American Consumers Turn Sour on Economic Outlook

December 7, 2012

Just in time for Christmas, consumer sentiment in America is taking a nosedive.

Americans are increasingly worried about the outlook for the economy, largely due to the fiscal cliff which is only about a month away.

This decline in morale has implications for the financial markets. It is difficult to see positive action in the stock market with Americans so worried about their futures.

In contrast, historically, hard assets, particularly gold investments, have appreciated during periods when Americans are worried, providing a degree of protection against bad times.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/consumer-sentiment-nose-dives-in-december-2012-12-07

 

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APPLE STOCK FALLS MOST IN 4 YEARS

December 6, 2012

In another indication that the financial markets are resting on shifting sands, the tech world’s darling, Apple Computer, has now seen its stock fall precipitously, as we reported previously. Now, however, the stock has experienced its worst decline in 4 years.

Investors should take this as a warning that they need to diversify into investments that are not positively correlated with stocks. Gold investments, such as rare gold coins, have historically moved independently of the stock market, making them an ideal diversifier for a balanced investment portfolio…

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/us-apple-shares-idUSBRE8B40VK20121205

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GALLUP: Unemployment rate at 8.3%…

December 6, 2012

The US economy is NOT getting better. This has serious implications for the US dollar and the financial markets. NOW is the time to stock up on hard assets as a form of financial insurance. Coin Trader can advise you on the best hard asset investments for your personal goals and needs.

U.S. Unadjusted Unemployment Shoots Back Up

U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, was 7.8% for the month of November, up significantly from 7.0% for October. Gallup’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 8.3%, nearly a one-point increase over October’s rate.

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http://www.gallup.com/poll/159104/unadjusted-unemployment-shoots-back.aspx


Mitsui Precious Metals: Gold to Move Higher During 2013

December 4, 2012

Mitsui Precious Metals is one of the world’s largest and leading precious metals trading conglomerates. Their Strategic Analyst, David Jollie, sees the price of gold¬†averaging¬†$1,920 during 2013, which is more than 13% higher than its current level.

Note that Jollie says gold will average $1,920 during the year. This suggests the real possibility of sharply higher gold prices at the peak during the course of the year.

Jollie elaborates in an interview on Seeking Alpha…

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1035971-mitsui-precious-metals-jollie-gold-will-average-1920-in-2013

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What Goes Up, Must Come Down

November 16, 2012

Despite very questionable economic news, the stock market has appreciated in much of 2012. It was led principally by Apple Computer, the darling of the tech industry.

In case you haven’t noticed, Apple is in trouble now. It’s stock is down, way down from its highs. In fact, Apple shares have fallen 25% since late September. Yesterday the stock fell 2.4%.

Investors must consider whether or not Apple is the “canary in the mineshaft.”

How can a company whose shares investors chased up 74% in a year suddenly fall out of favor like it has?

Something is spooking investors. And we suggest that that something should not be viewed as exclusive to Apple. The stock market is vulnerable and investors should diversify into assets that are not closely correlated with stocks.

Rare gold coins are particularly useful in this regard.


Wealthy Investors Dumping Stocks, Real Estate and Businesses Ahead of Fiscal Cliff as Market Guru Warns of Market Collapse

November 13, 2012

 

As many readers already know, due to long-term irresponsible fiscal policies, the US government finds itself headed to the edge of a so-called “fiscal cliff.”

Policymakers in Washington are trying to strike a deal to head off the carnage, but their track record is awful on such deals. What we are soon to be faced with is a combination of large budget cuts and sizable tax increases, which will kick in if nothing is done.

Faced with the possibility of tax hikes, America’s wealthy investors are taking action ahead of time and it isn’t good news for the markets; wealthy investors are liquidating stocks, real estate and even whole businesses to avoid higher tax rates in the future. This is obviously terrible news for the stock market, the real estate market and the economy as a whole, creating the type of environment in which hard assets, such as gold coins, thrive.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/49792979

Meanwhile, long-time market analyst, Marc Faber of The Gloom Boom and Doom Report actually says that there will be no fiscal “cliff.” Nevertheless, he predicts that corporate profits are certain to disappoint, resulting in a stock market decline of 20% or more. Faber points to Apple Computer as a leading indicator; Apple’s stock has fallen 20% in recent months already.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/49802535

 

 


Gold Sharply Higher AGAIN as America Heads to the Polls

November 6, 2012

Last week we reported that the sharp sell-off in gold produced a great buying opportunity for investors.

Evidently, lots of folks agreed, because yesterday spot gold was up $8 per ounce and today spot gold rose more than $29 per ounce as bargain hunters flocked to the market to accumulate gold.

Investors were no doubt motivated not just by the buying opportunity prompted by last week’s correction, but by what the future holds.

No matter who wins the election today, at the end of the year, the US is still faced with the so-called “fiscal cliff,” which will prompt $400 billion in spending cuts and tax increases. And even those measures will do next to nothing to ease our national debt burden.

There are 17 trillion reasons to own gold.