In Case You Missed it – Week Ended June 18, 2016

In Case You Missed It – Week Ended June 18, 2016.

Top Gold And Silver Stories from the week ended June 18, 2016.

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It was an eventful week with a terrorist attack in Orlando, the Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise interest rates at its June meeting and the assassination of a British Member of Parliament that further politicized the Brexit vote.

Gold and silver

Gold closed last week at $1273.30 and closed this week at $1298.10
Silver closed last week at $17.28 closed this week at $17.47

The gold and silver ratio ended the week at 74:31 to 1

one year gold silver ratio june 17 2016

The gold silver ratio is about flat year over year after reaching over 80:1 in the first quarter of 2016.

Chart of the Week

gold vs british pounds june 18 2016

Gold continues to soar against the British Pound as the Brexit vote approaches.

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Here are the stories we wrote, followed or commented on.

June 12, 2016

A terrorist attack at an Orlando night club that killed 50 was reported.


China’s yuan trade system to open branches in London, New York

June 13, 2016


The Dark Side of Minimum Wage Laws


Fake gold and silver coins “flood” the market

Gold producers fortunes increase


Latest Brexit Poll: Leave + 6%

U.S. Mint Sales Update

U.S. Mint reported selling 81,000 American Silver Eagles 5,000 American Gold Eagles today.

MTD American Silver Eagles sold 914,500 & American Gold Eagles sold 22,000

YTD American Silver Eagles Sold 24,327,500 /American Gold Eagles sold 365,500

The U.S. Mint reported selling 2,500 American Gold Buffalo coins.
MTD 6,000 sold YTD 104,000 sold

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June 14, 2016

U.S. Economic Data

US Retail Sales Rise on increased Gas Spending


Egypt Looks at Ancient History To Find New Gold

Brexit Gold Rush Predicted

Gold for UK Pensions- Not So Easy?


100 Silver Pieces Found in Roman Era Scotland

June 15, 2016

U.S. Economic Data

PPI May 0.4%, Exp. 0.3%

Industrial Production -0.4%, Exp. -0.2, Last 0.7%

Empire Fed 6.01, Exp. -4.90, Last -9.02


Podcast: U.S. Mint Overstocks Authorized Purchasers to Avoid Panic Buying


British Silver 2p struck in error found- worth £1,350


HSBC – Gold Will Explode if Brexit happens
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Fed Rate Hike Decision

Fed keeps rates at .25% says keeping them there will help further labor market improvements. Fed statement

The number of officials who see just one rate increase rose to six from one in the previous forecasting round in March.

‘HAWKISH’ YELLEN- “Not impossible that we could raise rates in July”

Re helicopter money

Yellen: “You cant have the congress telling the Fed to print money.” (the Fed has to come up with the idea themselves!)

Yellen: “But one might legitimately consider helicopter money in an unusual situation.”

Fed Chatter

Former Fed President Kocherlakota- Negative Interest Rates Are Nothing To Fear


Gold Touches $1300 briefly post Fed minutes

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June 16, 2016

U.S. Economic Data

Initial Claims 277K, Exp. 270K, Last 264K

CPI 1.0% Y/Y, Exp. 1.1%
CPI Core: 2.2% Y/Y, Exp. 2.2%
Philly Fed 4.7, Exp. 1, Last -1.8

Treasury bond dumping most since 1978

Top Foreign Holders of U.S. Treasuries Chart

U.S. current account deficit rises to seven-year high in first quarter

Brexit Fall Out

Switzerland withdraws EU application

A Counsellor for the Swiss state of Schaffhausen said “only a few lunatics” may want to join the EU now,”

88% of people in The Netherlands want a referendum on staying in Europe

Foreign intervention if Brexit passes?

British Pro European Union MP Killed

British MP Shot and Killed

Brexit campaign suspended in wake of shooting

Circumstances of killing of Ms. Cox were eerily similar to the assasination of pro EU Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh in 2003 just days before the Swedish vote to determine if they would join the EU.

The Wealth Watchman on The Assassination of Jo Cox

Gold Smash Down

Gold Slammed- falls from two year high

gold june 16 2016

Story was the same with Silver

silver june 16 2016


HSBC Gold has little Downside- Brexit or not

Amateur archaeologists stumble upon largest trove of Viking gold ever found in Denmark

Story also covered here


Silver Assets Climb to Record as ‘Forgotten’ Metal Soars

U.S. Mint Sales Update

U.S. Mint reported selling 230,000 American Silver Eagles 13,000 American Gold Eagles today.

MTD American Silver Eagles sold 1,144,500 & American Gold Eagles sold 35,000

YTD American Silver Eagles Sold 24,557,500 /American Gold Eagles sold 378,500

The U.S. Mint reported selling 3,000 American Gold Buffalo coins.
MTD 9,000 sold YTD 107,000 sold

The U.S. Mint Reported selling 1,200 Harpers Ferry National Historical Park five ounce silver America The Beautiful Coins.

MTD Sales of Harpers Ferry coins – 34,200

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Top selling ATB coins smaulgld through June 2016

Two of the top selling ATB coins are from the 2016 series.

June 17, 2016

Fed chatter

St. Louis Fed President Bullard says Fed may only need to do one rate hike this year

Bullard: Raise rates or face devastating bubbles

U.S. economy may only need one rate hike for as long as 2-1/2 years; Federal Reserve is eroding its credibility by indicating otherwise

Message from the Fed: ‘This is as good as it’s going to get’

what's next for the Fed

In Why the Fed Raised Rates we noted why the fed raised rates and why they would do it again. We never believed and do not believe that the Fed will “normalize” rates.

It is survival for the Fed as they are in a box. They either hit the truck head on or swerve and take out pedestrians. A Hobsons choice – They either shoot themselves in the head or in the foot.

Fed lowers U.S. Second and Third quarter growth estimates


Pound Rises on Decreased Brexit Risk

WSJ:Britons dump equities/pound for gold

U.S. Economic Data

Housing Starts 1.164MM, Exp. 1.160
Housing Permits 1.138MM, Exp. 1.150MM

Curious Bloomberg Says Economy looks like the 1930’s



China to start direct trading between yuan, South African rand

Follows Zimbabwe granting the Chinese Yuan official currency status in December last year

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