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Y'all might be edified to know that the FDIC is bragging about how it's reserves have now nearly reached the Q1-2007 level at $77.9 bn. FDIC was created during the New Deal as a propaganda device to "assure" depositors their deposits were covered if the bank failed. The reserves are the FDIC's rainy day fund for banks that fail.

Sounds great, huh? Until you hear that $77.9 bn amounts to only 1.17% of insured deposits, down from about 1.2% in 2007.

Lightning fast estimate: a 1.7% reserve means that if all the banks turned hooves in the air, every depositor would receive $1.70 for every $100 of his deposits.

Smoke & mirrors, Mushrooms, the FDIC is smoke & mirrors.

US dollar index drew nigh the 200 DMA (96.38) today & fainted like Superman breathing Kryptonite. Whomp! Down 35 basis points (0.37%) to 95.66. Closed below the 50 DMA (95.90). Not fatal, but not the sort of thing you'd found a dynasty on, either. Chart's here, y'all look for yourselves,

Today the dollar index is arguing that the boost it got from Yellen's eructation was merely temporary & fleeting. Must hold 95.60 or swim like an anvil in Chesapeake Bay.

Yen rose 0.15%, although it is in freefall, closing 96.84 after touching 100.6 mid-August. Euro's no healthier, up today 0.36% to $1.1198. Nasty.

Stocks are stalled. Dow barely rose today, 18.42 to 18,419.30. S&P500 lost 0.09 to 2,170.86. Watch 18,350 & 2,165.

Gold bounced up today 0.4% or $5.30 to close $1,312.20 on Comex. Silver rose 1.3% or 23.5¢ to 1885.7¢.

Can't tell yet whether today's rise was gold's inward yearning or a mere knee jerk to the dollar's fainting spell. Possible that it made its low today at $1,303.60. That would all fit, but don't put the pieces together until gold moves higher, at least above $1,325.

Silver has stopped sliding at or near 1860¢ the last three days, trampolining off that today to shoot up to 1892¢. Great, wunderbar, but must BEAT 1892¢ now, since it hit that same high on Monday.

Best hope of a turn around today was seen on the Gold/Silver ratio chart,

The ratio dropped back under the upper channel boundary it had two weeks ago punched up through, and is trying to close below the 20 DMA (69.21). Also, the MACD & RSI are pointing down, and a falling ratio walks hand in hand with rising gold and silver.

On 1 September 1939 Germany invaded Poland, beginning World War II.

Argentum et aurum comparanda sunt —
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1-Sep-16 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,312.20 5.30 0.41%
Silver, $/oz 18.86 0.24 1.26%
Gold/Silver Ratio 69.587 -0.594 -0.85%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0144 0.0001 0.85%
Platinum 1,046.20 -4.60 -0.44%
Palladium 661.25 -7.45 -1.11%
S&P 500 2,170.86 -0.09 -0.00%
Dow 18,419.30 18.42 0.10%
Dow in GOLD $s 290.17 -0.89 -0.30%
Dow in GOLD oz 14.04 -0.04 -0.30%
Dow in SILVER oz 976.79 -11.34 -1.15%
US Dollar Index 95.66 -0.35 -0.36%
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