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I see where Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan CEO, got a 35% pay raise in 2015, to $27 million from $20 million. Of course I risk being called a communist, although I am probably the only human being in North America who emphatically is not a communist or socialist, but given reality, I must question what sort of genius it would take to add $20 million, much less, $27 million, in value to an enterprise. After all, if JPM pays Jamie $27 million, business logic says they expect to leverage that $27 million into some larger income for JPM.

Maybe he could boost their income that much, maybe he is such a business genius or maybe he has so many Washington contacts that he's worth that.

But I doubt it, all the way from Tennessee. For some reason, the words "crony capitalism" keep popping to mind, and "well-positioned parasites." Don't bother writing me smoking emails about free markets & libertarianism, etc., because this has absolutely NOTHING to do with any of that. If you're that naïve, you ought to be investing in Perpetual Motion Machines, Ltd.

Today was a reaction day. Stocks rose a bit, but before the first hour's trading passed had gone nose underwater again. Buyers came in and drove the Dow to a high of 16,039 about noon. But the Dow must have et somethin' didn't agree with it, cause it started puking up points and never stopped till 2:45, when it stopped falling and eased upward. Ended gaining 115.94 (0.74%) to 15,882.68. S&P500 gained 9.66 (0.52%). Stocks may be ready for a leetle countertrend rally, as they are right oversold, but today didn't convince me of that. If they do rally, it will be brief. MUCH more plunging lies in the future. Think of yourself looking into a deep well, trying to see your face in the water hundreds of feet below. Now think of yourself toppling over the top of the well wall and plummeting down the well shaft. Something like that.

US dollar index blew up today. It rose to 99.95, a new high for the move, on sudden buying around the open. Must have looked around and wondered what it was doing that high up, because it fell sharply, then more, then more through the day to close down 11 basis points at 99.06. A break to a new high intraday with a lower close for the day is puking sick action, and the first half of a key reversal. Lower close next two days sinks the dollar.

Euro took a notion to fall today, even though the dollar index fell. Euro fell 0.9% to $1.0879 & the bottom boundary of that even sided triangle -- also below its 20 & 50 day moving averages. Next step is a breach of that boundary and further fall. Nor did the yen rise, no, it fell 0.65% to 84.96 cents per 100 yen. Looks like folks generally were fleeing fiat currencies today, but into what? Washing machines? Wasn't gold.

Gold fell $8.00 to a cosmetic Comex close at $1,099.10, below $1,100. Good shootin', Nice Government Men. In the aftermarket Gold eased back to yesterday's levels at $1,102.10. Silver lost 6.4¢ go 1408.3¢, above the 1400¢ mark at least.

Both silver and gold are poised and coiling for a great leap up. Gold's daily chart seems to say that it has begun that rally and today was only a usual correction of yesterday's big ($17.20) rise. Keep watching 1440¢ silver & $1,113 gold. When they break through that fence, they will run for the woods.

Here's a small request for y'all. On Tuesday, 26 January, my wife Susan will have eye surgery to remove the floaters in her vitreous humor. I would deeply appreciate your prayers on her behalf for a successful surgery, and I know she would, too.

On 21 January 1861 Senator Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and four other Southern senators resigned from the US Senate.

In 1789 Dr. Joseph Guillotine proposed a new, more human method of execution by a machine designed to cut of the condemned's head as painlessly as possible. This was to replace death by breaking on the wheel, which is so gruesome y'all don't want to hear about it. It didn't take long for the French Revolutionaries to put Madame Guillotine to work, and overtime during the Terror. On 21 January 1793 they guillotined their king, Louis XVI, for treason. Just trying to figure out how a king can commit treason will work your mind into a knot. Estimates of those executed in the Reign of Terror vary from 16,000 to 40,000.

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21-Jan-16 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,099.10 -8.00 -0.72%
Silver, $/oz 14.08 -0.06 -0.45%
Gold/Silver Ratio 78.044 -0.212 -0.27%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0128 0.0000 0.27%
Platinum 818.10 0.20 0.02%
Palladium 497.75 10.00 2.05%
S&P 500 1,868.99 9.66 0.52%
Dow 15,882.68 115.94 0.74%
Dow in GOLD $s 298.72 4.32 1.47%
Dow in GOLD oz 14.45 0.21 1.47%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,127.79 13.30 1.19%
US Dollar Index 99.06 -0.11 -0.11%
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