Dollar sign floating in bubble, about to be popped with a needle

Gold in Another Stock Market Bubble

For weeks, I’ve intended to write a post on the current stock market bubble, and now, the New York Times‘ David Leonhardt has beaten me to it, but I’ll make some additional points. Robert Shiller, a Noble prize-winning economist, is among the market analysts and economists whose work I follow and admire. I discovered Shiller several years…

Federal Open Market Committee abbreviation on top of stacks of silver and gold coins

FOMC Fallout: Here We Go Again

As I write this morning, gold has given up two-thirds of its gains following the Fed’s decision last Wednesday to continue its $85 billion-a-month in bond purchases under QE3. One reason for this retreat is that markets overreacted to the news, just as they did back in June when Ben Bernanke’s statement about QE3 was misinterpreted as a signal the Fed would cut back QE3 in September. Buckle your seat belts; we’re in for many more days like Wednesday in the year ahead…

Four 100 gram gold bars at the base of a red arrow pointing upwards

Why Is Gold Rallying?

This weekend’s NY Times article about Goldman Sachs cornering the aluminum warehousing market has generated heated speculation about the lending practices of big banks that warehouse gold. This matter draws great interest because such lending practices could lead to delivery obligations rising to levels significantly higher than gold stocks can support.  Moreover, because these lending arrangements…