Shutdown Puts Spotlight On Gold And Silver

 |  Includes: ABX, AG, GLD, NEM, SLV
by: Douglas Ehrman

With the federal government shutdown, partisan bickering showing no signs of slowing, and the debt ceiling just around the corner, the week started with gold and silver taking a step higher. The SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEARCA:GLD) was higher by 1% and the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEARCA:SLV) was up nearly 3%. Miners followed the trend, seeing Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) climb 1.4%, Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM) was up 1.4%, and First Majestic Silver (NYSE:AG) was up 1.6%. Despite the bump, prices declined on Tuesday, demonstrating that up or down, precious metals are likely to see increased volatility.

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In the video below, I discuss why precious metals are likely to trend higher until the debt ceiling issue has been resolved, and why, if the debt ceiling is not raised before a default, we are likely to see a significant spike in the prices of both commodities.

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