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  • Silver: 16.91 -0.11
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August 18: Gold and Silver End Slightly Lower on the Week

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Gold gained $8.80 to $1297.50 in London and climbed to as high as $1300.00 in early New York trade before it fell all of the way back $1284.80 just after midday, but it then bounced back higher into the close and ended with a loss of just 0.18%. Silver rose to as high as $17.296 and ended with a loss of 0.12%.

Putting the Latest Silver Crash Under a Lens

On Thursday, July 6, in the late afternoon (as reckoned in Arizona), the price of silver crashed. The move was very brief, but very intense. The price hit a low under $14.40 before recovering to around $15.80 which is about 20 cents lower than where it started. Buyers of silver are rejoicing. They can now get more money (silver, like gold, is money) in exchange for their dollars than before. However, as we see from the reactions in the community, there were few buyers.

Abraplata Reaches Agreement to Preserve Title to the Diablillos Ag-Au PROJECT in Argentina

AbraPlata Resource Corp. TSX.V:ABRA ("AbraPlata" or the "Company") (TSX-V: ABRA) (Frankfurt:1AH) (OTCQB:ABBRF) is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement to acquire certain third party mineral rights that, as a result of a long-standing border dispute between two neighbouring provinces in northwestern Argentina, overlap, and potentially conflict with, the Company's mineral rights to its Diablillos Ag-Au project (see Figure 1 attached). The acquisition of the potentially conflicting mineral rights will allow the Company to retain its title to the Diablillos Ag-Au project regardless of the ultimate outcome of the provincial border dispute.

July 12: Gold and Silver Gain For The Third Day In A Row

Gold edged above $1220 in Asia and fell back to $1214.20 by a little after 8AM EST before it popped up to $1225.40 in the next hour of trade and then drifted back lower at times, but it still ended with a gain of 0.32%. Silver rose to as high as $16.023 ended with a gain of 0.51%.

July 13: Gold and Silver Edge Lower

Gold edged up to $1224.40 in Asia before it fell back to $1216.70 in midmorning New York trade, but it then bounced back higher into the close and ended with a loss of just 0.17%. Silver slipped to as low as $15.695 and ended with a loss of 1.19%.

July 14: Gold and Silver Gain Over 1% and 2% on the Week

Gold dipped to $1215.00 in Asia, but it then shot to as high as $1232.60 in early New York trade and ended with a gain of 0.84%. Silver rose to as high as $16.081 and ended with a gain of 1.4%.

July 17: Gold and Silver Add Onto Recent Gains

Gold gained $7.50 to $1235.90 $16.196 by a little after 10AM EST before it chopped back lower at times, but it still ended with a gain of 0.46%. Silver rose to as high as $16.196 and ended with a gain of 1.07%.

July 18: Gold and Silver Rise A Third Day

Gold gained $10.40 to $1244.40 in midafternoon New York trade before it edged back lower in the last hour of trade, but it still ended with a gain of 0.66%. Silver rose to as high as $16.31 and ended with a gain of 0.93%.

July 19: Gold and Silver End Mixed

Gold fell $5.10 to $1237.00 in Asia before it climbed back to $1243.80 in midmorning New York trade and then chopped back lower at times, but it ended with a loss of just 0.04%. Silver slipped to $16.166 before it jumped back to $16.359 and then also fell back off, but it still ended with a gain of 0.12%.

July 20: Gold and Silver Edge Higher

Gold fell $6.30 to $1235.30 in London before it climbed back to $1242.00 by a little after 9AM EST and then dropped back to $1237.60 in the next hour of trade, but it then jumped to a new session high of $1247.50 in late morning action and ended with a gain of 0.17%. Silver rose to as high as $16.414 and ended with a gain of 0.06%.

Silver Market Morning: July 21 2017 - Gold and silver markets continue to climb stronger than we expected!

