US Mint Gold Eagle Sales Up 240%

The United States Mint completed the month of February 2013 with a year over year increase from February 2012 in mintage and sales of the 1 Oz Gold American Eagle of 240%, the largest year over year increase in any monthly sales since the financial crisis of 2008. This increase followed the January year over year increase of 47% in mintage and sales of the same Gold coins.

US Mint Monthly Gold 1 oz Eagles

In a similar manner, the United States Mint reported an increase in the mintage and sales of the 1 Oz Silver American Eagle for February 2013 over February 2012 of 126%, the largest increase in sales during the month of February over the same month for the previous year since the financial crisis in 2008. For January 2013, the increase in sales of the Silver coin was 23% as compared to the sales in January 2012.

US Mint Monthly Silver 1 oz Eagles

“The increase in sales by the United States Mint of the 1 oz Gold and Silver coins is evidence of the significant demand for the physical precious metals in the market place. According to the communications with our customers, more buyers are turning to physical Gold and Silver because of concerns over the U.S. Debt and the crisis this huge debt level may bring to the U.S. Economy over the next several years,” stated Michael Haynes, CEO of APMEX.

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The 1 oz. Gold American Eagles are widely held by investors and stunning to behold.

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  • Their size and authenticity are guaranteed by the U.S. government.
  • Both sides feature iconic designs that embody the power and beauty of the American people.

Created by famed sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the front features Lady Liberty holding a torch and olive branch walking away from the U.S. Capitol against rays of sun. The back, designed by sculptor Miley Busiek, features a male bald eagle holding an olive branch as a sign of peace while, in the nest, a female bald eagle waits with her young.

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11.23.11 Weekly Recap

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Markets posted significant losses this week because of the worsening European crisis, negative reports on the U.S. economy and Congress’ failure to agree on budget cuts. Gold dipped below $1700 on Monday but rebounded on Tuesday as investors chose Gold as their safe haven asset. Stocks have continued their run of losses; the S&P 500 posted a loss for the sixth straight trading day on Wednesday as the U.S. markets prepare to go on holiday for Thanksgiving.

The lack of an agreement among lawmakers in Washington raised the speculation that further downgrades to the U.S. credit rating could be coming, as well more large losses in equity markets. “Failure to reach agreement on at least the minimum required savings will reflect poorly on Congress and the S&P 500 could fall by 10 percent to 1,100 percent,” said David Kostin, an Goldman Sachs equity strategist. Kostin said,“The wide range of possible outcomes on both the super committee process and the unstable political economy in Europe drives our view that investors should assume the worst while hoping for the best.” Daniel Clifton, policy strategist with Strategas Research, stated, “We would expect further downgrades, a first downgrade from Moody’s and Fitch and possibly a second downgrade from S&P.”

The U.S. Commerce Department reported that the gross domestic product (GDP) grew at a less-than-projected rate of 2% from July to September. With the S&P 500 hitting its most prolonged slump in nearly four months, there is continued speculation that the Federal Reserve will provide another round of stimulus in response to this country’s sluggish economic growth. Peter Boockvar, an equity strategist at Miller Tabak & Co., messaged his clients about the possibility of QE3. He wrote, “The bottom line with the Fed at this point is when they embark on QE3, as the top people there seem to want it. Whether they couch it in future economic conditions or not, the result is still the same:  printing money that they think will create a better environment for economic growth that they haven’t been able to achieve.”

Even Germany is not immune from the world’s aversion to risk. At an German bond auction, few traders showed interest in Germany’s debt, expressing concern that Europe is a risk. “[I]f even Germany cannot attract buyers, then the structural negatives are even worse than we thought,” said Jeremy Stretch, CIBC currency strategist. “The German bond auctions were the straw that broke the euro’s back,” said Kathy Lien, director of currency trading at GFT Forex.  “German bonds are normally perceived as the safest investment in Europe, so if investors aren’t willing to buy German bonds, then Europe is really in trouble.”

