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Add St. Louis Fed Chief James Bullard to the list of Fed apparatchiki capable of goofy statements. He said the strong dollar was having only a marginal impact on US monetary policy & the economy. Ask other countries if they believe that, since they are depreciating their countries faster than a greased rat can run through a baseboard in a Currency War of competitive devaluations. This is a statement so goofy that you don't want to take either side. No country ever prospered by depreciating its currency, but when others depreciate their currencies it certainly will hurt US exports, or maybe Mr. Bullard doesn't know that US exporters have competitors in Europe and Japan?
What ticks me off most is that ALL central banks manipulate their exchange rates, and they manipulate them together. I wouldn't put it past the Fed to let the dollar rise on purpose, in coordination with the Japanese & Europeans, supposedly to warm up their leftover economies. Yes, it sounds nuts, but Our Rulers are nuts. They have been de-industrializing the US, for heaven's sake, by monetary policy since Bretton Woods!
Stocks trod water all day, trying to peek a nose above the unchanged level. Dow sank 10.15 (0.06%) to 18,214.42. S&P500 went underwater 3.12 (0.15%) to bob slightly underwater at 2,110.74. Today's charts look sick & weak, up and down, unable to rise through unchanged. Something's gone out of them.
Remember the picture from yesterday? I'm wondering whether new highs in stock indices world wide are genuine upside breakouts that will lead to bull market extensions, or merely fakeouts. Add to that the Dow in Gold & Dow in Silver which are approaching the top jaw of a Gator Jaws (broadening top). Tis the nature of broadening tops to wear you out with back & forth, but the Dow in Silver & Dow in gold have been reaching for the top jaws, which suggests they will reverse soon. If so, that would brand the stock breakouts fakeouts.
Another complication: today silver & gold both rose in the teeth of a strong dollar (up 1.2%!). Silver's up 2.4% & gold 1.06% in the last two days. Makes yesterday's musing about a gold & silver rally look a bit more sensible.
Dollar index soared a monstrous 1.2% today, 112 basis points, to 95.35. Catalytic news the media gave was that a "flurry of economic data" was released that sent the dollar up. I don't know Sic 'em from Come here about that, but technically the scrofulous, scabby, unbacked & wholly imaginary US dollar index broke out of a long even-sided triangle, above it's last two highs (95.23) so enough to qualify as an upside breakout.
Oh, and did the euro swoon, like Count Dracula contemplating a wooden stake or the German finance minister facing Yanis Varoufakis across the table! Euro today plunged 1.45% to $1.1199 on its long slide to its intrinsic value, zero. Yen lost 0.46% to 83.67, but remains in its tight range. Euro shot out of a triangle like puncturing an artery. Maybe the European Central Bank ought to hold a garage sale, pump up that euro.
Ten year treasury note yield rose 2.39% to close today at 2.016% (bonds fall when yields rise). Although that places the yield above the 20 & 50 DMAs, the rush out of bonds seems to have ended with a yield peak nearly two weeks ago. For the moment bond prices are not threatened, but worth watching because panic usually shows there first.
West Texas Intermediate Crude fell again today, 4.13% to $48.92/barrel. Looking like it will break down again. Fed-heads are talking about how much falling oil prices will help the economy, but I talked to a friend in an oil boom town where the population had risen from 100,000 to 140,000 in four years. In the last month they lost 17,000 jobs. How will that help the economy?
Gold rose 0.72% or $8.60 to $1,209.60, throwing a leg over that $1,205 resistance. Silver lifted 0.93% or 15.3 cents to 1658.3c.
Okay, now, I am just reporting what the chart shows, not my bias (that comes later). After skidding to a halt at the post-November uptrend line, gold gained yesterday then built on that gain today. A whisker, a mere whisker, stands between gold and that neckline, & not much more between it & the downtrend line from the January high -- tomorrow that's at $1,221. Should gold break through that fence, why, it'll run like a starved hog turned loose in a cornfield. (That's my bias.) Chart's at http://scharts.co/1yVVNjn
Why, silver did the same, only better. Punched into its 20 & 50 DMAs, but strange to relate, closed about where it closed yesterday. Do I see fingerprints on that, Nice Government Men? Y'all know y'all are going to lose in the end, don't you? Silver's gonna run away from y'all & not only will you lose that battle, you'll have to take your pension in depreciating scabby US dollars. (That's bias, too.) Chart's at http://scharts.co/1zMgdZ9
Silver rose intraday to hit its downtrend line from the January peak at 18.50. Barrier here is 1670-1680c. If silver can close above 1700 tomorrow, it will climb back above that neckline where it can run like a scalded dog.
