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Silver and gold

Post  Jim on Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:31 am

The margin players have had their haircuts the last three days, and there's been consolidation since about December 6th. My guess is silver and gold are ready to roll this week.

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Harry Schultz retires

Post  Jim on Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:49 am

PETER BRIMELOW
Jan. 10, 2011, 9:39 a.m. EST
Harry Schultz’s last testament
Commentary: Letter gives final investment allocation recommendation

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — After 45 years, Harry Schultz has just published the last issue of his International Harry Schultz Letter. He’s superbearish but opportunistic.

Schultz, now 87, is one of the legendary characters of the investment letter industry: a hard-driving promoter who specialized in bold, radical high-concept stands. ( See Sept. 16, 2010 column.) I named him Letter of the Year in 2008, because he indisputably predicted the Crash (a “financial tsunami”) although paradoxically failed to benefit very much. ( See Dec. 28, 2008 column.)

But Schultz is also a trader, with a great respect for short-term trends. In this respect, if no other, he’s like the Aden sisters, to whose Aden Forecast he will be contributing occasional columns. ( See Dec. 30, 2010 column.)

The International Harry Schultz Letter has been something of a tsunami itself, with dozens of recommendations and opinions on an amazing range of subjects. Its relationship with the Hulbert Financial Digest’s monitoring system has been complex and sometimes strained.

But one thing is clear: In recent years, HSL has done brilliantly. It’s the third-best performer over the last past 12 months, up 39.65% by Hulbert Financial Digest count, versus 17.16% for the dividend-reinvested Wilshire 5000 Total Stock Market Index. Over the past ten years, the letter was up an annualized 8.94%, versus 2.5% annualized for the total return Wilshire 5000.

In his last issue, Schultz does not attempt a grand summing-up. But he does observe this:

“Roughly speaking, the mess we are in is the worst since 17th century financial collapse. Comparisons with the 1930’s are ludicrous. We’ve gone far beyond that. And, alas, the courage & political will to recognize the mess & act wisely to reverse gears, is absent in U.S. leadership, where the problems were hatched & where the rot is by far the deepest.”

He writes favorably of investment advice given in a recent interview by former Reagan Office of Management and Budget Director David Stockman:

“Stockman replied (to my huge surprise, coming from a former top government official) ‘Get some gold, beans, water, anything that Bernanke can’t destroy. Ron Paul is right. We’re entering a global monetary conflagration. If a sell-off of U.S. bonds starts, it will be an Armageddon.’”

About gold, Schultz retains his long-term bullishness. He quotes the respected Seeking Alpha service:

“For gold to match the growth in US M1, M2, public debt & budget deficit, gold will have to reach $1,800, $2,400, $7,800 & $13,200, respectively. While I can’t imagine gold going to $13k, these numbers tell me that calling gold a bubble is a bit premature. In my view, money supply, public debt & the budget deficit are in a bubble, not gold, not yet.”

Schultz’s comment: “Wake me up at $2,400 gold.”

But Schultz also retains short-term flexibility. Looking at a chart of iShares MSCI EAFE Index ETF (EFA 57.66, +0.39, +0.68%) , he notes:

“It’s a stock market index for Europe, Australasia and the Far East. Chart shows massive bullish base. If it breaks upside, these areas are where we should buy some new investments. Some modest pre-emptive buying in stocks there, having good chart patterns, is justified.”

Schultz’s final investment allocation recommendation:

• 5-10% Stocks (nongolds).

• 15-20% Commodities: via futures, commodity stocks &/or physical assets.

• 50% gold stocks & bullion: 15% blue chips, 5% junior, 5% bullion via futures, 25-35% in physical bullion.

• 0% currencies (“Close out ALL fiduciary time/call deposits, money market funds & municipal bonds, pension funds…”)

• 1-5% Cash in hand. (“Stored privately.”)

• 0-5% bear stock market protection via ETFs like ProShares UltraShort Dow30 (DXD 20.36, -0.02, -0.10%) .

• 15-20% Government notes/bills/bonds (“In 3-6 month T-Bills/bonds only — buy these only in Swiss Francs, Australian dollars, Canadian dollars, Brazilian reals, Singapore dollars, Chinese Yuan only).”

Harry Schultz’s final words: “Good luck to us all.”


