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Y'all didn't expect anything to happen the day before the Federal Obtuse Moron Committee (FOMC) meeding, did y'all? Everybody's waiting to see what the demigods-with-clay-feet will say. Here's a hint: nothing. Flatulence. Double-tounged double talk. And no interest rate rise.

Funny thing about flatness: it's flat. All markets today were flat. US dolllar index rose 18 basis points to 95.94, but remains in a downtrend, unable to break throuh the 200 DMA (96.13). Look at it here, One anticipates that if the Fed raiseth not rates, the dollar will fall. Anyway, without a lasting conquest of the 200 DMA, dollar is going nowehre.

Behold, the Dow Industrials, That triangle is likely a pennant, flying at half staff, doomed to drop all the way down the flagpole.

Dow gained a meaningless 9.79 (0.05%) to 18,129.96 & the S&P500 nanometered up 0.64 to 2,139.76. Should the Fed raise rates, stocks will disappear like a horseshoe dropped down a well.

Hold your horses! Gold roared up 20¢ today to $1,313.70 and silver swooned 1.1¢ to 1919.5¢. A rate rise would hurt silver & gold badly, but once that threat passes, the pressure will disapear and they can continue rallying.

On 20 September 1873 panc swept the NY stock exhange, precipitated by a railroad bond default and bank failure. New York shut banks for ten days. As the French say, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." God help us. Thanks to the Fed and the banking system, the same sword hangs over our heads today.

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
20-Sep-16 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,313.70 0.20 0.02%
Silver, $/oz 19.20 -0.01 -0.06%
Gold/Silver Ratio 68.440 0.050 0.07%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0146 -0.0000 -0.07%
Platinum 1,030.50 8.40 0.82%
Palladium 683.95 2.75 0.40%
S&P 500 2,139.76 0.06 0.00%
Dow 18,129.96 9.79 0.05%
Dow in GOLD $s 285.29 0.11 0.04%
Dow in GOLD oz 13.80 0.01 0.04%
Dow in SILVER oz 944.51 1.05 0.11%
US Dollar Index 95.94 0.18 0.19%
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SPOT GOLD: 1,313.50      
GOLD Fine Tr.Oz. BID ASK $/oz
American Eagle 1.00 1,351.59 1,357.50 1,357.50
1/2 AE 0.50 669.38 692.87 1,385.74
1/4 AE 0.25 337.97 353.00 1,412.01
1/10 AE 0.10 137.81 143.83 1,438.28
Aust. 100 corona 0.98 1,275.91 1,284.91 1,310.86
British sovereign 0.24 311.52 324.52 1,378.58
French 20 franc 0.19 242.78 246.78 1,321.79
Krugerrand 1.00 1,324.01 1,334.01 1,334.01
Maple Leaf 1.00 1,323.50 1,337.50 1,337.50
1/2 Maple Leaf 0.50 755.26 689.59 1,379.18
1/4 Maple Leaf 0.25 334.94 351.36 1,405.45
1/10 Maple Leaf 0.10 139.23 143.17 1,431.72
Mexican 50 peso 1.21 1,572.47 1,583.47 1,313.32
.9999 bar 1.00 1,318.10 1,325.50 1,325.50
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SILVER Fine Tr.Oz. BID ASK $/oz
VG+ Morgan $B4 1905 0.77 25.00 27.00 35.29
VG+ Peace dollar 0.77 20.00 22.00 28.76
90% silver coin bags 0.72 13,742.30 14,028.30 19.62
US 40% silver 1/2s 0.30 5,478.15 5,628.15 19.08
100 oz .999 bar 100.00 1,902.00 1,937.00 19.37
10 oz .999 bar 10.00 193.70 198.70 19.87
1 oz .999 round 1.00 19.02 19.52 19.52
Am Eagle, 200 oz Min 1.00 20.72 22.22 22.22
SPOT PLATINUM: 1,030.50      
Plat. Platypus 1.00 1,045.50 1,075.50 1,075.50
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To avoid confusion, please remember that the comments above have a very short time horizon. Always invest with the primary trend. Gold's primary trend is up, targeting at least $3,130.00; silver's primary trend is up, targeting 16:1 gold/silver ratio or $195.66; stock's primary trend is down, targeting Dow under 2,900 and worth only one ounce of gold or 16 ounces of silver. US$ and US$-denominated assets, primary trend down; real estate bubble has burst, primary trend down.

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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).

The DOW IN SILVER OUNCES shows how many ounces of silver are needed to buy the entire Dow. The DiSoz is trending down with a target of under 36 ounces.

The GOLD/SILVER RATIO is the gold price divided by the silver price, and shows how many ounces of silver it takes to buy one ounce of gold. The Ratio shows us the Primary (20 year) Trend of gold's value against silver. When the Ratio's trend is dropping, silver is gaining value against gold. This trend targets a gold/silver ratio of 16 ounces of silver to one of gold within the next 5-10 years. That implies that silver will massively, vastly outperform gold before this bull market ends. When both metals are rallying, the ratio often (but not always) drops, confirming the rally.

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