the pressure on the Fed to moderate monetary policy, but that will only affect the timing of the next cyclical credit crisis. That is going to happen anyway, triggered by the Fed or even a foreign central bank. In the very short term, a tendency to moderate monetary policy might allow the gold price to recover from its recent battering.
Unlike the last credit crisis when the dollar rose sharply, in the next crisis, the dollar is likely to fall substantially. The reason is that foreign ownership of dollar investments (typically in US Treasuries) appears greatly overextended, and an additional $4 trillion of liquidity is in the wrong (non-US) hands. This is likely to be unloaded during a general credit crisis, driving the dollar lower.
Domestically, in the next credit crisis the Fed is certain to support the banks, provide financing for a runaway government deficit and stabilize the private sector by injecting further liquidity into an economy already awash with dollars. Therefore, not only will the dollar fall on the foreign exchanges, but its purchasing power in the hands of American citizens seems certain to fall as well.
Macleod demonstrates how fluctuations in the quantity of paper gold makes nonsense of the conventional supply-and-demand approach to analyzing and forecasting gold price trends. Futures and forward markets have deflected demand from physical metal, a situation that depends on confidence in the dollar as a stable currency being maintained. Only a marginal shift away from paper towards physical gold will undermine the whole paper-gold system.
Up for discussion: The journey to the next credit crisis; the domestic impact of the next credit crisis; the outlook for the gold price; and why supply-and-demand statistics are useless.
Alasdair Macleod, Head of Research, Goldmoney
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