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Mid-Day Gold & Silver Market Report – 4/21/2014


Sources familiar with the matter say the Chinese government has begun allowing its capital city of Beijing to import Gold. Currently, only Shenzhen and Shanghai import the yellow metal. China has become the world’s number one Gold buyer, though it is difficult to assess how much China owns as they do not volunteer information about reserve holdings or mining production. Allowing Beijing to import Gold is viewed as another measure to keep China’s purchases secret. According to the World Gold Council, China is increasing Gold purchases as they decrease positions in the U.S. dollar.

A recent Gallup survey shed some interesting light on what most people think are best long term investments. Real estate was the leader with 30 percent of the votes. Coming in a close second were Gold and stocks, each receiving 24 percent. Mitch Tuchman, a strong proponent for a well balanced portfolio, pointed out these 20-year annualized returns: REITs 11.2 percent; Gold 8.4 percent; S&P 500 8.2 percent; Bonds 6.3 percent and Homes 2.7 percent. The survey also pointed out that those with lower incomes ranked Gold as number one.

At 1:00 p.m. (ET), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,289.20, Down $6.70.
  • Silver, $19.41, Down $0.24.
  • Platinum, $1,400.70, Down $28.00.
  • Palladium, $778.40, Down $29.80.

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