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Monday, August 22, 2011 2:51 PM


Bank of America Tanks; Gold Goes Parabolic, No Telling Where It Stops


I am somewhat amused by the lack of commentary on the latest advance in gold. Did people sell, waiting for a correction that did not come? I do not know the answer to that, but I can see that financials have been clobbered, led by Bank of America, while gold has soared. These events are not unrelated.

Bank of America Daily



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Bank of America Weekly



Questions Abound

  1. Who would have believed in 2007 that a 44 cent drop in share price would amount to a 6.3% move?
  2. How long before Bank of America tests that spike low of $2.51?
  3. How much is CEO Brian Moynihan worth?


I suggest the answer to question number three is a negative number on the basis that Moynihan and former CEO Ken Lewis drove the company into the ground with excessive risk-taking and stupid-beyond-belief mergers.

The best I can report however, is that Moynihan has voluntarily reduced his bonus to $0, suffering the pain and agony of having to live on salary of a mere $950,000.

This of course brings up question number four. How can CEOs possibly scrape by on such meager sums of money?

Note: Bank of America closed down 55 cents (7.89%).

Gold Goes Parabolic

While pondering the brutal injustice of ridiculously low CEO wages, we now must turn our focus to gold.

Gold Daily Chart



This is no longer an orderly-looking move, but a weekly chart can help maintain perspective.

Gold Weekly Chart



If this is the start of gold-bugs long awaited extreme move, there is no telling where it stops.

Is it? I don't know (and they don't either).

What should be plain to see is that financial stocks, especially banks have been clobbered this year. Banks are under-capitalized, over-leveraged and realistically bankrupt. Mistrust of fiat currencies is high and rising.

Global Banking System Insolvent

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The entire global financial system is balanced on a mountain of debt, and that debt cannot be paid back. That is the message of gold, not the popularly believed fallacy regarding massive inflation.

Is gold reflecting a chance it once again has a role in international trade? I believe so, and let's hope that happens.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock
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