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Melman on Gold & Silver

It seems like we cannot get away from the major themes as each month we continue to receive important news on the same general categories such as housing, global warming, Iran, weakness in the US Dollar, etc. Unfortunately, if variety happens to be your cup of tea, the same categories have dominated the news once again.

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