But as time went on and I got older and maybe wiser by a brain cell or two, I started to see silver in a whole different light. By the time 2007 rolled around, and I had spent a few years “looking into this stuff,” my opinion swung 180 degrees. I still don’t much like it for jewelry, but that’s the mechanic side of me talking. When properly polished, it has its own form of warmth that I can indeed appreciate. It can look quite nice, as long as you keep the tarnish away.
The bottom line however, no matter what sort of investing/trading you wish to do, the most important thing is your risk management. I’ve been in this game for over 26 years. I’ve seen so many people “blow up” because when the market was hot, and they were making gains every day, that they thought they were geniuses. But, then the market decided to roll over into a bear market, or even just a good correction, and they got crushed, losing it all. It’s all about risk.
To paraphrase Kitco’s Neils Christensen, “…what investors have been waiting for has arrived” — gold pushing through the $1,900 level and moving into positive territory for the year.
Gold finished up a good week in the New York spot and the August futures markets yesterday, closing at $1,904.50 and $1,906.30, respectively.
Spot gold’s $27, 1.4% rise this week is its best monthly gain since July — it’s up $103, or 6.8%, in May — turned its movement positive for the year.
And now, its momentum is poised to push prices to $2,000 and above by the end of the year, sweeping aside the skepticism — and manipulation — of gold bears.
According to many analysts, gold's rally is just getting started, particularly as threat of rising inflation spreads.
On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.
So lets chat about gold for a minute. If scarcity is an attribute, then gold’s got a lot of it. Jim Rickards was recently interviewed and he told the host that while visiting several of the most major gold refiners/minters, all of them told him that “there’s just no gold around.”
This week Bitcoin was in for a rocky ride. The Chinese came out and talked about how it’s banned in China, and wouldn’t be allowed to be used for any transactions. That knocked bitcoin down for a 30% plunge in one day. Why would they do that? Because China has slowly launched its digital Yuan, and it’s not going well. The people are not adopting it and using it as they hoped. So, they did what any communist dictatorship would do. They banned the competition, then they simply repeated the ban to the masses again.
I’m going to hop around a bit here today, so try and follow the plot I’m laying out. First off, if you follow markets, you know that this week the PPI and CPI both came in blazing hot.
We just passed Biden’s first 100 days. How are things going? Well his first move was to cancel the keystone pipeline and ruin the lives of thousands of people who made their living working it. Within weeks, energy costs spiked.
Once again, it’s time to keep our keen eyes on the target — gold’s and silver’s long-term price appreciation.
With inflation on the rise (you decide whether it’s temporary or ongoing), keeping real interest rates ultra-low, these metals are poised for a ride to the moon and beyond.
Less Americans getting infected, more Americans getting vaccinated, $6 trillion in government spending, with at least $4 trillion more on the table, and many trillions more from an anything-goes Fed.
What do they have in common? They’re all converging to create what giddy economists and others, like Axios’ Nicholas Johnston, say will be “a year of U.S. economic growth for the record books.”
With those kind of numbers (think 10 zeros!), it better be record-setting!
At its worst last spring, over 20 million Americans were laid off or furloughed — suddenly jobless and struggling to make ends meet month after month after month.
Yet, as New York Times writer David Gelles revealed over the weekend, the executives in charge of many of the companies those millions of unemployed once worked for “were showered with riches.”
Mid-week I wrote an article about Frankspeech dot com, the site that Mike Lindell has created. At that site, Lindell goes over the “proofs” he has that the 2020 election was stolen. And, as we figured, it was going to be attacked and attacked it was/is. They’ve tried to knock it down via “denial of service” attacks, virus attacks, you name it. But somewhere north of 200+ million people have already logged onto it for some amount of time.
You all know the Mike Lindell guy from “My Pillow” and you know he’s absolutely convinced that the election was stolen. He claims to have all the evidence and has now produced 3 different films, presenting his case.
Back in 2001 China was allowed into the world trade organization. As far as I was concerned, this was inevitable. China had become the manufacturing arm of the world. They were growing in leaps and bounds, and we were sending trillions of dollars into their economy.
On Monday, we learn that consumer sentiment is the highest since the end of the Great Recession.
On Tuesday, we’re told that Americans’ fear of hunger, eviction and foreclosure are at record highs.
On Wednesday, a new analysis tells us that GDP is expected to grow by 6% in the 1st quarter of 2021.
On Thursday, an article shows that over 10 million people are still unemployed, with tens of thousands of restaurants and bars permanently closed.
And on Friday, one strategist suggests that the stock market will grow by another 30% this year.
Another one says that because stock prices are so overpriced relative to earnings the market is due for a major correction.
Quite a week, eh?