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One of the meanest things about trying to read market charts is your own mind stabbing you in the back, wheedling & betraying. The chart says what it says, not what you want it to say. And sometimes the chart speaks out of both sides of its mouth.

What do we know? Both silver & gold have been trending down since mid-August. They made a break for the old highs in November, and failed wretchedly. Not enough buyers.

I've been watching the uptrend (green line) on both the gold & silver charts. See gold here at & silver at

Today gold lost $9.90 (0.8%) to close at $1,271.10, smack on that uptrend line. Silver pierced the line and closed below it. About the only thing that might create optimism is that both have been falling four days, & today was the largest fall for silver. That argues for at least a small bounce.

I've thought over this some much I feel like I've got steel ball-bearings bouncing around in my empty skull. Here's what it boils down to: if simply printing new money can really float the stock market up forever & hold together an economy riddled with debt-induced mal-investment WHILE the dollar RISES & interest rates are kept near zero, then the Elite & their central bankers have repealed the economic law of gravity, and I don't know sic 'em from come here. In fact, I'm even stupider than I thought I was.

Something in my nature screams and wails like a banshee at the thought that Our Masters have repealed, nay, co-opted reality to their will -- call it my unshakeable, foundational conviction that sooner or later justice will be done, that reality will have its revenge. If that's not so, then I'll just lie down here in this ditch by the side of the road & let y'all cover me up. I'll go quietly.

In the meantime, I'm gonna stay in the boat I came in. I'll keep taking this beating a little longer, because I know (if any history teaches anything) that this bubble will blow up, and that silver & gold will begin rallying again.

I'm Scotch-Irish. We put up with the English for 100s of years, then Indians, then yankees, hookworm, pellagra, boll weevils, & sharecropping landlords, & we're still here. If we can't beat Our Masters any other way, we'lll outlast 'em.

Stocks stumbled today. Dow lost 32.43 (0.21% to 15,750.67. S&P500 lost 0.24% (4.2) to 1,767.69. If they can go higher from here, they'll go a lot higher. However, it seems more likely from the charts that a correction lies before them.

The Dow in Silver is literally at the upper limit of its downtrend line, Dow in Gold slightly above the same. If they don't turn down soon, they will be signaling more pain for silver & gold investors.

US dollar index gained a huge 1.6 basis points today & ended at 81.09. Stalled here below 81.50. Whole world it seems, is expecting a dollar rally. Maybe so.

Yen is flat lining just above 100 cents. Closed today down 0.47% to 100.34. Euro rose today to fill a gap, up 0.21% to $1.3435.

Just hang on to your gold and silver. Be calm. Keep your eyes on the horizon, not on the shell game right in front of you. The end of this correction is near.

On 12 November 1859 the first flying trapeze act was performed at the Cirque Napoleon in Paris by Jules Leotard. As you may have guessed, he also designed the garment that bears his name.

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
12-Nov-13 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,271.10 -9.90 -0.77%
Silver, $/oz 20.77 -0.50 -2.37%
Gold/Silver Ratio 61.205 0.985 1.64%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0163 -0.0003 -1.61%
Platinum 1,437.80 7.20 0.50%
Palladium 741.85 -12.20 -1.62%
S&P 500 1,767.69 -4.20 -0.24%
Dow 15,750.67 -32.43 -0.21%
Dow in GOLD $s 256.15 1.46 0.57%
Dow in GOLD oz 12.39 0.07 0.57%
Dow in SILVER oz 758.41 16.44 2.22%
US Dollar Index 81.09 0.02 0.02%
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