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Erik Swarts

Erik Swarts

Contributor since: 04 Apr 2011


Erik is an active trader, who has always taken a broad perspective when approaching the markets.

  • A Closer Look at Gold and Silver

    Published 27 November 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Larger Image During the final blow-off stage for silver in April of 2011, we caught our fair share of criticism and rebuke for pointing out…

  • Meridian Market Insights

    Published 22 November 2013 | viewed 0 times

    The S&P 500 traded sideways this week and currently resides ~ 200 points above the Meridian. The market continues to follow the 1995 breakout trajectory…

  • Connecting the Dots

    Published 21 November 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Gold and silver hit the drop zone yesterday of the commodity comparative we had made with the previous downturn in 2008/2009. We added a TIP…

  • The $64,000 Question

    Published 03 November 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Among the better ways to get a quick 30,000 ft macro snapshot of the institutional footprint in the market is the monthly Bank of America…

  • Trapped

    Published 22 October 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Between the breakdowns in the US dollar and 10 year yields, precious metals have trapped the Johnny-come-lately and dogmatic bears and are surging higher this…

  • Cliff Notes

    Published 14 October 2013 | viewed 0 times

    It's very easy to get lost in the minutia of monetary policy and have a semantic, or worst - academic debate on how it affects…

  • Shaken, Not Stirred

    Published 01 October 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Across the short-term we are admittedly frustrated with the scenic route lower, but remain bullish for the fourth quarter in the precious metals sector. Despite…

  • A Patriots Path

    Published 27 September 2013 | viewed 0 times

    The good news this morning is the country doesn't appear to be suffering the effects of Stockholm syndrome. Whew. The bad news, however - is…

  • Quantitative Cocktails

    Published 27 September 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Around the edges - our research has taken on greater binary implications with respect to future risk appetites in the markets. What we mean by…

  • Fear - of a Higher Power

    Published 26 September 2013 | viewed 0 times

    While we often rode on the short side of the precious metals train over the past few years, we always kept a close eye on…

  • Irrational Survival

    Published 19 September 2013 | viewed 0 times

    With one tiny omission to their script - the Fed shot the gorilla in the room, broke the dollar's back and gave credence to our…

  • What's Up With Gold?

    Published 13 September 2013 | viewed 0 times

    It's hard to know exactly what you're looking at - when it's sitting right smack in front of you. There's a complexity up close that…

  • Terra Firma

    Published 12 September 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Larger Image Back in the beginning of summer (see Here) we speculated that the sentiment scales had tipped in favor of taking up a contrarian…

  • Apple Cider

    Published 11 September 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Apple's short-term precarious structure found a near-term catalyst yesterday as Tim Cook unveiled the latest iPhone device to overstretched sentiment and momentum. We will be…

  • Dancing with Gorillas and the Yin and Yang of Yields

    Published 05 September 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Larger Image As yields continue to move with all the grace and gentility of your average 800-pound gorilla, we thought we'd revisit our Pole Reversal…

  • Connecting the Dots - 09/02/2013

    Published 02 September 2013 | viewed 0 times

    The long and short of things: Performance trends continued to shift last month. The baton was passed in the equity markets in August with the…

  • I'm A Geologist at Heart

    Published 24 August 2013 | viewed 0 times

    A journalist asked me recently about my background and the conversation sparked some reflection of why I approach markets the way I do and how…

  • The Silver Linings Playbook

    Published 17 August 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Outsized gains were found in silver and gold this week. By most measures the precious metals sector is firing on all cylinders and continues to…

  • A Change in Character

    Published 09 August 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Despite an air pocket earlier in the week, conditions in the precious metals sector continue to improve. Most notably, silver has taken the baton and…

  • 10 Year Yields and Gold

    Published 04 August 2013 | viewed 0 times

    We continue to keep a close eye on the 2004 interest rate comparative, which describes the last time the Fed transitioned the markets from peak…