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Jim Rogers

Post  Jim on Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:22 am

http://www.kitco.com/reports/KitcoNews20110112DeC_JIM.html

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Canadian dollar

Post  Jim on Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:27 pm

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David A. Rosenberg January 13, 2011 Chief Economist & Strategist Economic Commentary drosenberg@gluskinsheff.com + 1 416 681 8919
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NORTHERN EXPOSURE
After a three-day business trip to California, we can safely say that the bullish Canadian economic and financial story is page C16 news. It is still nowhere close to the front page, which is good news for contrarians always on the lookout for when all the positives are priced in. But the story is very positive indeed and while still underappreciated, I can sense that it is gaining more and more believers state-side. Global capital inflows are already running at unprecedented levels and I would be looking for this to persist and likely take the Canadian dollar at least 20% higher in the next half-decade. Barring a Chinese economic reversal that causes a commodity collapse, what I would refer to as “tail risk”, I seriously believe that this Canadian dollar forecast will prove to be conservative, not bold.
Let’s assess the landscape.
First off, the loonie managed to cross above “par” against the greenback on December 28 for the first time in eight months. When the Canadian dollar made its run towards par three years ago, oil prices were heading for $145/barrel. Today we are barely north of $90, which tells you that this latest leg-up in the loonie is not merely a “petro currency” story. Global investors are putting an increasing premium on reserves in the ground but they also are allocating capital towards those regions of the world that offer a secure yield (like a 4% banking sector dividend yield or a 2-year note that commands a 90 basis points yield advantage over U.S. comparables), national balance sheets that are not just rated AAA but are in fact AAA, as well as governments that are right-of- center, at least on economic issues, and as such, focus on lowering top marginal income tax rates.
Second, the TSX closed the year with a 21% gain in USD terms, outpacing the 13% gain in the S&P 500 by 800 basis points. This marks seven of the past eight years in which the Canadian stock market outperformed the U.S. in common-currency terms (20% average annual returns compared with 5% for the S&P 500). This not only reflects the bank-commodity barbell (financials command 30% of Canada’s market cap and resources take up nearly 50%) north of the border but also the fact that the Canadian dollar is in a clear secular uptrend (not just against the USD either). In fact, for U.S.-based investors, the Canadian dollar appreciation has actually provided more than half of the alpha in that total return differential since 2002. Being in the right currency, and one that is going up typically 4-5% annually, is akin to playing your golf game from the front tees.

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Post  Jim on Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:11 pm

Trader Dan at www.jsmineset.com:

http://jsmineset.com/2011/01/14/hourly-action-in-gold-from-trader-dan-391/

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Alf Fields

Post  Jim on Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:18 am

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http://jsmineset.com/2011/01/18/a-note-from-alf-fields/

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Trader Dan

Post  Jim on Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:49 am

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Trader Dan

Post  Jim on Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:09 am

Trader Dan at www.jsmineset.com:

