Earlier last year I wrote a post about the China Hedge and there's further activity as the video shows.
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Is Gold in a mania? Is this the end of the bubble? Or are the Chinese ahead of the game yet again? The clip mentioned that China has now become the largest Gold producer in the world, surpassing South Africa (which incidentally has been in decline for a while now). The Chinese are digging like crazy for the stuff, they have been for years as the Government knows the yellow stuff is the key to their economic well being during the next 10-20 years. We don't have a bubble, but the Central Banks and Governments will create one here. George Soros aptly called it the 'ultimate bubble' and I agree. When he said this many looked at his comments and concluded that this meant gold was already in a bubble, but I never drew that conclusion, he's a smart guy. As it transpired later Soros actually added gold to his fund. Funds all around the world are increasing their holdings. But we are way off the bubble top, years away.
The fundamentals for the bull market just keep getting better and the authorities apostles, such as Paul Krugman, keep telling us Gold bugs what we want to hear. Apparently we aren't doing enough. Right? We've been here before Mr Krugman. You've been telling that gruff to Japan for 20 years now and what have they got? Huge debts and a basket case economy. Get those interest rates lower, increase spending and get more money into the pockets of people. I forgot that prosperity was that easy.
China has also become the largest Gold consumer, which is another huge shift in the world. Ten years ago their citizens couldn't buy it, now the Government actively encourages purchases. You can't eat gold? You can't use gold? But you can't use or eat worthless paper tickets, promises of payment, that we call money. Bonds are a disaster. Housing is going to be a terrible way to hedge going forward and stocks, dear me, companies have that much state intervention Karl Marx would be proud. Only Cash is going to do worse than the list above. However Gold is outside the system. It's no ones liability. However stupid, despotic or mad our leaders become, it won't affect gold.
We all await the China crash. Marc Faber seems to suggest sometime in the next 9-12 months. More market commentators have noticed. Hugh Hendry, Jim Chanos, Mish Shedlock with many of the underground economics forums also beginning to discuss the events that are happening. Evey Credit boom ends, and there is never the 'soft landing' that is always told, it always gets messy. However when China does run into difficulties don't think this is it. It will just be a setback, many of the above also agree with that concept. Unlike the West, China is starting from a very low industrial base, meaning there is still huge potential to grow. She will just grow her way out of problems eventually. Remember the US had huge issues as it rose to become the superpower. The Great Depression, the panic of 1907 and many financial storms throughout the nineteenth century. She overcame them all as it was from a lower industrial base and she borrowed money to produce not consume, similar to China. Of course when China stumbles what will happen to Australia in the short term? Many Asian nations - Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam? African nations such as oil rich Angola or Nigeria? South America, with Chile and Venezuela? Not only are the Chinese buying gold but they are forming huge trade links around the world and also practice a form of check book diplomacy. They use their monetary reserves and labour to build infrastructure for such countries to access the natural resources they need and buy some friends while they are at it.
The Eurozone, Chinas biggest importer won't be doing the country any good with what's happening there. Previously I contemplated that Euro members could leave as they can't adapt to the Germans mentality. However I now think its the Germans, the strong rather than the weak, who will leave! I mean the recent bailout is a complete disaster - no one has the funds to pay for it. This will just further undermine the Euro in the long run. I think it may now be more likely that Germany will leave as there are more mutterings from their public that they've already had enough and want a return to the sound Mark. If that happens you can kiss the Euro goodbye. The Germans are the only ones disciplined enough to run a relatively sound currency (perhaps Finland, Holland and France also). The Euro needs the Germans. Again all this just puts further gloss to the gold bull run. You can't even turn to the Germans for sound money any more.
We are witnessing the breakdown of the welfare experiment since Nazi and Japanese expansion created the Western promises 'a society fit for their war hero's'. The social ratchet kept tightening, with no politician loosening the grip. Just like the collapse of communism it will be the free market that defeats statist policies. It always does. While we transition there's going to be some pain along the way. Chinas Hedge continues....