11 Jan 2013

Sales of physical gold are expected to pick up in the coming weeks as China, the world's second largest consumer of gold, prepares for celebrations in February when it will ring in its new year and mark the arrival of the Black Water Snake during its Spring Festival. Gold's movement last week certainly looked like a serpent swimming in a...

09 Jan 2013

Can Your Dollar Do This?

January 9, 2013 Birch Gold

December 2012 was a touch-and-go month for gold, as it ended the month about $50 lower than it started. Some may be led to think that the value of the metal had tanked, at least judging from recent sensationalist headlines calling it a risk asset rather than the traditional hedge against inflation that it has served for centuries. A...

05 Jan 2013

Ranging across the marketplace, gold spent the week defying common wisdom and forcing the hands of crystal ball gazers all over the world. On Friday gold closed at $1,648, with silver walking alongside, closing down 2.8% at $29.32. These swings proved too much for paper gold, creating an illusion that the yellow metal was collapsing. Technical sell-offs caused many...

28 Dec 2012

Market Update: Gold, Still the One

December 28, 2012 Birch Gold

Despite a fourth week beneath $1700, physical gold continues to inspire confidence, remaining a safe haven during this rather frantic close of the year. Gold closed up Friday at $1657.50 while silver closed up at $30.15. With the country now coming ever so close to going over the fiscal cliff, many analysts believe that the U.S. will end up...

21 Dec 2012

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...

15 Dec 2012

It wasn't enough that our mysterious traders struck again last Wednesday, throwing speculators of paper gold into a frenzy, thus driving down precious metals prices for the close of the week, gold at $1696.25 and silver at 32.52. Nor was it sufficient that fiscal cliff conversations have now gone completely behind closed doors while the light is finally shining...

08 Dec 2012

November has come and gone with gold not reaching $2000 as some had predicted. Indeed, several large ETF sales and massive automatic sell-offs stymied the progression of the yellow metal during the last week of the month. Gold closed down Friday at $1701.50, with silver closing at $32.85. While some are pulling back on their predictions for gold and...

02 Dec 2012

Gold tacked left this week, then right as it looked for its footing amid a series of pre-ordered trades. What was the trip wire? Failure of US monetary policy makers to step away from the fiscal cliff's edge, mingled with very jittery bets. While gold closed Friday at $1726.00, making up much of its large slide from Wednesday, it...

25 Nov 2012

Although it was a short week for the markets here in the US, you wouldn't know it judging by the news. The cease-fire in Gaza ensured that many would not have indigestion while eating their holiday turkey. However, the devil is in the details and the market responded appropriately with gold closing up at $1734.50 and silver up by...

18 Nov 2012

Two weeks ago we saw gold business cards in Hong Kong, and last week brought a lucrative heist in Portland and a mineral museum robbery in California – seems as if the desire for gold is reaching a fevered pitch. Talks of secession from the Euro were joined by screams for secession from the United States, further fueling the...