20 August 2017

Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - Essere Umano - Being Human

"What has become of King Don Juan?
And the Princes of Aragon,
What has become of any of them?
What remains of our handsome nobility?
And of the many fads and fashions
They brought with them?
What remains of their jousts and tournaments,
Gilded ornamentations, fancy embroideries
And feathered tops?
Was all this insignificant waste?
Was it anything but a season's fleeting touch of green on the fields?"

Jorge Manrique

"To some who were confident of their own righteousness and achievements, and also looked down upon and despised others who were less accomplished, Jesus told this parable: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ''God, I thank you that I am not like other people – robbers, evildoers, adulterers – or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.''

‘But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

‘I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’"

Luke 18:9-14

Pride, intended as a recognition of our achievements and superiority, ironically diminishes our fullness as human beings, and often quite dramatically so.   Pride can make people act in ways that, from a distance, seem very pompous and silly.

And among these proud ones there are often those who not only go beyond a simple agnosticism and indifference to the vastness of creation, but actively refuse to acknowledge anything greater than themselves.  And they do so almost with a kind of fervor, aggressively despising any forms of observance among others as a weakness of mind and character.

They proudly build their castles,  made of money and honors and power, on the weak sands of their own ego and worldly achievements.   That form of worldly pride is easier for us to understand.   We see it clearly in the self-proclaimed elite of our time.   The balance of things may only be restored for them by the four last things, the hard realities which are irresistible, even to the mighty.

But less obvious perhaps is the spiritual form of pride, that reduces us into a distorted order of things that would be equally silly if it were not so insidious.   Spiritual pride blinds us to our own faults, of course.  But even worse than that, it leads us to magnify and fix ourselves upon the faults of others.

In doing so we seek to justify our own imagined achievements, and at the same time dismiss our bad treatment and low regard for them.   There is no person who is spiritually proud whose heart will serve as a home for the Holy Spirit, the spirit of humility, and mercy, and of love.  They are too full of the law, and of judgement, and of the trappings of righteousness, and themselves.

Pride makes us think that we are a superior example of all creation, a model for others, if they were only able to rise above their weakness.   Even if we acknowledge a greater God intellectually, or so we think that we do, in fact we are accepting Him on our own terms, terms that we ourselves have set, and often in a very legalistic manner.    God becomes the perfection of our own goodness, and not the other way around.  This is the leaven of the Pharisee, the exacting experts of the law, as noted so often in the gospels, and in the parable above.

Spiritual pride leads to a lingering spiritual death.   It turns the living being into a whited sepulcher, all bright and polished on the outside, proudly ornamented with scrupulous attention to detail, and ostentatious adherence to the letter of the law—  but inside full of corruption, and festering foulness, and 'dead men's bones.'

This is all too common among those whose love is directed to the rituals and the forms of religion, but wanting nothing to do with the human realities of it, the acts of mercy to others which are the second great commandment.  It is a sickening romance with the self, unto death.

But Jesse, isn't this just what it means to be human?   If Mother Teresa had decided to heck with the poor and the dying, and run off to join a reality cooking show in Hollywood, to seek her own fame and fortune, wouldn't that only be human?  

No.  There is a difference is between the things that people may do that are beneath their calling to be fully human, and what they do that strives to achieve the fullness of their humanity.  It is the general lack of moral aspiration and the glorification of that perversion of individuality which is selfishness that marks our time, as it has done so many times in the past.  It distorts our vision, and makes the saints incomprehensible, laughable almost repulsive to us.   And it is a sickness, unto the lingering death of a soul and of a society.

Gold tried to break out above 1300 on Friday and was turned back toward support.

Stocks had a 'dead cat bounce' on the Friday option expiry after the big decline of the day before.

See you next week.

16 August 2017

Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - We're Going Wrong

"And then many will fall by the wayside, and hate and betray one another.   False prophets will arise, and lead them astray.   And because of the increase in wickedness, the love of many will grow cold.   But those who stand firm to the end will be saved.  

And the gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come."

Matthew 24:10-15


As you can see from the schedule below, there will be a stock option expiration on this Friday.

The next Comex option expiration is on the 28th, and will be more significant for silver rather than gold for that option month.

