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Exampling how volatile & spooky markets are -- thanks to stabilizing central banks -- the US dollar index today rose 118 basis points (1.25%) to 95.70. On what news? What changed? Somebody discovered how to make electricity for free in the US? Nope, one Fed Reserve governor named Jerome Powell made a speech claiming the US economy "could" be ready for a rate hike in September, followed by a second in December and the US economy is set to strengthen in the year's second half.

What I don't grasp: the Fed has NEVER yet, not once, correctly forecast the US economy. Why would anybody believe any of their shills today? Beats me.

Dollar began rising last night, and opened today (24 hour day) about 94.80. Then it steadily rose until 9:30 eastern, then flattened the rest of the day. Silver & gold pretty much painted the reverse of that.

In spite of rumors the Greek crisis is solved, stocks could hardly put one foot in front of the other today. Dow managed to climb 24.29 (0.13%) to 18,144.07. S&P500 added 1.35 (0.06%) to 2,124.20. Volume is not falling but also not growing. Can still inch higher.

Go look at this chart, the Dow in Gold: Today the DiG punched through the upper gator jaw, closing at 15.41 troy oz versus the March high at 15.58. I've been warning y'all this might happen. When I saw it, first thought that struck my mind was, "That's it. We're seeing the bottom in gold forming now." Oh, maybe not today, probably not today, but it's close. Stocks are making their last push up & gold its last dip, sending that Dow in Gold up. Remember, too, that we are now in the seasonal low window for Gold & Silver.

Here's the Dow in Silver, It is reaching for its upper gator jaw, but not quite there at 1,152.96 troy ounces. Same vision applies here. A price bottom is coming for silver, whether now or two weeks, it's coming.

Silver dropped 40.5 cents (2.51%) to 1573.2c while gold dropped only $7.50 (0.63%) $1,176.20. That sent the Gold/Silver Ratio to a new high for the move, 74.765 -- another argument for a bottom nearby.

Silver pierced & closed below its uptrend line. Normally that leads to a further fall. Silver has support about 1550c, but that's not to say it cannot drop further in a quick spike that will scare us all to death. RSI is negative but other indicators are not. Look for yourself,

Here's a gold chart,

No surprise, gold sliced through its 20 DMA today, so gravity & momentum are weighing heavily. If it doesn't stop at that $1,175 area that stopped it before, it is doomed to drop to $1,162, the last low, or $1,140, the March low.

The volatility is killing me. The Greek crisis gets blamed for it, but it arises out of markets that are nervous, greedy, scared, & confused. That's why they dump the dollar for 118 points one day, and buy it for 118 the next, why stocks lose 200 in two days then take back 100. All the unknowns and the fearful suspicions are weighing markets down, especially the suspicion that the Fed just might be stupid or lying about the economy.

I would say, Look for a sudden, sharp turnaround as a buy signal, but we've had too many of those that have fizzled lately. Just keep this in mind: after the US dollar's gone & the euro is a footnote in economic history, after the Fed has been abolished and statism is just a bitter memory, silver & gold will still be money, and still be valuable.

My friend Gunnar Haid of Gutrade Podcast talked me into an interview about all the fun I had fighting with the US government for 14 years. He calls it, "How I beat the US Government," but I think he got it wrong. Seems to me I took the beating, but the interview was fun. Download at

Only one thing I didn't make clear enough in that interview, so I'll make it plain to y'all now: God delivered us. Those people intended to put my dear Susan and me away for 19 years, along with 14 other friends, but God had other plans, praise his Holy Name. He alone gets the glory.

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

— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
23-Jun-15 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,183.70 -7.50 -0.63%
Silver, $/oz 15.73 -0.41 -2.51%
Gold/Silver Ratio 75.242 1.424 1.93%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0133 -0.0003 -1.89%
Platinum 1,067.20 6.90 0.65%
Palladium 695.20 0.15 0.02%
S&P 500 2,124.20 1.35 0.06%
Dow 18,144.07 24.29 0.13%
Dow in GOLD $s 316.86 2.42 0.77%
Dow in GOLD oz 15.33 0.12 0.77%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,153.32 30.45 2.71%
US Dollar Index 95.70 1.18 1.25%
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