Hourly Action In Gold From Trader Dan
Posted: Jan 28 2011 By: Dan Norcini Post Edited: January 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm
Filed under: Trader Dan Norcini
Dear CIGAs,
Last evening during the Asian trading session, front month gold dipped into the $1310 region where it uncovered considerable buying interest. The buying was large enough to absorb the selling pressure that carried over from the poor performance of yesterday’s trading session. Once gold was able to punch through the $1317 level, there was additional buying that came in which looked like a combination of shorts booking profits as well as some bottom picking. That buying took it up through $1320 which then began sparking short covering. Their forced exit provided further upward progress which then enticed additional buying as locals began looking gunning for the stops above $1330. Around 10:00am Central time, they reached $1330 but were unable to get to the stops. Apparently however some additional recruits came in and on the second approach they took it out. That forced another wave of short covering taking prices to $1340 with more short covering taking the metal up towards $1350.
There is no doubt that some of the buying in gold is tied to events in Egypt and across some of the other nations in the Middle East. There are many nervous investors who are eying that tinderbox of never ending troubles and are concerned about these demonstrations spreading and moving into the OPEC nations. That is the reason crude oil was up nearly $4.00 a barrel at one point.
It seems to me that the catalyst for the huge amount of unrest in the region of the world was the surge in food prices. One of the things that the wheat market has been watching and anticipating has been Egyptian wheat purchases. They are one of our largest buyers of wheat and there was talk that began last week and continued earlier this week that Egypt was going to be forced into buying a good deal more US wheat in an attempt to make sure that there was sufficient supply for one thing and that they could snag it before its price moved even higher. Their leaders no doubt saw what happened to the government of Tunisia and wanted to nip any potential problem in the bud. Apparently things moved too quickly for them. Regardless, we have been warning that this outbreak of the inflation virus, a virus I might add which has been fed, nourished, propagated and even lovingly caressed by the US Federal Reserve, was going to result in global instability as its effects were primarily being seen in the cost of food. Rising food prices in the undeveloped world are NOT INGREDIENTS for peaceful society.
Truthfully, it has happened even more quickly than I had considered it would. I was looking more towards the spring of this year as the price rises work through the global distribution channels. A question for Ben and the boyz at the Fed, (Governor Hoenig exempted), “How do you like your handiwork now?” Is it any wonder that the Chinese are so rightfully disdainful of what the Fed is doing.
I will repeat – the Federal Reserve of the US is exporting runaway inflation across the entire globe with its reckless policy of QE. Bernanke has hubristically asserted in his interview on “60 minutes” late last year that “this fear of inflation is overstated”. We need to record this for history to make certain that it is not forgotten or dismissed. Try telling that to the leaders of the nations across the globe who are now dealing with riots and anarchy in their streets. I am sure that they will take comfort from Ben’s words.
Some may think I am leveling a bit of an exorbitant charge but one has only to look at price charts of the grains in particular to see that they all bottomed exactly during the month when QE was first announced back in 2009 with many of them accelerating sharply higher when QE2 was then successively announced last year. It did not help matters any that the weather caused sharp falloffs in the supply equation at the exact same time that speculative hot money was entering these markets in a quest for tangibles to protect against the deleterious impact of the inevitable currency devaluation resulting from QE. The deadly cocktail has led to an explosion in price for the basics of life.
When the price of wheat effectively doubles in 7 months, corn increases over 90% and soybeans surge more than 55% over the same time span, the quaint notion that the fear of inflation is overstated is stupendous for its sheer brazen audacity in the face of glaring truth.
When you tie this surge in food prices to the potential spike higher in crude oil prices if this unrest in the Middle East takes on additional life, it is not difficult to see why the shorts in gold are getting out.
In the past, moves higher in the gold price that were associated with political turmoil have tended to be rather short lived but this unrest is occurring against a backdrop of huge amounts of excess liquidity that continues being pumped into the system in an effort to keep it moving ahead; not to mention food prices are not going to drop sharply anytime soon. Talk continues to surface that the Fed will soon begin to withdraw this liquidity as the economy “improves” but the facts are that without these continued injections, there is too much debt in the system which will act as an anchor on any so-called “growth”. In my mind it is akin to injecting a nitrogen and trace mineral enriched solution directly into the root zone of a plant that is potted in a mere one inch of soil. What you create is a monstrosity that cannot be supported and will tip over without getting some support from elsewhere.
Changing the subject a bit…
I am very impressed with the action of the HUI. As noted yesterday it refused to follow gold much lower even as the metal took out support near $1320. Even though it was down on the day, it remained well above Wednesday’s low. Today’s good showing gives further credence to the idea that it has been sold out and has put in a bottom near the 500 level. The trading session is net yet over as I write these comments but its ability to push past 517 has just about all of the short term technical indicators generating buy signals from deeply oversold levels. I want to see it close above that level (517) as it would shore up the weekly chart seeing that it spiked down towards the 50 week moving average and held. To really cement the bullish cause, it would need to get a weekly close above 530. We’ll see what happens on the close today.
Some of you have written to ask me about the current correlation between Gold and the Dollar. As you know, gold has been almost tracking the Dollar in the same direction of late. The greenback moves lower; so does Gold. The Dollar moves higher; so does Gold. This is obviously a change from its historic pattern and one that has to a large extent marked a large portion of this decade long bull market.
What I believe is currently at work is a temporary phase during which as fears regarding the overall state of the US economy subside and talk increases of an improvement, the Dollar comes into focus as a result of the massive structural problems overhanging the US economy. That leads to selling in the Dollar as there is no need of it as any sort of safe haven. You will note that as the equities charge higher, the dollar continues moving lower breaking major downside chart support level in the process. That same sentiment that the economy is improving and growth is returning have been leading to selling gold as investors move out of the metal in favor of equities and the “growth trade”. So essentially we have the “risk trade” being moderated somewhat towards the “growth trade”. That is the reason why we can see copper higher while gold moves lower.
Such thinking is more short term oriented in nature and is hoping to catch some profits playing the liquidity game using the Fed as a backstop. Those who macroeconomic view looks past the short term stimulative effects of the liquidity injections will understand that the root causes of our economic woes have not been dealt with and will come back to bite us all down the road. Once one understands that the goal of the Fed is an attempted slow devaluation of the Dollar, they will gravitate towards gold once again and the inverse link between it and the greenback will become more the norm. Even at that, gold can move higher on its own merits as the integrity of many of the world’s fiat currencies continue to be called into question.
Today you will note that the Dollar is higher as it gains as a safe haven play. Bonds too are higher (the Fed loves to see this). You will also note that a mere day after S&P downgraded Japanese sovereign debt to “AA-‘, the Yen is sharply higher as it too reverts back to its “safe haven” status. For the life of me I do not understand how any rational human being can see the Yen as a safe haven with their Debt to GDP ration approaching the 200% level but there is nothing rational about our modern markets.
Equities have actually moved lower today. I have taken a photograph of their price chart to record it for history since one begins to wonder if this “anomaly” will ever duplicate itself ever again. After all, we live during an era in which the official monetary policy is to create a perpetually rising stock market as a way to generate rising consumer confidence to fuel the giant spending machine. How can it be that the stock market does not know this and dares to move lower in the face of unrest in the middle East? Maybe Goldman and Morgan had their electricity fail them as they moved to windwills for their power source to curry favor with the administration and the snowstorm knocked out the turbines. Their traders probably are unable to slam their usual buy orders into the S&P futures pit. Perhaps after the snowstorms subside….. Hey guys – get a generator if you want to get this thing right.
A last note – Eric King and I did our regular weekly metals wrap yesterday instead of today so when you do tune in, we will not be commenting on today’s price action in gold. I hope that this summary will make up for that. Also, if I see anything significant in the COT report today, I will post it up later. Like many of you I am anxious to see how the internals changed with these big drawdowns in the total OI. I am thinking that it is going to show up particularly in the “Other reportables” category.
Enjoy your weekend – who knows what we will wake up to Monday morning. A weekend of turmoil in the Mid East can lead to just about anything.
Click chart to enlarge today’s hourly action in Gold in PDF format with commentary from Trader Dan Norcini

