Today’s AM fix was USD 1,261.75, EUR 932.90 and GBP 749.66 per ounce. Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,262.50, EUR 932.63 and GBP 751.76 per ounce.

Gold rose $0.20 or 0.016% yesterday to $1,261.00/oz. Silver fell $0.02 or 0.1% to $19.21/oz.

Markets are jittery with Asian shares down and European shares mixed due to concerns about the global economy and oil prices rising again, this time due to escalating violence in Iraq.

Palladiumheld steady near a more than 13-year high on Thursday, as supply concerns due to industrial unrest in South Africa and the risk of Russia restricting supply led to buying from industrial users and investors. The precious metal broke above resistance and rallied to $862.50 an ounce on yesterday, its highest level since February 2001.

The record nominal high in January 2001 was $1,095 per an ounce and this seems likely to be reached in the coming weeks given the very precarious supply, demand equation. However, palladium has risen nearly 20% this year and recent gains have been rapid meaning that a correction may be imminent.

Sunni militants overran the Iraqi city of Tikrit overnight and closed in on the biggest oil refinery in Iraq, making further gains in their rapid military advance against the Shi'ite-led government in Baghdad.

The sudden and rapid escalation of the conflict in Iraq shows how volatile and unstable the entire Middle East remains. Geopolitical risk emanating from Iraq, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and amongst leading world economic powers should support gold prices.

IMF Warns Of Housing Crashes - World Bank Says 'Now Is The Time To Prepare For Next Crisis'
Yesterday, the IMF and World Bank issued warnings about the global economy.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned that the world must act to contain the risk of another devastating housing crash. The World Bank warned that the anticipated rise in interest rates will hit global growth this year - and presumably house prices too.

"We are not totally out of the woods yet," Kaushik Basu, the World Bank's Senior Vice President and chief economist and he warned that "now is the time to prepare for the next crisis."

The warning from the IMF came as it published new data showing house prices are well above their historical average in many countries as covered in the Financial Times today. The data shows how an acceleration in house prices in many countries from already high levels has emerged as one of the major threats to global economic stability.

'Now Is The Time To Prepare For Next Crisis' Says World Bank As IMF Warns Of Housing Crashes | Zero Hedge

I have the impression of a "Deja vu"...