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are doing offers
ssional investors
structure
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the best way to
some insight into
experts are
current climate.
positions in the
, Euro,
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but
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no way gold can
ster,
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gold is often
necessarily ‘safe’.
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at Alpari UK, says
health
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globe.”
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were
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completely out
ury
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at alpari uk
year yields
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bonds, with 10
senior mar
50 year low
James HugHes,
dropping to a
cent in late
and Canadian
of just over 2 per
the Australian
exports such as
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marke
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to
ve
broad
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safe havens
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le they are not
raging in gold
time, the differ
than
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significant deleve
commodity
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would cause a
sensitivity and
es in price.”
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of the year has
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provide
start
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does
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marke
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comp
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disappeare
with recent
that has been
attractive buyin
that compared
to the US dollar
Swiss
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says:
Clarke admits
Hughes
gold, the
but
in the price of
trading circles.
developments
d but
strong and safe
one of a kind usness of investors in
been left way behin
franc is immensely are simply too small
nervo
greenback has
ets
as a function
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ns that the
can be viewed
Swiss capital mark
rtion of the
s, the fact remai
claims that this
trading forum
te a large propo
level of US short
have held up
political
to accommoda
extremely low
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of the current
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ls just how
’s capital. The
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world
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strong move
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preve
zero
is
mark
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cost of holding
this uncertainty
gers.
topher Vecchio
the opportunity
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large asset mana
between
stic
such as gold.”
into the Euro by
dollar performed
bearing assets
ise, is not a fanta
look at how the
2009 low
March
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the
mic
and
’s econo
September 2008
because of Japan
greenback might
ative
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the
altern
Japan
how
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in equities, show
fall into
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boards in
ng a 200 per cent
perform shoul
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r on discussion
currently runni
.
of much chatte
s.
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recession again
the Dow
s in recent week
GDP ratio which
ng that period,
that most
investment circle
to rocket, day
of
He says: “Duri
not for the fact
gold continues
catastrophic if
Index (composed
ly owned.”
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to resist talkin
debt is domestical
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it
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there
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dollar
traders have
also remember,
sedly offers.
the Australian
) gained over
are
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dollar
‘safet
the
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of
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and
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level
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on, market analy
that while the
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groun
Michael Hews
been
cent.
per
some
have
s
12
up
strong bull
says gold buyer
likely to make
is poised for a
threatened by
CMC Markets,
little
“The US dollar
currencies are
turn for the
has no yield and
months, both
have signaled
global economy
arguing that gold
could be said
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very well
run should the
r, but the same
their own centra
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ss the value of
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it
purchasing powe
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ion to begin depre
inflation risks,
moment. He says:
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intent
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ciate
ncies
appre
for curre
attractive
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continue to
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e the dollar for
these currencies.
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ely
key reason gold
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and comparativ
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n
investment is that
ter
whim
reaso
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the
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to
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centra
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thinking about

agrees that
the greenback
has lost some
of its shine
and believes
that the Swiss
Franc is now
one of the safe
.
havens of choice
see
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re on the
tack.
increased pressu
relating
time to change
news
impending
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of negat
dollar with the
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round
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increasing levels
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gold to continue
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the
into a bubble.
of
g
Russia was one
danger of turnin
through a
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certainly going
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per cent of
)
50
dollar
than
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more
the channel
nations to have
es in alternative
, but looking over
patch
reserv
ncy
rough
rned with
its foreign curre
not everyone
I am more conce
US dollar, but
to the Eurozone,
t the dollar
currencies to the
there and expec
what is going on
hs ahead.”
mont
the
in
is in agreement.
fixed
status
global head of
is likely to
to claw back its
nt,
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that the dollar
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view
s
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McCu
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although few
income at Aberd
becoming
is widely held,
l investors are
regain its status
volumes will return
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e that investment
altern
believ
of
2007.
e
more aware
ssed befor
. He explains:
to the levels witne
to the US dollar
te
alloca
replacements
to
ue
ors will contin
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nothing newdefensive
so than
but perhaps less
US fearS aredollar
as investors’
to dollar assets
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ring topic in
before and instea
has been a recur
asset of choice
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currencies.”
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believe that the
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mic
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mind
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policy weighs
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ed.
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simple. While
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week
at the end of July.
makers only last
Investor,
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