The markets are beginning to realise that, thanks to the intransigence of the politicians, the US may well default on its debts. The opening sessions in all major countries this week saw falls in their key indexes.
Sadly, the politicians are more concerned with playing politics with people's lives rather than raising the country's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.
Some cynics are of the view that the chaos caused (and flight to gold - today it touched an all time high of $1,622.49 per ounce) by the ongoing impasse in raising the debt ceiling is benefiting those with an interest in gold.
Let us trust that those politicians who are blocking a deal are not found to have significant holdings of gold.