• Gold: 1,345.83 5.81
  • Silver: 14.98 0.14
  • Euro: 1.120 -0.002
  • USDX: 97.685 0.127
  • Oil: 54.08 1.98

December 12: Gold and Silver Gain with Stocks

Gold chopped up to $1247.10 at about 1PM EST before it fell back off into midafternoon, but it then rallied back higher into the close and ended with a gain of 0.23%. Silver rose to as high as $14.794 and ended with a gain of 1.31%.

December 13: Gold and Silver Trade Mixed with Stocks

Gold held near unchanged in Asia before it dipped to $1240.30 in early New York trade and then bounced back higher at times, but it still ended with a loss of 0.24%. Silver chopped between $14.805 and $14.684 and ended with a gain of 0.2%.

December 14: Gold and Silver Fall Less Than 1% on the Week

Gold fell $9.90 to $1233.00 by a little after 9:30AM EST before it climbed back towards unchanged by midday, but it then drifted back lower into the close and ended with a loss of 0.37%. Silver slipped to as low as $14.493 and ended with a loss of 1.29%.

December 17: Gold and Silver Gain Almost 1% While Stocks Drop Over 2%

Gold saw slight losses in Asia, but it then climbed steadily higher in London and New York and ended near its early afternoon high of $1248.10 with a gain of 0.65%. Silver rose to as high as $14.70 and ended with a gain of 0.62%.

December 18: Gold Gains While Stocks Struggle Higher

Gold erased early Asian gains and dipped to $1245.10 at about 2AM EST before it rallied up to $1250.30 in London and then fell to see slight losses by midmorning in New York, but it then climbed back higher into the close and ended with a gain of 0.24%. Silver chopped between $14.721 and $14.613 and ended with a loss of 0.2%.

December 19: Gold and Silver Fall After Fed Tightens

Gold edged up to $1251.40 in Asia before it dropped back to $1246.80 in London and then jumped up to $1258.00 at about 10:30AM EST, but it then fell to as low as $1241.90 after today’s fed announcement and ended with a loss of 0.58%. Silver rose to as high as $14.821 before it fell back to $14.55, but it ended with a loss of just 0.41%.

December 20: Gold and Silver Gain Over 1% While Stocks Drop Nearly 2%

Gold gained $24.30 to a new 5-month high at $1266.30 by early afternoon in New York before it chopped back lower into the close, but it still ended with a gain of 1.53%. Silver rose to as high as $14.841 and ended with a gain of 1.3%.

December 24: Gold and Silver Gain Over 1% While Stocks Drop Almost 3%

Gold gained nearly $10 in Asia before it halved its gains in London, but it then rose to new 6-month highs in New York and ended with a gain of 1.08%. Silver climbed to as high as $14.776 and ended with a gain of 1.03%.

December 26: Gold and Silver Closed Mixed While Stocks Rebound

Gold gained $10 to a new 6-month high at $1279.00 by late morning in New York before it sold off in afternoon trade, but it ended with a loss of just 0.22%. Silver rose to as high as $15.17 and ended with a gain of 1.76%.

December 27: Gold and Silver Hold 1% Gains in Face of Stocks Reversal

Gold gained $12.70 to $1278.90 in early afternoon New York trade before it edged back lower into the close, but it still ended with a gain of 0.69%. Silver rose to as high as $15.267 and ended with a gain of 1.33%.

December 28: Gold and Silver Gain Roughly 2% and 5% on the Week

Gold gained $7.10 to $1282.00 in Asia before it pared back in London, but it then bounced back higher in New York and ended with a gain of 0.4%. Silver rose to as high as $15.389 and ended with a gain of 0.92%.

Gold to Silver Ratio: So What?

Silver prices move up and down farther than gold prices. That pushes the gold-silver ratio too high, like now, when silver is inexpensive. Or it pushes the ratio too low, as in January 1980, when silver prices zoomed upward too far and too fast. When the gold to silver ratio exceeds 80, it is often a good time to buy silver.

January 2: Gold and Silver End Higher in Mixed Trade

Gold gained $6.50 to $1288.70 in late Asian trade before it dropped back under unchanged at $1278.90 by early afternoon in New York, but it then bounced back higher into the close and ended with a gain of 0.06%. Silver rose to as high as $15.607 and ended with a gain of 0.26%.

January 3: Gold and Silver Gain About 1% While Stocks Drop Roughly 3%

Gold gained $9.30 to $1292.30 in Asia before it dropped back to $1284.80 just after 8:15AM EST, but it then climbed back higher in New York and ended near its new 6-1/2 month high of $1294.70 with a gain of 0.9%. Silver rose to as high as $15.751 and ended with a gain of 1.42%.

