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Welcome to the "Wolf Creek Pass" School of Monetary Policy

I don’t know if you folks remember that hit ditty: a humorous tune about two truckers attempting to manhandle an out-of-control 1948 Peterbilt down the “other side” of Wolf Creek Pass – a death-taunting section of U.S. Highway 160 where the elevation drops a hefty 5,000 feet in a relatively short distance.

The song’s two characters – a truck driver named Earl and his brother, who’s his partner as well as the song’s narrator – are taking a flatbed load of chickens on a speedy trip down this winding, two-lane Colorado highway. After the narrator gives Earl the above-mentioned warning, the ancient semi’s brakes fail.

From there on down, the narrator tells us that the brothers’ trip “just wasn’t real pretty.” The truck careened around hairpins and switchbacks, and then raced at an uncontrolled 110 mph toward a tunnel with “clearance to the 12-foot line” – with chicken crates sadly “stacked to 13-9.”

The drivers and the runaway Peterbilt “went down and around and around and down ’til we run outta ground at the edge of town… and bashed into the side of the feed store – in downtown Pagosa Springs.”

Believe it or not, I started thinking about this funny old country tune the other night – right after I’d read a piece about QE3 and the U.S. Federal Reserve.

As zany as it first sounds, the parallels are striking.

  • Today's "Gold Convergence" Is Your Best Buy Signal Yet We've been recommending gold shares for months now, ever since prices collapsed in April. But timing's getting critical, because now the market is telling you gold is set to surge...
    The first piece of evidence hit my radar on August 1st, moments after Barrick Gold released its $8.7 billion "news." (More on that in a minute.)
    The Commitment of Traders report - perhaps the best leading indicator for gold prices - delivered the second piece of evidence: a staggering 70% spike in "red flag" futures trading. And the third and fourth pieces of evidence just arrived.
    But before we look at each of these events in detail, here's what you need to know:
    Any one of these indicators is bullish on its own. So when all four signals flash at once, please don't wait.
    A "Gold Convergence" like this hasn't happened in 12 years...
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  • What's Driving Gold Prices Today

    Gold prices today are still below $1,300 an ounce as traders in the United States and Europe continue to sell the precious metal.

    Western investors were the main driving force behind redemptions of nearly $19 billion in gold-backed ETFs in the second quarter of 2013.

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  • Experts Predict 30-Day Window for Gold We've been studying the resource markets - and gold in particular - for over 30 years. And have seen almost every cycle the yellow metal has gone through.
    One thing is certain in our opinion: International investors, central banks and corporations are all looking to buy gold... And these slow summer months are likely providing the best price.
    Asian investors, especially in China and India, are buying coins and bullion like mad. Sales are up 22% annually in China and 52% in India.
    Gold analyst Jim Willie put it best when he said: "The migration of gold from West to East is the grand story of the decade." They know, as our dear friend Richard Russell recently reminded us, that gold and international power still go hand in hand.
    Beyond the obvious demand, history is also on gold's side. Gold's movements are in line with historic trends, never mind what the no-nothing, hand-wringing Cassandras are saying.
    In fact, we believe this is a unique moment in history to get gold on the cheap, and take advantage of before the end of summer.
    Of course, the ongoing "tapering talk" from the Fed pushed gold down sharply. That's because if the Fed stops stimulating the economy, an inflationary outcome is unlikely, especially if it's combined with higher interest rates that boost the value of the dollar. That's bad for gold.
    What's more, there may be darker forces at work as well. There's a distinct possibility the gold market was manipulated [Editor's Note: here's who did it].
    Yet the bottom line is that nothing material changed to justify a $700 drop in gold prices from over $1,903 in 2011 to almost $1,200 earlier this month.
    In fact, this 36% fall is clearly...
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  • Why Gold Prices Are Going Down Today The answer to why gold prices are going down today isn't hard to find - it's a testament to the power behind Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Comex August gold fell $76.50, or 5.56%, to 1,229.50 in early morning trading Thursday. The August contract traded as low as $1,285.00 in overnight trading as the U.S. dollar rose to the highest in more than a week against six major currencies.

