Reuters – China stood its ground that diplomacy was the best way to resolve the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program, as U.S. diplomats arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for talks on Tehran and North Korea’s atomic ambitions. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg will be the most senior U.S. diplomat to visit Beijing since a flurry of disputes over Internet censorship, trade, arms sales to Taiwan and Tibet unsettled ties with China. Read article
Bloomberg — George Soros is helping drive up gold prices by doubling his bet in a market even he considers a “bubble” as Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Barclays Capital and HSBC Holdings Plc predict more gains before it bursts. Soros Fund Management LLC, which manages about $25 billion, increased its investment in SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest exchange-traded fund for the metal, by 152 percent in the fourth quarter, a Feb. 16 Securities and Exchange Commission filing shows. While prices have fallen 9.2 percent since reaching a record on Dec. 3, 15 of 22 analysts in a Bloomberg survey say gold will reach a new high, with the median forecast predicting a 17 percent advance to as much as $1,300 an ounce this year.Â Read Article
Ed – With the coming inflationary crisis in the USA & UK (due to significant ‘quantitative easing’ over the last 2 years – in other words printing lots of extra money) the smart money will go to the safest bet there has always been in such times, gold.