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Here's how kind I am to y'all: not even ONE time in this commentary will I refer to the fiscal cliff, although I will volunteer to push over it the next person I hear say it. It's all a silly mouse-burp deal that doesn't amount to a hillock of beans. Out of it will come for y'all nothing good, only higher taxes and more spending. Don't believe me? Hide & watch.

In the world of disgusting, scrofulous, scabby, cheating, no-good, low-life white trash fiat currencies the Japanese yen has run away with the race to the bottom. Let us pass over as a matter too painful for fastidious minds the bubbling folly of the next Japanese prime minister wanting the Bank of Japan to inflate by at least 2% a year. I will not bore you by repeating yet again that all the inflation in the world only hurts & can never help any economy. I only observe that the yen today hit yet another new low for the move, ending down another 0.58% at 116.16 cents/Y100. This has crossed over the Y85=US$1 line in the sand I speculate the Central banks want to protect. Probably every goof in the world has hopped on & shorted the yen, offering central bank & Nice Government Men the opportunity to prove to them that what they thought was investing genius is really only crowd-following folly. A major picking of pockets will occur. Meantime, this can't go on much longer. Yen is more oversold than membership in the US senate.

US dollar index rose a microscopic 2.8 basis points (0.04%) to 79.633. Has almost reached its 20 day moving average (79.84), & appears to have been carefully steered away from wrecking support at 79. Still headed down.

The euro rose 0.8% today to $1.3237, having bounced off $1.3300. I 'spect it has another point in it, to $1.3400, maybe higher, but I wouldn't buy euros with your money. All the European foundation, the banks, all the rest, remains rotten.

US$1=Y86.09=E0.7555=0.033 130 oz. Ag=0.006 014 oz Au.

Stocks are forcing me to question whether they will yet rally past 13,300 on the Dow (1,450 on the S&P500). Both indices are greener than a ten-year-old smoking cheap cigars. Dow has pierced its 20 DMA (13,144.44), 50 DMA (13,078.50), & 200 DMA (13,015.87), although it climbed from its 12,964 low today to close down only 18.28 (0.14%) at 13,096.31. S&P500 closed down 1.73 (0.12%) at 1,418.10.

Main spur to my doubt is the Dow in Gold & the S&P500 in Gold. Both traced out a dramatic island reversal, both have fallen away. More, the island reversal came as they broke out upside, showing exhaution. Only way I could be persuaded that stocks had not turned down against gold would be for that island reversal's top to be exceeded, chances of which are more vanishingly small than my chance of becoming the lead dancer in the Bolshoi Ballet. You can see those charts at &

Silver rose today 20.1 cents to 3018.4c. Gold rose $2.80 to $1,662.60.

That brings Gold plumb up to the 200 DMA ($1,662.61) & riding along the uptrend line from the June 2012 low. Not clear to me whether gold will make one more plunge down toward $1,620 or even terrifyingly lower, or it has finished its bottom-scraping.

If gold did go lower, it would only make it MORE attractive than it is now. Of course, it doesn't FEEL that way. It feels like your stomach is going to climb out of your mouth and go its own way, but that's precisely the time you have to grab hold & remember that the Primary Trend is up, that this correction will end shortly, and that 2013 will smile brightly on gold.

Silver's chart is plainer to me than gold's, & makes me expect one more push down toward 2900 cents. Here's how you will know. Low last week was 2964c, so if it trades down there, lower prices will come. On the other hand, it silver can climb above 3100, say 3132 (the 300 DMA), then the bottom is probably in.

Neither metal feels very frisky, but part of that may be the absence of traders for the holiday. By frisky, I mean a day when metals rise 2 or 3% or more, slapping all the shorts silly.

Be patient. I have been buying along here, even knowing we might see another little spike down. Other alternative is to wait and buy as it climbs, but sometimes it gets away from you.

But I'm just a natural born fool from Tennessee, & can hardly spell "cintrul bank."

ANOTHER SOUTHERN FIRST: On 27 December 1845 Dr. Crawford Long of Jefferson Georgia used anesthesia for childbirth for the first time to deliver his own child. I'm going to say the man had some kind of confidence in his anesthesia to try it on his own wife.

A YANKEE FIRST: On 27 December 1900 militant prohibitionist Carry A Nation performed her first public smashing of a bar at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kansas. Broke every bottle in the place, but notice that they weren't HER bottles, but somebody else's. Her campaign to make everybody as good as she [thought she] was resulted in the 18th Amendment, nationwide prohibition, and the firm establishment of organized crime in the black market for booze.

On this black day for freedom, justice, & truth in 1945, 28 nations signed an agreement to create the World bank and the International Monetary Fund. Banks raised the level of looting from the national to the international.

Argentum et aurum comparanda sunt —
Silver and gold must be bought.

— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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27-Dec-12 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,662.60 2.80 0.17%
Silver, $/oz 30.18 0.20 0.67%
Gold/Silver Ratio 55.082 -0.276 -0.50%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0182 0.0001 0.50%
Platinum 1,531.80 -3.10 -0.20%
Palladium 707.35 15.95 2.31%
S&P 500 1,418.10 -1.73 -0.12%
Dow 13,096.31 -18.28 -0.14%
Dow in GOLD $s 162.83 7.50 4.83%
Dow in GOLD oz 7.88 0.36 4.83%
Dow in SILVER oz 433.88 -3.52 -0.80%
US Dollar Index 79.63 0.03 0.04%
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