To hold, any rally has to exceed the January highs to continue the rally begun from the November lows, but both silver & gold have a shot at it now.
Note: There's a fairly large piece of land that's come up for sale right near us. People mention to me to keep an eye open for something, but I never know whether they are serious or not. Send me an email at franklin@the-moneychanger with the word "Tennessee" in the subject line & I'll send you details. It's 250 acres.
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When the wise Founders of the United States devised a Coinage system under authority of the 1789 constitution, they made a system with a standard silver coin ("dollar or Unit") and roughly half, quarter, and eighth ounce gold coins. The gold coins were not even denominated in "dollars" but in "Eagles" valued in silver dollars, because the system allowed for reducing the gold coins' size whenever the world market silver gold ratio changed.
In 1838 congress reduced the weight of the gold coins to allow for the rise in gold's price, but no one was cheated because there weren't any of the old gold coins in circulation, and the ones that were re-rated more than 100 cents on the dollar.
After 1838 the gold coins' weight was never changed. A double eagle or $20 gold piece contains 0.9875 troy ounce of fine gold; an eagle or $10 gold piece, 0.48375 troy ounce; a half eagle of $5 gold piece 0.2419 troy ounce, and a quarter eagle or $2.50 gold piece 0.1234 troy ounce.
Many of these coins have a high numismatic or collector's value above their gold value. That's why I don't usually trade in them because I prefer bullion coins because they are simpler, require no grading, & are tied directly to the gold price. Also in the last few years their premiums have slipped badly.
But inevitably over time I buy a few, and now I want to sell these thirteen coins listed below, AS A SINGLE LOT. I am selling them as is, and I know they are correctly graded because I asked a friend of mine who is the best numismatic dealer on the West Coast to grade them. None of these coins are "slabbed" or certified. Here's the list & the prices based on $1,210 spot gold. All coins are the Liberty type, except the last listed $20 gold, which is the St. Gaudens type.
"Cull" means that the coin grades less than Very Fine, so is basically just a bullion gold coin without any collector's premium. It still retains the full gold content. THE OFFER, ONE OF EACH LISTED
1906-S $5.00, cull, $307.00 (4.9% premium)
1900 $5.00, polished, $307.00 (4.9% premium)
1907 $5.00, Mint State 60+, $382 (30.5%)
1894 $10.00, cull, $613.00 (4.7%)
1883-S $20, Very Fine, $1,222.00 (4.4% premium)
1896-S $20, Extremely Fine but scuffed, $1,222.00 (4.4% premium)
1896-S $20, About Uncirculated, $1,242.00 (6.1% premium)
1899 $20, About Uncirculated with scratches, $1,222.00 (4.4% premium)
1902-S $20, About Uncirculated 58, $1,268.00 (8.3% premium)
1902-S $20, Extremely Fine scratched, $1,222.00 (4.4% premium)
1904 $20, Uncirculated MS-61, $1,280.00 (9.3% premium)
1907-D $20, cull, $1,201.00 (2.6% premium)
1908 St. Gaudens type $20, Uncirculated MS63, $1,340.00 (14.5%)
That's a total 9.9170 troy ounces of fine gold for $12,828.00 or $1,293.54 per ounce. That's a 6.9% premium overall, about what you'd pay for gold American Eagles. Sorry, I have the one lot only. A CONSOLATION OFFER
If I had to go out and buy Extremely Fine US $20 Liberties, I'd have to charge $1,293.50 apiece, a 10.5% premium. If you just want some of those (in minimum lots of five coins plus $35 shipping or $6,502.50 per lot), put that in your email and I will get them for you IF POSSIBLE AT THAT PRICE, that is, as long as gold doesn't rise more than ten dollars overnight. ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS:
1. You may order by e-mail only to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone orders, please. Please do NOT order by replying to THIS email, because it will delay your email.
Your email must include your complete name, address, & phone number. We cannot ship to you without your address. Sorry, we cannot ship outside the United States or to Tennessee.
Repeat, you must include your complete name, address, and phone number. Our clairvoyant quit without warning last week, then I tripped, dropped, & smashed my crystal ball, & our fortune-teller is on strike, so I can no longer read your mind.
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If you break your word to us, we will never again do business with you.
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6. You will need to send payment by personal check or bank wire (either one is fine) within 48 hours. It just needs to be in the mail, not in our hands, in 48 hours.
7. "No Nag Basis" means that we allow fourteen (14) days for personal checks to clear before we ship.
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Argentum et aurum comparanda sunt —
Silver and gold must be bought.
— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger