As Italian and Spanish yield spreads surged to new euro-era records before backing down, gold stands to benefit from unresolved crisis.

Just when we thought Europe’s sovereign debt worries were behind us, they resurfaced with a vengeance.  However, over the past several days, Europe’s woes have intensified, with contagion now spreading to core European Union members, Italy and Spain-the third and fourth largest members of the Eurozone- respectively. Up until recently, yield spreads on the two countries have remained fairly stable, but now we are seeing some signs of panic. Both Italian and Spanish yield spreads are now at euro-era records (discussed in more detail later).

Clearly, sovereign debt concerns are not going away anytime soon…….

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