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See Ya in September!

Posted by on August 30th 2014 in CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, India, Middle East, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

HopeSpringsSepternal

Gold and silver futures fell about a half a percent on the final U.S. trading day in August, but it’s said that “September should be glowing for gold,” with the biggest boost likely coming from India. The article accompanying the above chart points out that Indian seasonal buying which is forecast to be better than last year, “typically increases with the country’s festival period, which runs from late August to October….” A Wall Street Journal feature on India’s ‘improving appetite‘ for gold, is echoed by a Scrap Monster report that gold premiums in India have more than doubled this week, “in anticipation of towering festive season demand.”

See also:

Jesse’s Café Américain/SafeHaven:  Coppock Indicator – An intermediate term bottom for gold is in; Enormous paper silver trading volumes

BullionStar.com/Smaulgld:  Precious metals markets – China vs. US; The Importance of gold to nations & individuals

WSJ/USA Gold:  Bernanke – 2008 meltdown was worse than Great Depression; Don’t think it can’t happen again

Businessweek/CBS News: For every education level, real wages have gone down so far this year; Americans fear economy is permanently scarred

CNBC/Dow Jones: One-percenters bullish on US despite ‘failed’ Obama presidency; Fed’s Lockhart & Fisher were active personal asset traders in 2013

Zero Hedge:  Marc Faber slams US intervention in Middle East, warns “whole region will blow up

Dollar Seen Losing Altitude

Posted by on August 28th 2014 in CFTC, China, ECB, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Iraq, Middle East, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, U.S. Congress, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

DollarThrottlesBack

“The numerous sources of geopolitical crisis are evidently preventing the gold price from slumping,” said Commerzbank’s head of research, after spot gold edged up 0.1% on Wednesday and silver added a couple ticks more to gain 0.3%.  Gold’s gain was also attributed to a drop in the dollar, but there’s more to come, according to the chief economist at Saxo Bank:  “Our major call is:  short the US dollar index and long commodities … USD will weaken significantly from mid-Q3 into Q1-2015. The market remains overexposed to the dollar and U.S. equities relative to the norm. Furthermore, with mid-term elections on November 4 the coming budget talks will have a hard time producing the convincing and long-term results needed.”

See also:

USA Gold/BullionStar.com:  The interest rate trap and what it means to the gold market; Chinese gold demand y-t-d, silver surprise

Foreign Affairs/Market Oracle:  Just-published article recommends policy shift that is very bullish for gold

Gold Switzerland:  Interviews with GoldMoney’s Alasdair Macleod and The Telegraph‘s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Financial Times/New York Times:  Central bankers face ‘confidence bubble’; A new reason to question the official unemployment rate

Daily Reckoning:  Steve Forbes interviews James Grant – Bubbles, bargains & everything in between

Ted Butler: How Silver Could Bubble Up

Posted by on August 27th 2014 in China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, JPMorgan, Short Sellers, Silver, Ted Butler, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

SilverBubbleIn making the case for a “coming silver bubble,” Ted Butler explains that “an asset bubble develops when an undervalued asset which has a compelling investment story and there exists an overall financial environment of sufficient buying power, catches the collective interest of the crowd. For example, by the mid-2000’s and after years of steady appreciation, residential real estate developed into an asset bubble amid the self-fulfilling cycle of continued gains and the availability of easy credit.

As far as great stories go, silver has the best potential story to develop into a bubble. First, there is little argument BubblingUpthat it is among the most, if not the most undervalued asset of all by objective relative historical price comparison. In addition, it is at or below its primary cost of production, as evidenced in recent quarterly earnings reports. Remember, most bubbles start out with an asset that is undervalued – on this score silver more than qualifies as being undervalued. Aside from extreme undervaluation, the silver story is multi-faceted.”… Read More >>>

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Coin News/SRSrocco ReportGold, silver rise; Silver Eagle bullion coins top 28M;  Shanghai silver warehouse stocks fall 24% in one week

Bloomberg/LA Times: Gold advances most in two weeks on Ukraine tension

GoldCore/GoldSeek:  Russia coordinating gold reserve accumulation with ex-Soviet states?; Will the U.S. succeed in breaking Russia to maintain dollar hegemony?

