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Bullion Vault
2018 Inflation 'Concerns' See Gold Price Rally Before Fed Rate Rise
GOLD PRICES rallied $10 per ounce from yesterday's fresh 5-month lows against the Dollar in Asian trade Wednesday, only to lose half that bounce in London as traders looked to today's key US monetary policy decision from the Federal Reserve. With US inflation data due later on Wednesday, just before the US Fed's widely-expected quarter-point hike to interest rates, new data this morning put Germany's consumer-price index 1.8% higher in November
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Is A December Rate Hike Fait Accompli?
The Federal Reserve is holding another policy meeting this week and financial markets are pricing in that a 25 basis point rate hike is almost guaranteed. Yet given recent Fed commentary, it seems like the move is hardly fait accompli. That a rate hike would be a favored probability is reasonable enough. However given the Fed’s track record, as well as recent comments by Janet Yellen and John Williams, there is some question as to whether the rate hike is really a done deal. In November Yellen m
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Stewart Thomson - Graceland Update
  Gold And Cryptos Destroy Fiat
I’ve predicted that a long period of deflation in the Western world would end with a Fed taper, rate hikes and quantitative tightening. That’s clearly in play now, and the deregulation of America’s thousands of small banks is perhaps the most exciting event taking place on this new “inflationary frontier”. Because of these powerful monetary trends, I’ve predicted big problems ahead for Wall Street and somewhat better times for Main Street. Having said, that, I think investors would be making a
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
Stocks and Precious Metals Charts -
“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Charles E. Schumer and someone who would come to my office begging for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump.” Donald Trump, tweet du jour Trump is a compulsively vulgar knucklehead.  FOMC announcement on rates tomorrow. 25 basis point increase is expected. There will be a stock option expiration on Friday. Have a pleasant evening.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Thorsten Polleit
Asset Prices Are Prices Too
We live in inflationary times. Some people might consider this statement controversial. This is because these days inflation is widely understood as a rise in the consumer price index (CPI) of more than 2 percent per year. However, there are convincing reasons to question this viewpoint. On the one hand, the CPI does not include “assets” such as, for instance, stocks, housing, real estate, etc. As a result, the price developments of these goods are not accounted for by the changes in the CPI.On
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Jason Hamlin - Gold Stock Bull
The Infinite Potential of Blockchain Technology
Many people have now heard of bitcoin and cryptocurrency.  And many have heard the term “blockchain” thrown around.  But what is this new technology, and why is it such a big deal?  How does it work? What other uses for blockchain exist outside of facilitating financial transactions?  How does it make traditional banking obsolete? Blockchain defined A blockchain is a distributed ledger of transactions that use cryptography to keep exchanges secure.  A distributed network of computers verifies or
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Buy Silver During Bubble Craziness
CHARACTERISTICS OF BUBBLE CRAZINESS: S. stocks, according to many measures, are the most over-valued in history. We live in a Bubble Zone! Read Mystery Markets, Bubbles, and Less Risky Gold. Bitcoin and other cryptos are definitely in a bubble, but they could rise even higher. Bonds yield little, and in many European countries, less than zero. Central banks have created this distortion to the detriment of savers, insurance companies and pension funds. Real estate: Some locations, such as New Ze
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Bullion Vault
Spot Gold Halves Post-2014 Recovery vs. Euro Ahead of Fed, ECB, BoE Decisions as Middle East Tensions Worsen
SPOT GOLD prices failed to hold a 0.4% overnight rally from new 5-month lows in London on Tuesday, slipping back as world stock markets rose again ahead of tomorrow's key US Fed decision on Dollar interest rates amid worsening tensions in the Middle East. Edging back towards $1241 per ounce today, the price of gold bullion for immediate delivery has now halved the 16% gains for 2017 reached at early September's 12-month peak.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
James Howard Kunstler
  Abracadabra 
And so, as they say in the horror movies, it begins…! The unwinding of the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet. Such an esoteric concept! Is there one in ten thousand of the millions of people who sit at desks all day long from sea to shining sea who have a clue how this works? Or what its relationship is to the real world? I confess, my understanding of it is incomplete and schematic at best — in the way that my understanding of a Las Vegas magic act might be. All the flash and dazzle conceals the
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Frank Shostak
The Fed's Fantasy on Neutral Interest Rates
In her testimony to the Congress Economic Committee on November 29, 2017, the Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that the neutral rate appears to be quite low by historical standards. From this, she concluded that the federal funds rate would not have to increase much to reach a neutral stance.The neutral rate currently appears to be quite low by historical standards, implying that the federal funds rate would not have to rise much further to get to a neutral policy stance. If the neutral level rises s