    Gold prices plunged Thursday to near three-year lows as precious metals investors took a "risk-off" stance following Wednesday's FOMC meeting. Bernanke announced that the current $85 billion worth of monthly bond purchases could slow near the end of this year, and end in 2014, if the economy keeps improving.

    He said interest rates could increase "far in the future."

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  • How to Invest in Gold: Tips from an Expert on the Yellow Metal Rule5

    With gold prices near two-year lows through much of 2013, a bargain-hunting Money Morning TV viewer asked us about how to invest in gold.

    Rick Rule, the founder and chairman of Sprott Global Resources Investments, provided the answers.

    Rule says he'd put a portion of the money into gold bullion and a portion into gold stocks.

    But he warns those unfamiliar with the sector should stick to what they know: If you're bullish on gold, buy gold, but realize gold stocks don't necessarily mirror the price of the yellow metal.

    Check out exactly how Rick Rule would invest $100,000 today in the yellow metal in the video below.

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  • Gold Prices Are Bargain for India's Consumers, But Problem for Government heart

    The last several months have been tough on gold prices, but gold bugs haven't lost their insatiable appetite for the yellow metal. With gold officially in a bear market, demand is surging at today's bargain prices.

    Gold demand is especially strong in India, where gold is the investment of choice among consumers. India's gold imports reached 162 tons in May, almost twice the average level.

    That's why last week the country - the world's biggest consumer of gold - increased the duty of gold imports for the second time in six months.

    The duty was boosted from 6% to 8% on gold ore, and from 5% to 7% on intermediate products
    in attempts to decelerate the accelerating gold demand. Bullion prices fell 0.25% to $1,399.36 an ounce following the move.

    Gold imports are one of the biggest contributors to India's mushrooming account deficit (which occurs when imports exceed exports). An increasing deficit affects the country's foreign exchange reserves and the value of its currency.

    Friday, the ruppe closed below the key 57 mark against the U.S. dollar for the first time in a year. The slide further casts a shadow on India's economy amid pricier imports and heightened inflationary risks.

    Policy makers in India have been attempting to reduce its deficit and improve finances as it faces possible rating downgrades. They hope the duty increase will help.

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  • Rick Rule Explains Falling Gold Prices Rule vid4

    The Federal Reserve and other central banks keep printing money. The U.S. stock market is soaring. And gold prices, after a brief recovery, have continued their plunge.

    Are these phenomena connected? We put the question to one of the world's foremost gold experts, Rick Rule, founder and chairman of Sprott Global Resources Investments.

    Listen to his explanation for falling gold prices in the following interview.

    And even as gold prices sink, mining costs have climbed. If gold prices keep falling, miners could take "fairly drastic measures" to remain profitable, according to Rule.

    Check out Rule's analysis in the accompanying video.

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  • With Gold Prices Down, Here's Where the Money is Flowing Gold grab small

    As pointed out in a recent article by Money Morning Global Resource Specialist Peter Krauth, there is something interesting happening with gold prices.

    Paper gold, controlled by Wall Street, is going down. But demand for physical gold all over the globe is going up every time that gold prices are down.

    That's not the only place divergences are occurring in the global gold market. A divergence can even be seen in the difference between Wall Street speculators and commercial interests in the paper gold market.

    The speculative momentum players continue piling on shorts, while commercial interests are following a path 180 degrees opposite.

    The question remains for those investors interested in gold as to who will be right in the end. The short-term Wall Street speculators or more long-term players?

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    It's been a tumultuous couple of months for the yellow metal, which has investors asking: Are gold prices near a bottom?

    There's hope this price plunge is ending.

    Year-to-date, gold is lower by 17%. But after seven trading sessions where gold prices slumped, on Monday June gold futures gained 1.4%, or $19.40, to $1,384.10. Contract prices bounced as much as 2.4% after sliding 2.1%.

