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OBAMA REVEALS HIS DEFICIT CUTTING PLAN – President Obama came out with his budget-cutting plan that chops $4 trillion off in the next 12 years. These time frames make many of us wonder how you can propose a plan that you will not be in office to over see. Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute, which is a think tank that favors government, said "there's not much new" in it other than the deficit triggers. He noted the triggers could force tax increases as well as spending cuts. President Obama is once again vowing to raise taxes on those making $250,000 or more.

An interesting article written by Julian Phillips gives his view on why silver has been rising faster than gold.In a nutshell, gold has been seen as an investment metal by high net worth individuals, central banks and institutions for a very long time. Silver did not take on this aspect until 2009. As silver becomes the poor man’s gold and as silver gets the attention of high net worth individuals and institutions, it is starting to catch up in appeal. Central Banks may or may not ever come around.

Precious metal prices drifted up at close, but there was no significant news and no significant price movement.

At 4PM (CT) the APMEX precious metal prices were:

  • Gold price - $1,458.40 (up $4.80)
  • Silver price - $40.73 (up 60 cents)
  • Platinum price - $1,776.60 (up $3.30)
  • Palladium price - $765.50 (down $5.70)

The Sunshine Mint makes the blanks for the US Mint’s Silver American Eagles. It is an ISO certified, world class operation, that makes some of the finest silver bars you will find anywhere. I have visited their facility and I can attest to their obsession with quality.

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