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If you want to see a picture of "financialization of the economy," go to for the Business Insider Chart of the Day entitled "The Rise of the $156 Trillion Market for Global Financial Assets."

From about $10 trillion in 1980, global financial assets have grown from to $156 trillion. Between 2000 and 2013, debt markets tripled in size. The reasons cited in the article are not the causes, only footnotes. The real cause is twofold, (1) an enormous debt increase and (2) "financialization." Financialization occurs when financing, the parasitical, useless, and mischievous trafficking in paper, crowds production (agriculture and industry) out of the economy. Financialization is simply churning debt, securitizing everything in sight, to profit the financializers, who add no value to the world's wealth, only to their own. And the chart doesn't show the OTC derivatives market, with a notional value of $693 trillion.

Briefly stated, the chart reveals the hyperbolic growth of a tapeworm. My, my, you all are looking a mite pale and peaked. Y'all wouldn't be suffering from economic tapeworms, would you?

Stocks teetered the other way today, up instead of down, but little changed. The two big indices did manage to close above their 20 day moving averages, while yesterday they closed below. Dow added 91.19 (0.6%) to 16,388.77. S&P500 augmented 8.18 (0.4%) to 1,865.62

S&P500 remains within an even-sided triangle whose upper boundary hovers right above today 1,872 high. That triangle tells us naught about a breakout's direction up or down, only that one looms. S&P500 remains with (for now) a double top while the Dow shows a series of declining tops or double tops. This is not the matter from which great rallies are spun, but the Dow's MACD is trying -- trying -- to flash a buy signal.

Dow in metals continued to rise. Dow in Gold climbed 0.385 to 12.48 oz (G$257.98 gold dollars) & closed above its 50 DMA (12.40). About time to about face. Dow in Silver ascended 0.36% for an 819.25 oz close (S$1,059.23) and is well above its 50 DMA and an internal resistance line. A 75% correction would carry it to 823.58 oz (S$1,064.83).

US dollar index tagged along with stocks, teetering the other way today but after an 80.42 high, it closed at 80.09, up only 3 basis points. That smells weak. Anyway, the dollar does nothing until it bursts through 80.50.

Bad news for the Frenken-currency today. Euro fell 0.09% to $1.3825, slap on its 20 DMA. This adds to a series of lower lows. If support at $1.3750 gives, the euro will be diving off a dock with cast iron shoes. Media reasons given for the euro's decline were disappointing business confidence, plus ECB jawboning & posturing.

Yen fell a meaningless 0.04% to 97.80 cents/Y100. Locked in a 99.24 - 96.38 trading range. All inbetween is meaningless noise.

O'Bama today said Russia's further encroachment into Ukraine would be "a bad choice." Face it: Teddy Roosevelt he ain't. He ain't even Millard Fillmore.

Gold rose -- are y'all ready for this -- twenty cents today, to close Comex at $1,311.40. The range was from $1,335.70 to $1,308.50.

Gold traced out a strange pattern today, like a cross section of a volcano. From yesterday's lows around $1,308 it ramped up, flattened out, then dropped to the day's low suddenly, and just as suddenly rose back to the mouth of the caldera. Rest of the day it trailed off down hill. Silver trading today looked much the same, only moreso.

Silver gave up 8.8 cents to close Comex at 1995.5c.

Bollinger Bands are a gauge of volatility over the last 20 or so days of trading. When a market hits the top band, it's pushing its luck, & when it hits the lower band it's a candidate for rallying. Both silver & gold are trading at or below their bottom Bollinger Bands. No magic there to prevent a market from punching far through those lines, just less likely. This makes both look ready for some sort of countertrend rally. However, I note that on the way up, both kept punching into that top BB for a long time.

Remember to watch on the gold chart that triple confluence of the 200 DMA, 50 DMA, and $1,300 resistance/support. In silver watch for a spike toward 1950c.

Today is independence day in Greece, celebrating their wining independence from Turkey in 1821. Now if they could just win independence from the banks. . .

On 25 March 1634 Maryland was founded by English colonists sent by Lord Baltimore to found a refuge for English Roman Catholics. Most of y'all don't realize it, but Maryland is a Southern state. Lincoln arrested much of its legislature and send troops to occupy it and keep it from seceding. Maryland's motto is the Italian Fatti maschii, parole femine, "Manly deeds, womanly words." Maryland has the nation's highest median household income, making it the wealthiest state. I reckon being close to the source of all that government money makes it easier to soak up.

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

— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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25-Mar-14 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,311.40 0.20 0.02%
Silver, $/oz 19.96 -0.09 -0.44%
Gold/Silver Ratio 65.718 0.299 0.46%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0152 -0.0001 -0.45%
Platinum 1,420.90 -10.30 -0.72%
Palladium 789.40 -5.95 -0.75%
S&P 500 1,865.62 8.18 0.44%
Dow 16,367.88 91.19 0.56%
Dow in GOLD $s 258.01 1.40 0.54%
Dow in GOLD oz 12.48 0.07 0.54%
Dow in SILVER oz 820.24 8.15 1.00%
US Dollar Index 80.06 0.03 0.04%
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