Gold has its best year since 2010 amid global jitters – Los Angeles Times

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By Ranjeetha Pakiam and Elena MaznevaBloomberg  Dec. 31, 2019 3:46 PM

Gold climbed to a three-month high to clinch its best annual performance since 2010, as a weaker dollar helped cap a year marked by global economic jitters and trade frictions.

Bullion gained 19% this year as central banks globally embraced looser monetary policy to boost growth. Brexit, unrest in regions from Chile to Hong Kong and buying sprees from key central banks and exchange-traded funds have also helped support prices.

Spot gold climbed as much as 0.7% to $1,525.38 an ounce on Tuesday, the highest since Sept. 25. It traded at $1,520.13 at 1:40 p.m. in New York. Gold futures for February delivery rose 0.3% to settle at $1,523.10 on the Comex.

The metal managed to hold on to gains even after President Trump said he will sign the first phase of a trade deal with China on Jan. 15, easing uncertainty that has fueled haven demand for bullion.

“It is not really a surprise” especially after headlines yesterday that China’s Vice-Premier Liu He is coming to Washington to sign the so-called phase-one trade deal, said Tai Wong, the head of metals derivatives trading at BMO Capital Markets.

Some analysts doubt that gold’s strength will stick next year. JPMorgan Asset Management cautioned that bullion may not offer sound portfolio protection.

“There are very few certain environments in which gold does well, and it’s not necessarily the case that 2020 won’t be any of those,” Hannah Anderson, a global market strategist at JPMorgan, said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “In the next downturn, I do believe that bonds still could be defensive assets.”

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E.T.F. Investors Are Going for Gold, Despite Many Drawbacks – The New York Times

By Brian J. O’Connor

  • Oct. 11, 2019

Like eager prospectors in a B western, many investors believe there’s gold in them hills — and that’s where they’re heading.

Gold has often been a haven for investors, and there are plenty of reasons to seek safety now. They include the trade war with China, weakness in Europe, central bankers looking at subzero interest rates, turmoil in the Middle East, the looming Brexit and uncertainty heading into the 2020 United States elections, and fears of a possible recession.

By mid-September, investors had poured nearly $8 billion this year into exchange-traded funds that hold gold.

This growing gold rush has pushed the price of the precious metal up nearly 27 percent since October 2017, to more than $1,500 an ounce. The last time gold was as expensive was April 2013, after it had declined from its August 2011 recession high of $1,917.90. Last month, analysts at Citigroup predicted that gold could hit $2,000 an ounce.

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Gold prices: Gold prices steady as market awaits US employment report – The Economic Times

US gold futures dipped 0.3 per cent to $1,502.9 per ounce.

Reuters|Oct 03, 2019, 02.49 PM IST

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Gold prices were little changed on Thursday, following a jump of more than 1 per cent in the previous session, as investors awaited more data with which to gauge US economic health and that could influence further US Federal Reserve action on interest rates.

Spot gold was steady at $1,498.89 per ounce, as of 0758 GMT, while US gold futures dipped 0.3 per cent to $1,502.9 per ounce.

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Why Precious Metals Have Become More Appealing – WSJ

By Amrith Ramkumar

Updated Sept. 30, 2019 4:21 pm ET

This article is part of the Journal’s quarterly markets review, “Investing in a Low-Yield World.”

Unlike stocks and bonds, precious metals don’t give investors any income simply for holding them. So why were they among the market’s best performers in the third quarter?

The reason: In a world of falling—or outright negative—yields, nervous investors seeking havens are less likely to miss out on returns from bonds if they put money into gold or silver.

That eliminates the major trade-off that typically confronts those interested in owning gold: It offers no yield at all.

That declining opportunity cost is why trillions of dollars of negative-yielding debt around the world and sharp declines in Treasury yields in the U.S. have sparked a rally in precious metals. The price of silver rose 11% in the third quarter, while platinum rallied about 6%. Gold advanced 4% in the quarter and is now up 15% for the year, headed toward its biggest annual gain since 2010.

The sudden allure of precious metals highlights the turbulence of this year’s third quarter, in which stocks, bonds and other assets swung wildly as investors weighed the latest developments in the U.S.-China trade war. Stocks recovered from a turbulent August to creep back toward records in September, while bond yields, which move inversely to prices, stabilized after approaching record lows earlier in the month.

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5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying Precious Metals

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Gold can be a great investment

Buying physical gold or silver as an investment is not always as straightforward as it sounds. Novice investors often get lost in a variety of options: “Should I buy minted bars or sovereign coins?” “Maybe that limited edition coin would be a good investment?”

Sensible investors evaluate bullion options by the price and premium on the gold spot price. But the premium is only one part of the equation. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get that premium back upon the sale.

Worse, there are unscrupulous dealers out there. They will try to trick you into buying numismatics and other collectibles that have a huge premium and won’t retain their value over time.

As a result, it’s essential to get an understanding of precious metals before dipping your toes into this market.

In this article, I’ll answer some of the most important questions you should ask yourself before buying precious metals.

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Bearish Cracks Appearing In Bullish Gold Market | Kitco News

(Kitco News) – After three-straight weeks of gains, cracks are starting to appear in gold’s bullish veneer, particularly among Wall Street analysts, according to the latest results of the Kitco News Weekly Gold Survey.

It has been a volatile week for the precious metal as unprecedented recession fears and new lows in bond yields drove investors from equity markets and into alternative safe-haven assets. However, the gold market is preparing to end Friday well off its six-year high, hit earlier in the week.

