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Markets are blowing hot and cold out of both sides of their mouth, but stasis never lasts long.

Dollar index scooted & scrabbled back up 21 basis points (0.23%) today, but is still hanging over the precipice ready to try flying without wings. Closed at 93.52, sending no message of higher prices.

Stocks eased off across the board. Dow fell 41.42 (0.19%) to 22,077. S&P500 dropped 5.99 (0.24%).

Maybe the S&P500 said something after all. Look here, It fell clean to the 20 day moving average, and down out of that rising wedge. A little more might send it falling far more.

Gold today gave up $1.80 to $1,256.40 on Comex while silver gained 13.9¢ to 1636¢.

Gold's picture is right here, Still appears likely to hit that combined 50 day moving average ($1,253.7) & downtrend line from July 2016 (about $1,254). Expect this correction to end this week.

Behold, silver!

Silver closed right at the 20 DA (1637¢). Low yesterday was 1609.5¢. Area around 1600¢ is likely site of a turnaround, if yesterday wasn't already the low.

I note that revolutionary feminism, which feeds on envy and bitter resentment, demanded the head of another victim at Google yesterday. Seems we have freedom of speech as long as we don't use it against the revolution that, instead of advancing women, has degraded them. Anyone now who insists on and rejoices (as I do) in the obvious fact that women and men are NOT interchangeable is ipso facto an Enemy of the Revolution subject to scorched earth destruction. At some point eternal truth always asserts itself, no longer how long or how fiercely men suppress it.


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Napoleon Bonaparte, as emperor of France, reformed the French monetary system after the Revolutionary inflation destroyed the currency. He settled on a 90% fine (21.6 karat) 20 franc coin containing 0.1867 troy ounce of gold, and on that founded the Latin Monetary Union. All the nations who joined that union minted their gold coins to the same standard: French 20 francs, Swiss 20 francs, Belgian 20 francs, Italian 20 Lira, Greek 20 drachmai, Serbia, Bulgaria, Albania, and on and on.

Thanks to the big French empire, 20 franc coins of all the LMU nations rate as one of the world's most popular gold coins, & are traded all over the globe.

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The British empire's size and longevity made the British sovereign (one pound sterling) the most common and well-recognized gold coin in the world. Minted from 1818 until today, they are 22 karat (91-2/3% pure gold) & contain 0.2354 troy ounce fine gold. These are mildly circulated coins, in my choice of types: Jubilee Head Victoria, Veiled Head Victoria, Edward VII, George V, or even Elizabeth I. All have the same reverse, Pistrucci's 1818 St. George slaying the dragon, with the reigning sovereign obverse.

At $1,260 spot gold, one lot of Ten (10) sovereigns would cost $310.60 each for a total of $3,106.00 + $35 shipping and a grand total of $3,141 for 2.3540 troy oz fine gold. That's a 4.7% premium over melt. Offer lasts only as long as supply lasts.

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
8-Aug-17 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,256.40 -1.80 -0.14%
Silver, $/oz 16.36 0.14 0.86%
Gold/Silver Ratio 76.797 -0.769 -0.99%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0130 0.0001 1.00%
Platinum 971.70 3.10 0.32%
Palladium 903.40 13.20 1.48%
S&P 500 2,474.92 -5.99 -0.24%
Dow 22,077.00 -41.42 -0.19%
Dow in GOLD $s 363.24 -0.16 -0.04%
Dow in GOLD oz 17.57 -0.01 -0.04%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,349.45 -14.12 -1.04%
US Dollar Index 93.52 0.21 0.23%
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SPOT GOLD: 1,260.50      
GOLD Fine Tr.Oz. BID ASK $/oz
American Eagle 1.00 1,269.95 1,279.95 1,279.95
1/2 AE 0.50 636.05 649.16 1,298.32
1/4 AE 0.25 322.75 329.31 1,317.22
1/10 AE 0.10 134.14 136.76 1,367.64
Aust. 100 corona 0.98 1,224.42 1,233.42 1,258.34
British sovereign 0.24 298.95 311.95 1,325.18
French 20 franc 0.19 232.98 236.98 1,269.32
Krugerrand 1.00 1,271.21 1,281.21 1,281.21
Maple Leaf 1.00 1,265.54 1,275.54 1,275.54
1/2 Maple Leaf 0.50 724.79 661.76 1,323.53
1/4 Maple Leaf 0.25 321.43 337.18 1,348.74
1/10 Maple Leaf 0.10 133.61 137.39 1,373.95
Mexican 50 peso 1.21 1,505.98 1,516.98 1,258.18
.9999 bar 1.00 1,258.50 1,270.50 1,270.50
SPOT SILVER: 16.48      
SILVER Fine Tr.Oz. BID ASK $/oz
VG+ Morgan $B4 1905 0.77 20.50 24.50 32.03
VG+ Peace dollar 0.77 14.50 17.50 22.88
90% silver coin bags 0.72 11,568.70 11,854.70 16.58
US 40% silver 1/2s 0.30 4,684.60 4,832.60 16.38
100 oz .999 bar 100.00 1,638.00 1,678.00 16.78
10 oz .999 bar 10.00 163.80 280.77 28.08
1 oz .999 round 1.00 16.43 16.86 16.86
Am Eagle, 200 oz Min 1.00 17.23 18.48 18.48
SPOT PLATINUM: 971.70      
Plat. Platypus 1.00 989.70 1,011.70 1,011.70
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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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