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Morning Gold & Silver Market Report – 4/2/12


Gold futures declined largely on concerns about events in India and Turkey. Jewelry stores in India are on strike against recent government taxes on Gold, which has reduced Gold imports from Turkey. The weaker jewelry demand is not currently offset by investment demand, so there is downward pressure on pricing.

The eurozone’s jobless rate reached its highest in 15 years, with more the 17 million people out of work. The unemployment rate in the 17 nation eurozone rose to 10.8 percent. This highlights the human costs when governments are forced to make drastic spending cuts. There are those who think these spending cuts are too much too soon, but the European Commission seeks to restore investor confidence by aggressively getting deficits under control. Still, this leaves millions of Europeans looking for work with an economy sliding into recession.

Speaking on CNBC this morning, Marc Faber (otherwise known as “Dr. Doom”), predicted that investors -- particularly the wealthy -- will lose about half their total wealth in the next few years as a result of global government debt problems that have central banks printing money at record rates. “Somewhere down the line, we will have a massive wealth destruction that usually happens either through very high inflation or through social unrest or credit market collapse,” he said. “Maybe all of it will happen but at different times.” Faber has long been bullish on Gold and other hard assets such as real estate. He also expects stocks to go up in the short term, as they benefit from the printing of money, as well.

At 8 a.m. (CDT), the APMEX precious metals spot prices were:

  • Gold - $1,669.50 – Down $1.90.
  • Silver - $32.52 – Down $0.02.
  • Platinum - $1,643.80 – Up 70.
  • Palladium - $659.00 – Up $3.90.

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