Melman on Gold & Silver
August 2003 by Leonard MelmanDuring the past month, we have witnessed an orgy of buying on many of the world’s markets with Japan soaring by over 1,000 points (see Nikkei chart), Germany and France rallying strongly and here in America, the NASDAQ Index has risen to over 1,700 (see chart). However, when we look at the economic fundamentals, it appears to be a case of, as Sir Winston Churchill might have put it, “Never have so many become so excited about so little.”
Logging on federal land plummeted—over 84% since the 1980s. And that management tool was replaced with—nothing.
• Hike in mining claim fees
• Hearing on suction gold dredging in California
• Interior wants mining reform
Keeping track of the news during the past month was like watching the later rounds of a boxing match, the part where the light jabs and the “feeling out” of the opponent were passed and the heavy hitting begins, because last month we were hit with several powerful stories affecting our markets.
If you do the math, it equates to about $1,500 of heavy metal value per three-hour dive. This is good wages, and you are doing a service to the environment by removing this toxic metal.
I believe gold and silver prices, to at least some extent, negatively mirror the society's confidence in the ability of government to continue providing economic and social services.
The Bawl Mill • House Resources Committee Addresses Environmental Scare-Tactics —by House Resources Committee & Chairman Richard Pombo • Precious Metals in the Patagonia Mountains • Over the Divide • Idaho-Maryland Mine—History Restarted • Montana Candidate Sees Natural Resources as Path to Recovery • Judge Rules Against Oregon Miners—Battle Continues • Lake County "Diamonds"—Renewed Value for an Old Favorite • Moving the World's Largest Machine—The Bucyrus 2570W Walking Dragline • Mother Lode Gold, California • News From the Pacific Legal Foundation • Maine to Create Mineral Park • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices