Trump 'Witchhunt' Sees Gold Price Pop $30 Below 'Game Changing Level'

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GOLD PRICES touched 2-week highs against all major currencies bar the Japanese Yen on Thursday before easing back, extending 2017's year-to-date gains versus the weakening US Dollar to 9.3% as the scandal around Donald Trump's sacking of FBI director James Comey deepened again.
Asian and then European stock markets fell hard for a second day after the US Department of Justice named former FBI chief Robert Mueller as 'special counsel' to investigate the Trump campaign's links to Russian officials.
"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed!" Trump tweeted Thursday morning.
"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"
Trump advisors "were in contact" with Russian officials and Kremlin-linked figures at least 18 times during the last 7 months of the 2016 election campaign claims Reuters meantime, citing "current and former US officials familiar with the exchanges."
"Gold's haven status refreshed as Trump's turmoil wounds stocks," says a headline at Bloomberg.
"[But] if you look at the last year...and all the things that have been going on in the world, gold prices really haven't done very much," said commodity data and news agency S&P Global Platts' chief Martin Fraenkel to CNBC overnight.
With gold peaking above $1264 per ounce on Thursday, "$1295 remains a game-changing level for gold," says a new technical analysis from French investment and bullion market-making bank Societe Generale, "as it represents the trend line resistance drawn from the all-time high in 2011."
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Gold prices in China rose to 2-week highs at the Shanghai benchmarkings on Thursday, fixing above ¥280 per gram but cutting the Dollar-equivalent premium over London quotes to $8.65 per ounce – below the last 12 months' average incentive to new imports.
"I think prices have already been pushed up and we might see reversing of gold prices in one or two days," reckons Hong Kong bullion dealer Ronald Leung at Lee Cheong Gold.
"People are likely to go back to basics and see what the interest rates are going to be."
With the US Federal Reserve next meeting in mid-June to set short-term interest rates and discuss unwinding the central bank's $4 trillion of QE bond purchases, new data today put the number of jobless benefits claims at a fresh 3-decade low.
Amid the Trump scandal however, betting on the US Fed's June meeting now sees just a 55% chance of the central bank raising its key interest rate from the current 1.00% ceiling, according to data from futures trading exchange the CME.
That's sharply down from yesterday's 79% odds and the 83% certainty of this time last week.
Longer-term interest rates slipped further on Thursday, with a rise in the price of US Treasury bonds pushing the yield offered by 10-year debt down to 2.20%.
Yields on Eurozone and UK government bonds also fell towards 1-month lows.
The number of shares outstanding in giant gold-backed ETF fund the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca:GLD) hasn't changed in 7 trading days, despite the price of bullion rising over 3% in Dollar terms.
Giant silver-backed ETF the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca:SLV) also ended Wednesday unchanged in size, despite the metal jumping above $17 per ounce for the first time in 2 weeks.
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"giant gold-backed ETF fund the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca:GLD)"

This is questionable at best. Paper gold GLD claims to be fully backed by physical gold bullion but yet it refuses to give retail investors the right to redeem for any of these ‘claimed’ gold bullion. This fact alone would mean GLD shares are nothing more than paper at the end of the day. Furthermore, GLD’s prospectus is chalk full of weasel clauses and legal loopholes that allows the fund to get away without the full physical gold backing. One good example of this is the clause that states GLD has no right to audit subcustodial gold holdings. To this day, I have not heard of a single good reason for the existence of this audit loophole. I’ve also verified the following to be true and welcome everyone else to do so:

"Did anyone try calling the GLD hotline at (866) 320 4053 in search of numerical details on GLD's insurance? The prospectus vaguely states "The Custodian maintains insurance with regard to its business on such terms and conditions as it considers appropriate which does not cover the full amount of gold held in custody." When I asked about how much of the gold was insured, the representative proceeded to act as if he didn't know and said they were just the "marketing agent" for GLD. What kind of marketing agent would not know such basic information about a product they are marketing? It seems like they are deliberately hiding information from investors."

"I remember there was a well documented visit by CNBC's Bob Pisani to GLD's gold vault. This visit was organized by GLD's management to prove the existence of GLD's gold but the gold bar held up by Mr. Pisani had the serial number ZJ6752 which did not appear on the most recent bar list at that time. It was later discovered that this "GLD" bar was actually owned by ETF Securities."
"giant gold-backed ETF fund the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca:GLD)"

This is questionable at best. Paper gold GLD claims to be fully backed by physical gold bullion but yet it refuses to give retail investors the right to redeem for any of these ‘claimed’ gold bullion. This fact alone would mean GLD shares are nothing more than paper at the end of the day. Furthermore, GLD’s prospectus is chalk full of weasel clauses and legal loopholes that allows the fund to get away without the full physical gold backing. One good example of this is the clause that states GLD has no right to audit subcustodial gold holdings. To this day, I have not heard of a single good reason for the existence of this audit loophole. I’ve also verified the following to be true and welcome everyone else to do so:

"Did anyone try calling the GLD hotline at (866) 320 4053 in search of numerical details on GLD's insurance? The prospectus vaguely states "The Custodian maintains insurance with regard to its business on such terms and conditions as it considers appropriate which does not cover the full amount of gold held in custody." When I asked about how much of the gold was insured, the representative proceeded to act as if he didn't know and said they were just the "marketing agent" for GLD. What kind of marketing agent would not know such basic information about a product they are marketing? It seems like they are deliberately hiding information from investors."

"I remember there was a well documented visit by CNBC's Bob Pisani to GLD's gold vault. This visit was organized by GLD's management to prove the existence of GLD's gold but the gold bar held up by Mr. Pisani had the serial number ZJ6752 which did not appear on the most recent bar list at that time. It was later discovered that this "GLD" bar was actually owned by ETF Securities."
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"giant gold-backed ETF fund the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca:GLD)" This is questionable at best. Paper gold GLD claims to be fully backed by physical gold bullion but yet it refuses to give retail investors the right to redeem for any of these ‘claimed’ go  Read more
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