New York closed only $0.80 lower than Shanghai yesterday and has been trying to follow Shanghai all the way up, with London opening today at a discount to Shanghai’s trading today of $5.06 an narrower discount than we have seen this week. Both London and New York are being pulled up by Shanghai. With this strong Chinese demand the chances of both London and New York breaking through $1,250 are greatly increased.

July 21: Gold and Silver Gain Over 2% and 3% on the Week

Gold rose throughout most of world trade and ended near its midafternoon high of $1255.70 with a gain of 0.85%. Silver rose to as high as $16.522 and ended with a gain of 1.1%.

Zinc One Enters into Surface Access Agreement with Comunidad Campesina de Yambrasbamba on the Bongará Zinc-Oxide Project and Announces Results of AGM

“Reaching an agreement with the Yambrasbamba community is a major milestone for Zinc One and the Bongará Zinc-Oxide Mine Project. The Yambrasbamba community has previously seen the full gamut of mining – from exploration to construction to operations to remediation – which is extremely rare. They are very knowledgeable and not only understand the economic opportunities it will afford the CCY stakeholders, but have seen the overall minimal impact of mining and the benefits of remediation. We are grateful to have such a supportive community and, if the project moves ahead as we expect, then we see the building of the Bongará Zinc Oxide Mine Project as a win for the community, government and company shareholders,” commented James Walchuck, CEO of Zinc One.

Silver Morning: July-25-2017

In addition Chinese demand and the new London based LME precious arbitrage market with Hong Kong is letting London feel Chinese demand directly, in addition to the big banks in China doing the same in London. So we are watching to see where the gold price will go today.

Silver Market Morning: July-28-2017

With all the chatter about the timing of rate hikes or trimming the Fed’s Balance Sheet, one very, very important factor is being overlooked in the U.S. If inflation continues at lower or lowering levels and the recovery stalls followed by a downturn, the Fed has almost no more tools with which to combat the falls. As it is rates continue to be so low that any lowering will have little to no impact [unless they go negative] on stimulating the U.S. economy. Likewise, trimming the Fed’s Balance Sheet, we feel, will have little to no impact on the U.S. financial world. If they go that road and there is a downturn in the U.S. further stimulation is likely to crack confidence in the dollar, something that the Fed cannot afford! Certainly little could be more positive for the gold price. Despite their positive demeanor, Fed officials must be very disturbed by the downturn in inflation.

Silver Morning: July-31-2017 -- silver rising in all currencies!

A lifetime of experience in global financial markets has taught us to recognize when a market is over extended either way. It has also taught us that it can stay over-extended for a long time The clear signs are when a market has discounted a very rosy future and expected returns are small relative to the price of assets. But in a climate where prices are very high, fund managers have to decide if the reasons are because they are over-bought, or if the money used to buy them is depreciating in value. Right now equity prices relative to fixed interest rate returns are not excessive. But the prospects of higher rates that will change this have been put off, allowing equities and other assets to remain too high for longer. Indeed the temptation this brings is that prices can go, unjustifiably, quite a bit higher. But this brings into view that when markets eventually do turn down they will fall precipitously. In such a climate ‘stop loss’ protections should be replaced with short positions. Once that happens on a large scale interest rates will become irrelevant and permit markets to fall precipitously simply because markets are falling.

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-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.

August 14: Gold and Silver Fall as Dollar Climbs With Stocks

Gold fell $12.60 to $1278.70 in London before it bounced back higher throughout most of the morning in New York, but it then drifted back lower in afternoon trade and ended with a loss of 0.72%. Silver slipped to as low as $16.932 and ended with a loss of 0.23%.

Silver Market Morning: August-15-2017: Gold and silver consolidating as the dollar corrects higher?

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.

Gold Seeker Closing Report: Gold and Silver Fall Again

Gold fell $14.30 to $1267.70 at about 9AM EST before it chopped back higher at times, but it still ended with a loss of 0.74%. Silver slipped to as low as $16.583 and ended with a loss of 2.46%.

Silver Market Morning: August-16-2017: Gold and silver still consolidating as the dollar corrects higher!

