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Summer Stackin: Seasonal Gold Charts

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VNote: Another from the archives.. Buy time? You decide. (2001-2010) Other than 2008, gold has displayed a strong seasonal tendency to move higher after the June-July time frame. It seems insignificant that gold didn’t rally in 2008 since there’s “always” some event that can alter the norm of things.  It doesn’t look like there is anything abnormal going on right ...

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CHART: GDP Forecasts

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from the 3.8.12 Economist: Our forecasters are predicting a difficult 2012 for many countries, but a return to form for some in 2013. In Europe, a number of economies are expected to shrink this year, with Italy and Spain doing worst among those we track. But after contracting by 0.6% in 2012, the euro area is expected to rebound slightly, ...

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CHART: Commodity Prices

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Many commodity prices fell last year as the euro crisis and slowing growth in emerging markets dampened demand. American crude oil, one of the few commodities whose price rose, is now 10% more expensive after a volatile year. Oil prices peaked in April, then dropped back when Libyan supplies came back online and economic prospects improved. The same gloomy outlook ...

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CHART: America’s Tax Gap

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from The Economist: More than $2 trillion in taxes is collected annually by America’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The tax gap, the amount of tax liability that is not paid on time by corporations and individuals in America, was $450 billion in 2006 according to a new report by the IRS. The last “tax gap” report, which looked at the 2001 tax ...

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CHART: 2011 Stockmarkets

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From The Economist: 2011 was a poor year for the markets. The MSCI world stockmarkets index fell by 8.5% in 2011, and the index for developed markets fell by 7.6%. The euro area’s biggest economies fared particularly badly, with markets in Italy, France and Germany down by 25%, 17% and 15% respectively. But the prize for the worst performing of ...

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CHART: International Bribery by Country

From The Economist: Corruption in the public and private sectors go together. Bribery involves two parties, not one. Lambasting officials in poor countries for their sticky fingers is easier (and less open to legal challenge) than investigating the outsiders who suborn them. On November 2nd Transparency International (TI), a Berlin-based campaigning group, published its Bribe Payers Index. Based on questions to ...

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CHART: Global Human Development Index

From The Economist: Breaking down the constituents of the human development index. The UN released its new edition of its human development report on November 2nd. The report contains an index which is seen by many as an alternative way of measuring countries’ prosperity and well-being. It is composed of three equally-weighted parts: health (through life expectancy at birth), wealth (national income ...

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CHART: U.S.A. Murders 2000 – 2010

From The Economist: Murder has become less common overall in America, but in some cities the crime has risen. In September one of New Orleans’s most dangerous men was convicted of second-degree murder and jailed for life. Yet there are signs that Telly Hankton’s reign of terror continues from behind bars. America has one of the highest homicide rates in the developed world, at ...

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CHART: U.S. Corporations Tax Rates

From The Economist: The statutory federal income tax rate for big American companies is 35%. But a study by the Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, two Washington, DC-based think-tanks, has assessed the tax records of 280 companies from the Fortune 500 list with reliable pre-tax profit reports. Among these companies the average effective ...

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Silver’s Secrets Exposed: A Timeline Tells All

From Brittany Stepniak of WealthWire.com: Silver has long enjoyed its history, adored and coveted by all. Desired for it’s lustrous appeal; used both for beautiful, and often ornate, jewelry and decoration but also as a safe and practical form of currency – thriving especially in times of economic woe when fiat currencies suffer. Smart entrepreneurs and investors have been capitalizing ...

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CHART: The 99%

From The Economist: Of all the many banners being waved around the world by disgruntled protesters from Chile to Australia the one that reads, “We Are the 99%” is the catchiest. It is purposefully vague, but it is also underpinned by some solid economics. A report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) points out that income inequality in America has ...

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CHART: How Consumer Spending Has Changed

From The Economist: How the economic slowdown has changed consumer spending in America Americans are spending less on clothes and eating out and more on household fuel bills and healthcare, according to data from the Bureau of Labour Statistics. Between 2007 and 2010, average annual consumer spending per unit—defined as a family/shared household or single/financially independent person—fell by 3.1% to ...

