We all know that gold and silver bullion are lustrous—in a word, shiny. It’s one of the physical properties that helps distinguish these metals from their more commonplace cousins. In a more figurative sense, however, 2017 may prove to be the time that these precious metals really began to shine (as financial assets).
American Silver Eagle sales for the first quarter of 2017 totaled a bit over 7.9 million coins, the slowest start since 2009. Considering that the first quarter is usually the most active time for Silver Eagle sales each year, current demand is pointing toward 2017 being the lowest mintage in at least six years. This […]
So the Federal Reserve met the markets’ expectations and raised its target interest rate by 0.25% today. (Interestingly, Wall St immediately jumped higher as the news broke right along with gold prices.) But what direction will the Fed ultimately go over the next two years? Before we dive into the rate hike, here’s a quick […]
Platinum and palladium are grouped together with the precious metals, and they certainly enjoy a modest level of demand from investors looking for the diversity of a tangible asset. However, these two commodities are also appropriately classified as industrial metals—the primary industry using them being the manufacture of automobiles.
Since the presidential election in November, the financial sector has ridden a fantastic rally to heights that only a few short months ago seemed improbable. Some of the biggest banks in the U.S. have seen their share prices rise by 20% to 30% in less than a quarter. Now, the executives running these TBTF banks […]
This year, three of the four rotating seats on the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee have been filled by the three newest regional Fed presidents: Robert Kaplan of the Dallas Fed, Patrick Harker of the Philadelphia Fed, and Neel Kashkari of the Minneapolis Fed. This will be the first time any of the three have […]
For the first time since 2012, the gold price moved in a positive direction in 2016, gaining over 8% in terms of U.S. dollars. This followed three consecutive losing years. This development came despite the dollar surging to a 14-year high toward the end of the year. In fact, when measured in other currencies, the […]
In what was a year marked by surprising results from elections and referenda around the world, 2016 saw its fair share of volatility in the financial markets. Naturally, some investors cashed in substantially. By and large, the winners were people adding to their already fabulous fortunes.
Without a doubt, 2016 has been a volatile year for gold prices. It’s been a year of erratic trading in the gold market, to say the least. After surging more than 25% during the first half of the calendar year, the year-to-date gains for the yellow metal have dwindled to just over 6%. After this […]
Remember those hats, t-shirts, and other apparel that suggested various targets for the Dow Jones Industrial Average? As the Dow Industrials index approaches 20,000 for the first time ever, it’s amusing to take a look at the irony inherent in the stock market exuberance that these targets embody.
The massive German lender Deutsche Bank (DB) has been struggling mightily this year, watching its stock price crater roughly 30% year-to-date. (In fact, DB has lost more than 50% of its value in the past five years.) The company has been plagued by one round of bad news after another in 2016, drawing negative attention […]
It is often the case in the financial markets that investors and traders attempt to jump into a successful trade only to find they are too late to reap most of the gains. When the “hot money” (trades that are merely following a trend) flows into any particular bet on Wall St, the “smart money” […]
Even as our world continues to appear more uncertain and less safe each day, there is plenty for Americans to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday. This is particularly true for gold buyers this holiday season!
Many finance experts and market analysts have been scratching their heads in the days following the U.S. presidential election. As quickly as gold prices rose, they fell even further than where they started the week. Rather than marching toward $1,400/oz as many had predicted, gold is now threatening to fall to $1,200/oz. Why? One explanation […]
After more than a year of tireless campaigning and unprecedented invective, this election cycle has finally come to a close. While many voters are relieved to have the vitriol and controversy behind them, the financial markets have not taken kindly to the lack of clarity that a transition to a Trump administration in the White […]
A number of articles have appeared recently, proclaiming that the present economic expansion is “too old” to survive, and will soon die. However, the data since WWII shows that expansions don’t die of old age, they’re murdered. So, if economic expansions die of unnatural causes, who are the prime murder suspects?
Since the beginning of July, the U.S. stock market has been abnormally calm. Especially given the various troubling signs in the global economy, as well as the seemingly constant twists and turns of the presidential election, a lack of volatility of Wall St comes as a fairly surprising development.
In a move that has certainly grabbed the headlines, General Electric (GE) has agreed to combine its energy division with the oilfield services firm Baker Hughes (BHI). The merger creates the second-largest oil and gas company in the world.
Morgan Stanley is the newest addition to the LBMA Silver Price, previously known simply as the London silver fix.
Besides this past year’s megadeal between beer companies SABMiller (SAB) and AB InBev (BUD), activity in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have been slow of late. Yet today the financial news media is abuzz with the announced merger deal agreed to by global giants AT&T (T) and Time Warner (TWX), reportedly one of the most valuable […]