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The Bernanke Effect on Gold Prices, Silver Prices Means Time to Buy Metals

Gold prices hit a two-month low Wednesday after the Federal Reserve indicated no new stimulus measures would be issued, and silver prices slumped to a seven-week low.

The metals fell after the Fed, led by Chairman Ben Bernanke, announced a positive outlook on the U.S. economy. The Fed reaffirmed it would hold interest rates near zero through 2014, and failed to mention any more means of stimulus.

Without more Fed steps to stimulate growth, and with more positive U.S. economic data, investors expect the dollar to strengthen which puts downward pressure on gold and silver prices.

But the long-term outlook for gold and silver is the same, and investors should instead take the Bernanke Effect as a key time to buy metals.

“This should be treated as an opportunity to buy, or if you already own but feel you don’t own enough, to accumulate,” said Money Morning commodities and mining expert Peter Krauth. “These two precious metals remain in a secular bull market and are integral to every investor’s portfolio.”

The Bernanke Effect on Gold Prices, Silver Prices

After Tuesday’s Fed announcement, gold for April delivery fell $51.30, or 3%, to finish at $1,642.90 an ounce. May silver slumped $1.40, or 4.2%, to $32.18 an ounce.

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Strongest Retail Sales of the Century, But Pundits Fail to Blame Weather

As was typical of this morning’s reporting on the Commerce Department’s advance retail sales release for February, Marketwatch (Dow Jones) reported that the 1.1% gain (seasonally massaged) was the fastest in 5 months. It missed their consensus expectations, but only by a tenth of a percent. Bloomberg also touted the gain as the biggest in…