Gold Rises as the Euro Vaporizes
By: Andy Sutton
May 14, 2010
This wasn’t supposed to happen. When it was introduced 11 years ago, the Euro was to be the world’s newest, biggest, and best yet currency. There were strict guidelines for getting into Club Euro and you’d better follow them if you didn’t want to be voted off the island. What became immediately clear is that there were stronger members and weaker members. That fact is becoming increasingly apparent as the real state of the Eurozone now comes into clear focus. Over the years, rules were bent, concessions made, and explanations given, all for the purposes of justifying short-term benefits such as the availability of Italian milk to the Club. Yes, Italian milk.
In yet another example of the failure of globalization, or regionalization as it were, the Euro is poised on the precipice of disintegration. Ironically, it will not be the overprinting and resultant hyperinflationary spiral that kills the Euro, but dead weight in the form of various Eurozone welfare states. Germany and some of the other quasi-responsible members simply cannot carry their own burdens and those of Greece, Spain et al. The $1 Trillion rescue fund created in haste this past weekend was intended to inspire confidence in the dying behemoth. Instead, the sheer magnitude of the bailout has done the exact opposite.
The Euro-Dollar pair has now sunk below pre-bailout levels and there is a good deal of doubt as to whether rescue recipients will be willing or able to hold up their end of the bargain. I pointed this out in last week’s piece. The temporary euphoria created by a trillion dollars of palliative paper is already gone. This is something that was alluded to in these pages years ago; the law of diminishing returns applies to stimulus and bailouts. As the periods of crisis occur in a more frequent fashion, the effectiveness of Keynesian monetary policy falls commensurately.