Category Archive: 6a) Gold & Bitcoin

Cryptocurrency Technicals – Navigating the Bear Market

Long time readers may recall that we regard Bitcoin and other liquid big cap cryptocurrencies as secondary media of exchange from a monetary theory perspective for the time being. The wave of speculative demand that has propelled them to astonishing heights was triggered by market participants realizing that they have the potential to become money.

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Lift-Off Not (Yet) – Precious Metals Supply and Demand

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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“Without Gold I Would Have Starved To Death” – ECB Governor

– “Without gold I would have starved to death” – Ewald Nowotny, governor of Austrian central bank and member of ECB’s governing council – “I was born in 1944. When I was a baby, my mother could only buy food because she still had some gold coins…” – “When the going gets tough, gold becomes the ultimate money” reports Die Presse

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Swiss Government Pension Fund To Buy Gold Bars Worth Some $700 Million

Swiss Government Pension Fund Allocating 2% Of Pension Fund To Gold Bars. The Swiss government pension fund, Switzerland’s AHV/AVS fund, has decided to diversify into physical gold bars in their substantial CHF35.2bn (€30.5bn) pension portfolio. At the end of last week the first pillar buffer fund tendered a custodianship and storage for CHF 700m (EUR 600m / USD 700m / GBP 525m) in gold bars via IPE Quest.

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Industrial Commodities vs. Gold – Precious Metals Supply and Demand

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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Get “Positioned In Gold” Now As “You Will Not Have Time To Get Positioned” Later

Get “Positioned In Gold” Now As “You Will Not Have Time To Get Positioned” In Physical Later. Guest post by Dominic Frisby of Money Week. This year’s “gold standard” of gold-related research has just come out. Conveniently enough – given gold’s “safe haven” reputation – it’s arrived just in time for another major financial market scare, this time in the form of Italy. Below, I consider some of the most pertinent points…

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Gold And Silver Bullion Obsolete In The Crypto Age?

What is the outlook for the global economy, financial markets, crypto currencies such as bitcoin and gold and silver bullion in the digital age? Fresh insights as CrushtheStreet.com interview Mark O’Byrne who gives his diagnosis on the outlook for gold in 2018, and looks at the long-term relevance of precious metals in the digital age of crypto and the blockchain alongside Bitcoin’s emergence as a potential digital store of value.

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In Gold We Trust, 2018

The New In Gold We Trust Report is Here! As announced in our latest gold market update last week, this year’s In Gold We Trust report by our good friends Ronald Stoeferle and Mark Valek has just been released. This is the biggest and most comprehensive gold research report in the world, and as always contains a wealth of interesting new material, as well as the traditional large collection of charts and data that makes it such a valuable reference...

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Wild Speculation in Crude Oil – Precious Metals Supply and Demand

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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Gold Back Above $1300 – Trump Cancels Historic Summit – Silver “Ready To Breakout”

– Trump Cancels Historic Summit with North Korea. – US 10-Year Falls Below 3%, Gold Jumps Back Above $1300. – “Inflation Overshoot Could Be Helpful” – Latest FOMC Minutes. – Gold Demand in Turkey as Lira falls sharply, true inflation near 40%. – EU Crisis Looming as Italy Plan Outright ‘Money Printing’ with ‘Mini-Bots’. – Silver Trading in Tight $1 range, Pressure Building for a Breakout.

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‘Nightmare Scenario’ For EU Bond Markets As Anti-Euro Italian Goverment Takes Power

Firebrand populists of Left and Right are poised to take power in Italy, forming the first “anti-system” government in a major West European state since the Second World War. Leaders of the radical Five Star Movement and the anti-euro Lega party have been meeting to put the finishing touches on a coalition of outsiders, the “nightmare scenario” feared by foreign investors and EU officials in equal measure.

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Gold Looks A Better Bet Than UK Property

Dominic Frisby of Money Week looks at the historical relationship between UK house prices and gold (including some great charts), and concludes that your money is better off in the yellow metal than bricks and mortar.

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Why the Fundamental Gold Price Rose – Precious Metals Supply and Demand

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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US 10-Year Surges, Emerging Markets Implode…Where Next for Gold?

US 10-Year Yields Top 3%, US Dollar Pushes Higher. Brent Hits $80, Highest in 4 years. Emerging Market Chaos, the Lira and Peso in Freefall. Italy’s New Coalition Signal Their Plans, Yields Jump. Japanese Economy Contracts, GDP Worst Since 2015. And Where Next for Gold?

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Welsh Gold Being Hyped Due To The Royal Wedding?

Welsh gold and the misconceptions surrounding it – GoldCore speak to China Central Television (CCTV). Welsh gold mired in misconceptions, namely that it is ‘rarest’ and most ‘sought after’ gold in world. Investors to be reminded that all mined gold is rare and homogenous. Nothing chemically different between Welsh gold and that mined elsewhere. Investors led to believe Welsh gold is more valuable, despite lack of authenticity in some Welsh gold...

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Oil price highest in 3 years, gold ready to follow

U.S. withdraws from Iran nuclear deal. Oil jumps past $70. Argentina hikes interest rates to 40%. S. 10 year disparity. Western buying returns to gold. Gold and silver both ended slightly up in a week dominated by heightening geopolitical news, weakening inflation data, and emerging market concerns.With gold closing the week at $1,318 (up 0.28%), €1,104 (0.37%), and £973 (0.2%).

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Gold Mining Supply Looks Set To Decline

Global demand for gold is increasing while new discoveries of gold remain small. Gold mining output in Australia is forecast to decrease by 50% in the next eight years. Decline in global gold mining supply makes a price increase almost certain.

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Iran’s Gold Demand May Surge On Trump Sanctions

Iran’s gold demand will probably be “strong” for the next few months and then gradually decline as U.S. sanctions start to take effect, according to the researcher who covers the country for Metals Focus Ltd. After a previous set of sanctions was imposed on Iran in 2012, it took two years for the country’s gold demand to start falling, according to data from the World Gold Council.

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The Capital Structure as a Mirror of the Bubble Era

As long time readers know, we are looking at the economy through the lens of Austrian capital and monetary theory (see here for a backgrounder on capital theory and the production structure). In a nutshell: Monetary pumping falsifies interest rate signals by pushing gross market rates below the rate that reflects society-wide time preferences.

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Fear and Longing – Precious Metals Supply and Demand

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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