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Gold Coins and Bars Saw Demand Rise 17% to 222T in Q3

- Gold coins and bars saw demand rise 17% to 222t in Q3, driven largely by China
- Chinese investors bought price dips, notching up fourth consecutive quarter of growth
- Jewellery, ETF demand fell while gold coins and bars saw increased demand 
- Central banks bought a robust 111t of gold bullion bars (+25% y-o-y)
- Russia, Turkey & Kazakhstan account for 90% of 111t of central bank demand
- Turkey increased gold purchases and saw broad based physical gold demand
- Gold demand in Q3 at eight-year low as ETF inflows slowed sharply 
- Gold demand saw 9% year-on-year (y-o-y) drop in to 915 tonnes (t)
- Total global gold supply fell 2% in Q3

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"Investors Can't Stop Buying Every Dip": The WSJ Explains Why Markets Soar To New Highs Every Day

International equity markets seem to effortlessly surge to brand new record highs with each passing day.  As we note fairly frequently, declines have grown shallower over the past two years and the S&P 500 has now gone 246 trading days without trading more than 3% below its record high, the longest streak ever for the index, according to LPL Financial. Meanwhile, the S&P hasn’t had a decline of 10% or more from a recent peak since February 2016.

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Was Asia's Largest Commodity Trader The Big Silver Seller?

We first brought the world's attention to Noble Group in 2015, as commodity markets crashed and what was Asia's largest commodity trader faced near-bankrutpcy as trading partners lost faith, bonds were dumped, and CDS protection was bid. In the months since, panic subsided and everything  - as it always seems to have been - was fine... until last week!!

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Ethereum Surges To All Time High As SEC Considers Ether-based ETF

Yesterday holders of bitcoin got an unexpected, if pleasant surprise courtesy of the SEC which announced that two months after deciding against a bitcoin ETF, it would review its decision, suggesting that after several failed attempts, Bitcoin may surge even more soon should the long-awaited Bitcoin-based ETF be ultimately approved. Whether or not it is a good thing for the cryptocurrency in the long-run to get such approval, which would expose bitcoin to the vagaries of volatile retail money flows and even greater volatility, is yet to be determined, but the price of bitcoin liked it, and earlier today it rose to near record highs, rising above $1,300 just shy of all time highs.

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As Retail Investors Flood Into Stocks, Professionals Are Dumping Speculative Longs

"Fear of missing out" is quickly becoming the go to phrase for what's left of America's stock market investors. As The Wall Street Journal reports, investors have poured money into stocks through mutual funds and exchange-traded funds in 2017, with global equity funds posting record net inflows in the week ended March 1 based on data going back to 2000, according to fund tracker EPFR Global. Inflows continued the following week, even as the rally slowed.

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About That Friday Closing Ramp: Something Snapped In 2016

It's Friday, which means Wall Street is patiently waiting for what has become a novelty tradition in close of week trading: a late day ramp, starting around 3:30pm and picking up speed into the close.

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