    Now technical analysis points to a rebound in the yellow metal to $1,500 in June, following the "double bottom" hit Monday.

    A double bottom involves three moves: a drop, a rebound, and another drop to the previous low. Chart watchers deem the pattern as bullish. A classic double bottom reversal typically marks an intermediate or long term change in trend.

    "This shows that gold is probably ready to climb," Matthew Schilling, a commodity broker at Chicago based R.J. O'Brien told Bloomberg News. "The reversal was proof that we have found a bottom."

    In just 10 minutes Monday, in the wake of gold's rally, holdings in exchange-traded products backed by gold soared by $1.7 billion.

    Fueling the buying were comments from Moody's that a downgrade of U.S. debt is likely if the government fails to get its finances in order in 2013.

    To get more info, we asked Morning Morning Global Resource Specialist Peter Krauth if he thought a gold-price bottom was near.

    "I thing gold is somewhat oversold," Krauth said. "Yesterday's price action, when gold shot up by about $40 within four hours seems to reflect the thinking that it's due for a bounce."

    Krauth said this year's gold price correction was expected.

    "After a 12-year bull market with no true correction like that in 1974-1976 time frame, one more is due. I would not be surprised to see gold eventually correct a bit further before making a final bottom.

    "That being said, if it were to turn up and stay above $1,550, then it's likely this correction would be over," he continued.

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  • Why Silver and Gold Prices Are Falling video-shah-gold-silver-prices-falling-2

    Metals started the week in the red, leading investors to ask why silver and gold prices are falling today. Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani joined FOX Business' "Varney & Co." to answer that question.

    He told host Stuart Varney about the big trading move that pushed metals down today. He also explained why he would keep buying gold.

    Shah also recommended a stock that pays a 10% dividend yield and says the stock will be "safe" as long as the housing market remains stable.

    Hear Shah's recommendation and his thoughts on why silver and gold prices are falling in the following video.

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  • Why Gold Prices Are Going Down Gold bars small

    Gold investors are just not feeling the love, once again left to wonder why gold prices are going down.

    The yellow metal dipped again Thursday, with gold for June delivery ending down $10 at $1,386.10 an ounce. It was the sixth consecutive trading day of declines and marked a four-week low for the metal.

    With equity markets continuing to log record highs, and economic data showing some signs of improvement, safe haven gold looks nothing like its moniker.

    Fueling gold's recent rout is not one thing; it's a combination of things.

    Here's why gold prices are going down this week.

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    The bear market has gold bugs reaching for the Dramamine. But we reached for the telephone instead and dialed Singapore - and legendary investment guru Jim Rogers.
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  • Is Now the Time to Buy Gold and Silver? Gold protect

    Wondering if now's the time to buy gold and silver? Wonder no more. Let me explain.

    As a collector of both precious metals, like many, I planned on loading up in the wake of recent price declines. But guess what? My usual dealers were out of gold and silver.

    Thanks to the selloff, a buying frenzy for bullion has crashed websites, jammed phone lines and depleted inventory.

    "Our website was overloaded for the first time ever Friday and Monday. Every phone line was lit up. We did seven times our normal volume," Jake Haugen, VP of sales for Texas-based  Provident Metals, told Money Morning.

    You see, with gold on track to log its fourth weekly decline and silver headed for the worst week in about 19 months, bargain hunting abounded.

    Declines in gold and silver prices began last Thursday and accelerated Monday when gold plunged $140.40, or 9.4%, to $1,360.90 an ounce, marking its biggest one-day decline in 30 years. Since its 2011 high of nearly $1,900 an ounce, gold has tumbled 28%.

    Silver slumped $2.97, or 11.3%, Monday to $23.36 an ounce, well off its 1980 record high of $49.45.

    As recently as last year, investors like me were paying more than $1,700 per ounce for gold and $35 per ounce for silver.

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