Not a banking crisis, but a dollar crisis

The world economy was in a bad shape in March 2009. In the eighteen months before that, the economy took beating after beating. What started as a housing crisis in the United States, turned into a bankrun among banks and a financial crisis like the world had never seen before. Central banks pulled out all the stops to shore up banks and the financial market, but each time a different financial bomb exploded in the system. Only after bail-outs by governments – taxpayers – the markets stabilized.

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What’s going on with the gold price?

Last week we saw a remarkable movement in the gold market. On Tuesday the price of gold on the New York stock exchange was $70 per troy ounce higher than in London, the biggest price difference in 40 years. These prices often diverge, but under normal circumstances traders are entering the market to eliminate this difference. This did not happen last week, resulting in two different gold prices and tightness in the New York gold market. How did this happen?

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