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Lies and Damned Lies

Back in April, the world teetered on the edge of war. In the west, we were told that "chemical weapons, including sarin gas" had been used in Syria and the the civilized world could not stand by and watch innocent civilians die in agony. It was a compelling and frightening story. It also wasn't true.

Same Old BLSBS

Comex precious metal prices are flat this morning after another edition of BLSBS where all of the "job growth" came from part-time jobs and wages only saw a slight increase.

Post 4th

The mid-week US market holiday is now behind us and Comex gold is trying to maintain the early stages of a turnaround. Will it? Can it? Tomorrow's BLSBS will likely decide its fate.

Some Relief

As Comex gold enjoys its best day since June 14, it's helpful to reconsider what drove us here, what might get us out and how we might know when the worst is behind us.

July Begins, Pain Continues

Running a precious metals website sure is a lot more fun when Comex gold rallies $120 over two months. This current decline is wearing everyone out, particularly yours truly.

Guest Post: "My Harvard Speech in Retrospect", by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

I read this article over lunch today and found it to be both fascinating and timely as clearly many of these same themes still resonate today. My hope is that the nice folks at National Review and The University of Notre Dame Press won't object to the "guest post". If they do, I'll gladly remove this article.

An Important Close

Today marks the end of the month and quarter. To that end, there are several key items to watch today into the close.

August 2015 Redux?

Not a lot of time this morning but this is something worth noting.

Flatter and Flatter

For the reasons we've discussed over the past several years, the US yield curve continues to flatten with today seeing new, 11-year low spreads. As you know by now, this has significant long-term implications.

Cold War History with JBSFC

John and Steve used their discussion last evening to share a history lesson on diplomacy in the Cold War. They then compare and contrast previous Cold War diplomacy with current efforts in 2018.

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