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Precious Metals Review

Market information and news is critical for precious metal investing. However, many investors have limited time to sort through the massive amounts of market data and gold, silver and platinum news. The Monex Precious Metals Review consolidates the week's activities in a concise snapshot of the precious metal markets.

PRECIOUS METALS REVIEW - December 7, 2018
In the precious metals markets this week...
GOLD

The Monex AM closing price on Friday was $1,246, up $14 for the week. Monex spot gold prices opened the week at $1,232. . . traded as high as $1,247 on Friday and as low as $1,232 on Monday. Gold support is now anticipated at $1,238 then $1,223, and then $1,207. . . with resistance anticipated at $1,263, then $1,287, and then $1,300.

SILVER

The Monex AM closing price on Friday was $14.57, up $0.13 for the week. Monex spot silver prices opened the week at $14.44. . . traded as high as $14.62 on Tuesday and as low as $14.32 on Wednesday. Silver support is now anticipated at $14.38, then $14.24, and then $14.08. . . and resistance anticipated at $14.64, then $14.87, and then $15.04.

PLATINUM

The Monex AM closing price on Friday was $792, down $20 for the week. Monex spot platinum prices opened the week at $812. . . traded as high as $812 on Monday and as low as $785 on Thursday. Platinum support is now anticipated at $788, then $755, and then $707. . . and resistance anticipated at $808, then $828, and then $845.

PALLADIUM

The Monex AM closing price on Friday was $1,195 up $19 for the week. Monex spot palladium prices opened the week at $1,176. . . traded as high as $1,221 on Wednesday and as low as $1,156 on Thursday. Palladium support is now anticipated at $1,158, then $1,124, and then $1,099. . . and resistance anticipated at $1,200, then $1,221, and then $1,250.

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QUOTES OF THE WEEK...
From 12/7 www.Investing.com Gold Rises As Jobs Report Decreases Chance of Fed Hikes in 2019

''Gold prices rose on Friday, on track for the highest weekly gain since August as lower-than-expected jobs data weighed on the U.S. dollar.

Comex gold futures for February delivery jumped 0.62% to $1,251.35 a troy ounce as of 11:26 AM ET (16:26 GMT).

Disappointing jobs data pushed the U.S. dollar lower, which helped boost demand for gold.

Nonfarm payrolls rose by 155,000 in November, which was lower than expected and puts less pressure on the Federal Reserve to raise rates next year.

The Fed is expected to increase rates in December but will likely slow down its pace of rate hikes in 2019.

The jobs report follows comments from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell last month that signaled the central bank's three-year tightening cycle was drawing to a close. Powell said the bank's policy rate was ''just below'' estimates of a level that neither cools nor boosts a healthy economy.

'This was slightly disappointing on the headline level, but wage growth coming in as expected keeps the Fed on track to raise rates in December,' said Karl Schamotta, chief market strategist at Cambridge Global Payments in Toronto.

'The overall effect has been a sell-off in the dollar, largely in a reaction to a lower expectation for rate hikes in 2019,' he said. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback's strength against a basket of six major currencies, fell 0.12% to 96.65.

The precious metal usually falls as the dollar rises, as it is denominated in the U.S. currency and is sensitive to moves. Bullion becomes more expensive for holders of other currencies when the dollar rises and cheaper when it falls.''

...And Simon Black in 12/5 www.sovereignman.com Why Buy Gold Now? Because I Don't Know

''From 2000 through 2012, the price of gold increased every year, rising from around $280 an ounce to nearly $1,700. It was an unprecedented run. Then, in 2013, gold took a nose dive, losing over 27% of its value. It was widely reported that the Swiss National Bank, the former bastion of monetary conservatism, lost $10 billion that year just on its gold holdings.

As you probably know, central banks hold a portion of their reserves in gold. The practice goes back to when central banks actually had to have gold on hand to trade in and out of paper money (or even trade for goods and services). And central banks still hold reserves in gold today, even though they don't need it to transact like they used to.

So that begs the question, did the Swiss National Bank actually lose $10 billion? It still had every ounce of gold in its vaults. And gold, after all, is money. Plus, the SNB wasn't holding gold to speculate...

Today, central banks hold gold as a hedge against fiat money. These are the guys with their fingers on the printing press... so they know exactly the effect they have on money.

And right now, banks are buying up gold hand over fist. Central banks currently hold 20% of all the gold ever mined-33,000 metric tons. And JPMorgan Chase says they'll buy another 650 tons this year and next. Why?

Gold is for the I don't knows. And right now, there are a LOT of I don't knows. Markets have been going crazy over the past few months.

After a record bull run for stocks, we are now seeing massive volatility with the Dow regularly jumping 500+ points in a single day. Just yesterday, the Dow fell a whopping 800 points.

And there's plenty of reasons for market to be worried today. For one, we're 10 years in to a raging bull market... and it' getting long in the tooth.

Plus, the Fed is raising interest rates. And when the price of money gets more expensive, people get a little tighter with it. That means it's tougher for businesses and individuals to borrow. All things equal, higher rates mean lower prices.

Before last week, Fed Chairman Powell said rates were ''well below'' where they should be. And the markets reacted negatively. Then, last week, after seeing how fragile markets were, Powell said rates are ''just below'' where they should be. Just that one word difference sent markets soaring. But the joy was short lived.

There's also the trade war with China, intensified by the Trump administration tariffs. And then at the summit in Buenos Aries last week, China and the USA suddenly came to an agreement. They will halt the tariffs for 90 days for a three-month truce in the trade war. That sent markets soaring. Then people read some tweet from Trump and worried the tariffs might be back on... markets dumped.

If there is one thing markets hate, it is uncertainty. And there's plenty of uncertainty to go around today. And while we're seeing these late-cycle swings in the market, gold is as steady as ever...

While the DOW dips and climbs by hundreds of points, gold is still hanging out just below $1,250 an ounce. And it really hasn't made any major moves up or down since 2013. Yet today, an ounce of gold has about the same purchasing power as it had 1,100 years ago... talk about steady.

So while every other asset is still at or near all time highs, gold is relatively cheap. Gold has held its ground during all this market volatility. That is exactly how you want insurance to act. It holds steady in the face of craziness, even selling for a discount when everything else is as expensive as it ever has been. It makes more sense to buy something cheap, that no one is excited about, while people clamber for exciting but massively overvalued stocks like Tesla and Netflix.

Since 2008 this massive monetary experiment of quantitative easing has sent stocks and assets to dizzying, unsustainable highs. We think this experiment is coming to an end. The day of reckoning is close. Stocks are up and down, trade wars are on and off, interest rates could keep soaring, or level off...

What do you do for the I don't knows? You get some cheap gold while you still can.

And by the way, while gold is on sale, silver is an even better deal.

In ancient times, the price ratio between gold and silver was about 15:1, meaning an ounce of gold was worth about 15 ounces of silver. But over the past decades, this ratio has been closer to 50:1-an ounce of gold sold for 50 times what an ounce of silver sold for. Today, that ratio is about 85:1. To be fair, this could mean gold is overvalued, not that silver in undervalued.

But when gold has the same purchasing power as a millennium ago... when it has stayed steady the past seven years and grew every year of the decade before that... It's a safe bet that gold goes up, and silver does too, possibly even more than gold''



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Last update: Dec 07, 2018 11:20:47 AM

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