• Mar. 12, 2012, 3:47 PM
    "The pattern is set," says Kyle Bass, making the case for gold. Put any acronym you want on it, but central banks are going to continue to monetize debt by expanding their balance sheets. Bass also decries gold being taxed as a collectible, giving it a disadvantage to other assets. "It should be taxed as any other asset you own."
    | Mar. 12, 2012, 3:47 PM | 5 Comments
  • Mar. 9, 2012, 12:17 PM

    Gold's up-and-down day adds to the uncertainty over the metal. Analysts say that sentiment is shaky amongst traders with no clear definition of where the floor for prices really stands.

    | Mar. 9, 2012, 12:17 PM
  • Mar. 9, 2012, 11:23 AM

    Precious metals reverse big early losses in the wake of the payroll report and pop sharply higher over the past 60 minutes. Gold +0.7% to $1,710, silver +0.9% to $34.12. Crude oil is on the move as well, +1.3% to $107.97.

    | Mar. 9, 2012, 11:23 AM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 9, 2012, 9:57 AM
    The bid comes out of gold and silver following the NFP report, with traders apparently believing continuing solid employment numbers lessens the chances for additional QE. Gold is at 1,681/oz., silver at $33.29. GLD -1%, SLV -1.2%.
    | Mar. 9, 2012, 9:57 AM | 1 Comment
  • Mar. 7, 2012, 12:34 PM

    Today's Fed leak should come as no surprise following yesterday's big sell-off, writes Josh Brown, especially as the leading GOP contender has made clear his displeasure with Bernanke. In addition to stocks, crude oil and gold got their tails in the air following the report. "The Fed is not playing games ... they want this market rolling higher. Fight it at your own peril."

    | Mar. 7, 2012, 12:34 PM | 6 Comments
  • Mar. 6, 2012, 1:36 PM

    Euro Pacific Capital's Peter Schiff doesn't pull any punches when discussing Warren Buffett's aversion to gold. He compares the return of holding the precious metal since the financial crisis to Berkshire's lagging performance and calls the Oracle a crony capitalist who "bends the truth" to serve ideological ideas.

    | Mar. 6, 2012, 1:36 PM | 8 Comments
  • Feb. 29, 2012, 3:50 PM

    The bottom continues to fall out of precious metals prices, gold off nearly $100/oz., or -5.1% to $1,697. Silver is off $2.55/oz., or -7% to $34.61. The slide began right around the time Bernanke's testimony gave no hint of additional easing, but may have been triggered by algorithms kicking in when a large sell order hit the Treasury pits.

    | Feb. 29, 2012, 3:50 PM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 29, 2012, 11:03 AM

    Precious metals fall off a cliff as well as it becomes clear no new candy is imminently forthcoming from the Fed. Gold -2.3% to $1,747/oz., Silver -2.5% to $36.22/oz. Oil slides too, -0.6% to $105.94. (also)

    | Feb. 29, 2012, 11:03 AM | 3 Comments
  • Feb. 22, 2012, 5:02 PM

    "I have great confidence the Fed is ultimately going to get their way," says Lee Cooperman, explaining the bear case on Treasurys. "I don't think people understand how risky a U.S. government bond is at 2% return." He's keeping his money in what has worked - gold, the S&P, Apple (AAPL), and Qualcomm (QCOM), among others. Treasurys have worked too - how about a little love?

    | Feb. 22, 2012, 5:02 PM | 6 Comments
  • Feb. 17, 2012, 8:14 AM

    The PBOC made significant gold purchases as 2011 drew to a close, according to the World Gold Council, noting a large discrepancy between Chinese imports and the WGC's estimates of consumer demand. "The obvious inference is that the central bank is buying."

    | Feb. 17, 2012, 8:14 AM | 2 Comments
  • Feb. 14, 2012, 10:18 AM

    Alix Steel questions Warren Buffett's bearish stance on gold - a stance stemming from the Oracle's belief the metal has little productive value. Regardless of its productive use, Chinese and Indian demand for gold remains strong, as central bankers build up their relatively small reserves. Moreover, a macro environment featuring currency devaluation and negative real interest rates works to gold's favor.

    | Feb. 14, 2012, 10:18 AM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 7, 2012, 10:58 AM

    While gold does not have its real value reduced by inflation, it has not proven a great inflation hedge, according to a study by Dimson and Staunton (giants in this field of research). The metal's real return since 1900 has been 1.1%, with the main strike being that gold does not provide an income flow. Equities have returned 5.4% annualized over the same period.

    | Feb. 7, 2012, 10:58 AM | 25 Comments
  • Feb. 2, 2012, 11:02 AM

    Liquidating assets is not limited to major financial institutions during times of crisis. Regular citizens in debt strapped sovereigns like Italy are also being forced to sell assets to survive, and gold is a first choice given its highly liquid characteristics. But just as rapidly expanding gold collection businesses like OroCash demonstrate, the market is eager to buy the yellow metal on the cheap whenever possible, as gold remains in a strong long-term uptrend and represents an attractive safe haven during times of crisis. (submitted by Eric Parnelll)

    | Feb. 2, 2012, 11:02 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jan. 25, 2012, 2:06 PM

    Gold prices go on a FOMC-inspired run, up 2.2% to $1,701.40/oz. A dovish tone from the Fed and a call that inflation is "subdued" has helped prop up the precious metal, according to commodity traders.

    | Jan. 25, 2012, 2:06 PM
  • Jan. 18, 2012, 6:42 AM

    Morgan Stanley trims its estimates for gold and silver prices in 2012, while still seeing both metals posting healthy gains on strong investment demand and continued safe-haven appeal. The firm anticipates that gold moves up 19% to average $1,845/oz for the year and silver will add 7.8% to average $35.48/oz.

    | Jan. 18, 2012, 6:42 AM
  • Jan. 11, 2012, 10:54 AM

    Goldman Sachs suggests the proposed EU oil embargo of Iran will amount to just a giant swap with China, with Europe getting more oil from Saudi Arabia and China increasing its buys from Iran. China will emerge the winner as it can demand a discounted price from Iran, allowing it to top off its strategic reserve on the cheap.

    | Jan. 11, 2012, 10:54 AM | 7 Comments
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