In Case You Missed It – Week Ended January 2, 2016

In Case You Missed It – Week Ended January 2, 2015.

Stories from the week ended January 2, 2015.

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The main news stories were mostly economic ones revolving around a global slowdown and signs of one in the United States. President Obama is rumoured to be on the verge of issuing an executive order on gun control and a battle is brewing as Senator Rand Paul has introduced legislation to prevent such exeucitve orders without congressional approval.

The main economic news of the week was the U.S. economic data released that indicate strongly the country is headed towards a recession.

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Gold closed last week at $1076.30 and closed this week at $1061.00

Silver closed last week at $14.38 and closed this week at $13.82

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

WE missed it! (from two weeks ago)

December 22 2015


Group plans to spend a million dollars promoting Ted Cruz and the gold standard in New Hampshire

December 26, 2015


Chinese industrial profits fall for sixth consecutive month


A world silver council is coming to India

December 27, 2015


We discussed the Swiss initiative to ban fractional reserve banking and to replace it with a Swiss National Bank monopoly to create money. Another Sound Money Initiative from Switzerland

The Wealth Watchman gives it full treatment in Will The New Swiss Referendum Reign in the Banking Beast, or Create a New Monster?


Reuters around the world likes to stir up anti-gold sentiment. Here is Reuters Japan getting in on the act:

Reuters Japan reports on Chinese “gold woes”

Gold imports in India fall

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Gold miners risking their lives to survive in Sudan

We’ve heard about the search for gold in outerspace and its use in space crafts, now there are reports of mining for gold deep below the ocean floor:

Mining the Ocean floor for gold

Last week we reported on Gold found at the tombs of the Marquis of Haihun State in China.

In this Daily Mail article we see some of the first photgraphs of the gold unearthed

Gold smuggling continues in India

CNN Money Trashes Ted Cruz’s gold standard

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December 28, 2015

U.S. Economic Data

Dallas Fed:
New Orders -8.9 vs -1.6
Growth Rate of Orders -14.3 vs -7.3

Consumer Spending “Solid”?

Mastercard says retail sales grew 7.9% during holiday season

December 29, 2015

Real Estate

While existing and new home sales remain far below their pre recession levels, home prices continue to climb

Case-Shiller 20-City Home Prices Index +5.54% Y/Y; Est. +5.60%


Brazilian Real Slumps -Down 30% this year vs dollar

Russian Rouble hits all time low, yet Russia continues its gold buying binge.

russian central bank gold reserves 2009 -2015 november

Russia continues to add to its gold hoard even as the Rouble collapses.

Putin angling to keep Assad in power in Syria

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Oil Soars 3%

then gives up half of its gains as API reports surprise inventory build


Billionnaires bet on gold in 2016

U.S. Economic Data

Consumer confidence rises to 96.5 in December up from 92.6 in November

December 30, 2015

Puerto Rican Debt Default

Puerto Rico to default on some of its debt

Real Estate

Pending Home sales drop

Former US Mint director: It’s time to kill the penny

U.S. Mint Examines Ways to Further Debase its Coinage

December 31, 2015


We released the top 12 posts of 2015

U.S. Economic Data

Initial jobless claims 287K vs 270 exp

Initial jobless claims rise

Chicago PMI 42.9 Exp 50.1 Prior 48.7

Slumps to lowest level since 2009

BUT Reuters manages to find praise for the Federal Reserve in the horrible number.
Citing an unattached “chief economist” “It lends weight to the Fed’s gradual approach to tightening, with the flexibility to change direction if needed.”



Shanghai Gold Exchange Withdrawals for the Week ended December 24, 2015

Shanghai gold exchange 2009-2015 through week 51

The Shanghai Gold Exchange extended its record year.


Gold ended the year down for the third consecutive year as did silver.

Rueters with more anti gold propaganda

Reuters: 2016 Looks Like Another Bad Year for Gold

On a lighter note:

Edible Gold Makes a Comeback

Gold wrapped smokes also debut in Seattle:

Potent joint wrapped in 24-karat gold creates a buzz

December factory activity in China slumps-need more stimulus

January 1, 2016

Emerging Markets

Argentina declares a “statistical emergency” -said economic data not to be trusted, halts economic data releases.

Statistical emergency coming soon to the US? doubt it!



We published charts of gold vs world currencies in 2015:

2015 Gold Price in World Currencies

Argentines that held gold were probably happy when their government devalued the peso earlier this month:

gold vs argentine peso december 31 2015

gold vs the argentine peso

President Obama plans to impose gun control by executive order

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