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Dr. Mercola offers an exhaustive and fine summary of agriculture & nutrition in the article, "Modern Agriculture Drives Hunger, Obesity, & Disease While Simultaneously Threatening Food Chain & Worsening water Crisis." You can read it at He also lists several really effective organizations where you can educate yourself further, like the Weston A. Price Foundation.

A little more about counterfeit gold: It seems counterfeit gold has been pouring out of China. A wholesaler friend today told me he got clipped on three twenty-gram Perth Mint gold bars. Even though they tested good with his electronic tester, they were gold plate over a copper core. They were sealed in plastic, so he didn't open them to weigh them. LESSON: never buy anything in plastic. ANOTHER LESSON: prefer coins over bars.

The US Dollar today is perched over the abyss. It fell 32 basis points to 98.65. That took the dollar index below its 200 DMA (Now 98.93). Look at the chart,

The dollar index must hold on above its last low at 98.67 or fall to 97.50 -- just for starters. There's no slack here for the dollar index.

Stocks have posted runaway gaps. Here's the Dow chart, and here's the S&P500,

Gaps two days running makes a "runaway gap" and points to much higher prices. Today the Dow jumped 232.23 or 1.12% to close at 20,996.12. S&P500 didn't leap quite as high, up only 14.46 (0.61%) to 2,388.61.

Catalyst for this jubilation seems to be the Trump's claim he will present to congress tomorrow the biggest tax cut in history. Right, but who wants to bet the beneficiaries will be the same old cronies? Shush, shush, shush your mouth! Look at the emperor's beautiful new clothes!

I will not dwell but mention only in passing that tax legislation is notoriously difficult to pass, and so far Trump has passed, well, nothing. Just observing.

Comex gold sank $10.20 (0.8%) $1,265.60. Silver got socked in the face, losing 26.7¢ (-1.5%) to 1758.1¢. Gold chart is right here,

Gold sliced through its 20 DMA ($1268.40) & even closed below the downtrend line from the July 2016 high. Targeting the 200 or 50 day moving average, $1,258.50 or $1,247. 50 DMA is also the 50% correction mark. This will take a week or two. Hang on, don't start nail-biting & staying awake at nights, staring into the dark and sweating bullets.

A measure of how low gold is fallen is the level of premiums. After Y2K mobs who had bought gold & silver for Y2K without any long term understanding all poured in to sel they drove the American Eagle premiums down to zero. But since then the wholesale buy side premium on one oz American Eagles has ranged from 3% to 2.5%. Today I am quoted 1.1% on gold American Eagles and 1.3% on US Buffalos.

Lo, the silver chart:

Silver cheekily challenged its 50 DMA overhead but was slapped for its trouble and closed much lower. Now nearing that area where support ought to begin kicking in, say about 1740¢.

Legendary Oil Man H.L. Hunt once said, "Never get too elated in victory, or too down in defeat." Sage philosophy for markets -- it will keep your eyes on the horizon.

My wife Susan was such an outstanding & speedy seamstress that her father used to call her "Hot Needle Hattie." An hour before a date she would begin stitching together an outfit and somehow always got it finished. She was pretty inventive, too. In one contest in high school she designed a blouse out of fishnet but with collar and cuffs and a swimsuit-like top underneath. To complement that she designed sandals without soles. She made them so that they slipped over her toe and fastened around her ankle. Yes, she won the prize.

I am looking at a picture of her when we lived in New Orleans. She has on a big floppy hat and a halter top she made herself. It had a draw string around the neck and waist, but no back. Pretty flashy for 1972. Probably didn't take her 20 minutes to cut that top out and stitch it up complete. That was the year I bought her a new Singer sewing machine, and she adored it. Imagine buying paint and brushes for Michelangelo.

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— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
25-Apr-17 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,265.60 -10.20 -0.80%
Silver, $/oz 17.58 -0.27 -1.50%
Gold/Silver Ratio 71.987 0.505 0.71%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0139 -0.0001 -0.70%
Platinum 954.60 -2.60 -0.27%
Palladium 796.50 1.20 0.15%
S&P 500 2,388.61 -12.65 -0.53%
Dow 20,996.12 232.23 1.12%
Dow in GOLD $s 342.94 6.50 1.93%
Dow in GOLD oz 16.59 0.31 1.93%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,194.25 30.88 2.65%
US Dollar Index 98.69 -0.28 -0.28%
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British sovereign 0.24 299.75 312.75 1,328.60
French 20 franc 0.19 235.97 241.97 1,296.04
Krugerrand 1.00 1,271.48 1,281.48 1,281.48
Maple Leaf 1.00 1,273.90 1,286.90 1,286.90
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SILVER Fine Tr.Oz. BID ASK $/oz
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VG+ Peace dollar 0.77 15.50 18.00 23.53
90% silver coin bags 0.72 12,233.65 12,591.15 17.61
US 40% silver 1/2s 0.30 4,988.45 5,138.45 17.42
100 oz .999 bar 100.00 1,746.00 1,771.00 17.71
10 oz .999 bar 10.00 177.10 182.10 18.21
1 oz .999 round 1.00 17.81 18.11 18.11
Am Eagle, 200 oz Min 1.00 19.06 19.71 19.71
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The DOW IN GOLD DOLLARS measures the Dow Jones Industrial Average in gold dollars (0.048375 troy oz. by law). The DiG$ 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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