New York closed $5.00 higher than Shanghai’s close yesterday. Then today sees Shanghai dropping the gold price once again just before London opened, which lead to London’s prices being lower for the same reason as yesterday, as the dollar continued higher, in its falling pattern.

August 16: Gold and Silver Reverse Morning Losses And End Higher

Gold dipped to $1267.60 by a little after 9AM EST, but it then jumped to as high as $1283.80 in afternoon trade and ended with a gain of 0.72%. Silver slipped to $16.634 in Asia, but it then climbed to as high as $17.112 in late trade and ended with a gain of 2.64%.

August 17: Gold Gains While Stocks Drop Over 1%

Gold gained $8.10 to $1289.80 in Asia before it fell back to $1281.70 in late morning New York trade, but it then rallied back higher into the close and ended with a gain of 0.55%. Silver rose to $17.159 before it fell back to $16.977 and then also bounced back higher, but it still ended with a loss of 0.23%.

Silver Market Morning: August-18-2017: Gold and silver moved robustly higher again as the dollar weakened!

The dollar is falling once more, but not precipitously. It will lead to higher gold prices if it continues. This is being reflected in today’s prices. There is strength to the rise in gold price that we had not seen before in the previous attacks on $1,300. The causes are solid too. These are; an overvaluation of the dollar, a resuscitation of U.S. demand for physical gold, a dearth of sellers of gold, Shanghai’s demand for gold remains strong as it does in London!

Silver Morning: July-27-2017

The Fed decided not to raise rates, as expected but only said they would start lowering the Fed’s Balance Sheet, relatively soon. This disappointed markets including the global gold markets that are taking the gold price above previous resistance levels into the $1,260 region. But once again the biggest feature of the day was the softening dollar. It has confirmed it is in a ‘bear’ market and will decline over the next few years. More and more analysts including major institutions are now talking the dollar down, over the long term.

Premier Zinc Stock at Great Entry Point

Zinc One Resources Inc. (Z:TSX.V; ZZZOF:OTC; RH33:FSE) is one of the best zinc companies around, but over the past six months its stock has suffered a heavy reaction following a steep run-up early in the year, as we can see on its 8-month chart below. Fundamentally this reaction was due to two factors. One was a falling zinc price, and the other was a major funding by the company.

Silver Market Morning: July-28-2017

With all the chatter about the timing of rate hikes or trimming the Fed’s Balance Sheet, one very, very important factor is being overlooked in the U.S. If inflation continues at lower or lowering levels and the recovery stalls followed by a downturn, the Fed has almost no more tools with which to combat the falls. As it is rates continue to be so low that any lowering will have little to no impact [unless they go negative] on stimulating the U.S. economy. Likewise, trimming the Fed’s Balance Sheet, we feel, will have little to no impact on the U.S. financial world. If they go that road and there is a downturn in the U.S. further stimulation is likely to crack confidence in the dollar, something that the Fed cannot afford! Certainly little could be more positive for the gold price. Despite their positive demeanor, Fed officials must be very disturbed by the downturn in inflation.

Abraplata closes $1.62-million private placement

Abraplata Resource Corp. has completed, on a non-brokered basis, an offering of 4,066,480 common shares of the company by way of a private placement at a price of 40 cents per share for total gross proceeds of $1,626,592. Proceeds from the private placement will be used for property exploration and working capital.

Silver Morning: July-31-2017 -- silver rising in all currencies!

A lifetime of experience in global financial markets has taught us to recognize when a market is over extended either way. It has also taught us that it can stay over-extended for a long time The clear signs are when a market has discounted a very rosy future and expected returns are small relative to the price of assets. But in a climate where prices are very high, fund managers have to decide if the reasons are because they are over-bought, or if the money used to buy them is depreciating in value. Right now equity prices relative to fixed interest rate returns are not excessive. But the prospects of higher rates that will change this have been put off, allowing equities and other assets to remain too high for longer. Indeed the temptation this brings is that prices can go, unjustifiably, quite a bit higher. But this brings into view that when markets eventually do turn down they will fall precipitously. In such a climate ‘stop loss’ protections should be replaced with short positions. Once that happens on a large scale interest rates will become irrelevant and permit markets to fall precipitously simply because markets are falling.

