Category Archive: 6a) Gold & Bitcoin

Four Key Themes To Drive Gold Prices In 2018 – World Gold Council

Four key themes to drive gold prices in 2018 – World Gold Council annual review. Monetary policies, frothy asset prices, global growth and demand and increasing market access important in 2018. Weak US dollar in 2017 saw gold price up 13.5%, largest gain since 2010. “Strong gold price performance was a positive for investors and producers, and was symptomatic of a more profound shift in sentiment: a growing recognition of gold’s role as a wealth...

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Gold Corridor From Dubai to China Sought By China

Gold corridor from Dubai to China sought by Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society. New Asian gold trading corridor could boost demand for 1 kg gold bars. Should increase turnover for yuan-denominated gold coins and bars – President. Secure supplies of physical gold from Middle East and Asia for China. China positioning itself as leading gold trading and owning nation.

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Digital Gold Provide the Benefits Of Physical Gold?

Will digital gold provide the benefits of physical gold? Digital gold and crypto gold products claim to combine efficiencies of blockchain with value of gold. They are yet to provide the same benefits or safety as owning physical gold. National mints jumping in on the ‘sexy blockchain’ act. BOE declares bitcoin ‘not a currency;’ Royal Mint launches blockchain gold product.

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A Giant Ouija Board – Precious Metals Supply and Demand Report

Keith Weiner’s weekly look on Gold. Gold and silver prices, Gold-Silver Price Ratio, Gold basis and co-basis and the dollar price, Silver basis and co-basis and the dollar price.

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Russian Central Bank Buys Gold – 600,000 Ounces Or 18.7 Tons In January As Venezuela Launches ‘Petro Gold’

Russian central bank buys gold – large 600,000 ounces or 18.7 tons of gold in January. Russia increased its holdings to 1,857 tons, topping the People’s Bank of China’s ‘reported’ 1,843 tons. Russia surpasses China as 6th largest holder of gold reserves – after U.S., Germany, IMF, Italy and France. Turkish central bank added 205 tons “over 13 consecutive months” – Commerzbank

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Bitcoin or British Pound ‘Pretty Much Failed’ As Currency?

Bitcoin has ‘pretty much failed’ as a currency says Bank of England Carney. Bitcoin is neither a store of value nor a useful way to buy things – BOE’s Carney. Project fear against crypto-currencies or an out of control investing bubble? Bitcoin will likely recover in value but is speculative and not for widows and orphans. British pound has been a terrible store of value – unlike gold. Pound collapsed 30% in 2016 and down 11.5% per annum versus...

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Bank Bail-In Risk In European Countries Seen In 5 Key Charts

Bank Bail-In Risk In Europe Seen In 5 Charts. Nearly €1 trillion in non-performing loans poses risks to European banks’. Greece has highest non-performing loans as a share of total credit. Italy has the biggest pile of bad debt in absolute terms. Bad debt in Italy is still “a major problem” which has to be addressed – ECB. Level of bad loans in Italy remains above that seen before the financial crisis. Deposits in banks in Greece, Cyprus, Italy,...

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Gold Up 3.8percent In Week – If Closes Above $1,360/oz Will Be Biggest Weekly Gain In Nearly 2 Years

Gold Up 3.8% In Week – If Closes Above $1,360/oz Will Be Biggest Weekly Gain In Nearly 2 Years. Gold rose as the dollar fell to near a three-year low against a basket of currencies on Friday, heading for its biggest weekly loss in nine months, as a slew of bearish factors including firming inflation and a fall in retail sales and industrial production hit the dollar.

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Is The Gold Price Heading Higher? IG TV Interview GoldCore

Is The Gold Price Heading Higher? IG TV Interview GoldCore. Research Director at GoldCore, Mark O’Byrne talks to IG TV’s Victoria Scholar about the outlook for the gold price. In this interview, Mark O’Byrne, research director at Goldcore, says the fact that the gold price did not spike during last week’s equity sell-off was to be expected.

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Global Debt Crisis II Cometh

Global Debt Crisis II Cometh – Global debt ‘area of weakness’ and could ‘induce financial panic’ – King warns – Global debt to GDP now 40 per cent higher than it was a decade ago – BIS warn – Global non-financial corporate debt grew by 15% to 96% of GDP in the past six years – US mortgage rates hit highest level since May 2014 – US student loans near $1.4 trillion, 40% expected to default in next 5 years – UK consumer debt hit £200b, highest...

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Sovereign Wealth Funds Investing In Gold For “Long Term Returns” – PwC

Sovereign wealth funds investing in gold for long term returns – PwC. Gold has outperformed equities and bonds over the long term – PwC Research. Gold is up 6.7% and 6.8% per annum over 10 and 20 year periods; Stocks and bonds returned less than 5.2% respectively over same period (see PwC table). From 1971 to 2016 (45 years), “gold real returns were approximately 10% while inflation increased 4%”.

