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Russia vs. Ukraine; Banks vs. Bullion

Posted by on August 29th 2014 in CME Group, Gold, JPMorgan, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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Spot gold and silver gained about a half a percent Thursday as tensions ratcheted up between Ukraine and Russia. “The market is getting nervous about the Ukraine situation, and people are moving to gold,” said one commodities broker, adding that “Talks of further sanctions against Russia are increasing the safe-haven premium of gold.” And while noting that the “propaganda is flying hot and heavy from both sides” of the Ukraine border, Jesse’s Café Américain suggests that “A real flight to safety would crush the precious metal shorts if it spills over from paper to the bullion markets.  And so I would look for the banks to do all that they can to avoid it, diffuse it, deflect that possibility.”

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!

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“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

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?

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!

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“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!

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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

Metals Mirror Ukraine Volatility

Posted by on August 16th 2014 in CME Group, Federal Reserve, General Economy, George Soros, Gold, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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Gold and silver were as erratic Friday as the day’s news reports about whether or not Ukraine artillery destroyed parts of a Russian column that did or didn’t cross into Ukraine. The metals fell early, and hard, in what was described as “a pretty obvious takedown,” occurring as initial inspections of the “humanitarian convoy” vehicles, which definitely did not cross the border, came up “almost empty,” according to a BBC correspondent.

Then, writes Dan Norcini, recapping the action in gold, “around mid-morning, up went the yellow metal, recapturing the $1300 level as reports filtered into the market that Russian forces had crossed the Ukrainian border and been engaged by their troops.” When all was said, but far from done, spot gold and silver ended off 0.7% and 1.4% respectively, with their near-term direction possibly hinging on the answer to this question.

See also:

Bloomberg/WSJ:  First daily silver price set after end of London fixing

GoldCore:  New ‘LBMA silver price’ – Still not transparent

RT.com/GoldSeekRussia seeks safe haven in gold, away from dollar and euro; No escape from the dollar as the currency standard

Zero Hedge/Bullion Baron“Soros put” rises to record – Is the billionaire investor betting on a market crash?

Mineweb/Barron’s:  Soros invests in gold stocks, Paulson holds his big ETF position – rode gold higher in 2Q

Short Side of Long/MarketWatchAging bull! – 283 weeks; Four signs this bull market is on its last legs

Confounded Interest:  Falling 10Y Treasury yields, flattening curve are not signs of a dynamic economic recovery

PMs Gain on Jobless Claims; Russian APCs Enter Ukraine

Posted by on August 15th 2014 in Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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Silver was back in positive territory on Thursday and gold inched up again as U.S. jobless claims rose more than forecast, clocking in at a six-week high of 311,000.  “Concerns about the labor market are back,” according to one broker quoted by Bloomberg, who added that “safe-haven bids continue to come in because of the geopolitical developments.” Those bids were likely tempered on Thursday by Russian President Putin toning down his rhetoric on Ukraine. But that was before reporters for the Guardian and the Telegraph wrote of spotting Russian armored personnel carriers and support vehicles crossing the border into Ukraine.

Picture 9And concerning a report from the World Gold Council that Q2 demand for gold fell by 16% from 2013, USA Gold points out that “While not as strong as the seemingly insatiable demand seen in 2013, 964 tonnes is still a pretty darn good number; better than Q3 and Q4 of last year. As Jim Rickards noted in a recent interview, ‘[B]ig banks looted the GLD warehouse,’ of 500 tonnes in 2013. That’s a one-time event. ‘You can’t do that twice,’ said Rickards.”

 See also:

Jesse’s Café Américain:  Gold and silver charts – Take your stinking paws off our monetary metals

Mineweb:  Global gold demand returning to positive long-term trends; Russia may become world’s #2 gold miner this year

Reuters/Daily Reckoning:  Putin says Russia should aim to sell energy in rubles; The three biggest problems of the “dollar standard

Seeking Alpha:  Gold, the Fed and the inflation shuffle

Reuters/Brietbart.com:  White House loosens restrictions on lobbyists; Study – You have ‘near-zero’ impact on public policy

Tim Iacono:  One more thing to worry about

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!

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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!

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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!

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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

Gold Up and Down on Crises Fluctuations

Posted by on August 9th 2014 in ECB, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, Iraq, Middle East, Monetary Policy, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ted Butler, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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Reuters reports that before ending off 0.3% on Friday, “gold rallied to a three-week high on news U.S. aircraft bombed Islamic fighters marching on Iraq’s Kurdish capital of Arbil.  But safe-haven buying dried up after Russia’s Defense Ministry said it had finished military exercises near its border with Ukraine.” And after also losing a fraction on Friday, silver was down 1.8% for the week, while gold logged a 1.4% gain. But when it comes to 2014 bullion coin sales, silver’s thumping gold.

See also:

BullionVault/Yahoo Finance:  The dollar, gold & Middle East oil; Why this is the moment of truth for the gold trade

Dan Norcini:  Ukraine events supporting gold, but for how long?

Bloomberg/Time: World war on Russia’s mind when U.S. duels over Ukraine; Putin’s popularity soars to 87% in the face of adversity

Bloomberg/Telegraph:  Draghi says geopolitical risks to economy increasing; Germany close to recession as ECB admits recovery is weak

GATA/Zero Hedge:  Alasdair Macleod:  No market crashes anymore, just currency risk; Marc Faber – By printing money, the Fed has delayed the inevitable ‘cleaning’ process

King One Eye/Ted Butler:  Two precious metal must-sees; Oh, Oh – The dangers inherent in gold and silver pool accounts

Coin News/Numismaster:  U.S. Mint suspends in-person sales of Kennedy gold coin; JFKa Ching – First four gold Kennedys go for $20,000

Besieged Iraqis Added to Chaotic Global Mix

Posted by on August 8th 2014 in ECB, Federal Reserve, General Economy, Gold, India, Iraq, Middle East, Russia, Short Sellers, Silver, Ukraine, Wall Street | Be the first to comment!

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Silver futures finished off 0.2% on Thursday while gold futures added 0.3%, with Bloomberg attributing the gain to a decline in U.S. stocks on “concern that escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine will hurt the global economy,” and quoting one analyst as saying that “Some money is flowing into gold from equities because of concerns about Europe.” Comex gold futures for December delivery settled at some $1,312 an ounce.

And Reuters adds Iraq to the mix:  “Bullion climbed after the New York Times reported that U.S. President Barack Obama was considering air strikes and emergency relief airdrops to help 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq, who are trapped on a mountaintop after threats by Islamic militants.” Both the Times and McClatchy report, according to Kurdish and Iraqi sources, that airstrikes have begun, but the Pentagon denies that the U.S. carried out the strikes.

See also:

MarketWatch: Dow closes at 3-month low as investors move into gold and U.S. Treasurys

USA Gold/Hard Assets Investor:  Gold back above $1,300 on geopolitical risks, but dollar limits

Seeking Alpha/Jim Rickards:  Russians at the gate – buy gold; Cold War 2.0 is a financial war

Motley Fool Canada:  4 reasons I prefer investing in silver to gold

TradePlacer/Bill Bonner:  Is the mother of all bubbles about to burst in 2014?; Three signs that never fail to predict a bear market

Mineweb/Financial Express:  Gold – Been down so long it looks like up to me!; Gold delivery on India’s MCX hits highest since April last year

The Denver Channel:  Hundreds make mad dash to buy gold JFK coins at U.S. Mint in Denver