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Trader Dan

Post  Jim on Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:50 pm

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Post  Jim on Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:16 am

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Jim Sinclair

Post  Jim on Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:06 am

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Trader Dan

Post  Jim on Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:34 am

Trader Dan at www.jsmineset.com:

http://jsmineset.com/2011/02/05/long-bonds-break-to-the-downside/

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China buying gold

Post  Jim on Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:30 am

http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2011/2/8_China_to_Add_Staggering_5,042_Tons_of_Gold_for_10_Reserves.html

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Monty Guild

Post  Jim on Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:39 pm

Also, www.jsmineset.com is worth reading, as usual.

http://www.guildinvestment.com/

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Marc Faber

Post  Jim on Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:14 pm

http://www.commodityonline.com/news/Marc-Faber-Gold-Silver-prices-to-fall-36375-3-1.html

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Post  Jim on Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:43 pm

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Good news

Post  Jim on Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:38 am

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Supposedly a good thing that came about as a result of Hurricane Katrina:

The destroyed secondary school system has been replaced primarily with charter schools. The charter schools are less expensive to run, and the students are achieving much more academically.

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Post  Jim on Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:37 am

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Shorts

Post  Jim on Sat Feb 26, 2011 3:06 am

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Ron Paul, inflation, and the Federal Reserve

Post  Jim on Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:59 am

http://finance.yahoo.com/video/economy-18773128/ron-paul-fall-of-the-federal-empire-24394905;_ylt=Am6VxwZtWxHyr6b24il_IDC7YWsA;_ylu=X3oDMTExa284cjc3BHBvcwMzBHNlYwN2aWRlb3MEc2xrA3JvbnBhdWxmYWxsbw--

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Norcini at www.jsmineset.com

Post  Jim on Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:03 am

http://jsmineset.com/2011/03/12/sp-500-versus-the-feds-balance-sheet/

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Greg Hunter

Post  Jim on Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:01 pm

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Potpourri

Post  Jim on Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:25 am

Ran across a few different things:

Dines thinks silver coins will be equal in value to gold coins someday.

Mad Money Cramer thinks J P Morgan Chase is showing a H & S bottom on the monthly chart, eventually possibly good for a 30+ move to the upside.

Richard Russell has $ in PRPFX. He is watching the general market very closely. $INDU breaking down through 12,050 with $TRAN breaking down through 4900 would be a big Dow Theory sell signal, he thinks. He likes gold and silver, of course.

Michael Murphy likes gold and silver also, and suggests buying junk silver as protection against hyperinflation.

Martin Armstrong (the cycle bug) is looking for a change in direction the week of June 13th. It could be a high point or a low point; he doesn't know which it will be yet.

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