January 4: Gold Gains and Silver Rises 2% on the Week

Gold edged up to $1298.40 in Asia before it fell back to $1277.30 by midmorning in New York and then bounced back higher into midday, but it still ended with a loss of 0.75%. Silver slipped to as low as $15.585 and ended with a loss of 0.32%.

Surest Way to Overthrow Capitalism

As the price of silver rose over 2% this week, the cobasis basically held steady. There is some buying of metal here, and some speculation too. This is not exactly the picture of a feeding frenzy, with an outlook of silver-to-da-moon. But nor is it a sign of a speculative blip, with a prognosis of a crash. The Monetary Metals Silver Fundamental Price rose 12 cents, to $15.91. This week, of course, the stock market went up. Does the incredible bull market roar back to life? We are not stock market prognosticators, but we don’t think so if the Fed stays the course. As we’ve written, the discount on future earnings is higher now and therefore the present value is lower. Also, the interest expense is up and this will crush the marginal debtors.

What’s the best speculative asset for 2019: silver or Bitcoin?

Silver is a somewhat comparable speculative alternative to Bitcoin. It has been used as money since the dawn of civilisation, albeit as monetary metal not computer code. In recent years silver has become more of a speculative asset than a currency, although it is also a very useful industrial metal. It’s vital for smartphones and other electronic products.

January 15: Gold and Silver End Slightly Lower in Mixed Trade

Gold dipped $4 to $1287.60 at about 5AM EST before it rose to as high as $1294.70 by midmorning in New York and then fell to a new session low of $1286.90 by early afternoon, but it then rallied back higher into the close and ended with a loss of just 0.19%. Silver chopped between $15.542 and $15.694 and ended with a loss of 0.38%.

January 16: Gold and Silver Rise with Stocks

Gold edged up to $1292.70 in Asia before it pared back to $1288.00 in London, but it then climbed to a new 6-month high at $1294.90 in New York and ended with a gain of 0.32%. Silver chopped between $15.494 and $15.642 and ended with a gain of 0.13%.

January 17: Gold and Silver Edge Lower While Stocks Rise on Trade Talk

Gold chopped between $1291.40 and $1295.00 in Asia before it dipped to $1288.90 by midmorning in New York, but it then bounced back higher into the close and ended with a loss of just 0.12%. Silver slipped to as low as $15.457 and ended with a loss of 0.38%.

January 18: Gold and Silver Fall Almost 1% and 2% on the Week

Gold fell $10.50 to $1281.30 at about 8:30AM EST before it chopped back higher in morning New York trade, but it then fell back off gain in late trade and ended with a loss of 0.86%. Silver slipped to as low as $15.327 and ended with a loss of 1.29%.

Arizona Legislator Proposes Securing State Reserves with Gold and Silver

An Arizona legislator has put forward a bill to de-risk the state’s financial holdings with a modest allocation to physical gold and silver in the state’s reserve fund. Introduced by Representative Mark Finchem (R-Tucson), the Arizona Sound Money Stabilization Act (HB 2500) requires that at least 10% of Arizona’s Budget Stabilization Fund be held in the monetary metals in a secure depository.

Silver Market Trends - 2019 (The Silver Institute)

(Washington D.C. – February 5, 2019) Last year, the silver market faced a challenging environment which was reflected in a muted price performance. Preliminary estimates point towards a minor 0.3 percent increase in total supply whereas demand contracted 3 percent. A slowing Chinese economy, coupled with rising U.S. interest rates, an equity market bull run, and global trade tensions, affected the price performance across many markets, including gold and silver. This year, we expect the sentiment to be more supportive for the silver market. The start of 2019 has already proven to be good for silver investors. The U.S. Mint for example, sold 12 percent more American Eagles in January compared to January 2018. In addition, the expected slowdown in the U.S. FED rate hiking cycle should also benefit silver, which in comparison to gold, has a very attractive price point based on the high gold:silver ratio at around 82. Against this backdrop, the Silver Institute provides the following insights on 2019 silver market trends.

New Pacific Reports High Recovery of Silver Achieved for Sulphides and Transitional Mineralized Materials from Silver Sand, Bolivia

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – February 7, 2019 – New Pacific Metals Corp. (TSX-V:NUAG) (OTCQX:NUPMF) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce the preliminary results of the first metallurgical test work for its Silver Sand project in Potosi, Bolivia. Metallurgical sampling and test work commenced in September 2018 – the flotation recovery and bottle roll leaching test works for the transition and sulphide mineralized materials have been completed and test work on the oxides is under way. All tests, including column leaching test works, are expected to be completed by the end of April 2019. Positive recovery results have been achieved in the extraction of silver by the processes of flotation and direct cyanidation from the initial metallurgical test work.

