11
Dec
2008

Diamonds and Jewelry as “Rock Solid” Investments

There have been a spate of articles in the press recently including the Personal Finance section of the Irish Times touting jewellery and diamonds as safe haven “rock solid” investments.

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This is dangerous nonsense and irresponsible journalism of the highest order.

Investors have lost enough money in recent years due to appalling investment “advice” regarding equities and property and it is important they do not compound that by “investing” in diamonds and jewellery.

As ever real diversification in all asset classes is essential.

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11
Dec
2008

Gold Investments Market Update – Money Printing Favour Hard Assets such as Gold over Paper Currencies

Gold rallied sharply yesterday, for the third day in a row, on higher oil prices and a weakening dollar.

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10
Dec
2008

Gold Investments Market Update – Deflation Now But Significant Inflation in Medium to Long Term

Gold rallied for a second day yesterday on concerns regarding the deepening US recession and the dollar. Gold has continued to rally in Asian and early European trading. The bounce in oil prices is likely lending support as is continuing robust physical demand internationally. Asian equity markets were largely positive overnight but European ones are again under pressure this morning.

The global deflationary spiral appears to be accelerating as are desperate attempts by politicians and central bankers to reflate their way out of the recession.

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09
Dec
2008

Gold in Backwardation; talk of a run on the COMEX

It wouldn’t be suprising if you had never heard of backwardation. Though many commodities markets are frequently in backwardation, especially for seasonal or perishable/soft commodities, it has only happened twice in history in precious metals.

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09
Dec
2008

Gold Investments Market Update – South African Gold Production Continues to Fall Significantly – From over 1000 Tonnes in 1970 to 272 Tonnes in 2007

After falling sharply last week, gold rallied yesterday on the back of a weaker dollar, higher oil (Light Sweet Crude Oil Future – Combined – JAN09 is up more than 6% yesterday after falling an incredible 25% last week) and commodity prices and the Obama fiscal stimulus package.

The economic recession will get significantly worse before it starts to improve, US President-elect Barack Obama said in an interview at the weekend.

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28
Nov
2008

Gold Investments Market Update – Citigroup Report: Gold Holders “Mellow” for Years; Holders of Other Asset Classes Increasingly “Yellow”

Gold and silver were flat yesterday and have remained unchanged in Asian and early European trading. Gold is set for a fourth straight week of gains on safe haven demand and on the likelihood of further dollar declines with further reductions in U.S. and international interest rates and further quantitative easing next month.

Euro gold and British pound gold remained firm at €633 and £529 after recent gains.

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27
Nov
2008

Gold Investments Market Update – Citigroup Says Gold Above $2000/oz Next Year as World Unravels

Both gold and silver fell slightly yesterday as the dollar and stock markets rallied on renewed increasing risk appetite. Euro gold and British pound gold remained near record highs of €628 and £532.

Gold has traded sideways in Asian and early European trading despite the horrendous terrorist attacks in India.

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26
Nov
2008

Is the Great Bear Bullish on Gold?

On the foot of recent reports that China is planning to diversify some of its massive foreign exchange reserves into gold, The Central Bank of the Russian Federation has released its latest

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26
Nov
2008

Gold Investments Market Update – Gold up 10% in Euro and 26% in Pounds in 2008

Gold was largely unchanged yesterday after rallying to as high as $830 and has traded sideways in Asian and early European trading.

Open interest levels in gold and silver on the COMEX have fallen to extremely low levels showing that nearly all the speculative froth has been liquidated and remaining longs are “strong hands”.

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25
Nov
2008

Gold Investments Market Update – Gold and Stocks Rally for Different Reasons

Gold has given up some of yesterday’s and the last four days’ gains. Profit taking seems the most likely explanation as the dollar remains largely flat but the weakness in oil may be contributing to gold’s weakness. Continuing unprecedented volatility in markets is leading to further safe haven demand.

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