Mineweb/SafeHaven:  Is Asian gold demand really slipping so much?; Road sign says – Pot of gold ahead

Daily Reckoning/Zero Hedge:  As the Fed prints money, buy gold and brace for impact; Council on Foreign Relations – “Central Banks should hand consumers cash directly

Fed Seen ‘Trying to Bluff the Market’

Posted by on August 23rd 2014 in Bart Chilton, CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Janet Yellen, Middle East, Monetary Policy, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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At the end of a down week for gold and silver, off some 1.8%  and .7% respectively, both were up slightly on Friday as Ukraine held sway, with 130 trucks from Russia’s long-stalled “aid” convoy rolling across the border into Ukraine, which characterized the breach as a “direct invasion.” Not so direct was Fed Chair Yellen, whose speech at Jackson Hole was seen as “noncommittal,” and even “confusing,” while an analyst quoted by Bloomberg saw misdirection:  “They’re trying to bluff the market,” he said of the Fed. “They’re trying to warn investors about the potential for rate increases, without actually implementing a rate increase. I think that will strengthen the trading range for gold.”

See also:

GoldSeek/The Sovereign Investor:  Gold rising-rate fallacy; Inflation, interest rates, and why you should own gold

Gold Switzerland:  Gold unloved and undervalued

Hard Assets Investor/Dan Norcini:  Commodity ETF flows:  Money enters GLD & SLV; Aggressive hedge fund selling plagues silver

Got Gold Report:  Revolving Door Watch – High-frequency trading critic Bart Chilton joins HFT lobby effort

Zero Hedge/Jesse’s Café Américain:  South African bank – Give us your gold; A bond paid for & denominated in gold

Reuters/Mineweb:   China gold exchange gains traction as yuan reforms stir interest; Russia leading central bank gold buyer, but China – who knows?

NY Times/CNN:  NATO – Russians open fire in Ukraine; Is Obama heading toward airstrikes in Syria?

Metals Still Not Moving Much; Fed Split on Rate Rise

Posted by on August 21st 2014 in CFTC, China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, India, Janet Yellen, Monetary Policy, Short Sellers, Silver, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

GoldStayingPuts

By one account, gold and silver prices “seem determined to hold on here,” as they continued to trade in a narrow range on Wednesday, with spot silver up 0.2% and gold off 0.4%.  Reuters attributes the drop in gold to gains in the dollar, “on economic optimism after the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting showed the U.S. central bank has seen progress in the U.S. labor market.” But MarketWatch, describing “a growing division within the Fed” over the health of the labor market, reports that “a majority still don’t believe there’s been enough progress to consider altering interest rates soon.” The July minutes were also dismissed as “a market diversion until Jackson Hole.”

See also:

Zero Hedge: Jackson Hole – ‘Tremendous’ downside risks if Yellen doesn’t go full-dovish

Street Talk Live:  The illusion of strength; Alternative measures suggest weaker economy

Reuters/Seeking Alpha:   Fading volatility promises long period of gold stagnation; Silver prices will remain rangebound

Got Gold Report:  Heckle if you want, but be prepared for anything in gold and silver

Hard Assets Investor/Casey Research:  Gold/silver ratio says silver is cheap, but it can get cheaper; Silver – As close to a no-brainer investment as it gets

Business Insider:  Ten countries hoarding enormous piles of gold

Hotspots Not Heating Up Gold—More Floor Than Soar

Posted by on August 20th 2014 in CFTC, China, CME Group, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Iraq, Monetary Policy, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

Gold&GeopoliticalRisk

“Gold obviously didn’t like the U.S. CPI and housing data, which boosted the dollar,” said a Saxo Bank manager, speaking about a 0.1% increase in the monthly inflation rate, and July’s 15.7% jump in U.S. home construction.  But despite that, spot gold was off only 0.2%, while spot silver took a 1% hit. And according to an analyst quoted by MarketWatch, gold will likely remain in a narrow trading range, “unless by some miracle, all the tensions in the world are sorted out. A doubtful scenario.  I hasten to add that gold is not the perfect safe haven, far from it, but it does knee-jerk react to headlines, and as such, the downside should be limited for the time being.”  But that said, gold is also not going through the roof during this period of global tensions, as evidenced by the above chart. Grant William’s looks at what’s behind “Gold’s sudden ignorance of geopolitical risk.”

See also:

Jesse’s Café Américain:  The paper metals are a charade

Reuters/BullionStar.com:  China said to allow 3 more banks to import gold; East Asia geared up for renminbi gold trading

GoldSeek/GATA:  The U.S. gold in Fort Knox is secure, gone, or irrelevant?; U.S. gold reserve likely has been leased out, Grant Williams tells KWN

CEO.caBig move brewing for gold

Of Two Minds/Tim Iacono:  Are capital inflows propping up U.S. markets?; Stocks or bonds – Which has it right?

