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Over $1.8 Million in Gold found in Swiss Sewage

Daily Gold & Silver Market Report – 10/12/2017

According to a new study reported by Bloomberg, nearly $1.8 million worth of Gold has been discovered in the waste system of Switzerland. New York Post Reporter Lauren Tousignant said, “Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology looked at 64 water treatment plants and found that approximately 94 pounds of Gold get flushed through the sewage system each year.” Researchers also found 6,613 pounds of Silver, equaling about $1.7 million. From these finding, authors of the study say, “…concentrations of Gold in sewage sludge are sufficiently high for recovery to be potentially worthwhile.”

Silver Charts Await December Rate Hike

After minutes from the Federal Reserve's October Federal Open Market Committee meeting were released Wednesday, TD Securities Head of Commodity Strategy Bart Melek told Reuters the Fed “seemed to be stressing that low inflation may not be transitory and emphasized data dependency.” Melek believes this could be good for Precious Metals such as Gold and Silver prices. In fact, since the minutes were released, the price of Silver rose 0.8 percent. And while U.S. treasuries and stocks remain relatively unaffected, the U.S. dollar fell to almost two-week lows. Nonetheless, many meeting participants feel another interest rate increase is expected during the December 12-13 Fed meeting, according to

Demand for Precious Metals Rise for the Holiday Season

Rising geopolitical risks have increased the appeal of safe-haven investments, such as Gold and Silver. Increased demand for Precious Metals like Palladium has also helped drive the price up, NASDAQ reported. While many are awaiting the December Fed meeting regarding the potential third and final interest rate hike for 2017, North Korea has been boosting haven assets with concerns regarding another long-range missile test. Aside from all that, the holiday season is upon us, thus also increasing the demand for Precious Metal jewelry in countries like India who commonly use Gold as a very festive piece.

At 12:14 p.m. (ET), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,295.60 Up $6.50
  • Silver, $17.29  Up $0.10
  • Platinum, $938.70  Up $6.50
  • Palladium, $985.60 Up $18.60

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