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Idaho House Votes Overwhelmingly to Remove Income Taxation from Gold & Silver

Boise, Idaho (February 12, 2018) – The Idaho State House today overwhelmingly approved a bill which helps restore constitutional, sound money in the Gem State. State representatives voted 60-9 to pass House Bill 449 sending the measure introduced by House Majority Leader Mike Moyle and Senate Assistant Majority Leader Steve Vick to the Senate for a hearing in the Local Government and Taxation Committee.

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Bitcoin and Crypto Prices Being Manipulated Like Precious Metals?

Bitcoin and Crypto Prices Being Manipulated Like Precious Metals? – FSN Interview GoldCore. Kerry Lutz of the Financial Survival Network (FSN) interviewed GoldCore’s Mark O’Byrne about the outlook for crypto currencies, financial markets and precious metals. Are bitcoin and crypto prices being manipulated like precious metals? Is there a coordinated backlash against bitcoin from JPM and powerful interests?

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“This Is Where They Completely Lost Their Minds” – Hussman

“This Is Where They Completely Lost Their Minds” – Hussman. Hussman warns ‘the S&P 500 to lose approximately two-thirds of its value over the completion of this cycle’. ‘the market has lost value, even since 2009, when overvalued, overbought, overbullish conditions were joined by divergent internals’. Believes the market is going to learn lessons about the crash ‘the hard way’.

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Brexit Risks Increase – London Property Market and Pound Vulnerable

Brexit Risks Increases – London Property Market and Pound Vulnerable. Brexit uncertainty deepens as UK government in disarray. BOE warns of earlier and larger rate hikes for Brexit-hit UK. UK property prices fall second month in row, London property under pressure. No deal Brexit estimated to cost UK £80bn according to government analysis. Transition period causing major uncertainty for UK and pound. Pound expected to fall as Brexit fears remain...

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Peak Gold: Global Gold Supply Flat In 2017 As China Output Falls By 9 percent

Peak Gold: 2017 Supply Flat As China Output Falls By 9%. China gold production falls by 9% to 420.5t in 2017. Chinese gold demand rose 4% to 953.3t in same period. China is largest producer and accounts for 15% of global gold production. China does not export gold. Increasing foreign gold acquisitions to meet demand. Global gold production flat – 3,269t in ’17 from 3,263t in ’16, smallest increase since ’08. Peak Gold is here: supply set to fall...

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Crypto Currency Backlash Sees Flight From Cryptos and Bitcoin

Crypto Currency Backlash Sees Flight From Cryptos and Bitcoin. Bitcoin falls from $20,000 to below $6,000 and bounces back to $8000. Top 50 crypto currencies lost over 50% of value in 24 hours. Over $60 billion wiped off entire crypto currency market in 24 hours. Markets concerned about increased regulation, manipulation & country-wide bans. ‘Growing global unease about risks virtual currencies pose to investors and financial system’.

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Gold Rises As Global Stocks Plunge and Bitcoin Crashes 70 percent

Gold gains 0.6% in USD and surges 1.7% in euros and pounds. European stocks fall more than 3% at the open after sharp falls in Asia. DJIA falls 1,175 points, S&P 500 down 4.1% and Nikkei plummets 4.7%. Gold rises from $1,330 to $1,342, £942 to £960 and €1,067 to €1,085 /oz. Bitcoin crashes another 10% and has now plummeted by 70% to below $6,000. Increased risk aversion will drive safe haven demand for gold as its hedging properties are appreciated...

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Shrinkflation Intensifies – Stealth Inflation As Thousands of Food Products Shrink In Size, Not Price

Shrinkflation continues to take hold across UK, Ireland and US for sixth year running. Shrinkflation sees consumers gets less product, but at the same or increased price. 2,500 products have shrunk according to Office of National Statistics in UK. Reported inflation is between 1.7% and 3% but actually much higher. Shrinkflation is financial fraud, unreported inflation in stealth mode. Gold is hedging inflation and shrinkflation.

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U.S. Debt Is “Extraordinarily High” and Are Stock And Bond Bubbles – Greenspan

“We have a stock market bubble” warns Greenspan. “Bond bubble will be the big issue” he tells Bloomberg TV (see video). “Fiscally unstable long-term outlook in which inflation will take hold”. “Ratio of federal debt to GDP which is extraordinarily high” (see chart). Higher interest rates, inflation and stagflation coming. Gold is the “ultimate insurance policy” – Greenspan

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