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February 19 2019

moneymetals

Gold & Silver Prices Firm Despite Dollar, Stock Market Strength

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Silver has fallen about $.45/oz from the early January highs, and gold has lost around $9/oz. Frankly, price action could be a lot worse.

During that time, the Federal Reserve Note dollar rallied and the equity markets roared higher. That combination should be bad news for gold and silver markets, but the premier precious metals have held onto most of their recent gains.

Perhaps the metals markets are seeing past the rally in the dollar. There isn’t much to support that move higher, after all. The Fed recently signaled a dramatic about face on monetary policy.

Inflation of the dollar

Two months ago, tighter monetary policy was a near certainty. Now, central bank officials are publicly putting the brakes on rate hikes and “Quantitative Tightening” – the program of steady selling from the massive hoard of bonds accumulated during the years of Quantitative Easing.

Recent inflation data (flawed as it may be) shows consumer and producer prices below the central bank’s target. The equity markets clearly can’t tolerate much more tightening given the stock market carnage last Fall.

The Trump Administration was none too happy about rising interest rates and the stronger dollar before stocks began selling off. More recently, Trump officials ramped up pressure on the Fed to change course. The Fed is now cooperating.

Why currency traders are currently bidding up the U.S. dollar is a mystery. It doesn’t look like a sustainable move to us, given the people who manage its value are aiming lower.

Full Article: https://goo.gl/fXYLEa

February 15 2019

moneymetals

February 14 2019

moneymetals

The Battle for Venezuela’s Gold Serves as a Lesson in Counterparty Risk

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He who controls the gold makes the rules. That old adage applies aptly to the present crisis in Venezuela.

An international battle for control of Venezuela’s gold is currently underway. At stake is the country’s political future – and with it, the global market for its immense oil reserves.

In a desperate effort to cling to power, Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro has been depleting his country’s gold reserves.

The oil-rich nation once had gold reserves of over 160 tons. But in recent months, Venezuela has sold off dozens of tons of gold to allies such as Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Russia in exchange for euros and other globally recognized currencies.

Nobody in their right mind wants to conduct international business in the Venezuelan national currency, the bolivar. Even ordinary Venezuelans have largely ditched the bolivar for cryptos and other alternatives as inflation rates in the troubled country top 1,000,000%.

Even as the Venezuelan government was busily hyperinflating its currency and ripping off its people, it still held gold in reserve in order to retain the confidence of foreign creditors including Russia and China. Ordinary Venezuelans couldn’t redeem their rapidly depreciating bolivars for gold, of course. But foreign creditors could effectively demand payment in gold through the conversion of Venezuela’s gold into their preferred currencies.

For several months, President Maduro has been trying to retrieve some $1.2 billion worth of official gold being held in Bank of England vaults.

Fearing reprisals from the United States, which has imposed far-reaching economic sanctions on Venezuela, the Bank of England stalled, gave excuses, and ultimately refused to return Venezuela’s gold.

Venezuelan flag

The Maduro government charges that its gold has been illegally confiscated, in contravention of internationally recognized norms.

Maduro’s U.S.-backed rival, Juan Guaido, is demanding that the Bank of England hand over the gold to him instead!

Guaido is an inexperienced and until very recently obscure political figure in Venezuelan politics. Nevertheless, he has been recognized by the United States as the interim President of Venezuela – even though he hasn’t actually formed a government or removed Maduro from power.

If Guaido gets control over the country’s gold, it could be game over for Maduro. His international creditors would likely begin abandoning him.

Continue reading: https://goo.gl/AW5Xpo

February 19 2019

moneymetals

Gold & Silver Prices Firm Despite Dollar, Stock Market Strength

gold-silver-prices-stock-market-social.jpg

Silver has fallen about $.45/oz from the early January highs, and gold has lost around $9/oz. Frankly, price action could be a lot worse.

During that time, the Federal Reserve Note dollar rallied and the equity markets roared higher. That combination should be bad news for gold and silver markets, but the premier precious metals have held onto most of their recent gains.

Perhaps the metals markets are seeing past the rally in the dollar. There isn’t much to support that move higher, after all. The Fed recently signaled a dramatic about face on monetary policy.

Inflation of the dollar

Two months ago, tighter monetary policy was a near certainty. Now, central bank officials are publicly putting the brakes on rate hikes and “Quantitative Tightening” – the program of steady selling from the massive hoard of bonds accumulated during the years of Quantitative Easing.

Recent inflation data (flawed as it may be) shows consumer and producer prices below the central bank’s target. The equity markets clearly can’t tolerate much more tightening given the stock market carnage last Fall.

The Trump Administration was none too happy about rising interest rates and the stronger dollar before stocks began selling off. More recently, Trump officials ramped up pressure on the Fed to change course. The Fed is now cooperating.

Why currency traders are currently bidding up the U.S. dollar is a mystery. It doesn’t look like a sustainable move to us, given the people who manage its value are aiming lower.

Full Article: https://goo.gl/fXYLEa

February 15 2019

moneymetals

February 19 2019

moneymetals

Gold & Silver Prices Firm Despite Dollar, Stock Market Strength

gold-silver-prices-stock-market-social.jpg

Silver has fallen about $.45/oz from the early January highs, and gold has lost around $9/oz. Frankly, price action could be a lot worse.

During that time, the Federal Reserve Note dollar rallied and the equity markets roared higher. That combination should be bad news for gold and silver markets, but the premier precious metals have held onto most of their recent gains.

Perhaps the metals markets are seeing past the rally in the dollar. There isn’t much to support that move higher, after all. The Fed recently signaled a dramatic about face on monetary policy.

Inflation of the dollar

Two months ago, tighter monetary policy was a near certainty. Now, central bank officials are publicly putting the brakes on rate hikes and “Quantitative Tightening” – the program of steady selling from the massive hoard of bonds accumulated during the years of Quantitative Easing.

Recent inflation data (flawed as it may be) shows consumer and producer prices below the central bank’s target. The equity markets clearly can’t tolerate much more tightening given the stock market carnage last Fall.

The Trump Administration was none too happy about rising interest rates and the stronger dollar before stocks began selling off. More recently, Trump officials ramped up pressure on the Fed to change course. The Fed is now cooperating.

Why currency traders are currently bidding up the U.S. dollar is a mystery. It doesn’t look like a sustainable move to us, given the people who manage its value are aiming lower.

Full Article: https://goo.gl/fXYLEa

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