The waters are a little muddied this time around because of the fiscal fluff and the January debt ceiling policy scrum to come, but lo and behold, gold rallied sharply on the last day of the year, after a series of repeated hits lower.
New year, same old games.
And Washington announced, in time before the markets close, that they reached a deal, kind of.
No grand bargain, but a deferral.
It looks like the Senate will agree to avert the tax increases for those with less than 450,000 per year in income, arrangements on capital gains, 40% inheritance tax on estates over 5 million, and AMT. It appears they will leave the budget cut wrangling for the debt ceiling fight in January, and possibly every two months next year after that.
The House will not have a chance to vote for it until later this week most likely.
And at the bottom, an update on Jim Rickards on the ongoing currency wars.