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We are pleased to inform new readers of this important service. Three times each week (usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday), unless travel or health conditions interfere, we will continue to write a timely commentary on current market conditions. These comments are entitled "Melman Minutes" and it is our hope that they will be of value in providing political and economic background information to assist in your interpretation of market conditions.


Wednesday, December 17th, 2014


Anyone who doubts the potential severity of the financial crisis now sweeping across Russia should take the time to examine the five-year chart of the Russian Ruble's value versus the US Dollar.  It can be easily noted that during the past few trading sessions alone, the Ruble's relative price movement has been on the order of seven times the total variance through the previous five years!     Read Article


Monday, December 15th, 2014


Aside from oil considerations which have so dominated headlines of late, another facet of our overall precious metals influences is long term interest rates and the 25-year chart of U.S. Treasury 30-year Bond quotes provides us with interesting information.   Read Article


Friday, December 12th, 2014


Well, I must admit to being surprised in a truly positive manner by a political statement.  The incident occurred in Canada's parliament when a heckler from the leftist New Democratic Party (NDP) was openly criticizing Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, for reneging on his prior vows to impose additional environmental requirements on the oil industry.  Harper replied by calling for a balanced approach to environmental regulations, adding that environmental concerns must not come at the cost of jobs.  Read Article


Monday, December 8th, 2014


During the past several months, we have devoted a considerable amount of 'ink' to the subject of the U.S. Dollar, indicating that continued strength in that currency would likely be an impediment to any strong recovery in the price of the precious metals.  Well, in our judgement, a second and perhaps equally strong negative force has emerged.  We are referring to the real threat of price deflation.  While in the long run, deflation would probably be fought by central banks via immense currency creation, in the short run it could be very damaging to the precious metals.  Read Article


Friday, December 5th, 2014


The U.S. Department of Labour provided the markets with a genuine surprise this morning when it reported that the number of net new non-farm jobs created during November swelled to 321.000, the highest monthly job-creation number in nearly three years.  The figure far exceeded forecasts which had generally ranged in the lower 200,000s.  It is also noteworthy that the Department of Labour retroactively increased reported job gains during September and October by a total of 44,000 jobs.  The official "Unemployment Rate" remained unchanged at 5.8%  Read Article


Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014


Currency trading has suddenly regained its status as one of the most widely-followed financial categories among today's financial movers and two charts illustrate the point.  Read Article


Monday, December 1st, 2014


If there was ever a morning where trading in many directions provided excellent examples of the term "whipsaw market", today's the day.  Both of our primary precious metals were impacted by the election which dealt with the question of whether the Swiss Franc should be backed, at least partially, by physical gold.

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