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Melman on Gold & Silver

If there was one word that characterized news events of the past month it was “uncertainty.” Would the United States hand over the government of Iraq to the newly-installed leadership? Would the Fed at long last raise interest rates, and, if so, by how much? Would the new pattern of sabotage against oil pipelines in Iraq...

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