China’s most recent borrowing binge didn’t work, while Japanese and European negative interest rates sent their currencies up rather than down. The result: Global growth is slowing and governments are panicking. Look for fiscal stimulus to pick up the slack in the year ahead — that is, bigger deficits, more government borrowing and maybe even […]
Combine record-high stock prices with weak corporate earnings, a too-strong dollar and rising turmoil in Europe, Asia and Latin America, and the result is a dangerously vulnerable market. Time to go “risk-off”, in other words. But keep stacking gold and silver.
For as long as most gold and silver investors can remember, the paper markets — that is, banks and speculators placing bets with futures contracts — have set the price of those metals. And within the paper markets, “the commercials” — fabricators and big banks — have consistently fooled speculators like hedge funds into going […]
Goldman, Morgan Stanley and IBM release numbers that look, well, depression-like. Housing starts plunge, gold and silver spike, China’s bond market seizes up, and Deutsche Bank prepares to name names in its gold manipulation scandal. And US stocks keep rising…what’s wrong with this picture?
For years now, the easiest way to finesse a debate over whether precious metals markets are manipulated has been to say, “well, if they’re not manipulated they’re the only market that isn’t.” That was unsatisfying, though, because as the big banks got caught scamming their customers on interest rates, mortgage bonds, forex and commodities trades, those […]
Most US companies will report earnings this month, and most analysts think the results will be depressing. That’s bad news for stock prices and might add to the (already considerable) pressure on governments to step up their stimulus programs. Gold and silver, meanwhile, seem to like all this financial turmoil.
Corporate profitability is one of the canaries in today’s financial coal mine. If companies are making more money each year they tend to hire more people, pay more taxes and generally make life easier for everyone else. But when earnings decline, everything from government budgeting to personal financial planning gets much harder. Viewed through this […]
This sounds like a belated April Fool’s joke, but it’s not. In Germany it’s apparently a crime to offend a foreign politician. Germany Investigating Comic Suspected of Offending Turkish President Erdogan (Wall Street Journal) – German prosecutors have opened an investigation against a television comedian on suspicion of offending Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, escalating […]
Between the “Panama papers” and the DC Madam’s customer list, we might be witnessing the end of personal (and corporate and government) privacy. The result? Less financial and geopolitical risk-taking and more gold buying. But don’t get burned by failing precious metal dealers. Here’s how to make sure you get what you pay for.
Back in 2014, online bullion dealer Tulving shocked its many customers by suddenly failing. See Coinweek’s story: How does $40M of Gold and Silver Disappear: The Collapse of Tulving Company Last week another one bit the dust: NW Territorial Mint seeks bankruptcy protection (Seattle Times) – Northwest Territorial Mint, a Federal Way company that sells […]
It’s just about official: With corporate sales and profits shrinking and consumer spending flatlining, the US economy will grow hardly at all this year while the rest of the world will probably drop back into recession. The result: Massive policy changes here and abroad, with major implications for stocks, bonds, precious metals and real estate.
ECB chair Mario Draghi delivered big-time this morning by announcing lower interest rates and a new round of debt monetization. Historically, this kind of thing has sent the financial markets into Pavlovian ecstasy, with stocks soaring and the local currency falling. Sound money people have for years been warning that such New Age monetary policies […]
Suddenly, gold and silver are good again. In two short months, they’ve morphed from targets of derision to shiny new toys on the financial playground. Not surprisingly, questions have been pouring in from people who kind-of sort-of know the precious metals story and are wondering if they should jump in with both feet. A reasonable […]
For most of the past few years it was easy to make the case that precious metals mining stocks were cheap. They’d suffered through an epic bear market, and in some cases were down 90% or more from their 2011 highs. How much more could they fall? But through it all, Sprott Asset Management’s Rick […]
It appears that Great Britain might actually do the until-recently-unthinkable, and leave the European Union. The reasons for this dramatic break-up are many, and can be Googled easily enough. For our purposes, suffice to say that traders are scrambling to figure out what this means for the British pound, and they’re not liking the answers. […]