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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Bob Chapman : Every Currency in the World went down versus Gold
Bob Chapman : I think that on the U.S. Dollar Index (USDX), the dollar could go down to the 45 mark. On the other hand it's about 82 right now, down from 89 and up from 74, six or seven months ago. If you think the dollar is going to go down in value, as I do, in order to hedge against that one could buy Treasury Securities denominated in Swiss francs or Canadian dollars. I think those two currencies will do well versus the dollar.
If you look at the figures for the last seven years, you'll find that every currency in the world went down versus gold. In the first six months of 2010, most of the major currencies went down 12% or 13%. The final arbiter here is gold. The question is who's going to win? Is gold going to become the ultimate currency or is it the dollar or will it be another currency? It's hard for another currency to compete with gold with all the debt out there and all the problems the world's got when you have a fiat currency that's backed by nothing. The only currency out there that has a backing of gold is the euro; it used to be that 15% of the currency was backed by gold, but now it's about 7%.