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  • One of the measurements that has often provided some good insights into when to buy and sell precious metals is the gold-silver ratio. Whenever the ratio is low, it tends to be at a time of highest volatility. When it’s low, it tends to be when the market has equilibrated. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the...

    The Gold to Silver Ratio Favors Silver Long-term

    One of the measurements that has often provided some good insights into when to buy and sell precious metals is the gold-silver ratio. Whenever the ratio is low, it tends to be at a time of highest volatility. When it’s low, it tends to be when the market has equilibrated. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the...

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  • Yesterday we discussed miners a little, and one of the considerations being put forth by analysts. A valid concern was the political mess we see some of the miners exposed to. This is complicated even further by management that may be short-sighted or simply made decisions that appeared good at the time, but circumstances changed. Today we’ll take a closer...

    South African Gold Mines Threaten Gold Supplies

    Yesterday we discussed miners a little, and one of the considerations being put forth by analysts. A valid concern was the political mess we see some of the miners exposed to. This is complicated even further by management that may be short-sighted or simply made decisions that appeared good at the time, but circumstances changed. Today we’ll take a closer...

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  • In recent months many analysts have pointed to a movement in mining stocks that seems out of sync with the underlying metals’ movements. For example, take a look at the chart here, representing a pool of mining stocks, compared to gold. The main reason many analysts see great opportunity in miners becomes quite obvious in this five year chart. As you can...

    Many Expecting Miners to Continue to Lag Metals

    In recent months many analysts have pointed to a movement in mining stocks that seems out of sync with the underlying metals’ movements. For example, take a look at the chart here, representing a pool of mining stocks, compared to gold. The main reason many analysts see great opportunity in miners becomes quite obvious in this five year chart. As you can...

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  • After a day of being stuffed with Turkey, enjoying family and friends, perhaps taking in a football game (or two), the markets came back today with a vengeance. As it turns out, the stores aren’t the only ones enjoying cash inflows this Black Friday. We’ve often turned to our charts to see how things are shaping up over the long...

    Buying Strong in Markets as well as Malls Today

    After a day of being stuffed with Turkey, enjoying family and friends, perhaps taking in a football game (or two), the markets came back today with a vengeance. As it turns out, the stores aren’t the only ones enjoying cash inflows this Black Friday. We’ve often turned to our charts to see how things are shaping up over the long...

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  • As we assess the news, economy and various problems that continue to grow and plague our nation, it’s easy to become increasingly cynical. Without proper perspective, this can grow into a coldness and bitterness that’s unhealthy and rots from within. Long-time readers of The Gold Informant know that we strive to report on the happenings around us with a balanced...

    Thanksgiving, 2012

    As we assess the news, economy and various problems that continue to grow and plague our nation, it’s easy to become increasingly cynical. Without proper perspective, this can grow into a coldness and bitterness that’s unhealthy and rots from within. Long-time readers of The Gold Informant know that we strive to report on the happenings around us with a balanced...

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  • Having revisited our monthly and weekly gold charts yesterday, today we’ll take a look at the daily. Again, looking back to last month’s chart, we’re reminded that the technical were looking very overbought. RSI was well above 70, with the MACD clearly embedded to the topside. Our expectations in light of these indicators, and the then-recent rise in gold, were...

    With Short-Term Drop, Even Soros Bullish on Gold

    Having revisited our monthly and weekly gold charts yesterday, today we’ll take a look at the daily. Again, looking back to last month’s chart, we’re reminded that the technical were looking very overbought. RSI was well above 70, with the MACD clearly embedded to the topside. Our expectations in light of these indicators, and the then-recent rise in gold, were...

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  • Today we’re going to revisit our monthly and weekly gold charts. Regular readers may remember our discussion on these charts about a month ago. While using the daily and hourly charts can give us a short-term perspective, it’s by using these charts that we can gain a better picture of the long-term. Back then our weekly chart revealed a rather...

    Gold Showing Signs of Setting up Strong Rally

    Today we’re going to revisit our monthly and weekly gold charts. Regular readers may remember our discussion on these charts about a month ago. While using the daily and hourly charts can give us a short-term perspective, it’s by using these charts that we can gain a better picture of the long-term. Back then our weekly chart revealed a rather...

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  • As workers in platinum rich South Africa continue to strike, the white gold exports have dwindled dramatically. At first it seemed that these disputes would dry up first, but negotiations have repeatedly stalled. The result is the largest shortfall in the past decade in both palladium and platinum. ETF Trends reports, “Labor disputes in South Africa and production cuts and...

    Platinum & Palladium are Precious Too

    As workers in platinum rich South Africa continue to strike, the white gold exports have dwindled dramatically. At first it seemed that these disputes would dry up first, but negotiations have repeatedly stalled. The result is the largest shortfall in the past decade in both palladium and platinum. ETF Trends reports, “Labor disputes in South Africa and production cuts and...

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  • The need to protect what you have has perhaps never been more evident than it is today. While concern over the management of the country is certainly one reason for this, the focus today is on the continued deterioration of the economy. It what is clearly more than a coincidence, the USDA delayed reporting the foodstamp figures by over a...

    Foodstamp Increases Portend Continued Economic Woes

    The need to protect what you have has perhaps never been more evident than it is today. While concern over the management of the country is certainly one reason for this, the focus today is on the continued deterioration of the economy. It what is clearly more than a coincidence, the USDA delayed reporting the foodstamp figures by over a...

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  • Earlier in the year we discussed the Iranian sanctions and how there were already mechanisms in place to circumvent it. While it seems apparent that it hasn’t been enough to protect the Iranian economy, these circumventions continue, perhaps even more so. Furthermore, because Turkey serves as a mediator, many of these transactions can take place between U.N. countries and Iran...

    Iran’s Circumvention of Sanctions Good for Gold

    Earlier in the year we discussed the Iranian sanctions and how there were already mechanisms in place to circumvent it. While it seems apparent that it hasn’t been enough to protect the Iranian economy, these circumventions continue, perhaps even more so. Furthermore, because Turkey serves as a mediator, many of these transactions can take place between U.N. countries and Iran...

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  • As we approached the election season it appeared that Obama pretty much had this one wrapped up. In spite of the fact that the underlying foundation of our economy is as bad as it’s been in decades, the markets have shown some strength. In light of this, and the fact that the incumbent basically never loses when markets are up,...

    BO Repeat was Inevitable; so Now What?

    As we approached the election season it appeared that Obama pretty much had this one wrapped up. In spite of the fact that the underlying foundation of our economy is as bad as it’s been in decades, the markets have shown some strength. In light of this, and the fact that the incumbent basically never loses when markets are up,...

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