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Commodities / Gold and Silver 2010 Sep 09, 2010 - 08:16 AM GMT

By: Adrian_Ash


Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTHE PRICE OF GOLD and silver bullion ticked back early Thursday from yesterday's near-record and 30-month highs to the Dollar, as world stock markets rose and government bonds edged down.

The US Dollar rose on the forex market, holding the gold price in Euros just shy of a 10-week high at €31,800 per kilo. Crude oil crept a few cents higher to $75 per barrel.

Gold's failure to break June's all-time high above $1265 an ounce on Wednesday "triggered light selling in Asia," says a Japanese metals dealer today.

"Physical gold demand remains strong on price dips" however, says Standard Bank's daily note, and "We don't see much sale of gold scrap despite the higher prices," a Hong Kong Gold Dealer tells Reuters.

Recycled "scrap gold" flows to the global market outweighed new jewelry demand for the first time since 1980 in the first quarter of 2009.

For the first half of 2010, UK pawnbroking chain H&T reported a near-quadrupling of scrap-gold volumes, helping boost its headline profit by 70%.

But since end-June, however, it has closed 11 of its 56 shopping-mall "gold bars", reports Bengt Saelensminde at MoneyWeek.

"This isn't a repeat market. Once Granny's jewelry has been melted down into bullion to feed investor demand, it ain't coming back."

The British Pound meantime bounced from an earlier drop Thursday lunchtime, pushing gold back down by £817.50 an ounce, after the Bank of England held its key base rate on hold at 0.5% for the 19th month running.

It also stuck with its outstanding £200bn of "asset purchases" (i.e. government bond holdings) for the tenth month in succession.

Repeating a forecast already made twice this week by Goldman Sachs' economic team, "continued structural weaknesses...will likely lead to more quantitative easing," says the investment bank's forex team.

Chief US economist Jan Hatzius predicts a further $1 trillion of quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve, with his colleague Sven Jari Stehn backing that level of new money creation either now or early next year.

"The large-scale asset purchases, the expansion of the balance sheet, were exactly the right thing to do during the depths of the crisis. [But] it's not as clear that they're as effective at this current juncture," said former Fed voting member Frederick Mishkin to CNBC on Wednesday.

"My view [now] is you better think of the long-run costs pretty damn hard and then ask, are the benefits sufficient to pull the trigger.

"Think about the screams in Congress."

Back in the gold bullion market, Barclays Wealth is advising clients to sell gold short, reports today, because "At some point it will be evident that the crisis we should be worried about is not a credit crisis [and] it's not a financial crisis any longer.

"It is a crisis of high unemployment, low zero inflation and very low growth," says vice-president and strategist Michael Crook. "All of those things are bad for gold."

The very same economic and financial situation is in fact "a perfect storm" for gold however, according to Credit Agricole analyst Robin Bhar, quoted by South Africa's Business Day.

"All the factors seem to have come together at a time when physical gold demand is also propping up the market, but that is probably not going to be the factor that drives gold to new highs.

By Adrian Ash

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Formerly City correspondent for The Daily Reckoning in London and a regular contributor to MoneyWeek magazine, Adrian Ash is the editor of Gold News and head of research at , giving you direct access to investment gold, vaulted in Zurich , on $3 spreads and 0.8% dealing fees.

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