Sovereign Debt is Everybody’s Problem
By Greg Hunter’s
The most pressing problem on the planet right now is the European sovereign debt crisis. It is a gigantic highly leveraged mess caused by greedy reckless bankers. It was nurtured with the help of regulators who turned a blind eye and allowed the problem to mushroom into an uncontrollable financial cancer. The European Union is struggling to come up with a plan or bailout fund big enough to truly end the crisis, but there is none in sight. Every time there is a plan, it is shot down or falls apart. There was talk of Germany backing the EU bailout fund with its gold reserves, but that was rejected by the Germans. (Germany is the world’s number two holder of gold with 3,412 tonnes.) Can you blame them? It is ironic this so-called bailout fund is looking for tangible backing and that world leaders would turn to the yellow metal. Didn’t they all have a pact to sell gold not so many years back? This tells me any country with toxic sovereign debt that wants a bailout better be considering putting up its gold reserves.
The first troubled country that comes to mind is Italy. It has the fourth largest gold reserve in the world with 2,451 tonnes. Spain is in just as much debt and trouble as Italy, but only has 281 tonnes of gold. It ranks around 17th on the list. These two countries have ten times the sour debt of Greece. I predict Germany will not be the last country to be asked to put up its gold. I suspect there is not a country on earth that will elect to give up control of its yellow reserves. What else is there? I don’t think Italy would put up the island of Sicily for collateral, no more than the U.S. would post the Hawaiian Islands as security for a loan.