Thursday, August 16th, 2018 MST

Category: Gold

High tech analyst bearish on stocks, bullish on gold

“My precious metals positions are my largest positions, by far,” wrote Fred Hickey in his June High-Tech Strategist newsletter. Why would an analyst of high-tech stocks make his largest investment position be in gold?  Because he is a bear on stocks, especially high-tech stocks, and because he recognizes a bubble when he sees one. Although

Switzerland buys gold bars for its government pension fund

Last week, Switzerland’s government pension fund took delivery of its first physical gold under a new program of buying gold bars, which have to be stored in Switzerland.  Previously, the fund used “swaps,” which were only window dressing and the gold involved in the swaps could be stored outside the country. More countries are starting

Gold out performs stocks

So far this year, gold has outperformed stocks, up 2.5%, about what the Dow Industrials are down, for a 5% difference.  Still, gold’s performance this year has been disappointing to many investors considering the huge downside moves that stocks put in this year.  For 2017, the S&P 500 gained 19.4%, the Nasdaq 28.2%, and the

Ron Paul and gold

Millennials, It was astonishing that when Ron Paul dropped out of the 2012 presidential race many of his followers jumped to supporting Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist.  Ron Paul, of course, is a libertarian who rails against socialism in all forms.

Hedge funds close, blame computer trading

Anthony Ward, famed London commodities trader, closed shop after nearly forty years of trading.  His reason: he couldn’t keep up with computer trading. According to Reuters, Ward blamed the rise of computer-driven funds and high-frequency trading.  Other well-known commodities investors also threw in the towel.  They are now looking for opportunities where machines can’t make