In the Middle East, Egyptians are protesting their new regime with deadly results; however, the Arab Spring has toppled another leader. Yemeni President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has signed a power-transferring deal with the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.  Yemen has joined Tunisia, Egypt and Libya in bringing about regime changes this year.  In a statement today, Saleh said, “We will be cooperative. … It is not the signing that is important; what matters are the good will and the start of serious and faithful work for real partnership to rebuild.”

Gold was pushed down this week, in part, by a stronger dollar brought on by a flight to cash in all asset classes.  The market is in a completely ‘risk-off’ mentality today, and Gold hasn’t been seen as a flight-to-safety vehicle lately,” Bill O’Neill, a partner at Logic Advisors.  “I don’t think the long-term outlook has changed, though.”

WEEKLY SPOT PRICES

Gold:
Spot Gold prices opened this week at $1,678.70. The high was on Monday, Nov. 21st at $1,727.40, while the low for the week occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 22nd at $1,667.50. Gold ended the week up $17.10 at $1,695.80. This week, the most popular Gold bullion products were 2011 Gold American Eagles, 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Gold Bars, and 2011 1 oz. Gold Maple Leafs.

Silver:
Spot Silver prices opened this week at $31.11. Silver reached a high of $33.04 on Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, while this week’s low for Silver occurred on Monday, Nov. 21st at $30.65. Silver ended the week up $0.69 at $31.80. The most popular Silver products on APMEX.com this week were 2011 Silver American Eagles, 2011 Silver Maple Leafs, 1 oz. Silver Buffalo Rounds and 10 oz. APMEX Silver Bars.

Platinum:
Spot Platinum prices opened this week at $1,549.90 and ended the week down $1.40 at $1,548.50. Popular Platinum products this week included, 1 oz. Platinum Bars, 1/10 oz. Platinum American Eagles, and 1 oz. Platinum American Eagles.

Palladium:
Spot Palladium prices opened this week at $587.60 and ended the week down $1.60 at $586.00. Palladium investors preferred 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Palladium Bars and Palladium Canadian Maple Leafs this week at APMEX.com.

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11.4.11 Weekly Recap

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Extreme volatility has continued to plague the stock and commodity markets this week as mixed news caused wild swings;  however, Gold prices are still near six-week highs. From uncertainty surrounding Greece to Italy’s sovereign debt concerns, bad reports about Europe dominated the news headlines. In the U.S., the unemployment picture improved. The Fed has some hope for the economy despite the collapse of a large investment firm due to its Euro zone investments losses.

MF Global, a multibillion-dollar commodities and derivatives trader, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today due to losses created from Greek bonds. MF’s trading partners have already distanced themselves from the ailing company. The Federal Reserve suspended the firm’s status as a primary dealer today. CME Group also suspended MF’s trading privileges. Jack Scoville, vice president at Price Futures Group said, “It’s a real mess, and it’s all hands on deck. MF is in the top five in clearing for commodities, so it’s not an insignificant thing.”

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou shocked the euro zone on Tuesday when he called for a referendum on the bailout plan agreed upon last week. The Greek people have not approved of the established austerity measures. Economists at Barclays Capital wrote, “The latest brinkmanship creates new uncertainty in the eyes of markets which could be concerned that should the outcome of the referendum be negative, then either Greece would have to restructure its debt much more aggressively than the 50% currently envisaged … or it could even pave the way for an eventual exit from the euro area.” Markets fell sharply following this announcement. Papandreou withdrew his plan for the referendum vote later in the week but not before the Dow Jones Industrial Average had swung into triple-digits due to this uncertainty.

When the attention of the financial markets diverts from Greece, Commerzbank Chief Financial Officer Eric Strutz says that Italy shall be next. He said, “The whole stability of Europe depends on whether Italy gets its act together.” Italy was forced to accept International Monetary Fund oversight of implementation of austerity measures at the Group of 20 meeting this week. Italy is second only to Greece on the list of highest debt-to-gross domestic product ratio.

