Weekly Gold & Silver Market Recap – 4/26/2013

PHYSICAL BUYERS DRIVE GOLD MARKET

After last week’s Gold and Silver prices hit a two year low, physical buyers jumped on the opportunity to buy at the reduced market pricing. That buying of Gold and Silver gave prices a boost this week. On Monday, the Gold price recovered some of the ground lost after last week’s major price drop as expectations for the metal remain positive among many investors. “As the price moved over $1,400 per ounce, physical traders, on the expectation that Gold could possibly correct back higher, rushed into Gold.” MKS Group Senior Vice President Frederic Panizzutti said. The demand for physical Gold along with continued support by central banks has helped buoy prices over the last few sessions. One of the driving factors of the increase in the Gold price this week was the U.S. durable goods report, which was lower than expected. “Overall, the weak tone of this report underscored the emerging narrative of a considerable slowing in economic growth momentum in March,” TD Securities senior economist Millan Mulraine said. Many economists blame the slowdown on the budget cuts that took place earlier in the year and believe businesses are being more hesitant due to the uncertainty in the economy. Gold climbed to its highest price in ten days during overnight trading on Thursday, hitting $1,447.66 an ounce. The increase is credited to a weaker dollar, firmer prices in other commodities and a ninth straight session of physical Precious Metals demand. Investors have also noted that Russian and Turkish central bank purchases, as reported by the International Monetary Fund, increased in March. Daily outflows from exchange traded funds (ETF) are keeping the largest Gold backed ETF, New York’s SPDR Gold Trust, at its lowest level since late 2009.

IS GOLD UNDERVALUED DUE TO ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY?

Gold’s price movement over the past few weeks has the market questioning whether the bull run is over. Compared to fiat money, the yellow metal continues to be undervalued, according to Hinde Capital CEO Ben Davies, who believes Gold has held its ground throughout history and is currently being pressured by paper money. Author Detlev Schlichter said, “After 40 years of relentless paper money expansion and in particular 25 years of Fed-led global bubble finance, the dislocations in the global financial system are so massive that nobody in power dares to turn off the monetary spigot and allow market forces to do their work, that is to price credit and to price risk according to the available pool of real savings and the potential for real income generation rather than according to the wishes of our master monetary planners.” The continued easing in the major global markets is not the only sign of uncertainty that investors are taking note of. Volatility in equities markets remains as many experts have cut corporate earnings projections for the second quarter. Economists who initially forecasted a 6.2 percent increase at the beginning of April have scaled back their predictions to 5.5 percent expansion in the coming quarter. “The earnings season has been enough to hold stocks where they are in light of some less than hoped for macro data,” Federated Investors Inc. fund manager Lawrence Creatura said. “Time will tell if it will remain enough as we move through what’s a seasonally more difficult time.” In Europe the debt crisis is spreading to the eurozone’s stronger economies now, according to German industrial giant Daimler, maker of Mercedes-Benz autos and trucks. Daimler said it is feeling the effects of the crisis in Germany, signaling the spread of the problem from the smaller countries to the eurozone’s economic powerhouse. High Frequency Economics chief economist Carl B. Weinberg said, “The EU has made Europe a much more cohesive economy, which is good when things are going up, but when things are going down the multiplier is very strong. An outgoing tide lowers all ships.”

At 5:00 pm (EDT), the APMEX precious metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1463.70, Down $0.80.
  • Silver, $24.04, Down $0.21.
  • Platinum, $1479.30, Up $13.70.
  • Palladium, $683.00, Down $0.40.

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Year To Date Mintage By Month For 1 Oz Gold And Silver American Eagles.

The available weekly production of Silver Eagles are being allocated to the buyers from the US Mint presumably because the Mint cannot produce as many as the demand from the buyers would indicate. Year to date (through April 23, 2013), Silver Eagle production and sales are up 50% over the four months through April 2012.
YTD Silver Eagles Comp 4-24-13
The volume of Gold Eagles (1 oz.) are up 126% year to date (through April 23, 2013) over the four months ended April 2012. Although specific numbers are not readily available, it is reported that the Royal Canadian Mint is allocating production of both the Silver Maple Leaf and the Gold Maple Leaf (1 oz.).
YTD Gold Eagles Comp 4-24-13

Investing In Silver: A Q&A Session with APMEX Director of VIP Services, Peter LaTona.

On April 10, 2013, we had a Q&A session regarding “Investing in Silver” on Facebook and Twitter, where our fans and followers had the opportunity to ask our Director of VIP Services, Peter LaTona their questions about investing in Silver. Below is a recap of this session. To join in on upcoming Q&A sessions, make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We look forward to your questions


Q What is your opinion of Brittania’s versus Eagles for 1oz silver?
A
Truthfully these are both bullion coins produced by government Mints. They will both rise and fall with the price of silver. Some people just like collecting all the coins from around the world

Q I have $500 to invest. Do you have any advice for someone like me?
A If you are looking to invest $500 in silver I would buy the best deal we have going that day. You might even consider bars or rounds because the premium is smaller.

Q The premiums in “junk silver” is going up, could this mean there is starting to be less and less of it out there?
A
It definitely means that there is less availability right now. It could be that the sellers are holding on for prices to increase or it could mean more investors are buying this product so the demand is increasing

Q The National debt is out of control $16.7 trillion. Silver and Gold prices were at record highs just a few months ago. Has the sequester given the markets a false hope that Washington is addressing the debt problem? Is this why Gold & Silver have taken a hit downward and do you believe like I do that it is only a matter of time until it skyrockets?
A
I think you are on target. The same Fed Policy that drives up gold and silver is artificially making the stock market more attractive. At what point do companies need to produce real results and not just take advantage of cheap money?

Q With the recent crash in silver, are you buying or selling silver?
A
To answer your question we are both buying and selling. I am sure you have a long term view on where silver prices will be three years from now. Make your decision based on that and do not worry about timing the market.

Q What do you think the outlook for Silver will be for the remainder of the year?
A
We try to stay away from predicting prices and I would say that if anyone says they do know, they do not. Be especially cautious of a dealer who says prices are shooting to the Moon. They might just be selling you silver. I personally believe that the macro economic factors, money printing and geopolitical tension are all factors that favor gold and silver prices to increase.

Q With Silver & Gold going down in price, is it still a good investment? Compared to Money Market Bonds? It does not look like the fiat dollar is going anywhere fast.
A
I did not say prices would go down, I can say that today right at this moment prices are down, but next hour who knows? I believe that gold and silver are a solid long term investment

Q When I buy or sell silver or gold at APMEX what do YOU report to the IRS?
A
Form 8300 for cash transactions and 1099B for when you sell. If you pay by bank wire, personal check or credit card, it is not considered cash

Q The price of silver and gold is down but the price is down? If the demand is up and they keep running out of eagles shouldn’t the price be up?
A
The price of Silver Eagles have gone up because they are in short supply. Everyone is buying because silver went down. This does not mean the overall supply of silver is scarce.

Q Hello Mr. LaTona, my question to you sir is with all major governments printing to infinity, where do you see gold and silver prices head by the end of 2013?
A
There are very few people who really think all of this global money printing will turn out well. This is a major reason people are buying gold and silver…including the Central Banks who print the money

Q I was wondering what is a better buy, government backed coins like silver eagles and maple leafs or APMEX and sunshine mint silver coins and bars?
A
I like the added security of having a coin produced by a government mint, but many people in my company prefer rounds or bars. The “spread” meaning the difference between what we pay you and you pay us is very similar on all these items, so you cannot make a bad choice.

Q How do you feel about the future of AGQ and SLW? What are your favorite Junior Miners?
A
I think ETFs will be here for a long while as they are especially good for day trading. I honestly know little about mining companies.

At What Age Should You Start Investing In Precious Metals?

In our recent fill in the blank trivia on Facebook and Twitter, we asked this very question from fans and followers. As the answers were rolling in, many of you felt that you should start investing as soon as you get your first paycheck, while some of you said that you should start investing in precious metals for your children as soon as they are born. So we asked our team of professionals here at APMEX the very same questions and here is what they had to say:

 At what age should one start to invest in precious metals?
Precious metals should be considered for all investment portfolios.  At whatever age an individual begins to save and invest, they should consider precious metals. As a “collector” is another story. Children below the age of 5 are often taught by their parents to collect coins and start a coin collection.

Which precious metals should one start investing in as a first time investor?
Depending on how much you have to invest you would start with gold or silver. Most of our customers who invest $20,000 or more invest in both gold and silver.

What are some of the most popular APMEX products for first time investors?
The most popular APMEX products are the 1oz. Gold and Silver American Eagles. The Canadian Gold and Silver 1oz Maple Leaf is not too far behind. APMEX branded Gold and Silver bars & rounds are also popular.

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Silver Prices Now At 2 ½ Year Lows – Turn Back The Clock Popular Products In Stock And Ready For Shipment

Current Silver markets are now providing opportunities to set a position in Silver at prices last seen in October 2010.
Remember the price of Silver before several long term economic events such as the Greek debt crisis, China’s lockdown on “rare earth mineral” exports, the lowering of the U.S. debt rating, and the U.S. budget deficit.
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Weekly Gold & Silver Market Report for Apr 12, 2013

