Sunday, June 16th, 2019 MST

Category: Eurozone

Europe’s woes put pressure on gold

Because of Germany’s weakening export driven economy and because German bonds are preferred by the European Central Bank, yields on the country’s 10-year bonds are negative.  Consequently, European bond investors, primarily made up of  banks and insurers that depend on income, have turned to US Treasuries.  Upward pressure on the dollar means downward pressure on

Silver takes first prize . . .

as precious metals surge, says the Financial Times, July 7, 2016. In a glowing report, the Times noted that while “Gold has done predictably well in the wake of Brexit. . . The real star of the show has been silver.”  In dollars, silver is up 16% since the Brexit vote but is up 45%

ECB to stop printing €500 notes

In what is being reported as an effort to impede criminal activity and terrorism, the European Central Bank announced that it will discontinue issuing €500 notes around the end of 2018.  However, the ECB was quick to affirm that the €500 notes already in circulation “will remain legal tender and . . . always retain

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