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Mid-Day Gold & Silver Market Report – 7/15/2014

GOLD & SILVER PRICES PLUNGE AFTER YELLEN COMMENTS TO CONGRESS

Gold and Silver prices began the day slightly upbeat, and remained upbeat during the beginning of Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s speech to a Senate committee. Yellen expressed that the economic recovery was not complete and the ailing job market and stagnant wages would continue to justify a loose monetary policy. Gold and Silver prices held steady. Then, around 11 am (ET), Yellen gave indications that the bond purchases would stop in October, as expected. This caused the U.S. dollar to rise and Gold and Silver prices to fall. In October, the Fed expects its balance sheet to top out at $4.5 trillion. The stock market also reacted negatively to today’s Fed Chair comments.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) came out with a disturbing report today that projects the U.S. debt will eclipse our gross domestic product (GDP) in 25 years. Currently, U.S. public debt runs an alarming 74 percent of GDP, but in 25 years it will be at 106 percent. This is a slightly worse scenario than the CBO projected last September. "Economic growth will be slower in the future than it has been in the past, CBO projects, largely because of a slowdown in the growth of the labor force resulting from the retirement of the Baby Boom generation, declining birth rates and the leveling-off of increases in women's participation in the labor market," the CBO report read. The CBO continues to warn that despite some near-term relief, the federal debt is unsustainable and could lead to another financial crisis.

At 1:05 p.m. (ET), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,297.80, Down $9.90.
  • Silver, $20.87, Down $0.04.
  • Platinum, $1,485.50, Down $8.50.
  • Palladium, $867.50, Down $5.50.
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