Today's AM fix was USD 1,604.50, EUR 1,305.53, and GBP
1,031.90 per ounce.
Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,614.75, EUR 1,311.95and GBP 1,032.78 per
Silver is trading at $27.52/oz,
€22.51/oz and £17.76/oz. Platinum is
trading at $1,404.75/oz, palladium at $580.80/oz and rhodium at $1,100/oz.
Gold fell $14.10 or 0.87% in New York yesterday and
closed at $1,599.20/oz. Silver fell to a low of $27.157 then also recovered,
but still ended down 2.04%.
Cross Currency Table – (Bloomberg)
Gold was off less than 1% on Wednesday, its biggest
drop in 3 weeks, as the Fed didn’t deliver the sparks for QE3’s
fireworks. It did signal that further bond buying could be in store to help
the US economic recovery that had lost steam this year. Fed officials
commented that the economy had “"decelerated somewhat," a
change of tone from its previous assessment in June when the economy was
Investors now look to the European Central Bank’s
rate decision at 1145 GMT. If “Super” Mario Draghi
doesn’t come out with a loaded arsenal (bold intervention), then the
markets will be disappointed. Mario Draghi will be confronting
his colleague and nemesis in the ECB Jens Weidmann.
Weidmann is the Head of THE Bundesbank,
a former Merkel economics advisor, and an ECB governing council member who
has just 1 vote out of the 23 today at the ECB MEETING in Frankfurt.
However Weidmann sees his
role differently. "I certainly would not say that we are just one of 17
central banks [in the Eurozone]," he said in an interview published on
Wednesday. "We are the largest and most important central bank and we
have a greater say than many other central banks in the Eurosystem.
This means we have a different role."
Gold Prices/Rates/Fixes /Volumes – (Bloomberg)
The disagreement here lies with the fact that the
Germans are against the ECB becoming like a US Federal Reserve in Europe. Weidmann feels it would be wrong to give the ESM a
banking license allowing it to tap large quantities of funds from the ECB.
Can “Super” Mario make the jump happen?
Time will tell.
The inverse relationship between gold and the US dollar
reached its highest point since the start of 2012. The correlation is -.75,
while -1 shows a perfect inverse relationship where one asset rises and the
South Korea increased its gold holdings by 30% to 70.4
tons. This July multiple purchases totalling $810
million, was just off from the $850 million bought last November said BOK.
Central banks are still adding gold to diversify their
reserves, although many investors are waiting for ECB and US Fed action
before they jump back into the markets.
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Wary Fed Is Poised to Act –
Wall Street Journal
Gold steady after drop on Fed, eyes on ECB
Korea Raises Gold Reserves Third Time Since June Last Year -
Fed Sees Slowing Economy, but Defers New Action
– The New York Times
Markets hope for bold moves ahead of ECB meeting
– France 24
Gold to Explode Higher as US Debt to be Downgraded
– King World News
Jens Weidmann – the
man with the key to Mario Draghi's handcuffs
– The Guardian