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We are pleased to inform new readers of this important service. Three times each week (usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday), unless travel or health conditions interfere, we will continue to write a timely commentary on current market conditions. These comments are entitled "Melman Minutes" and it is our hope that they will be of value in providing political and economic background information to assist in your interpretation of market conditions.


Wednesday, April 16th, 2014


What is it going to take to get markets to break out of their recent doldrums?  Despite the fact that numerous seemingly-important events keep capturing our attention of late, the cumulative effect on various markets has been minimal, to put things bluntly.  Read Article


Monday, April 14th, 2014


Once again we find ourselves trying to resolve a riddle.  This one is in the form of "if China's economy is slowing down - as has been constantly reported of late - why is a major Chinese mining company making a giant purchase of a Peruvian copper project?  Read Article


Friday, April 11th, 2014


Once again, we are faced with a gross disparity between what the US government - via the Fed - is TELLING us and what is really HAPPENING with interest rates.  Read Article


Wednesday, April 9th, 2014


Gold spent most of late March and early April giving back roughly one-half of the earlier 2014 gains and now is resting at an important juncture.  If the rally of the past few days can continue, we believe gold will move higher to test the preceding high at just under $1,400.  However, if gold breaks below the April 1 low at $1,279 that would strongly suggest a re-test of the double bottom in the $1,175-80 zone.  Read Article


Friday, April 4th, 2014


The latest USA job figures for the month of March, 2014 were released this morning and I believe “ho-hum” seems to be an accurate summation of the information.  The jobs gained figure of +192,000 is a continuation of mediocre jobs growth and the unemployment rate remained static at 6.7%.  Read Article


Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014


Gold and Silver have both reversed direction this morning and headed higher – but the important question is whether these temporary reversals imply a renewed move toward significantly higher numbers or whether they are simply reactions to short term oversold conditions.  Read Article




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