Although sentiment, especially among Wall Street analysts, remains clearly bullish, caution continues to creep into the marketplace.

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Gold holds steady above two-week low after Fed minutes

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Gold prices are lower than expected.

Gold was little changed on Wednesday in the wake of minutes from the latest U.S. Federal Reserve meeting, but the precious metal was trading above the two-week low hit in the last session as stock markets slid on fresh trade tensions.

Spot gold was steady at $1,273.68 per ounce, having fallen to its lowest level since May 3 on Tuesday at $1,268.97.

U.S. gold futures settled 0.1% higher at $1,274.20.

The minutes from U.S. Fed’s last meeting showed policymakers agreed that their current patient approach to setting monetary policy could remain in place “for some time.”

“Not many surprises here and not many were expected. I would note though that this Fed meeting happened before China backtracked on the trade talks. At the next meeting, almost certainly there will be more caution,” said Tai Wong, head of base and precious metals derivatives trading at BMO.

Optimal Health Begins With Sleep and a Focus on Mental and Oral Health According to this NJ Top Dentist

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NJ Top Dentist, Dr. Sunita Merriman of Westfield, New Jersey believes that sleep, mental health and oral health are the cornerstones of systemic health and overall wellness.

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J., May 21, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — With over 25 years of clinical experience, Dr. Sunita Merriman believes that sleep, mental health and oral health are the cornerstones of systemic health, overall wellness and an optimal quality of life. This is why Dr. Merriman bridges treatment for snoring, sleep apnea and CPAP intolerance, and comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry at her Westfield, New Jersey practice.

Her practice, the New Jersey Dental Sleep Medicine Center (NJDSMC) is dedicated to helping the community improve their health and quality of life by treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), snoring and CPAP intolerance.

Dr. Merriman is committed to educating the medical and dental community about Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) and its role in treating Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). She is also committed to exploring how OAT could help patients who have a history of trauma and/or mental illness and suffer from SDB and Insomnia.

Dr. Merriman graduated with honors and received multiple awards from the College of Dentistry at New York University and successfully completed a two year residency in general dentistry from Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) and the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine (ABCDSM). This achievement is notable as a minority of dentists achieve Diplomate status with one Dental Sleep Board and even fewer do so with multiple Boards.

There are only approximately 300 dentists in the United States who have met these Board requirements. Dr. Merriman was able to attain this prestigious recognition by successfully completing a multi-stage process of both Boards which included meeting stringent pre-certification requirements, a comprehensive written examination, in addition to a thorough review of patient care skills and outcomes.

To stay updated on emerging tools and technologies, Dr. Merriman attends conferences, reads published materials, and regularly converses with colleagues. She also believes that being an educator helps her to be a life- long learner.

In addition to her professional career, Dr. Merriman is a poet and recently published her first book of poems, Stripping: My Fight to Find Me. You can learn more about her mission on her personal website: http://www.SunitaMerriman.com

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Could drinking red wine be good for oral health?

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Red wine can be good for your teeth?

Red wine has previously been linked to a range of supposed health benefits, from helping the heart to lowering the risk of diabetes. Now a new study suggests it contains chemicals that can help in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. 

Researchers from Spain have found compounds in red wine, known as polyphenols, help fend off harmful bacteria in the mouth.

But experts warn that the findings do not offer a ‘green light’ to drink more red wine.

Previous studies have suggested that the health benefits of polyphenols are linked to the fact they’re antioxidants that protect the body from harmful free radicals.

However, recent studies have indicated that polyphenols might also boost health by working with ‘good bacteria’ in our gut.

In this study—published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry—scientists looked at whether wine polyphenols might also be good for oral health.

They compared the effects of two polyphenols from red wine against grape seed and red wine extract supplements on bacteria that stick to teeth and gums and cause dental plaque, cavities and gum disease. 

They found the wine polyphenols and extracts all reduced the bacteria’s ability to stick to the cells, but the polyphenols—caffeic and p-coumaric acids—were more effective. 

When combined with the Streptococcus dentisani—believed to be an oral probiotic, which stimulates the growth of good bacteria—the polyphenols were even better at inhibiting the pathogenic bacteria. 

The findings, they said, could ultimately lead to new dental treatments.

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Silicon Metal Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2019 – 2027

NEW YORK, May 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Silicon Metal Market – Overview

Silicon metal is a grey, lustrous semi-conductive metals that is used in the manufacturing of aluminum alloys, steel, solar cells, and microchips.The silicon metal acts as a raw material for a large number of industrial and consumer products such as sealants, adhesives, lubricants, coatings, and polishes.

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Increasing demand for automobiles, portable electronics, and solar panels is expected to be a major driver of the silicon metal market during the forecast period.

This report analyzes and forecasts the silicon metal market at global and regional levels.The market has been forecast based on volume (Kilo Tons) and value (US$ Mn) from 2019 to 2027, considering 2018 as the base year.

The study includes drivers and restraints of the global silicon metal market.It also covers anticipated impact of these drivers and restraints on the demand for silicon metal during the forecast period.

The report also highlights opportunities for the silicon metal market at the global and regional levels.

The report includes detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global silicon metal market.Porter’s Five Forces model for the silicon metal market has also been included to help understand the competition landscape of the market.

The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein application segments have been benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

The study provides a decisive view of the global silicon metal market by segmenting it in terms of application.In terms of application, the market has been classified into aluminum alloys, semiconductors, silicones & silanes, solar panels and others.

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