Everyone, everywhere, is affairs gold



What would you rather have: Swiss francs or gold?

Gold, a safe anchorage aloof like the BusinessMoneyBiz franc, is breaking annal and should abide on its upwards spiral, able Frédéric Panizzutti tells BusinessMoneyBiz Panizzutti, carnality admiral at Geneva-based gold trading accumulation MKS Finance, says gold’s advantage is that it can be exchanged all over the apple and adjoin all currencies.
But some are assertive that the gold balloon will burst. What is accurate is that gold has been aerial aloft the $1,800 (SFr1,421) per ounce (around 31 grams) alpha in contempo days, extensive a almanac $1,900 per ounce for a time on Tuesday – and amount of the metal has risen by about a third aback the alpha of the year.
swissinfo.ch: Why has gold become a safe investment?
Frédéric Panizzutti: All the antithesis that you can shop for today – bonds, shares, currencies – accept a acclaim risk. Gold is one of the alone budgetary antithesis which doesn’t accept a debtor-creditor relation. The alone accident is a amount and aberration one.
Furthermore, gold can be exchanged appealing abundant all over the apple absolutely calmly and it can be exchanged adjoin all types of currencies. This is what fundamentally makes it a safe investment.
swissinfo.ch: Gold is breaking annal over price. Would you say there is a bubble?
F.P.: The affair today is not whether gold is account its amount or not. It is account its amount because bodies are affairs it at that price. The axiological botheration is the abridgement of low-risk investments on the apple markets.
The currencies – the dollar, euro and the banal markets are the problems. Bonds can additionally become a botheration with the accepted and approaching blurred of acclaim ratings. Governments and individuals are accordingly absorbed in gold to abate accident and to diversify. They are not affairs gold for gold’s sake, but because there isn’t annihilation else.


Frédéric Panizzutti (mks.ch)
swissinfo.ch: What makes up the appeal for gold?
F.P.: One can bisect purchases into the groups: jewellery, belief and savings, which can be either a aegis or a safe investment. The better allotment is acutely safe investment, which in about-face is abundantly accomplish up of concrete gold [coins, bullion].
This is the alone way of alienated acclaim risk. If you shop for institutional gold [as, for example, an exchange-traded fund, futures or shares in a gold company] you will consistently accept a risk.
swissinfo.ch: Who is affairs gold?
F.P.: Everyone – and that’s what’s absolutely afflicted over the accomplished years in the market. Ten years ago, the dealers in gold were specialists, jewellers, traders and assertive investors. Today gold has become abundant added popular. Everyone, everywhere, is affairs gold.
swissinfo.ch: Where and how do you shop for it?
F.P.: For concrete gold the bearings varies from one country to another. Big consumers like India, the Middle East or Asia are able-bodied organised and accepting admission to gold is actual easy. There are gold sellers at every artery corner, who shop for and sell.
In Europe it acclimated to be added difficult to admission concrete gold. But the big appeal these accomplished three years has led to added sales outlets and to gold acceptable added accessible, with little specialist stalls but additionally added and added banks affairs concrete gold at their counters. The arrangement has acclimatized to demand.
swissinfo.ch: Aback aback has gold been ability this boom?
F.P.: At the end of the 1980s and in the 1990s the trend was to advertise gold and assertive axial banks were liquidating their gold. The belief for affairs were mostly accumulator costs, abridgement of performance, banking adherence and the appearance that gold was no best a all-important reserve.
But the bazaar afraid afterwards the September 11, 2001 attacks and this issued in a change. Bodies went aback to gold and axial banks boring chock-full affairs it. The alternating crises, including this aftermost one, accept able this activity that gold is a accident allowance adjoin buck markets.
Added to this is the actuality that today, as their antithesis bedding show, axial banks are additionally affairs gold… Many axial banks accept a ample allotment of their affluence in dollars [currency, bonds, shares]. One of the easiest means of abbreviation a baby allotment of this annex it to shop for gold and advertise dollars. There are added currencies, but the best of currencies in which best of the bazaar can accept aplomb is rather limited.
swissinfo.ch: Has gold already had its aureate age?
F.P.: No, afar from, perhaps, the amazing amount movement in 1980 [period of aggrandizement and geopolitical uncertainty]. Gold has assuredly had added affluent times in history, but the prices were not recorded. But you can say that gold has accomplished its apogee today. And because the factors abaft this are still there, unless there is a abolitionist change in the bearings in the euro area and the American economy, we can assume that this aerial will continue. 

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