The Federal Open Market Committee meeting implied that the Fed is cautious but holding steady on further easing for now. Perhaps the Fed’s optimism was shored up by the promising jobs report that showed a gain of 110,000 jobs in October. This beat economists’ projections of 101,000 jobs gained. September’s results were also revised to show an even larger increase in jobs. It more sluggish than some economists had hoped, but the growth appeased the Fed. The Fed decided to take a wait-and-see approach which a number of analysts had predicted earlier in the day. Prior to Chairman Ben Bernanke’s news conference, the Fed reported, “Economic growth strengthened somewhat in the third quarter. … Nonetheless, recent indicators point to continuing weakness in overall labor market conditions, and the unemployment rate remains elevated. … There are significant downside risks to the economic outlook, including strains in global financial markets.”

NATO’s involvement in the Libyan revolution officially ended this week after seven months of support. This is yet another sign that the revolution is nearly complete. It has been called “one of the most successful” operations in NATO’s history, and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen met with Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) this week. The NTC expressed a desire for further NATO support post-war but Rasmussen stuck to the decision to end involvement.

Edel Tully, UBS strategist, explains that the recent purchases of Gold by central banks should be encouraging to investors. Tully wrote, “As Gold continues to take its cues from the euro and risk assets, consistent official purchases offers some comfort to investors, as they help provide the yellow metal with underlying support.”

WEEKLY SPOT PRICES

Gold:
Spot Gold prices opened this week at $1,725.80. The high was on Thursday, Nov. 3rd at $1,768.30, while the low for the week occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 1st at $1,681.20. Gold ended the week up $31.50 at $1,757.30. This week, the most popular Gold bullion products were 2011 Gold American Eagles, 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Gold Bars, and 2011 1 oz. Gold Maple Leafs.

Silver:
Spot Silver prices opened this week at $34.44. Silver reached a high of $35.45 on Monday, Oct. 31st, while this week’s low for Silver occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 1st, at $32.11. Silver ended the week down $0.25 at $34.19. The most popular Silver products on APMEX.com this week were 2011 Silver American Eagles, 2011 Silver Maple Leafs, 1 oz. Silver Buffalo Rounds and 10 oz. APMEX Silver Bars.

Platinum:
Spot Platinum prices opened this week at $1,610.30 and ended the week up $26.90 at $1,637.20. Popular Platinum products this week included, 1 oz. Platinum Bars, 1/10 oz. Platinum American Eagles, and 1 oz. Platinum American Eagles.

Palladium:
Spot Palladium prices opened this week at $650.30 and ended the week up $9.30 at $659.60. Palladium investors preferred 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Palladium Bars and Palladium Canadian Maple Leafs this week at APMEX.

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Video Commentary: The Potential Impact of the European Crisis on Investments

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With the European debt crisis continuing to escalate, now could be a critical time to review your asset allocation strategy, particularly as you consider the global economic outlook for the next 3 to 5 years. Having a well balanced portfolio – one that is properly diversified across all asset classes including stocks, bonds, cash and Gold – has perhaps never been more important.

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European Debt Crisis: Alternative Outcomes from History

No one can predict the outcome of the European Union (EU) debt crisis or the impact on the global economy. Regardless of the outcome, if you’ve allocated your investments among asset classes that historically do not move in the same direction, you’ve got a degree of protection for your portfolio. Learn more in our video commentary as APMEX Chief Executive Officer, Michael Haynes, reviews recent economic history and discusses three possible outcomes of the EU debt crisis and the potential impact on YOUR investments.

Uncertainty and Your Portfolio

Global uncertainty and the inter-relationships among world markets mean that an asset allocation strategy that includes exposure to non-correlated asset classes is an integral part of a long-term investment plan. Historically, Gold has played a key role in maintaining a well-balanced portfolio. As this chart shows, Gold has held – and even increased – its value over the past decade while the world’s major stock markets have suffered.

Your Asset Allocation Strategy

When determining your asset allocation strategy, you should consider each asset class – cash, bonds, stocks and Gold – and how each class is likely to perform over the next 3 to 5 years, based on your view and personal economic outlook. If you don’t have exposure to Gold, perhaps now is the time to consider how this world-class asset – with its history of offsetting the uncertainty in stocks and bonds – may help you achieve better balance.

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