Japanese Pension Funds With $3.4 Trillion In Assets Seek Safety In Gold

December 18, 2012

The world’s largest, most sophisticated investors are turning to gold…

These fundamentals are leading to broad based global demand for gold – from retail investors to institutions and pension funds. Japanese pension funds are increasingly looking at gold according to an article in the Wall Street Journal this morning.

Diversification into gold is taking place in order to protect against sovereign risk, debasement of currency risk and inflation risk.

In March 2012, Okayama Metal & Machinery became the first Japanese pension fund to make public purchases of gold, in a sign of dwindling faith in paper currencies. Okayama manages pension funds for about 260 small and mid-sized companies in the Okayama area.

“By diversifying currencies, we aim to reduce risks associated with them,” said Yoshi Kiguchi, the fund’s chief investment officer. “Yields become stable if you put small amounts into as many types of holdings as possible.”

Of its 40 billion yen ($477 million) in assets, the fund has invested around ¥500 million-¥600 million in gold, he said.

Initially, the fund aims to keep about 1.5% of its total assets of Y40bn ($500m) in bullion-backed exchange traded funds, according to chief investment officer Yoshisuke Kiguchi, who said he was diversifying into gold to “escape sovereign risk”.

Other pension funds in Japan are following their lead according to the Wall Street Journal.

Japanese pension funds are diversifying into gold “largely to mitigate the damage from possible market shocks”.

Japanese pension funds invest mainly in domestic stocks and bonds. Until recently, none have looked to gold or other physical assets.

Gold, whose price movement isn’t historically correlated with those of stocks or bonds, can protect portfolios from being damaged too badly in times of market stress, investment managers say. Low interest rates also justify holding non-yielding gold in place of cash.

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation said it has secured more than Y2 billion in investments from two pension funds for a gold fund it started in March.

Gold is also used as a hedge against inflation, which is becoming a bigger concern as global central banks buy ever-more bonds, market watchers say.

Even a small allocation by pension funds internationally to gold would result in a significant new source of demand which could be a new fundamental factor which propels prices higher in the coming years.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-12-18/japanese-pension-funds-34-trillion-assets-seek-safety-gold
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A Graphic That Needs No Explanation

December 11, 2012

America’s fiscal health is becoming unsustainable. Sooner or later there will be negative economic and financial market ramifications from this situation. When that occurs, only gold investments will provide safety for investors.

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American Consumers Turn Sour on Economic Outlook

December 7, 2012

Just in time for Christmas, consumer sentiment in America is taking a nosedive.

Americans are increasingly worried about the outlook for the economy, largely due to the fiscal cliff which is only about a month away.

This decline in morale has implications for the financial markets. It is difficult to see positive action in the stock market with Americans so worried about their futures.

In contrast, historically, hard assets, particularly gold investments, have appreciated during periods when Americans are worried, providing a degree of protection against bad times.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/consumer-sentiment-nose-dives-in-december-2012-12-07

 

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Greece Downgraded AGAIN

December 6, 2012

Greece is the crisis that won’t go away. The hapless nation’s economic and fiscal woes are really just a microcosm of what is facing the entire European Union. Debt levels are unsustainable, spending continues to be out of control and politicians attempt to place band aids on the problems, which will only make them worse in the long run.

Somewhere at the end of all this, Europe is going to be hit hard with an unprecedented economic and fiscal crisis.

Will it be touched off by a Greek default? Some observers think so. S&P has now downgraded the country’s credit rating to “selective default,” from the already lowly CCC rating.

A Greek default will not be kind to the financial markets. This is yet another crisis from which investors must protect their wealth with gold investments.

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Standard & Poor’s downgrades world’s oldest bank to junk status

December 6, 2012

Evidently, the world’s oldest bank is an Italian house called  Monte dei Paschi di Siena.

MYM blog readers may recall that Italy is in bad economic and fiscal shape. Italy’s problems are overshadowed by those of Greece and Spain, but, like much of Europe, Italy is in trouble as well.

One sign of that is the announcement this week that Standard & Poor’s has downgraded  Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Italy’s–and the entire world’s–oldest bank, to junk status (BB+).

The bank has been around since 1472–20 years before Columbus voyaged to the New World.

A track record going back nearly 600 years is not enough for investors to depend on in today’s uncertain world. Investors would do better to depend upon an asset that has a track record of security and stability that is 10 times as long as that: GOLD.

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GALLUP: Unemployment rate at 8.3%…

December 6, 2012

The US economy is NOT getting better. This has serious implications for the US dollar and the financial markets. NOW is the time to stock up on hard assets as a form of financial insurance. Coin Trader can advise you on the best hard asset investments for your personal goals and needs.

U.S. Unadjusted Unemployment Shoots Back Up

U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, was 7.8% for the month of November, up significantly from 7.0% for October. Gallup’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 8.3%, nearly a one-point increase over October’s rate.

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http://www.gallup.com/poll/159104/unadjusted-unemployment-shoots-back.aspx


The Fiscal Cliff: An Economic “Heart Attack”

December 4, 2012

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Bank of America/Merrill Lynch economist Ethan Harris is warning that the game politicians in Washington are playing ahead of the “fiscal cliff,” is dangerous and could amount to an “economic heart attack.”

Letting the country careen over the fiscal cliff as part of a bargaining strategy to push through fiscal reforms would serve as a dangerous game politicians would be playing with the economy, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch economist Ethan Harris.

At the end of this year, tax hikes are scheduled to kick in at the same time government spending cuts take effect, a combination known as a fiscal cliff that could tip the economy into a recession next year if left unchecked by Congress and the White House.

Some lawmakers have suggested Jan. 1 can come and go without a deal and address the issue by putting one another’s feet to the fire or punting on deadlines as tax hikes and spending cuts take root.

Even talk of such strategy can damage the economy.

“One of the most dangerous ideas circulating in Washington is that it is okay to go over the cliff temporarily,” Harris said a note to clients, according to CNBC.

“Threatening or actually going over the cliff will likely do serious damage to economic and market confidence. What some people are calling a ‘bungee jump’ could cause an economic heart attack.”

Investors, meanwhile, are growing increasingly nervous.

“The clock is ticking,” said Quincy Krosby, market strategist for Prudential Financial, Bloomberg added.

“The focus is on what goes on in Washington. The market will be volatile. You’ve got to be very well-hedged given that the market is so much headline-driven.”

The best hedge against uncertainty in the stock market has historically been gold.