Coffee, Milk and Gold

Last week was holiday-shorted due to Good Friday (it’s not an official holiday in the US, but it is in the UK. And this week’s report is a day late due to Easter Monday). The price of gold dropped $15, but the price of silver rose ¢4. Perhaps silver traders got word that we are paying interest on silver, which gives people a reason to hold silver? J

 

A silver bar plus interest…  [PT]

 

The discussion in the opening essay [which can be found here, ed.] is germane to the topic of the gold price. It should be clear that—whatever its virtues—gold will not protect you from the second cause of rising prices (i.e., regulation that destroys productive businesses, and thus supply of goods, and hence causes prices to rise). The price of gold does not go up just because the city bankrupts another coffee shop.

It is tempting to cling to the idea of the Quantity Theory of Money, the neoclassical notion that the price of money is inverse to its quantity. This sets the expectation of rapidly rising prices due to monetary policy. It is convenient to see rising prices due to the ever-increasing mandate to put useless ingredients in everything from coffee to the milk that goes in it.

Mainstream economics has one word to refer to rising prices, due to either cause. Inflation. And this biases gold analysis. If inflation is affecting the price of coffee in Seattle, then why isn’t it affecting the price of gold? The answer is simple, now that we have two clear concepts.

Inflation in this falling-interest rate cycle, is not monetary. Monetary forces are pushing prices down (due to falling interest rates). So if prices are rising, they are rising due to the increasing burden of useless ingredients.

But all the gold ever mind in human history is still in human hands. No one has the power to add useless ingredients to gold. So the price of gold does not go up from this cause.

This is one more reason why gold is the best way to measure declines in the dollar, and why the consumer price index fails. From the above discussion, we can see that coffee and milk are wholly inadequate measures.

 

Fundamental Developments

Anyway, let us look at the supply and demand picture of silver (and gold too). But, first, here is the chart of the prices of gold and silver.

 

Gold and silver priced in USD

 

Next, this is a graph of the gold price measured in silver, otherwise known as the gold to silver ratio (see here for an explanation of bid and offer prices for the ratio). The ratio fell.

 

Gold-silver ratio

 

Here is the gold graph showing gold basis, co-basis and the price of the dollar in terms of gold price.

 

Gold basis, co-basis and the USD priced in milligrams of gold

 

The scarcity (i.e. co-basis) continues to rise, but not that much (especially the gold basis continuous).

The Monetary Metals Gold Fundamental Price is down $33, to $1,426.

Now let’s look at silver.

 

Silver basis, co-basis and the USD priced in grams of silver

 

The scarcity of silver (i.e., the co-basis) fell a bit. But the price did not change that much.

The Monetary Metals Silver Fundamental Price was down another 25 cents to $15.84.

 

© 2019 Monetary Metals

 

Charts by: Monetary Metals

 

Chart and image captions by PT

 

Dr. Keith Weiner is the president of the Gold Standard Institute USA, and CEO of Monetary Metals. Keith is a leading authority in the areas of gold, money, and credit and has made important contributions to the development of trading techniques founded upon the analysis of bid-ask spreads. Keith is a sought after speaker and regularly writes on economics. He is an Objectivist, and has his PhD from the New Austrian School of Economics. He lives with his wife near Phoenix, Arizona.

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Bankrupting Coffee Shops – Precious Metals Supply and Demand”

  • Wombat:

    wrt gold.
    If the scarcity of gold is rising, how is it that the MM fundamental price is falling ?

  • therooster:

    I’ve heard some stupid analysis on gold in the past but this one really takes the cake. Gold’s real value is tied to utility and gold that sits in a hoard has zero. As the market begins to monetize (and circulate) personal sovereign gold currency from the grass roots of the market,as is now beginning (with a mass based unit of account), the utility value will rise. Price follows utility value in this case.

    Gold that sits in a hoard of unemployment has as much utility as a golden calf that sits in the desert of economic depravity.

    Don’t worry , we’re on top of the problem. Care to help ? https://lp1.kb-universe.com/?referer=therooster

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