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Questioning my urgent encouragement yesterday to get out of debt, one reader wrote, "I thought it's good to be a borrower during periods of high inflation. I was thinking of keeping a modest mortgage on this place."

Logic here is that you will repay in dollars cheaper than you borrowed. While that is abstractly true, there's no guarantee that those cheaper dollars will come easier to you than today's dollars. Suppose your wages don't keep pace with inflation, as they never do.

Ignoring also the larceny that dwells in that logic, my get-out-of-debt warning springs from a far deeper motive: you can't break a man that don't borrow. Debt makes you vulnerable because unlike the yankee government, you can't print dollars. You must earn dollars to make payments on the debt, or lose the collateral, maybe even go bankrupt. Problem with a "modest" mortgage is that debt, like whiskey, intoxicates. We take on a little, it makes us feel richer, stronger, braver, better looking, smarter, so we keep adding modest amounts until we're debt-drunk & have sold ourselves into lifetime debt slavery.

Getting out of debt won't deliver you entirely from our lunatic financial & economic system, but it will extricate you from the banks, & put your feet on your own, owned dirt, small and lowly tho it be. You'll be that rarest of creatures today: a debtl-free man.

To me that outweighs the delicious pleasure of cheating a cheater, i.e., paying a bank back with cheaper dollars.

Up one day, down the next, back & forth but without the order or purpose of a pendulum. That's the markets.

Stocks rose because . . .they've been falling for 5 days? Dow hit its 50 day moving average, so we can credit that with the bounce. I suspect buyers are holding off waiting for the government goofs to do something about the debt ceiling.

Dow rose 0.36% (55.04) to 15,328.30. S&P500 rose 5.9 (0.35%) to 1,698.67. May be forming a bullish falling wedge, which would reverse the market upward.

Dow in gold rose slightly, 1.29% to 11.581 oz (G$239.40 gold dollars). Dow in silver gained 0.35% (5.9 oz) to 705.72 oz. Downtrends remain unbroken.

US dollar index rose 20.3 basis points or 0.26%. Unless the dollar can climb above 81.50, it remains in peril of falling through 79.50 & jumping off the Empire State Building.

The timid euro can't pull away from resistance line around $1.3500. Lost 0.27% today to $1.3488. One expects that a punch through resistance as it did about a week ago would carry it higher, but it hasn't. That signals weakness. RSI has rolled over. Surely the euro is set in slippery places.

Yen remains in the downtrend that began in early August. Lost 0.51% today to end at 101.05 cents/Y100 and again below its 50 DMA.

Silver backed off 11.8 cents to 2172c. Gold crawfished $12.30, dropping to $1,323.60.

Looking at yesterday and today, gold may have made an island reversal downward. Yesterday it gapped up from about $1,325 to $1,336, traded sideways above $1,332 yesterday and today, then today from $1,332 gapped down to $1,321.60. Clearly it had not yet strength enough to poke through resistance above $1,337, but was strong enough to hold on above $1,320. Gold's as confused as other markets.

So is silver, yet both gold and silver have established a short term uptrend that began with the low on 18 September. Gold's rise has been blocked by $1,340 and silver's by 2200c, but both have been making higher lows. The pattern is a rising flat-topped triangle, a form that usually breaks out upside.

Both metals remain in suspense. My assumption continues unbroken that the low for the 2011-2013 correction was posted on 27 June 2013.

Milestones of American Culture: On 26 September 1962 "The Beverly Hillbillies" premiered on ABC-TV.

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26-Sep-13 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,323.60 -12.30 -0.92%
Silver, $/oz 21.72 -0.12 -0.54%
Gold/Silver Ratio 60.939 -0.234 -0.38%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0164 0.0001 0.38%
Platinum 1,410.20 -18.10 -1.27%
Palladium 722.15 -2.05 -0.28%
S&P 500 1,698.67 5.90 0.35%
Dow 15,328.30 55.04 0.36%
Dow in GOLD $s 239.40 3.06 1.29%
Dow in GOLD oz 11.58 0.15 1.29%
Dow in SILVER oz 705.72 6.33 0.91%
US Dollar Index 80.55 0.20 0.25%
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