Gold and silverbugs are starting to think things are changing in the precious metals market, even if most commodities are still a bit off. That demand has increased is typical for December, but prices are higher than they’ve been in quite awhile. Five months in fact.
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While it is true the Russian central bank has been buying increasing amounts of gold, it is not totally clear what sorts of motivations are behind the buying. Though when one looks at Vladimir Putin’s recent statements, it does become clearer what these might be in order to leverage in an increasingly multi-polar world, moved away from the more dollar-based system.
Forbes thinks it is more likely “a small financial detail, a little wriggle in Russian public policy about precious metals sales.”
Ruth Crowell is modernizing the precious-metals industry. She oversaw the update of the silver fix, which had been around since 1897. Shortly thereafter, she was on to changing the way the world sets the gold price, which had been done the same way for 95 years. The 34-year-old American, who had spent seven years at the London Bullion Market Association after coming on as a temp worker, has become the international trade group’s first female chief executive.
The mainstream is alit with stories covering gold and silver now that each has fallen through any semblance of resistance. CNBC is leading the charge, having published six stories in the 24 hours preceding 4:30pm PST on Tuesday. The six stories are as follows:
Alibaba Group had a huge debut with its shares beginning to trade at $92.70, up over 36% from its IPO price of $68. That increase on the New York Stock Exchange raised the company’s total market value from $168 billion to over $220 billion. Alibaba had raised $21.8 billion in its hotly anticipated IPO, the largest in US history, dwarfing Facebook Inc’s IPO.
The price of bitcoin has fallen from its $513 price of one month ago to as low as $381.17 on Friday. This week alone the crypto-asset fell from $513 to $381.
In recent years Pete Rose’s Hall of Fame potential has been discussed with increased fervor, especially as players who took performance-enhancing drugs become eligible for Cooperstown.
Gold miners have been forced to cut costs as gold and precious metals trend downwards amid quantitative easing programs emanating from the Federal Reserve.