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Japanese protect themselves
and convert Yen to Dollars

The Japanese play the yen carry trade themselves. Until recently they would convert Yen to Dollars and purchase US Treasuries. That trend looks likely to reverse, which should be very supportive of Gold.

If you thought watching the value of the Dollar go down the tubes was bad, take heart, the Japanese have it much worse than us.

Whereas the Federal Reserve goes about its currency operations under the radar, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) openly admits to ‘fixing’ its currency. How do they do that? They maintain a ridiculously low overnight borrowing rate. How low? 0.50% per annum low.

Basically, that’s as close to free money as we’ll ever see. And ofcourse banks and hedge funds are happy to back their trucks up at the Ministry of Finance and load up on as much Yen as they can carry -- hence the Yen carry trade! To make money all you have to do it beat 0.50% return per annum plus any appreciation of the Yen (which has been trending lower since 2005).

But what do normal Japanese citizens do to protect themselves against a government hell bent on destroying the value of their currency?

Get out of Dodge, that’s what they do!

Exchange their paper for anything that will hold its value.

And where would that be right now?

Chart 1 - Nikkei breaking out - Gold (below) will follow

A consequence of a weaker Yen is that the export driven economy is revving up into high gear. That’s been good for the Japanese stocks market and based on the above chart it’s about to get even better!! The Nikkei is on the verge of breaking out.

Another area Japanese like to play their stock investing games is an area of major interest to our readers – Gold!

Take a look at how closely correlated Yen Gold is to the Nikkei Index.

Basically, if the Nikkei keeps moving higher, Yen Gold will follow. And if its Japanese demand for Gold that is driving the price higher, the HUI is bound to go along for the ride!!

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Greg Silberman CA(SA), CFA

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