This is just a brilliant insight from Peter Boockvar of Miller Tabak, writing at The Big Picture. The bubble isn’t in gold, or bonds, or even stocks. No, sir. The bubble is in printing money.
If you have it, the Bank of Japan will buy it. The BoJ cut interest rates from .1% to a range of zero to .1% and announced a 5T yen fund to buy not just JGB’s but corporate debt, commercial paper, ETF’s and Japanese REIT’s. If you live in Japan and thought about selling stuff in the closet on EBAY, hawk it to the BoJ instead. Bernanke in the Q&A of a speech on Fiscal Sustainability last night responded to a question about QE and said “I do think that the additional purchases…have the ability to ease financial conditions.” Another round of QE seems inevitable with the size and pace being the only question. It’s no wonder that gold is rising to another record high. Gold is not in a bubble, money printing is. Emerging economies however are not happy with the rise in their currencies. Brazil doubled the tax on foreign purchases of fixed income and South Korea said banks who do FX trades will face audits.