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Alasdair Macleod

Alasdair Macleod

Contributor since: 23 Jul 2012

Biography

Alasdair Macleod runs FinanceAndEconomics.org, a website dedicated to sound money and demystifying finance and economics. Alasdair has a background as a stockbroker, banker and economist. He is a Senior Fellow at the GoldMoney Foundation.

  • Precious Metals Subdued as Panic Over

    Published 24 October 2014 | viewed 0 times

    For gold and silver it has been a week of two halves: first prices rallied to a peak on Tuesday, then declined to show net…

  • Markets and Reality Disconnected

    Published 24 October 2014 | viewed 0 times

    The behaviour of financial markets these days is frankly divorced from reality, with value-investing banished. Markets have become distorted by Rumfield-knowns such as interest rate…

  • Gold Benefits from Market Uncertainty

    Published 17 October 2014 | viewed 0 times

    The outlook for gold is now more positive than it has been for some time. After a prolonged period of low volatility as funds invested…

  • Why The Business Cycle is Failing

    Published 17 October 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Since WW2 economic theorists have posited that demand in the economy could be stimulated by a combination of deficit spending by the government and by…

  • Market Turbulence

    Published 10 October 2014 | viewed 0 times

    This week has seen highly volatile equities (mostly down), bond yields sharply lower, the oil price hard down, and gold side-lined but recovering after a…

  • A Market Reset Due

    Published 10 October 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Recent evidence points increasingly towards global economic contraction. Parts of the Eurozone are in great difficulty, and only last weekend S&P the rating agency warned…

  • Failing Economies and The Quarter-End

    Published 03 October 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Precious metals have faced adverse weather as evidence mounts that major economies may be sliding into recession. Yesterday the ECB finally responded to the deteriorating…

  • The Velocity Myth...

    Published 03 October 2014 | viewed 0 times

    If there is one concept that illustrates the difference between a top-down macro-economic approach and the reality of everyday life it is the velocity of…

  • Valuing Gold and Turkey Farming

    Published 26 September 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Today's financial markets are built on the sand of unsound currencies. Consequently brokers, banks and investors are wedded to monetary inflation and have lost both…

  • $1200 for Gold Underpinned by Physical Demand

    Published 26 September 2014 | viewed 0 times

    This week saw gold rally $15 to $1233 on Tuesday before sliding to $1207 yesterday morning, then rallying in the afternoon. Silver's moves tracked gold's,…

  • Another Miserable Week for PMs

    Published 19 September 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Gold and silver drifted lower over the course of the week, with a challenge to the $1200 level for gold becoming a distinct possibility. Silver…

  • The End of Tapering and Government Funding

    Published 19 September 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Last year markets behaved nervously on rumours that QE3 would be tapered; this year we have lived with the fact. It turned out that there…

  • Currency Mayhem

    Published 12 September 2014 | viewed 0 times

    You'd think that the US dollar has suddenly become strong, and the chart below of the other three major currencies confirms it. Larger Image The…

  • Short-Sellers Driving Prices

    Published 05 September 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Gold and silver had a bad week, with gold falling $25 to a low of $1262 by the Comex close yesterday, and silver by $0.50.…

  • A Difficult Question

    Published 05 September 2014 | viewed 0 times

    In a radio interview recently* I was asked a question to which I could not easily give a satisfactory reply: if the gold market is…

  • Summer Doldrums Coming to an End

    Published 01 September 2014 | viewed 0 times

    The pattern of trading in precious metals changed for the better this week. After London's bank holiday on Monday, for the first time in a…

  • The Wages-Fuel-Demand Fallacy

    Published 01 September 2014 | viewed 0 times

    In recent months talking heads, disappointed with the lack of economic recovery, have turned their attention to wages. If only wages could grow, they say,…

  • Summer Drift Continues

    Published 22 August 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Gold drifted lower this week, with the price undermined by lack of interest on low volume and a slightly more hawkish tone in the FOMC…

  • SCO and Mackinder's Prophecy

    Published 22 August 2014 | viewed 0 times

    There will be a defining geopolitical event next month when India, Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia become full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). This…

  • New Silver Fix Procedure from Today

    Published 18 August 2014 | viewed 0 times

    I shall come to this important event later in this market report; but first, our customary look at this week's trading. From Monday through Wednesday…