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Here's an interesting article y'all need to read, It's from Zero Hedge, entitled "For Stan Druckenmiller This is 'The Endgame' - His Full 'Apocalyptic' Presentation." Want to know what's happening, from somebody who actually has his head screwed on straight? Read it.

That Gold platinum spread I wrote about not long ago (pointing y'all to Bob Moriarty's article) has dropped from $374.40 on 24 June to $267 today, down $107.40 or 28.7%. It has also broken down through the uptrend line from 2014. Chart's at

Lacking any other way to torture myself, I stayed up last night reading articles about the European banking crisis. I cannot recommend this as a route to a good night's sleep. One of the forces making gold & silver more and more attractive is the Unattractiveness of leaving money in a bank. If the last 8 years have taught us anything, it's that the banks will steal depositors' money, with government approval. And that no matter how crooked they are, Washington will give the banks whatever they want, and the taxpayer & public be damned.

That ain't an arena I want to loan a lot of money to, so as far as I am able, I am not loaning any more to banks -- and yes, when you "deposit" money you are loaning it to the bank.

More on a possible financial crisis unfolding: seven (7) UK "property funds" have frozen redemptions (think "locked the doors during a bank run"). They are open ended real estate funds, & investors have run the funds with withdrawals, so many that the funds have halted trading. The fund's real estate assets, of course, cannot readily be sold to meet demands for cash. Yes, this IS a "liquidity crisis," another name for "financial panic." Can you spell B-E-A-R S-T-E-A-R-N-S?

Y'all know how to stay out of a bar fight, right? Leave the bar before the fight breaks out. How do you stay out of a banking financial panic? Y'all fill in the blanks.

Stocks swooned today. Dow wilted at 17,984.95, and ended 222.74 (0.13%) lower for the day at 17,816.65. S&P500 tilted over 1.83 (0.09%) to 2,097.90.

The coming stock market debacle, whether it commenceth from here or higher, will be the stupor mundi, the wonder of the world in economic history. Why? Because the Fed's refusal to let go & let the market correct has repeatedly suppressed corrections, so that now the spring has been would so tight & values so overblown, that this will be a Bust for the Ages.

What keeps bothering me about the US dollar index, which today gained 0.2% or 19 basis points to 96.32, is the nagging idea that the Nice Government Men might NOT be manipulating it downward. That is, that the dollar's stubborn, feckless weakness is truly its own, so the market is foretelling horrifying wretchedness in the dollar's future. Naw, it must be the NGM. Europe coming apart has to be sending gobs of money fleeing into dollars. Thus sayeth US government treasury securities at or near all time highs.

To show any strength at all, the dollar index must cross above its 200 DMA (96.53) soon.

Euro dropped 0.36% to $1.1062. Yen rose 0.6% to 99.27. That's nearly plumb par to the dollar (100¢=Y100).

Was anyone surprised when Comex gold backed off $4.80 (0.4%) to $1,360.10, or silver crawfished 36.2¢ (1.8%) to 1979.8¢? This comes after 5 days of manic rises -- so stop & blow a minute.

The rally has not ended. Gold may backtrack as far at $1,340 before it turns up again. Silver to 1920¢ or even 1900¢. The rally will resume, & quickly.

Y'all may remember Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josie Wales. "When things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, you gotta get MEAN. I mean, plumb, mad dog mean."

Looks like silver & gold took Clint's advice, and they are stagin' one "plumb, mad dog mean" rally.

On 7 July 1917 Aleksandr Kerensky formed a provisional government in Russia. He later was ousted in a coup by the communists under Lenin. Kerensky was nice. Lenin was mean. Most folks dealing with communists made that mistake, when nothing but plumb, mad dog mean could beat 'em.

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7-Jul-16 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,360.10 -4.80 -0.35%
Silver, $/oz 19.80 -0.36 -1.80%
Gold/Silver Ratio 68.699 0.995 1.47%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0146 -0.0002 -1.45%
Platinum 1,091.10 4.20 0.39%
Palladium 612.85 4.80 0.79%
S&P 500 2,097.90 -1.83 -0.09%
Dow 17,816.65 -22.74 -0.13%
Dow in GOLD $s 270.79 0.61 0.22%
Dow in GOLD oz 13.10 0.03 0.22%
Dow in SILVER oz 899.92 15.03 1.70%
US Dollar Index 96.32 0.19 0.20%
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