- Fed and Bank of Japan caused gold crash!
by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
Commodity prices have been falling since September, culminating in a rout over the past two weeks. That is a classic warning for the global economy.
It is becoming ever clearer that the roaring boom in global equities since last summer has priced in an economic recovery that does not in fact exist. The International Monetary Fund has had to nurse down its global growth forecasts yet again. We are still stuck in an old-fashioned trade depression, with pervasive over-capacity in manufacturing plant and a record global savings rate of 25pc of GDP.
German car sales fell 17pc in March. That should puncture the last illusions that Germany is about to pull Europe out of a self-inflicted slump.
As you can see from the chart below(top of post), the divergence between stock markets and the Deutsche Bank index of raw materials is astonishing to behold, so like the pattern in early 1929.
Steel has fallen 31pc this year. Brent crude is off 17pc since early February, and copper 15pc.