Gold And Silver Push Prices

Posted by Zotta Rendevouz

Investors have certainly taken "out of risk" approach opens a new week of intensified concern about the national debt and the continuing political debate on the budget woes of U.S. debt. That gold and silver push prices even more. Last week, gold futures set a record $ 1590.10 an ounce nominal. Today, the most actively traded contract or on the Comex in August rose 9.90 to 1.600 dollars per ounce.

Silver for September delivery was ahead $ 1.27 to $ 40.35 an ounce. The SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), which stores physical bullion for investors and the cash price of the tracks, up 0.8% to $ 156.38 action. Funds that focus on young people are even better: Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) is ahead 1.8%.

Money is better than this morning. The iShares Silver Trust (SLV) was 3.6% and Global X Silver Miners (SIL) is up 2.3%.

Maybe put a damper on profits today, however, is an indication of the rising U.S. dollar. The benchmark tracks the greenback against a basket of major currencies and increased by 0.8% more recently.

"In the long term, the higher the dollar tends to weaken the appeal of precious metals," said Thomas Winmill, manager of Midas Fund (MIDSX) in an interview. "But the inverse relationship is falling apart."

And 'because of "short-term Fear Factor," he believes. "People are going to security at the time, both in foreign currency and gold," Winmill said.

Periods when the inverse relationship between gold and the dollar crashes, he added, is generally short term in nature - even if they can last for months at a time.

Midas is leveraging a portfolio of mining stock fund. Currently the portfolio of 100% long. It's called Top Goldcorp (GG). "It 'one of the fastest growing companies in senior mining. But it is the secret ingredient is a low political risk," said Winmill. "We believe that the less risky than many other miners."

Most of the companies of the GG are in the United States and Canada. For comparison, Newmont Mining (NEM) is a significant number of Asia, says Winmill. "This is a real concern, because many professionals have already had problems with the national governments are trying to force foreign companies to sell their property or to impose a heavy tax burden, without notice," he said.

Barrick (ABX) is the exposure to Africa and Pakistan, as well as "negative" systems in South America, Winmill said. "Even if well managed, Barrick has the political risks that investors should keep in mind," he said.