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CHART: Gross Government Debt By Country

From The Economist: New forecasts for the government debt and budget balances of rich countries. As the euro area’s sovereign-debt crisis has gone from bad to worse, financial tensions now pose a grave threat not just to the European economy but beyond. Yet there is no simple gauge that explains why investors fret about some euro-zone economies while keeping faith ...

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TABLE – Gold Bull and Bear Markets Since 1972

Since ’72, there have been 14 bull and 13 bear market cycles (20% rises/declines preceded by a 20% decline/rise). The average bull market in Gold has lasted 434 days with gains of 94.89%. The average bear is a bit longer at 538 days with average declines of 33.37%. The current bull market in Gold that started in June of 2006 ...

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CHART – Gauging Gloom and the Recession

From The Economist: An uptick in press mentions of recession bodes ill for the world economy. It has been a thoroughly wretched summer in the rich world: weak growth, dismal jobs numbers and plunges in stockmarkets. Now there is yet another cause for concern. The Economist’s informal R-word index tracks the number of newspaper articles that use the word “recession” ...

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CHART – Bloomberg “Gold’s Fair Value Is $10,000 An Ounce”

Gold has the potential to jump more than fivefold as the precious metal’s price catches up with the surging amount of money in the U.S. economy, according to Dylan Grice, a global strategist at Societe Generale SA. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE The bottom panel tracks the value of U.S. gold holdings, based on the spot price, as a percentage of ...

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CHART – Public Opinion On Austerity

From The Economist: VIEWS on the best way to deal with the rich-world’s debt problems vary across its countries, according to the latest annual survey of American and European public opinion by the German Marshall Fund, a think-tank. The poll shows clear support for austerity over stimulus in the rich world. That may be because announced austerity plans have yet ...

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CHART – America’s Richest and Poorest Households

From The Economist: The real incomes of America’s richest and poorest households. The financial crisis and its aftermath have taken a significant toll on American households, but many of the country’s economic problems predate the crisis. New data on income and poverty released by the Census Bureau reveal a picture of sustained stagnation in incomes for most American households. From ...

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TABLE – Govts with Gold Reserves > 100 Tons

From Eric Jansen of itulip: CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW Read More @ itulip

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TABLE – Inflation 10 Years After September 11, 2001

From Mark McHugh of Across The Street: No doubt September 11, 2001 changed everything. But the business of actually measuring those changes has been as overlooked by most as the nationalities of the hijackers. The following is presented in the interest of truth, justice and the American way. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE  ~ZProps

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CHART – China’s Economic Dominance

From the Economist: By 2030 China’s economy could loom as large as America’s in the 1970s. A new book, discussed in this week’s Economics focus, by Arvind Subramanian of the Peterson Institute for International Economics argues that China’s economic might will overshadow America’s sooner than people think. Mr Subramanian combines each country’s share of world GDP, trade and foreign investment ...

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CHART – Deaths from terrorist attacks.

From the Economist: THE attacks of September 11th 2001 killed 2,996 people. Despite the subsequent declaration of a war on terror, over the past ten years thousands more have been killed by terrorists of all hues. The chart below tracks the number of terrorist-related fatalities worldwide. The data is from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses ...

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Chart – Public Opinion of Climate Change

From the Economist: Researchers at Yale University have been tracking American opinion on climate change for some years now and showing how it differs according to political allegiance. It has not previously looked at the opinions of respondents who identify with the Tea Party. Tea Partiers, unsurprisingly, tend not to believe in the phenomenon (the 53% who don’t believe in ...

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Chart – World’s FInancial Wealth

Debt restructuring will occur and sound money will prevail as it always has. And when that happens this chart will look very different. Keep stackin. ~V From Shayne McGuire LBMA: CLICK IMAGE FOR A LARGER VIEW ~TVR

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Chart – Credit Easing Policy Tools – As of 6.13.11

Courtesy of Phil’s Stock World: The weak Dollar was pretty much the only reason we have had the pretense of a global recovery. It made it look like there was a demand for commodities (there was not), it made it look like there was a demand for American goods (there was not) and it made it look like we were ...

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