Author Archives: Everett Millman

Gold and Silver Ancient Roman Coins Found In Spain

October 21st, 2017 by

Much of Europe’s earliest recorded history tends to begin with the conquest of the Roman Empire. Of course, archaeologists and historians know that a number of cultures were active on the continent during the Bronze Age. Nonetheless, the progress for civilization brought about by the expansion of Ancient Rome is so transformative that its total impact almost incalculable.

One of the clearest examples of this is the introduction of coins made from precious metals. In an area of southern Spain with evidence of mining activity that predates the Romans, researchers have discovered a large cache of gold and silver Roman coins that date to the first and second centuries of the Common Era (abbreviated CE, formerly known as AD).

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Tax Reform Optimism Sends Gold Price Lower

October 20th, 2017 by

After the Trump administration and GOP’s tax reform effort cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate on Friday morning, the optimism among investors sent spot gold down $7 per ounce (-0.55%) to $1,282/oz. Spot silver lost 7¢ to $17.16/oz. While platinum slipped about $2, palladium once again charted the opposite path from the other precious metals, adding 1.5% to trade back above $960/oz.

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Spot Gold Bounces Higher, Jobless Claims 44-Year Low

October 19th, 2017 by

Spot gold posted a modest rebound on Thursday morning, thanks in part to a weaker U.S. dollar. The yellow metal added $6 (+0.5%) to trade back at $1,287/oz, an encouraging sign for bulls after it looked like gold might test support at $1,270/oz and below. Spot silver gained 5¢ this morning to $17.02/oz.

Platinum added $5 to $924/oz while palladium lost 0.5% to trade back around $940/oz, tightening the spread between the two Platinum Group Metals.

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Scientists Find Evidence of Gold’s Origins

October 17th, 2017 by

Human beings were extracting gold from the ground and rivers for thousands of years before the birth of the Periodic Table of chemical elements in the late 19th century. About as soon as scientists began to discover and synthesize new elements, however, the profound differences between groups of related elements started to take shape.

Perhaps the most puzzling among these groups were the heavier elements, and their role in the mysterious process of radiation. Discoveries in this area helped bring the fields of chemistry, physics, and astronomy closer together in exciting and unprecedented ways.

Another chapter in this scientific narrative was written this autumn, as an astounding event detected by astronomers this past August may hold the key to understanding the cosmic origins of gold and the precious metals!

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Precious Metals Hit a Wall

October 17th, 2017 by

Spot gold plunged in early trading on Tuesday, carrying over the trend that emerged on Monday afternoon when the yellow metal lost considerable ground. Gold prices traded down nearly $10 per ounce to $1,285/oz. Spot silver was likewise deeply in the red, losing 17¢ (-1%) to trade around $17.04/oz.

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Gold Price Holds at 3-Week High

October 16th, 2017 by

The precious metals have virtually reversed all of their losses from September, as gold prices are trading at a three-week high around $1,305/oz on Monday morning. After bumping up against the $1,300-per-ounce mark as resistance for the better part of two weeks, this milestone appears to have flipped to support.

Both spot silver and platinum were flat while the palladium price surged another 1.4% in early trading to move near $1,000/oz. The lesser-known of the precious metals is up an astounding 46% year-to-date, by far the best-performing futures contract for all commodities. (By comparison, copper is in second place with a 28% gain YTD.)

It would be the first time palladium surpassed $1,000 per ounce in sixteen years.

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Swiss Researchers Find Precious Metals In the Sewers

October 14th, 2017 by

One of the facts of the post-industrial world is that affluent societies waste a great deal of resources, whether it is food, energy, or otherwise.

In Switzerland, where 70% of the world’s gold gets refined, trace amounts of precious metals (primarily gold and silver) have been detected in the country’s waste water. The concentrations are low, of course, but the scale of the gold and silver particles are staggering when you add them up.

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Gold and Silver Unchanged On Thursday

October 12th, 2017 by

After trading as high as $1,296/oz (a two-week high) on Thursday morning, gold prices were just above unchanged at $1,292/oz. Spot silver similarly was a tick above unchanged. Interestingly, during yesterday’s trading session, both gold and silver rose by the exact same proportion (0.29%) that the U.S. dollar fell.

Platinum gained 0.5% early this morning while palladium jumped another 1.8%, surging $40 per ounce in only the last two trading days.

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Spot Gold Steady Ahead of FOMC Minutes

October 11th, 2017 by

The markets were calm for the most part on Wednesday morning as traders were hesitant about making any big moves before today’s release of the most recent FOMC meeting minutes. Spot gold is approaching $1,290/oz this morning while spot silver was up 0.2% to $17.14/oz. Platinum was essentially flat, but palladium jumped 1.7% to $943/oz, retaking the lead over its cousin.

This is the longest winning streak for the precious metals since August.

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Familiar Face Returns to U.S. Mint

October 10th, 2017 by

Believe it or not, the United States Mint has been without an official Mint Director for the past six years. The fact that the position has remained vacant since 2011 is a vestige of the gridlock between the White House and Congress during the Obama Era, when Republicans refused to confirm many of the former president’s nominated candidates for positions in the federal government.

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Precious Metals Rise, Dollar Down

October 10th, 2017 by

After posting solid gains on Monday, the precious metals were once again trading in positive territory on Tuesday morning. This was due largely to a weaker U.S. dollar, finally putting the brakes on a nearly month-long trend of the greenback getting stronger. Spot gold added $5 per ounce (+0.4%) to nearly $1,290/oz, slightly off of gold’s highs earlier this morning. Spot silver leapt 19¢, or better than 1%, to trade back at $17.15/oz. Both platinum and palladium were around 1% higher, as well.

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Gold Price Up Slightly On Columbus Day

October 9th, 2017 by

Spot gold rose modestly when markets opened this morning, adding about $4 per ounce (+0.3%) to $1,280/oz, although the yellow metal traded as high as $1,285/oz earlier in the session. Monday is a bank holiday in the U.S. due to observance of Columbus Day, so there will be no trading of Treasurys today. Wall St is still open, though trading is also closed in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Chinese markets reopen after being closed for holiday all of last week.

Meanwhile, spot silver gained 6¢ to trade at $16.87/oz. Platinum and palladium were each about unchanged at their previous close, trading in virtual price parity with one another.

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Is Mining In the Amazon Rainforest Unwise?

October 7th, 2017 by

It’s not a great surprise that a persistent tension exists between mining companies and environmentalist groups. Exploiting the planet’s natural resources is one of the human race’s greatest achievements, making virtually all of the wonders of the modern world possible. The problem is that most of this activity, when undertaken without the proper precautions, threatens the environmental stability of many of the last true areas of wilderness left on Earth.

While responsible miners are careful to properly plan for the containment of toxic waste that their projects inevitably produce in the form of tailings, there is only so much that can be done to mitigate the impact of large-scale mining operations. In many cases, the simple act of clearing forests or drilling beneath the ground can have a disruptive influence on the natural water cycle, the surrounding landscape, and the ecosystems they support.

In this context, Brazil is opening up vast swathes of the Amazon Rainforest to new mining endeavors, especially copper and gold exploration. But at what cost?

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Gold Price Up Modestly, Weekly Jobless Claims Fall

October 5th, 2017 by

Even as stocks looked to climb higher, the precious metals were modestly in the green during early trading Thursday. Spot gold trended slightly into positive territory, gaining $2 per ounce to just above $1,277/oz. Platinum was virtually flat at $912/oz but palladium added $5 (+0.55%) to $921/oz. Meanwhile, the silver price added roughly 1% to trade at $16.73/oz.

After falling from its September highs near $1,350/oz, gold is now trading right at its 100-day moving average (100-DMA). This potentially represents a key turning point for the yellow metal from a technical perspective. The question now is: Will gold break below or above this $1,273/oz level? The answer over the last two trading sessions this week may set the tone and provide some clarity about how gold will perform over the course of the fourth quarter.

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Spot Gold At $1,270 After Selloff

October 3rd, 2017 by

The gold market was holding in place during early trading on Tuesday, finding solid footing after more than a week of downward movement. Spot gold was unchanged at $1,270/oz this morning, while the silver price added 5 cents (+0.27%) to cross back above $16.60/oz.

Platinum and palladium were each down just $2 this morning. After palladium got hammered during Monday’s trading session, the metal is once again short of platinum.

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