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
The Process Through Which the First Major Central Bank Goes Bust Has Begun
In the aftermath of the Great Financial Crisis, Central Banks began cornering the sovereign bond market via Zero or even Negative interest rates and Quantitative Easing (QE) programs. The goal here was to reflate the financial system by pushing the “risk free rate” to extraordinary lows. By doing this, Central Bankers were hoping to: 1)   Backstop the financial system (sovereign bonds are the bedrock for all risk). 2)   Induce capital to flee cash (ZIRP and NIRP punish those sitting on cash) and
Monday, December 11, 2017
Bullion Vault
Silver Prices Erase 2017 Gain as Comex Bulls Retreat Fastest Ever Before Fed Rate Hike, CBOE Bitcoin Launch
SILVER PRICES failed to follow a small bounce in gold bullion Monday morning in London, holding unchanged versus the US Dollar from New Year 2017 as gold held $100 per ounce higher from January 1st ahead of this week's long-anticipated US Federal Reserve decision on interest rates. With silver prices slipping towards last week's new 5-month lows beneath $15.70 per ounce, world stock markets rose with commodities and major government
Monday, December 11, 2017
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
  Six Ways US Stocks Most Overvalued in History
US large cap stocks are the most overvalued in history. Let's investigate six ways.Crescat Capital claims US large cap stocks are the most overvalued in history, higher than prior speculative mania market peaks in 1929 and 2000. Their 25-page presentation makes a compelling case, with numerous charts. It's worth your time to download and investigate the report. Six Ways Socks Most Overvalued in History Price to Sales Price to Book Enterprise Value to Sales Enterprise Value to EBITDA Price to E
Monday, December 11, 2017
Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
Federal Reserve Created Bitcoin and Other Percolating Bubbles - Michael Carino, Greenwich Endeavors
The Federal Reserve’s tools for achieving its dual mandate of low inflation and full employment manipulate interest rates and therefore markets.  This manipulation of rates reverberates globally. Their manipulation historically had been more light handed and invisible to most of the public.  However, over the last decade, their impact on interest rates and yield levels have been the most dramatic in the history of the Federal Reserve.  Whenever you have policies that are extreme, it is best to
Monday, December 11, 2017
Stewart Dougherty
The War on Gold Intensifies: It Betrays the Elitists’ Panic and Augurs Their Coming Defeat (Part 2)
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Sunday, December 10, 2017
Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
“It’s The Economy, Stupid” — Time To Get Tax Reform Done 
(This item originally appeared at Forbes.com on November 29, 2017.) https://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanlewis/2017/11/29/its-the-economy-stupid-time-to-get-tax-reform-done/#3129662d404d As we get into the final rounds of the legislative process for tax reform, it is important to keep an eye on exactly what we are trying to accomplish, and why. At base it is this: “It’s the economy, stupid.” A healthy economy solves a myriad of problems, from employment, to wages, to welfare, to healthcare, to pe
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Adrian Ash - Bullion Vault
Gold's 1975 Warning on Bitcoin Futures
If Bitcoin really is like gold, watch out...! NEW YEAR's DAY 1975 marked a huge turn in the gold market, writes Adrian Ash at BullionVault. Forty years after banning it, the US government at last let private citizens own bullion.  Coin shops and banks knew how big this was. So they raced to stock up as 1974 ended. 
Friday, December 8, 2017
Adam Hamilton - Zealllc
Bitcoin Mania Parabolic
Bitcoin’s meteoric skyrocketing this year has been astonishing, captivating traders across the globe.  This once-obscure cryptocurrency has exploded into the world’s hottest market.  With fortunes being won on paper, everyone is talking about bitcoin.  But with its price shooting parabolic, unfortunately this wild ride has all the hallmarks of a classic popular speculative mania.  And those all end badly, totally collapsing. In the annals of financial-market histor
Friday, December 8, 2017
James Howard Kunstler
Stranger Things 
The hidden agenda in the so-called tax reform bill is to act as stop-gap quantitative easing to plug the “liquidity” hole that is opening up as the Federal Reserve (America’s central bank) makes a few gestures to winding down its balance sheet and “normalizing” interest rates. Thus, the aim of the tax bill is to prop up capital markets, and the apprehension of this lately is what keeps stocks making daily record highs. Okay, sorry, a lot to unpack there. Primer: quantitative easing (QE) is a the
Friday, December 8, 2017
Axel Merk - Merk Fund
Merk 2018 Oulook
Axel Merk, Merk Investments December 7, 2017  Follow @AxelMerk Tweet With the stock market and Bitcoin reaching all-time highs, what can possible go wrong? In offering my thoughts on 2018, I see my role in reminding investors to stress test their portfolios. Is your portfolio built of straw, sticks or brick? First, let me allege many investors have portfolios built of straw and sticks rather than brick. How do I kn
Friday, December 8, 2017
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