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Mid-Day Gold & Silver Market Report 3/28/2012

AMERICANS SEE GOLD AS BEST INVESTMENT, SURVEY SHOWS   

According to Goldman Sachs, Gold’s price is too low compared to real interest rates. Gold is an asset that protects an investor against the possibility of the unknown, such as a Black Swan event. Recently, Matthew Lynn of Strategy Economics commented on the buying power by central banks in regards to Gold. Lynn said, “By holding more Gold, central banks are insuring themselves against their own profligacy. They print money. The price of Gold goes up. And if they hold a lot of the stuff in their vaults, they are the big winners from the rise in price.” Malcom Norris of Solomon Gold predicted the precious metal could even reach $2,000 per ounce. 

An interesting survey conducted by CNBC shows that Americans feel that Gold is the best investment at this time. Also, the poll confirmed that 65 percent of Americans believe it is better to own a home rather than renting. The purpose of the survey is to see how the populace feels about the economy’s improvement. 

The increase in crude oil prices has left former General Electric CEO Jack Welch distraught regarding the condition of the U.S. economic recovery. “It’s not taking off. We’re sort of relatively strong but not booming,” Welch said in a CNBC interview. “I am normally to one extreme or another, and I’m a little shaken about not knowing where this is going.” He said he has a lot of uncertainty about the economic recovery. The rising gasoline costs and tax uncertainty are key components to his opinion. “Gasoline prices — you can't have this jump and not think that it affects the pocketbook,” Welch said. This is already starting to affect consumer confidence.

At noon (CDT), the APMEX precious metals spot prices were:

  • Gold – $1,665.80– Down $20.60.
  • Silver - $32.14 – Down $0.53.
  • Platinum - $1,638.00 – Down $20.50.
  • Palladium - $648.30 – Down $15.80.

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