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A reader asks, "Do you think the hyperactivity in cryptocurrencies is having a negative effect on precious metals?"

Can a duck swim? Is a pig's little rear pork? Do politicians lie?

I checked at this afternoon and find that the total market cap for 1,289 cryptocurrencies is $228,351,009,910, a.k.a. $228 billion. Back in the spring it was maybe $100 million. Cryptocurrencies, like the stock market bubble, are sucking in capital like a black hole suckseverything from planets to space dust. I have no doubt this is the case, since I also have head stories of people cashing in silver & gold to buy cryptocurrencies.

One thing that teaches you a lesson you will never forget is losing money. I bought my knowledge the expensive way. In January 1980 I got into the gold and silver scrap buying business. After about a week I figured on the back of an envelope that if this kept up a year, I'd be a millionaire. Whoops. I didn't become a millionaire, because silver & gold were making peaks on parabolic charts. What do I mean? Well, look at this Bitcoin chart,

THAT is a parabolic chart. Now go look at gold 1970-1980, or silver 1970-1980, or stocks 1982-2000, or gold and silver in 2011. Parabolic charts end in tears and breakdown. And both stocks and Bitcoin are in that parabolic move. Hard to predict at what price it ends, but absolutely certain that it ends in weeping, wailing, and wipe-out.

I'm mean enough to fight a circle saw, but I won't fight e'er a parabolic chart.

Today was simply one more agonizing seesaw that resolves nothing, except to say that the stock blow off and gold and silver lethargy are still alive.

US dollar index gained 15 basis points to 93.86, but at its 93.31 low nearly touched the 50 DMA (93.25). Thus today's gain can be attributed to a mere bounce off that line. Dollar's not yet spoiled its chance to rally to 97, but a couple more really bad days will do the job.

Stocks recovered all they lost yesterday and more, and closed above their 20 Day Moving Average. Dow Industrials closed 23,458.36, up 187.08 or 0.8%. S&P500 climbed 21.02 (0.82%) to 2,572.95. Stocks remain the in drawn out process of rolling over earthward.

Ridiculous: gold rose 90¢ to $1,277.40 and silver snatched back 10.6¢ from yesterday's jaws and closed Comex at 1705.6¢.

Gold is locked in the same old range, but closed barely above the 20 DMA. Squeezing down from above -- and squeezing toward some resolution -- is the 50 DMA at $1,292.55. Silver, even higher, offers no change from yesterday. Gold/Silver ratio dropped to 74.894, below the 50 & 20 DMA's, so that's the right direction, but settles no arguments.

Be patient, watch the parade, don't get sucked in. Cryptocurrency & stock bubbles will crack and fugitive money will run to silver and gold for safety.

Argentum et aurum comparanda sunt —
Silver and gold must be bought.

— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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16-Nov-17 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,277.40 0.90 0.07%
Silver, $/oz 17.06 0.11 0.63%
Gold/Silver Ratio 74.894 -0.415 -0.55%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0134 0.0001 0.55%
Platinum 933.00 3.10 0.33%
Palladium 986.25 0.25 0.03%
S&P 500 2,572.95 21.02 0.82%
Dow 23,458.36 187.08 0.80%
Dow in GOLD $s 379.62 2.76 0.73%
Dow in GOLD oz 18.36 0.13 0.73%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,375.37 2.44 0.18%
US Dollar Index 93.86 0.15 0.16%
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British sovereign 0.24 302.98 315.98 1,342.31
French 20 franc 0.19 236.12 240.12 1,286.15
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VG+ Peace dollar 0.77 15.00 18.00 23.53
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US 40% silver 1/2s 0.30 4,840.95 4,990.95 16.92
100 oz .999 bar 100.00 1,686.00 1,721.00 17.21
10 oz .999 bar 10.00 172.10 177.10 17.71
1 oz .999 round 1.00 16.86 17.46 17.46
Am Eagle, 200 oz Min 1.00 18.56 20.06 20.06
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