By Hard Assets Investor:
By Sumit Roy
It was a year of many records for the gold market. No, gold prices didn't reach an absolute record high in 2012 as some had forecast, but it was still a year of many records for the gold market, according to the World Gold Council's latest Demand Trends report. In fact, gold prices averaged $1,722 during the last three months of the year, the WGC said. That's a record quarterly price.
By Mark J. Perry:
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The CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis released its monthly report today on world trade and world industrial production for the month of November 2013. Here are some of the highlights of that report:
Mark J. Perry submits: Today's disappointing BLS employment report reflects a fairly weak job market and a continuation of the "jobless recovery" that will likely continue well into 2011, maybe even into 2012.
Record net inflows of $41.13 billion and strong market performance in July helped U.S. listed ETF and ETP assets reach $1.535 trillion, a new record high, according to ETFGI's recent Global ETF and ETP industry insights report. There were 1,491 ETFs/ETPs, from 55 providers listed on 3 exchanges in the U.S. at the end of July 2013."Dovish comments from the Fed and positive market performance encouraged investors to put net inflows of US$41.13 billion back into the market through ETFs/ETPs" according to Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner at ETFGI.