Assay Results 'Give a Sense of the Tremendous Scope' of Bolivia Project

We are barely into the third month of the year, but New Pacific Metals Corp. (NUAG:TSX.V; NUPMF:OTCQX) has been moving nonstop, announcing major land expansion news and off-the-charts drill results. In January, the company announced a major land expansion of its Silver Sand project in Bolivia though an agreement with Corporación Minera de Bolivia (COMIBOL) granting New Pacific the right to carry out exploration, mining and production on lands adjoining Silver Sand. The Mining Production Contract (MPC) is for a total of 56.9 square kilometers, a many-fold increase from the original 3 square kilometer Silver Sand land package.

Trade the Gold to Silver Ratio

Buy gold for insurance against fiscal and monetary predations of central bankers, commercial banking and government. Yes – certainly! Buy silver for insurance, profit and beautiful coins. Yes! Buy both to own real money that has no counter-party risk.

Assay Results 'Give a Sense of the Tremendous Scope' of Bolivia Project

We are barely into the third month of the year, but New Pacific Metals Corp. (NUAG:TSX.V; NUPMF:OTCQX) has been moving nonstop, announcing major land expansion news and off-the-charts drill results. In January, the company announced a major land expansion of its Silver Sand project in Bolivia though an agreement with Corporación Minera de Bolivia (COMIBOL) granting New Pacific the right to carry out exploration, mining and production on lands adjoining Silver Sand. The Mining Production Contract (MPC) is for a total of 56.9 square kilometers, a many-fold increase from the original 3 square kilometer Silver Sand land package.

Silver, not gold, is the portfolio insurance to buy now

"Precious metals resemble insurance. We pay premiums before disaster strikes, hoping that we won’t need to make a claim. A small investment in silver and gold, less than 5% of a portfolio, serves the same purpose. We should buy insurance when the premiums are low and keep the coverage. Just let the protection sit there so you can sleep well at night. The ageless storehouses of gold and silver work when nothing else does, like during the Great Recession. Both precious metals are excellent investments to hedge against unforeseen risks. Silver makes sense because it is cheaper, rises faster than gold when disaster strikes, and is easily divisible into small coins, just in case you need to buy a loaf of bread or an iPhone and paper currency doesn’t work. Gold also belongs in a portfolio, because a small amount goes a long way in settling obligations. But right now silver is a much better bargain. It has declined by more than 65% from its 2011 peak while gold is off by about 30%. Portfolio insurance is cheap today. If you own silver, hold on. If not, buy it."

Bolivia Proving its Metal with New Pacific (TSX-V: NUAG) Drill Results and Partnership; A Frontier Opportunity for Investors and a Nation

The company has a cash position of $35,212,000 CAD, no debt, and has planned a further 55,000 meters of drilling to complete on the Silver Sand property. If the last batch results indicate anything, there is more good news to come. Despite its past, Bolivia presents significant opportunities for discovery and investors that have deep industry experience. The world is watching and Silver Sand could be Bolivia’s next silver mine. New Pacific Metals Corp. trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “NUAG” and “NUPMF” in the U.S on the OTC market.

Kootenay Reports Positive Metallurgical Results from Cervantes Gold Project, Sonora, Mexico - under Option to Aztec Minerals

The Cervantes Property is held under an earn-in option to agreement whereby Aztec Minerals can acquire up to 100% interest in the property in two stages, with Kootenay retaining a 2.5 % NSR and receiving a payment of US$5.00 per ounce or gold equivalent based on a NI 43-101 Resource Estimate. See Kootenay news release dated October 13, 2015.

Palladium Pandemonium May Portend a Silver Mania Ahead

Unlike platinum and palladium, silver has a long history of use as money. Even though silver is no longer minted into coins meant for circulation, it is still sought after by investors in coins and other forms for wealth preservation, inflation protection, and possible future use in barter or trade. Like platinum, silver looks extremely cheap when measured against palladium. Over the past three years while palladium has tripled in price, platinum has actually lost a few dollars. Silver is essentially unchanged over that period. Silver is so cheap at under $15.50/oz. that even if it goes on to follow in palladium’s footsteps and triples in value, it will still sit below its former all-time high of $49.50/oz.! What other asset class offers the opportunity to triple your money as a warm-up before prices break to new highs? Not stocks. Not bonds. Not real estate.

