Gold suffered a setback last week, closing Friday at $1651.50, with silver faring no better, closing at $29.89. What does this pullback mean for the long term? It’s probably too early to say, as most of the experts are citing domestic troubles in the US as reasons for these latest movements. Remember, events such as the US jobs report and the country’s lurch towards the fiscal cliff are just a small part of what drives the precious metals market, so in the long run, their relative impact on the movements of gold and silver should be minimal. As we report here weekly, the precious metals market is a global system. This week, news from outside the US really underscore how important it is to take a view of gold and silver from an international perspective. Get ready for Shanghai to come on line and watch out for renewed unrest in South African mines and liquidity issues in mining in South America. So despite some knee jerk reactions domestically, the same global supply and demand issues remain. If you understand this bigger picture, you were one of those who called into our office in the last week and snapped up some deals. It’s not too late.