Argentina Desperate For Gold As Inflation Passes 25%

Alix SteelIn a report on Argentina, Bloomberg’s Alix Steel states that:
Demand for gold is so strong in Argentina, the only bank that trades gold is looking to buy bullion directly from mining companies.  A sign of things to come in other countries perhaps, as Argentina fights the highest inflation rate in the Western hemisphere. [Read more...]

Argentina Turns To Gold As Inflation Tops 26%

Gold EagleArgentines are utilizing gold to hedge their savings as economists forecast the peso will lose more value than any currency in the world, and President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner forbids dollar purchases.

The nation’s inflation rate of 26% is also eroding Argentina’s peso- denominated bonds to fall 5.5% ytd.

“I’m buying gold every chance I get,” Guillermo Acosta, a 27-year-old security guard, said inside a branch of Banco Ciudad in downtown Buenos Aires. “With this inflation, I feel like my savings will evaporate if I keep them in pesos.” [Read more...]