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From an 11 March 2015 interview in The Gold Report with John Hathaway, senior portfolio manager at Tocqueville Asset Management fund:

TGR: Is this a good time to buy gold or should people wait and see if it goes even lower?

JH: It seems to be a good time. Gold is already strong in every currency other than the dollar. Negative interest rates in much of the world and the overly strong dollar should eventually result in political pressure to cheapen the dollar, but against what? The only monetary asset left standing will be gold.

You'll find the entire interview at

Lo, I'm warning y'all. It's getting that time of year when the sun shines and the daffodils bloom & the birds "machen melodye and sclepen all the night with open eye." Blue birds are nesting outside my window somewhere, as I keep seeing the proud male perched on the rail. I ain't worth killin' this time of year.

Strange gainsaying and contradiction in business media today. Headlines say the stock market rose because the dollar sank ahead of the F(ederal) O(xygen-wasting) M(onetary) C(retins) meeting on Wednesday. Problem is, on the market I watch the dollar index rose 63 basis points or 0.63% to 100.04. Current market shows about 99.70, which is still up from Friday. Looks like to me the dollar kept rising today.

But stocks rose, too. Dow jumped 228.11 (1.29%) to 17,977.42 & the S&P500 added 27.79 (1.35%) to 2,081.19.

Fix this in your mind: As long as they cannot surpass the last highs at 18,288.63 & 2,120 they are doomed.

Which brings me to a meditation upon the 2-Wave. Markets tend to advance -- whether advancing up or down -- in five waves. Biggest of those is usually the 3-wave. Safest place to buy for the best gain is the peak or trough of the 2-wave, so you catch the big 3-Wave setting out.

Now think of a peaking market about to make an impulse move down. It drops sharply to the bottom of a 1-wave, then recovers with a strong-as-a-garlic-milkshake 2-wave up, then it reaches the peak of that 2-wave up & falls off the edge of the escarpment where Tarzan used to live, or IguaƧu Falls, or Niagara Falls, or the height of your choice into that vast 3-wave abyss, itself divided into five down waves.

Meseemeth it likely that somewhere between here and 18,228.63, the last high, that this two wave will top. If all this is accurate, that top in the next few days would be a very profitable place to short stocks.

At least, that's what my friend Bob the Market Genius taught me years ago, always sell the peaking 2-wave and buy the troughing 2-wave. Trick is to identify them.

Dow in gold moved up to a new high above the top gator jaw at G$322.27 gold dollars (15.59 troy oz). Yep, that's enough to make even a seasoned gator hunter itch, buy it won't exceed the last high by 3% until it beats G$326.62 (15,80 troy ounces). Besides, the Dow in Silver did no such thing. It closed at S$1,487.11 silver dollars ($1,150.19 oz), about even with the last high at S$1,487.45 (1,150.45 oz). I'm just cranky enough to insist a breakout exceed by 3%. See charts at and

That said, silver & gold have been as sorry as gully dirt the last three days & dead as a ball-peen hammer. Gold rose 70 cents today to $1,153.30; rose 50 cents Friday, and 140 cents last Thursday. Dead, but there is life hid in death. Think about it: Us dollar index has been on a tear, but silver & gold have held on at the roughly $1,150 & 1550c levels.

And when you look at the gold chart, and silver, , well, 'tain't so bad.

Gold is hanging on bouncing along that shoulder line support, which has to be thin as cheap cotton socks. Silver hangs on in that falling wedge (Chart is beginning to look like one of those bill-dipper toys that dips its bill in water then straightens up).

Of course, I can't thank like one of them snaiks in the Fed, for which I am grateful to heaven, but if I could, I'd be thanking 'bout how to knock the smart-aleck & spunk out of that dollar & send it down about 10 points before the whole universe unbuckles. If I was sitting on the FOMC, that's what I'd do, but shucks, I ain't got a pair of pointy-toe shoes to my name, let alone a silk suit or Harvard BAM. Or MAB, or BMA, whatever the letters. They wouldn't let me in the door as a tourist!

On 16 March 1867 Joseph Lister first published an article outlining his discovery of antiseptic surgery. Don't you reckon THAT saved some lives!

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16-Mar-15 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,153.30 0.70 0.06%
Silver, $/oz 15.60 0.01 0.08%
Gold/Silver Ratio 73.925 -0.014 -0.02%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0135 0.0000 0.02%
Platinum 1,108.90 -7.30 -0.65%
Palladium 779.75 -8.65 -1.10%
S&P 500 2,053.40 -12.55 -0.61%
Dow 17,977.42 -145.91 -0.81%
Dow in GOLD $s 322.23 -2.81 -0.87%
Dow in GOLD oz 15.59 -0.14 -0.87%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,152.32 -10.28 -0.88%
US Dollar Index 100.04 0.63 0.63%
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