Traders buy and sell bonds as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is shown on a large television screen at the CME Group in Chicago.
Traders buy and sell bonds as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is shown on a large television screen at the CME Group in Chicago. - 

The price of gold has plummeted over the last year and that's been putting the squeeze on the Swiss Bank, which holds quite a bit of it. Now, the Swiss National Bank can't pay a dividend to shareholders. 

At the U.S. Federal Reserve, the issue is less about gold and more about all the bonds that it has been buying for its portfolio -- and those aren't collapsing. But what about the longer term trend?

Allan Sloan, senior editor at large of Fortune Magazine, joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss.