Deflation: Really?

April 17 2014

There is a public outcry over lower inflation. Many pundits fear deflation, as if it was the devil himself. IMF’s Christine Lagarde is one of many alarmists that warn for a deflationary spiral, calling it the deflation “ogre”. Lagarde has been very outspoken about the dangers of falling consumer prices and even urged ECB-president Mario Draghi to actively “fight low inflati... »

Olav Dirkmaat

Why the Gold / Silver Ratio is Next to Useless

April 11 2014

Many opt for silver instead of gold due to the “magical” gold / silver ratio (the gold / silver ratio is calculated by dividing the price of gold by the price of silver). They then point at the “historical” 16:1 ratio as a “fair estimate” of the mean ratio, and predict a “regression to the mean” of silver against gold. As the gold / silver ratio curr... »

Olav Dirkmaat

Why China Matters for Gold in Three Charts

April 3 2014

Why does China matter to gold investors? The answers are quite straightforward, but perhaps better explained by the three graphs we’ve laid out for you today.... »

Olav Dirkmaat

What Russia Is Doing with Its Gold: a Chronological Account of Recent Events

March 28 2014

Russia has been a net buyer of gold for the past few years. It bought about 77 tons in 2013 and currently holds around 1,042 metric tons in its vaults, making it the eight biggest gold investor of the world. But what will Russia do next with its gold, as the world appears to be on the brink of a renewed cold war?... »

Olav Dirkmaat

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