Bloomberg:  Only rich know wage gains with no raises for U.S. workers

ProPublica/TomDispatch.com:  The best reporting on federal push to militarize local police; One nation under SWAT

Metals Seen Biding Time ‘Till at Least September

Posted by on August 19th 2014 in CFTC, China, CME Group, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Iraq, Janet Yellen, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

SeptemberSurge

A rising dollar and an equity rally on the perception that Ukraine tensions had eased, were said to be the driving factors behind a 0.4% drop in spot gold on yet another mixed day for the metals that also saw silver add 0.3%. “The market decided that since shooting had not broken out in the Ukraine that all is well and it was time to bulk up on the risk trade, albeit with low volumes,” according to a post at Jesse’s Café Américain, which calls this “a very cynical, Fed-fueled market.”

And in looking at when gold and silver might break out of their narrow trading ranges, Tim Iacono concludes that “Uncertainty over developments in Ukraine and Iraq should produce enough safe haven demand to keep metal prices from falling far during the last two weeks in August, but it seems any substantive rally will have to wait until at least September.”

See also:

Got Gold Report/ETF Daily News:  Comex Swap Dealers remain hugely short silver futures; How speculation fits in to the silver price forecast

SRSrocco Report:  Gold and silver – The eternal monetary couple; How the U.S. dollar reserve currency dies… slowly at first, then all at once

Peak Prosperity:  A brief history of U.S. money

USA Gold/Ciovacco Capital:  Why the Fed is unlikely to raise interest rates soon; Jackson Hole: Covering excuses to keep rates low?

Of Two MindsLoss of faith in the Fed; Have we forgotten what an authentic market is?

NYT Magazine:  Paper boys – Inside the dark, lucrative world of consumer debt collection

Russia, Ukraine Stand Off; U.S. Shoppers Stand Down

Posted by on August 14th 2014 in CFTC, China, ECB, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Iraq, JPMorgan, Middle East, Russia, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

 ShoppersStandDown

Silver futures finished off 0.3% on Wednesday, which is what gold ended up, with the impetus being July’s flat retail sales, described as “an appalling number” that “has faded the notion of a hike in the interest rate by the Fed, at least today.” And while U.S. data held sway over geopolitics, fighting resumed between Israel and Hamas, U.S. troops are on the ground in Iraq, and the Russian aid convoy headed to Ukraine has gone to ground at a Russian military base,  some 300 miles from its Ukrainian destination of Luhansk.  This as Ukraine’s Interior Minister declared that “No Putin ‘humanitarian convoy’ will be permitted to travel through the territory of Kharkiv region.”

See also:

Zero Hedge:  Stocks up, bonds up, gold up, oil up, dollar up, f’d up; Saxo Bank warns of 3 ‘other’ geopolitical risks investors are ignoring

ReutersCommodity future – Islamic State militants grab new weapon – Iraqi wheat

BullionStar.com/Profit ConfidentialSilver scarce in Shanghai, futures curve in backwardation; The world supply of gold bullion is shrinking

The Gold Report:  Jim Rickards and Peter Schiff discuss global gold markets

Reuters:  U.S. Mint to use new silver benchmark for coin sales, purchases; London gold fix lawsuits to be consolidated in New York

bookcoverWall Street on Parade:  How high up did the Madoff fraud go at JPMorgan?

Read the first chapter of  JPMadoff: The Unholy Alliance Between America’s Biggest Bank and America’s Biggest Crook

All Roads Lead to Trouble

Posted by on August 13th 2014 in China, ECB, General Economy, Gold, Iraq, Middle East, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

ConvoyControversy

Silver futures lost about one percent on Tuesday but gold inched up as Ukraine again took center-stage over the question of access to the country by a Russian humanitarian convoy of almost 300 trucks. But that’s not all.  According to one analyst quoted by Reuters:  “Improving gold prices are due to escalations of Ukraine-Russia tensions and Iraq conflicts, but traders are also worried about Europe’s snail’s pace recovery.”  An economic survey released Tuesday showed that German analyst and investor confidence plunged to an 18-month low. Also, Japan reported a 6.8% annualized drop in 2nd quarter GDP and a collapse in consumer spending.

See also:

MarketWatch:  Gold fear spike may be on its way

Financial Times/Sharps Pixley:  Banks wait on sidelines for new silver benchmark

SRSrocco Report/SilverSeek:  How the global financial system will collapse; Don’t be surprised if silver is the target

Jesse’s Café Américain: No silver for Mexico, but perhaps gold for Eurasia

Book review and excerpt: “China’s second continent – How a million migrants are building a new empire in Africa”

Spiegel/Vice News:  The disturbing rise of the Islamic state

Mises Canada:  The privilege of watching war

‘Cautious’ Investors Seen Keeping Gold Fashionable

Posted by on August 12th 2014 in China, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, India, Iraq, Middle East, Russia, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

GoldShirt

The value of an Indian businessman’s new gold shirt was virtually unchanged Monday, while silver, a more practical wearable, gained 0.8%.  Gold’s flatness was attributed to “rising global equities, and an apparent easing of tensions over Ukraine and the Middle East,” with stock markets said to have “largely ignored news Russia would send an aid convoy to eastern Ukraine, a move Western officials have said could serve as a pretext for an invasion.”

