• Gold: 1,279.99 -0.17
  • Silver: 17.00 -0.04
  • Euro: 1.177 0.000
  • USDX: 93.701 0.191
  • Oil: 52 0.39

Debt, Dollars, DOW, War, Silver and Shirts

Wars are costly, kill people and produce little. Governments like wars because they create demand for production of war materials. More production means a higher GDP (even if the concept means little). Politicians point to higher GDP and claim it is good. More production creates employment. Everyone wins, unless the bomb fell on you. Unless the drone targeted you. Unless you live on a fixed income and prices continue to rise. Unless you are a soldier and were injured or killed.

Silver Market Morning: August-15-2017: Gold and...

New York closed $4.53 higher than Shanghai’s close yesterday. Then today sees Shanghai dropping the gold price just before London opened, which lead to London’s prices being lower as the dollar corrected higher, in its falling pattern. Shanghai is leading the way down, but following a stronger dollar as it adjusts to dollar gold prices.

Silver Boom Time?

Previously, I have shown how conditions in the financial markets are very similar to that of the early 80s (circa 1983). Basically, the Dow was at a start of a long-term rally around 1983, and silver just broke down and entered a long-term bear market.

Silver Market Morning: August-11-2017

With the gold price continuing to rise we are torn between New York’s exuberant paper gold trading and Shanghai’s solid gains on the back of physical trading. Today and next week become important days for the gold price. It is also the time when North Korea said they would fire a missile towards Guam!

Silver Market Morning: August-10-2017 -- FOMC and...

Members of the FOMC are talking to the media in very dovish manners. The evidence that inflation is falling has clearly disturbed them. After the 2015, 2016 steady building of inflation, it is falling back again. This implies that we will not see another rate hike in 2017. They still feel that a start to the Fed’s Balance Sheet tightening will be made. After all, it will be slight and the Fed believes it will have barely any impact on markets. While academically that may be true, psychologically it may be a mistake. The recovery remains vulnerable and fragile. Any hint of tightening may well cause a market reaction when they broach that subject with action.

Silver Morning: August-9-2017 -- about to break...

We were around when the Cuba Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of World War 3. Today this is one country, North Korea, against the U.S. to begin with. But in 1952 when the Korean War raged it became China plus North Korea that took on the Allies. We see a potential restart to the war again [which never officially ended] and a major deterioration of U.S. - China relations if it does. China will not accept the elimination of North Korea! At the moment the markets are not discounting this likelihood. We may see China and Japan do so soon. In South Korea the atmosphere is moving towards fear quickly. Gold will benefit if war does break out as the war hurts financial markets the whole world over.

Silver Morning: August-7-2017

In the euro there was only a small drop in the gold price. So where is the dollar going from now on? We don’t see the gold price falling in other currencies and indeed we are not convinced by the jobs report spurring wage inflation soon. The jobs being created are easily low, but on top of that the impact of technology on quality jobs is heavy. The failure of full employment to spur wages is a structural change that will not reverse.

Silver Market Morning: August-4-2017

The dollar is firmly in its bear market, but the media are calling for a rally as it is ‘oversold’. When it comes to a currency we do not see it moving like a share price. This applies to the dollar in particular. Hence we do not give too much weight to the Technical picture of the dollar, right now as we are seeing structural changes in the currency world.

Silver Morning: August-3-2017 -- still...

New York closed at almost $14 higher than Shanghai’s yesterday’s close. In what we see as a striking testament to the power of Shanghai’s pricing dominance Shanghai moved slightly lower than its previous close with London following it at today’s open with $4.60 discount to Shanghai’s trading level today. With the gold world still looking at New York in the belief that the world will follow that market an understanding of the interrelationship of the three global gold markets is becoming paramount!

Silver Morning: August-1-2017 -- consolidating...

Comments from Alan Greenspan, that the equity market is not yet a ‘bubble’ but the bond market is, comes as a stark warning to financial markets. When it does ‘pop’ everyone will be hurt he says. When that happens, you will see equity and property prices badly damaged too. Gold will become a haven for U.S. investors then too. We reflect on the fact that at one time the euro cost $1.40.