Silver Morning: August-1-2017 -- consolidating above support!

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.

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

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 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-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 Morning: August-9-2017 -- about to break out?

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 Market Morning: August-10-2017 -- FOMC and North Korea

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 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-14-2017: Gold and silver consolidating ahead of tackling $1,300?

New York closed $7.00 higher than Shanghai’s close yesterday. Then today sees Shanghai lifting the gold price again. But London pulled it down $6 lower. London and Shanghai see the gold price differently with London being more volatile that Shanghai as you can see above. Shanghai still needs to take gold above $1,300 for the gold price to run higher.

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.

August 14: Gold and Silver Fall as Dollar Climbs With Stocks

Gold fell $12.60 to $1278.70 in London before it bounced back higher throughout most of the morning in New York, but it then drifted back lower in afternoon trade and ended with a loss of 0.72%. Silver slipped to as low as $16.932 and ended with a loss of 0.23%.

Silver Market Morning: August-15-2017: Gold and silver consolidating as the dollar corrects higher?

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.

Gold Seeker Closing Report: Gold and Silver Fall Again

Gold fell $14.30 to $1267.70 at about 9AM EST before it chopped back higher at times, but it still ended with a loss of 0.74%. Silver slipped to as low as $16.583 and ended with a loss of 2.46%.

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-16-2017: Gold and silver still consolidating as the dollar corrects higher!

New York closed $5.00 higher than Shanghai’s close yesterday. Then today sees Shanghai dropping the gold price once again just before London opened, which lead to London’s prices being lower for the same reason as yesterday, as the dollar continued higher, in its falling pattern.

August 16: Gold and Silver Reverse Morning Losses And End Higher

Gold dipped to $1267.60 by a little after 9AM EST, but it then jumped to as high as $1283.80 in afternoon trade and ended with a gain of 0.72%. Silver slipped to $16.634 in Asia, but it then climbed to as high as $17.112 in late trade and ended with a gain of 2.64%.

Silver Market Morning: August-17-2017: Gold and silver still moved robustly higher overnight as the dollar weakened!

All three global gold centers are reacting to the falling dollar today. What is of great interest is that the concept of Shanghai having a “premium” over London is just about dead. We are seeing a truly global gold price now, both ways. We have no doubt now that global gold prices are here to stay and that the impact of COMEX ‘paper’ gold prices has almost been removed as the significance of New York’s gold prices has diminished, in favour of the global gold price. This is a significant point in the evolution of the gold price!

August 17: Gold Gains While Stocks Drop Over 1%

Gold gained $8.10 to $1289.80 in Asia before it fell back to $1281.70 in late morning New York trade, but it then rallied back higher into the close and ended with a gain of 0.55%. Silver rose to $17.159 before it fell back to $16.977 and then also bounced back higher, but it still ended with a loss of 0.23%.

Silver Market Morning: August-18-2017: Gold and silver moved robustly higher again as the dollar weakened!

The dollar is falling once more, but not precipitously. It will lead to higher gold prices if it continues. This is being reflected in today’s prices. There is strength to the rise in gold price that we had not seen before in the previous attacks on $1,300. The causes are solid too. These are; an overvaluation of the dollar, a resuscitation of U.S. demand for physical gold, a dearth of sellers of gold, Shanghai’s demand for gold remains strong as it does in London!

Silver Cycles and War Cycles

Wars are usually financed with debt – borrowed currency. The extra currency in circulation creates price inflation. Silver prices, along with most other commodities, rise due to currency devaluation. Silver is used in war materials and war production, so demand rises, which also causes prices to rise. Conclusion: We expect silver prices to rise at the beginning of new wars or the escalation of major and costly wars. There is little doubt that both World Wars and the Vietnam War were costly and important to the U.S. economy.