Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sales of American Eagle gold coins soar

Demand for gold coins in the US has soared since the presidential election, as small investors fret about the lack of action to address America’s ballooning debt. The US Mint’s sales of American Eagles, one of the most popular gold coins, leapt 131 per cent in November, hitting their highest level in more than two years. The Royal Canadian Mint also had its strongest month of sales this year.

Terry Hanlon, president of metals at Dillon Gage, one of the largest bullion dealers in the country, said sales had risen sharply “within a day or two” of the election.

“You’ve got a lot of people who are very worried about the economy. With the election they saw that nothing was going to change,” he said.

While coins are a small part of the overall gold market, the jump in sales highlights gold’s role as the favoured investment of disenchanted Americans. The political gridlock in Washington and the prospect of further quantitative easing when the Federal Reserve’s “operation twist” expires at the end of this year have fuelled demand for precious metals among small investors. “They don’t believe in Uncle Sam any more,” said the head of precious metals at a large bank. Read more >>

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