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I don't know Doug McKelvey and I've never been to Ponca City, Oklahoma, but I most earnestly urge you to read his essay, "100-Year Vision." He captures all we have been trying to do over the past 17 years to live on a 100 year time horizon.

When our community built a church, we built it to last and to be beautiful, specifically, to last at least 100 years. About everything we do and undertake, we try to ask, "What will this look like in 100 years? What will be the 100 year outcome?" McKelvey's article captures all that and more.

US dollar index tucked tail & ran again today. Lost 50 basis points (0.52%) to 95.38. Not to say it won't go higher or has stopped rising, but I wonder why it has been so weak and lazy on this rise.

Yen rose 0.51% to $1.1186 but the yen gapped up 1.09% to 91.31. I search for rationality in the currency markets, but in vain. Finding value there is like a water man trying to climb a water ladder out of an ocean. No traction.

Speaking of water, Stocks were underwater most of the day until the now-accustomed 3:00 "Friendly" time when Big Friends come in to buy so the indices will close up on the day. Why, yes, yes, the Dow rose 2.47 points (0.01%) to 17,789.67, having at one point been languishing nearly 125 lower at 17,665. S&P500 rose 2.37 (0.11%) to 2,099.33, coming up off a low of 2,085.10.

Lest ye be fooled, all these aforenamed tops come at lower levels than foregoing recent tops. Falling tops define a downtrend, I note in passing.

Gold got its head shaved today $2.90, down 0.2% to $1,211.90. Low today again fell at $1,206, so there are buyers clustered there, waiting. Whether they can overcome the sellers remains to be seen.

Silver fell back 6.6¢ (0.4%) to 1590.6¢. A lower low today came at 1583¢.

Gold fell from a high at $1,222.90 around 9:30 to $1,206+ at 1:00. The bounce afterwards wasn't convincing. Silver peaked about the same time, but didn't reach at 1583¢ low until 1:30. Both are simply weak & dropping; indicators do not yet signal a turnaround.

Not really anything clever to say today. The Gold/Silver Ratio closed Comex at 76.191, and has climbed back to that lower range boundary it fell through in April. Chart is here,

That Gold/Silver Ratio has reached its 200 DMA. That may satisfy the correction due from its long fall from 84.38 at end-march to 70.40 at end April. Yes, it might rise to 77.42 for a 50% correction.

It catches my eye that the Ratio has formed an up-pointing or rising wedge. That usually resolves earthward. Keep an eye on it. That nearly complete pattern may be pointing to the end of the silver & gold correction.

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1-Jun-16 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,211.90 -2.90 -0.24%
Silver, $/oz 15.91 -0.07 -0.41%
Gold/Silver Ratio 76.191 0.133 0.18%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0131 -0.0000 -0.17%
Platinum 970.20 -8.50 -0.87%
Palladium 547.30 -0.45 -0.08%
S&P 500 1,099.33 2.37 0.22%
Dow 17,789.67 2.47 0.01%
Dow in GOLD $s 303.44 0.77 0.25%
Dow in GOLD oz 14.68 0.04 0.25%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,118.43 4.78 0.43%
US Dollar Index 95.38 -0.50 -0.52%
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Am Eagle, 200 oz Min 1.00 17.43 18.68 18.68
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The US DOLLAR INDEX is the average exchange rate for the US dollar against the Euro, Yen, Pound sterling, Canadian Dollar, Swiss Franc, and Swedish Krona, weighted for each country's trade with the US. It gives a general measure of the US dollar's performance against all other currencies.

The DOW IN GOLD DOLLARS measures the Dow Jones Industrial Average in gold dollars (0.048375 troy oz. by law). The DiG$ depicts the Primary (20 year) Trend of stocks against gold. When the DiG$ is dropping, gold is gaining value against stocks in a trend that should last 15-20 years. The DiG$'s chart is identical to the Dow in ounces of gold, but gives us one unvarying measure all the way back to 1896. Because it shows the primary trend ("tide") of gold against stocks, for investors it is the single most important financial chart in the world today. Since its August 1999 high at G$925.42 (44.8 ounces), the DiG$ has trended down, targeting a G$80-G$20 (4-1 oz. of gold will buy the whole Dow).

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