But “world inserurity” is still seen as likely positive for gold, according to former Bank of England governor Mervyn King.  And, as one analyst quoted by MarketWatch points out:  “Interestingly, while the yen has unwound, other safe-haven assets such as gold haven’t seen much movement at all. Perhaps this highlights the degree of cautiousness investors are still exercising at the moment.”

See also:

Bullion Vault/Casey ResearchSilver vs. gold investing; Top 7 reasons I’m buying silver now

BullionStar.com/Gold Silver Worlds:  Chinese gold demand 1094 metric tons y-t-d, silver premium at record high; Is gold demand in China really collapsing?

SafeHaven/Gold Scents:  Potpourri of chartology – Precious metals, U.S. stocks and energy;  Are stocks finally starting the topping process?

Confounded Interest/CSMThe Gilded Age: A tale of the Federal Reserve; Wall Street – Whose bull market is it?

GoldSeek/Mineweb:  Dennis Gartman – Gold vs. The Force; Gartman reckons end-game for gold price management could be nigh

Guardian/Daily Beast/Vox:  U.S. denies role in alleged plot to oust Iraqi prime minister; U.S. bombing its own guns in Iraq

Silver Snaps Loss Streak; Eagles Heat Up

Posted by on August 7th 2014 in CFTC, China, ECB, General Economy, Gold, Monetary Policy, Quants, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

 SilverEagleSalesHeatUp

Concerns about the situation in Ukraine boosted gold futures 1.8% on Wednesday and silver futures added 1% to snap a four-session losing streak. Silver fared better in the spot market, rising 1.7% compared to gold’s 1.6% increase.  Gold was also said to have benefited from data showing that Italy slid into recession in the second quarter, for the third time since 2008.  And, American Silver Eagle gained for the the third straight day, reports Coin News, surpassing 27 million for the year “to maintain a pace that is the second quickest in the coin’s 29-year history.”

See also:

SafeHaven/Got Gold ReportSilver pyramid power; Right or wrong, a great spot for a silver bounce

Mineweb:  Central banks continuing to boost gold reserves

Bloomberg/Telegraph: Russia sanctions accelerate risk to dollar dominance; Putin signs historic $20bn oil deal with Iran to bypass Western sanctions

Jesse’s Café Américain: Currency wars and the inevitable banquet of consequences

Ciovacco Capital/Peak ProsperityScenarios for a vulnerable stock market; Is this decline the real deal?

Reuters/WSJ:  High-frequency trading takes root in U.S. securities class actions; How one whistleblower turned the tables on high-frequency traders

The Fall of Gold and Silver

Posted by on August 5th 2014 in China, ECB, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

TheFallOfGold&Silver

With gold and silver futures off about a half-a-percent Monday, after dropping for each of the last three weeks,  Tim Iacono asks:  “Could a return to positive seasonal trends be in store for gold and silver?“  Referencing the above chart, showing that gold “has recently made a mockery of the regular seasonal patterns by moving opposite the norm over each of the last four months,” he cautions that the August-to-November period “may not follow the favorable seasonal trend either, particularly with the growing list of bearish factors that have emerged,” including the prospect of rising interest rates and the waning of safe-haven demand.

But more optimistically, he also argues that “as summer vacations come to an end, the outlook should improve, particularly if last week’s stock market rout turns into something much worse and the dollar rally fades.”  Add to that the fact that “gold and gold stocks remain two of the best performing asset classes this year and this has not escaped the notice of institutional investors and hedge funds who, in recent months, have been buying gold stocks when the broad stock market falters. If this carries over into the underlying market for gold and silver, a return to following very positive seasonal trends this fall could be in store.”

See also:

Got Gold Report:  Total Chinese reserves reach 15,000 tonnes

Louise Yamada/Mike Shedlock:  Gold chart – False breakdowns and breakouts suggest indecision; Saxo Bank economist-  Gold and silver major buy signal coming up

The Gold Report:   Tocqueville fund managers – Buy gold like it’s 1999

King One Eye/Bloomberg3 bullish facts for precious metals and miners; Gold industry takeovers climb to highest level in three years

MarketWatch:  That plunge in stocks is just the beginning; Brett Arends – Watch out for the corporate debt bomb

Zero Hedge/Washington PostDe-dollarization continues – Russian oligarchs shift cash to Hong Kong dollars on sanctions concerns