Technical Scoop: March-17-2019 -- Silver

As we noted, silver slipped a small 0.2% this past week. Silver appears to be in a nice bull channel. We will see if it can hold that channel even as gold might move lower. A breakdown under $15 would change that scenario and silver could fall to the $14.60 range. Technically, it made what could be seen as a double top at $16.20 and $16.19. If so, the breakdown under $15.44 suggested the potential to fall to $14.45. Currently the low is $14.98, but if that goes then $14.45 becomes a possibility. Only new highs would break this mildly bearish scenario. However, in the interim silver should follow gold higher, at least for the short term. New highs above $15.55 could suggest a move towards $16 once again but a more likely target zone is between $15.70 and $15.80.

Precious Metals Video Update: All eyes on FOMC today

FOMC today - Fed dot plot will be a focus. Silver and gold stocks need to be careful here, can turn bearish.. Copper options at an all-time record:

Silver Demand in India Set for 4-Year High on Farm Cash Payout

Silver will see a resurgence in demand this year from rural Indians spending cash handouts from the government designed to aid local economies ahead of the general election, according to Metals Focus Ltd.

Precious Metals Update Video: Gold-Silver ratio is starting to favor silver

Precious Metals Update Video: Gold is not overbought. Silver - lower lows, lower highs.

Precious Metals Update Video: Silver remains above its 18-DMA

Silver market is similar to gold - lower highs and lower lows. For two weeks in a row, silver above its 18-DMA. (video update).

Precious Metals Update Video: Silver has not yet turned that corner..

Silver has not yet turned that corner (video technical update)

Precious Metals Update Video: Silver hits lower bollinger band support

Precious Metals Update Video: Silver hits lower bollinger band support, important support area and oversold.

Precious Metals Update Video: Silver in a downtrend but..

Precious Metals Update Video: Silver in a downtrend (video update)

Precious Metals Update Video: Silver oversold, trend is down

Silver oversold, trend is down.

Get on the Ira Silver Train

For more modest IRAs you may want to consider Gold Star Trust. Simply set up an account on line and then roll over some or all of your funds into the new account. Gold Start Trust was formerly American Church Trust and specialized in Church bonds. I have been associated with them for almost 20 years. After you account is funded simply call your favorite precious metals dealer (yours truly for one) and you can purchase precious metals for your IRA. The metals have to be held in a 3rd party depository which is where Gold Star Trust comes into play. Your metals dealer ships the precious metals to Gold Star and they pay directly from your IRA account. There are a few restrictions on allowed metals but most popular forms of precious metals are allowed in the IRA. Storage costs are reasonable.

Behind Closed Doors

A fog lifted from the silver market last week and we could see things clearly that we had only guessed at. A former commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Bart Chilton, sat for an interview with blogger Chris Marcus to discuss silver market shenanigans. Mr. Chilton was a commissioner from 2007 to 2014. The interview got interesting when he began to discuss the failure of Bear Stearns in 2008. They held a large short position in silver along with JPMorgan who took over Bear Stearns’ short position at the time.

Kootenay Reports Sampling Results and Discovery of New Vein at High-grade Copalito Silver-gold Project, Mexico

Kootenay Silver Inc. (TSXV: KTN) (the “Company” or “Kootenay”) is pleased to announce sampling results from the Company’s most recent mapping and surface sampling program (the “Program”) conducted on outcropping veins at the Copalito Project (“Copalito” or “Property”) located in the State of Sinaloa, Mexico. Kootenay President and CEO James McDonald stated. “This is one of two projects we acquired over the last year with the potential for the discovery of high-grade vein hosted deposits. Vein widths, strike extents and grades encountered to date along with lack of any previous drilling indicate excellent potential for resource discovery. We will continue to advance Copalito to the drill stage while at the same time preparing for the first drill program on the Columba silver project the second of the two new projects.”

Precious Metals Update Video: Silver oversold down into a support area

Silver oversold down into a support area - video update.

Precious Metals Update Video: Silver pointing to $14.55 support

Precious metals technical video update

World’s Largest Primary Silver Miner Production Plunges

Silver production at the world’s largest producer fell significantly in the first quarter of the year. Fresnillo PLC reported a decrease in silver production in Q1 2019 versus the same period last year, due to lower ore grades and reduced volumes of processed ore at its Fresnillo Mine. Furthermore, while silver production fell the most at its Fresnillo Mine, the company also experienced declines at its Saucito and San Julian Mines. Total silver production at Fresnillo PLC dropped by 15% in the first quarter compared to the same quarter in 2018.

Bart Chilton, former CFTC commissioner, dead at 58

The former U.S. CFTC commissioner was known for calling for greater regulation of cryptocurrencies and derivatives.