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This week on the Solari Report, it's the Precious Metals Market Report: Mr. Global's Squeeze Play. Franklin Sanders and I clearly have lots to talk about. First and foremost, the meaning of the S&P downgrade and the impact on markets, particularly precious metals. We will revisit our annual forecasts, both for prices as well as probabilities for core scenarios, particularly Slow Burn vs. 2008 Redux. We will also connect some dots, touching on two recent blog posts: My response to Federal Budget 101 and Unanswered Questions About Rawesome Foods.

In the context of where the precious metals markets could go this year, we will also be talking about some of the institutional issues that have slowed down a repositioning of major assets, particularly the Prudent Man Rule – and what S&P’s decision could do to bring about a rethinking of the Rule and what that could mean to the markets and you, including your pension funds.

The iPhone app for the Silver and Gold Payment Calculator will launch shortly. Franklin and I will brief you on how to use the calculator — whether on desktop or handheld device. Given where gold is headed, the notion of using gold and silver as currency is not as far fetched as it seemed when we first launched the calculator. To do so, you will need easy access to what the app will provide for merchants and busy people – a calculator and a list of silver and gold coins priced at melt value.

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