GOLD REACTS TO ECONOMIC CONDITIONS

As the week began, the price of Gold was mostly flat after positive gains last week. There is a continued move from commodities into equities, though many economists wonder how long this trend will last. “Equities are stronger, and that’s why we are seeing some profit-taking in Gold, but losses could be contained as there is still a lot of uncertainty, especially in Europe, where some issues are re-emerging in Portugal,” MKS Capital Senior Vice President Bernard Sin said.  This week’s main focus was on the United States Federal Reserve meeting and the future of their easing policies. “Market participants will be keen to get further clarity on where Fed members stand on QE, particularly given rising talks of flexibility and potential tapering of asset purchases,” UBS said in a note. The monthly Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes were released early Wednesday morning, though the contents were hardly newsworthy. The report showed a growing number of reserve members questioning continued monetary easing. “In particular, participants pointed to possible risks to the stability of the financial system, the functioning of particular financial markets, the smooth withdrawal of monetary accommodation when it eventually becomes appropriate, and the Federal Reserve’s net income,” the March meeting minutes state. However, these minutes were compiled before the release of the latest employment report, which showed a slowdown in new job creation. Since the beginning of the easing program, the Fed has made it clear the program will continue until employment reports show major improvement. Another catalyst of Gold’s price drop came from Cyprus’ intention to sell excess Gold reserves to help finance their economic bailout. It is not a large enough amount of Gold to affect the price on its own; however, it does open the door to speculations of other countries’ potential plans to deal with economic issues. “A bearish interpretation would be, where Cyprus leads, others will follow. If those others were Spain or especially Italy, they have very large reserves. But there are good reasons to think in this, as in other aspects, Cyprus is a special case,” Macquarie Metals Analyst Matthew Turner said. By the end of the week, Gold had lowered to its lowest level since July 2011. Gold’s response to economic data and U.S. and foreign currencies has adjusted over time and MKS Group’s Senior Vice President Frederic Panizzutti has noticed, saying that lately, Gold “does not seem to respond adequately to the current financial and geopolitical situation. The rumors about Cyprus possibly selling some Gold from its Central Bank reserves had a psychological impact resulting in some selling despite the fact that the amount of Gold being mentioned could easily be absorbed by the market.”

MARKET REACTION QUESTIONED

While the financial markets monitor and react to different reports around the world, many economists are questioning if those reactions are justified. U.S. consumer confidence dropped to a nine month low in April as economic stability has become a concern for Americans. Pessimistic data on jobless reports and recent retail sales is preventing economic growth. The Federal Reserve plans to continue with its monetary easing policy to create stronger job and housing markets.  On the topic of monetary easing in the U.S., a prominent Wall Street money manager has joined the list of those criticizing the Fed’s quantitative easing program. Rick Rieder, the managing director of investment firm BlackRock, is calling on the Fed to rein in its bond-buying efforts, describing them as “a large and dull hammer” that is in danger of increasing inflation. This opinion marks a change for Rieder and BlackRock; in the past, the firm had been a proponent of government debt. According to Rieder, “Fed policy has had a distorting effect on capital allocation decisions of all kinds at virtually every level of the economy.” In Europe, the economic issues have been well documented and the news this week did not change the region’s outlook. Credit ratings agency Moody’s cut Spain’s rating as they expressed a pessimistic view on the country’s credibility. Spain’s new credit rating is Baa3, just one level above junk status. “Whilst acknowledging the progress in fiscal consolidation that Spain has achieved at all government levels, the outlook on Spain’s government bond rating remains negative given the continued challenges it faces in meeting the deficit targets,” Moody’s wrote in a note. Surprisingly, the Gold price has yet to react to tensions out of North Korea, instead being swayed more by economic data, monetary policy decisions and currency trades. Wednesday’s news about Cyprus selling a portion of its Gold reserves is also weighing on the Gold price. UBS said in a note, “Given the significantly weaker-than-expected employment print in March, the focus on U.S. economic data is bound to become more acute in the coming weeks and months as the market searches for clues on whether the current momentum of opinion at the Fed continues or stalls.”

At 5:00 pm (EDT), the APMEX precious metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1485.70, Down $82.20.
  • Silver, $26.05, Down $1.77.
  • Platinum, $1478.10, Down $48.70.
  • Palladium, $707.40, Down $27.00.

Three Tips on Placing Orders with APMEX

We’re back! It’s time for part three of our APMEX course. You’re one lesson closer to becoming a Precious Metals expert. Now that you know how to buy and sell, here are three new tips to consider when placing your orders with APMEX!

  1. Before calling our account managers and reading from your “must have” list, make sure that you’re registered on our website! It’s free to register for an account with APMEX, and you’ll have a chance to win a FREE 1 oz Gold American Eagle. You can find the registration link at the very top of our website.
  2. So, you’ve registered…now what? If you’re a new investor you may have a number of questions about where to begin. We have several options to help you decide between the 5,000 products that we offer:
    1. Check out our New Investors page. This page is designed to ease new investors into the world of Precious Metals and contains a glossary of key terms, educational videos and a quick start guide that you can download for free.
    2. Join the in-crowd! Find out what other customers are currently investing in and take a look at the latest trends on our Top 40 Best Sellers page.
    3. Sometimes you just want to talk to a live person. Our account managers are here to help! These experts won’t lead you into what to buy, but they are extremely well versed on our products and the market and are happy to share their wealth of knowledge. Connect with an account manager at
      (800) 375-9006.
  3. Be sure of your selection before submitting your order. Once the order has been submitted, it can’t be changed or modified. Ask all the questions you can think of before finalizing your purchase so you can be confident in your selections.