A stock option expiration offers an opportunity to play with the prices of the mining stocks, and of gold and silver indirectly thereby.   Whatever is hot and 'overbought' on leveraged options by small speculators will generally get hit in advance of the expiry.

Have a pleasant evening.

15 August 2017

15 August - Assumption

"Most fundamentally, let us call all Americans to repentance for our failure to internalize the simple truth that none of us is more human than any other, and none of us is less so. Then, and only then, will we really be worthy of being considered genuine leaders (and people) of faith."

Shai Held

"In the Incarnation the whole human race recovers the dignity of the image of God. Thereafter any attack, even on the least of men, is an attack on Christ, who took on the form of man, and in his own Person restored the image of God in all.   Through our relationship with the Incarnation, we recover our true humanity, and at the same time are delivered from that perverse individualism which is the consequence of sin, and recover our solidarity with all mankind."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"When they had seen him, they spread the word about what had been told about the child, and all who heard it were amazed.   Mary treasured up all these things, and pondered them in her heart."

Luke 2:18-19

Here is the Greek celebration of the feast of the Assumption at a chapel to Mary on the island of Ikaria.

Perfectly human.

My own Mary received the anointing of the sick earlier this evening.

I hope to have some charts for you tomorrow.

May the Mother of God, Θεοτόκος, always hold you, and protect you, and keep you close to her sacred heart.

Have a pleasant evening.

13 August 2017

Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - Weekend Edition - These Violent Delights

"These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which, as they kiss, consume."

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Stocks bounced back a bit on Friday after the big selloff, while the metals continued their upward push into what could be some fairly stiff resistance.

The task for told this week is to take out the psychological 1300 resistance and stick a close above it.

As for silver, the 18 handle looms above.

I have been noticing a bigger than usual divergence between the spot price of gold from Kitco, for example, and the quotes I am receiving live from the Comex.

For example, the Kitco spot price quote right now is 1288, whereas the Comex gold continuous contract and December contract quote is 1294.

Well, it would be more of an issue if I was striking a price for a physical sale.

Stocks need to hang on to the bounce.

With Twitter Man predicting that a trade war with China will commence on Monday, we'll have to see what happens.

Relatives came over from Maryland and Pennsylvania this weekend. I was able to obtain some much appreciated sleep, the time to go to the store and browse a little, and a long, hot shower.   And it was nice to have some company in the evening to talk and watch a movie.

Periods of illness of a loved one can become isolating experiences.  A visit from a friend, or a kind word and a smile or gesture from a stranger, become very welcome when keeping the long vigil of duty and love.

It is funny how little things can become such welcome luxuries.   These are God's tender mercies.

See you tomorrow.

10 August 2017

Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - We'll Meet Again

"Many people think of our times as being the last before the end of the world. The evidence of horror all around us makes this seem possible.

But isn't that an idea of only minor importance? Doesn't every human being, no matter which era he lives in, always have to reckon with being accountable to God at any moment? Can I know whether I'll be alive tomorrow morning?

A bomb could destroy all of us tonight. And then my guilt would not be one bit less than if I perished together with the earth and the stars.”

Sophie Scholl, Munich, 1942

The markets caught a whiff of fear, and the air started quickly coming out of the excess liquidity fueled bubbles in financial assets.

Gold and silver caught a bid in a pretty clear 'flight to safety' trade.

But at the same time the drops in the markets were long expected and fairly controlled, despite the hike in the VIX which we also saw today.

The wiseguy rally into the close in equities yesterday had me laughing a bit. I went into today fairly short stocks and very long gold and even some silver.

I only mention the short stocks positions to let you know that I took most of them off into the close. I don't like to hang on to these leveraged index shorts for very long.

We *might* have more downside action in stocks coming. That is pretty much up to the latest from Twitter Dum and the Kim Chi Kid.

If the markets get any indication that this whole thing is hot air, then expect a rocket rally.

They don't learn their lessons all that easily.

Let's hope for the best in any case.

As for gold, we will know when real fear is in the markets. We will see the physical inventory at the Comex listed warehouses in Hong Kong empty overnight.

The big resistance remains around the 1300$ level.

Have a pleasant evening.