Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Whereas gold has forged ahead to new highs in recent weeks, silver has got bogged down working off overhanging supply, which is the price it is paying for having dropped like a rock last year, so that even though it has risen proportionally more than gold this year, it had so much ground to make up that it still hasn't broken out to new highs.
The long-term chart for silver looks chaotic compared to that for gold, not helped by the violent plunge last year which saw it drop from a high near $21 to a mere $8.50 at the low. It has spent this year to date slowly making up the lost ground which has involved it laboriously working its way through the overhanging supply set up by the plunge. The good news is that with the recent break above more concentrated resistance in the $16 area, there is now not that much more resistance to go before it breaks into the clear by advancing above last year's highs, and with gold looking set to continue to make strong gains, a breakout to new highs is probably not very far off. (more)
Commercial and multifamily mortgage lending in the U.S. fell 12 percent from the second quarter to the third quarter and is down 54 percent from year ago levels, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
The drop includes a year over year decrease in lending for all types of commercial properties. Loans for retail properties are down 62 percent. Loans for office properties are down 56 percent, MBA says.
Apartment lending is down 40 percent. (more)
Carloadings on major U.S. railroads in the week ended October 31 dipped 13.7 percent from a year ago, the Association of American Railroads said in its weekly report.
But at 275,439 carloads, traffic was down 18.2 percent from the same week in 2007 -- before the recession hit.
A quick, widespread recovery is unlikely as modest increases in rail traffic from week to week have yet to push shipments up to pre-recession levels. (more)
If Incomes are Down, Where is the Economic Spending coming from? Industrial Production Still Lower, Credit Contraction, and Average Work Week at Recor
With 8 million jobs lost in this great recession, it is rather surprising to see so many people enter into a deep capture mode of believing in a quick and efficient recovery. If we look at data in the misery index, the average American has a hard time swallowing the jagged economic recovery pill. They look at their paychecks and see no recovery. They look at rising healthcare costs and see no recovery. They send their kids to colleges where costs are going up 8,9, or even 10 percent per year. The data simply does not reflect this actual reality. Are things better than say in March? Depends on what we look at. Sure, the stock market is up a record 60 percent but does your life feel 60 percent better? Is your pay up by 60 percent? What about your bottom line? If we look at disposable income for the average American, it has actually fallen. If it follows that two-thirds of our economy is based on spending, then where is this money coming from?
Let us first look at disposable income: (more)
Because it is basically unchanged after 136 years of continuous production and because there is a healthy, liquid market for it, a good example of this case can be made by tracing the price of "The Gun that Won the West," the Colt Single-action Army revolver. The venerable Peacemaker turns out to be a better gauge of inflation than gold is and a better investment. President Ronald Reagan even named a missile after it.
The correlation of gold and guns can be traced back at least to 1873 when Colt's Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Conn., introduced the most technologically advanced handgun of its time, a six-shot revolver that used metallic cartridges. The Army adopted it as its standard side arm, a position it held until 1892. The innovation of metallic cartridges made it easier to reload in a hurry. Reloading had always been an issue because it was slow, unwieldy and required some expertise. Now anybody could do it. (more)
From recent rampages in Orlando, Fla., to mortgage-related torture in Los Angeles, certain members of the citizenry seem to have had their fill of being manipulated for the financial gain of others, and they're firing back with force.
And the situation threatens to burn hotter as the winter holidays -- always a peak period fof domestic violence, due mostly to financial stress -- approach to spark its frazzled strands. The economic crisis revealed late-capitalism's central offense: Human beings are being transparently treated if they were mere transactions. And they're going postal over it. (more)
Olivier Garrett, CEO of investment consulting firm Casey Research, doesn’t think that the Dow’s drop below 10,000 is necessarily a bad sign.
That’s because he thinks that even at 9500, the Dow was overvalued. “We anticipate it will go … much further down,” Garrett told Newsmax. “We wouldn’t be surprised to see it back under 8000 before too long.”
Economic recovery is definitely going to be shaped like a W, not a V, says Garrett who considers the current rally to be “just a bear market recovery.” (more)