I've been thinking about this for some time but I can't help but think that stackers get the short end of the stick on pretty much everything. I'll use a few examples 1) First I'll use some economic data as an example. US data seems to affect the price of PMs the most so I'll use that as a reference. US releases some data, lets say PMI manufacturing numbers for the sake of argument: 1. PMI manufacturing data is good/better than expected (even when in the whole picture it isnt), PMs go down because apparently, the US economy is doing well, so no need to buy PMs, buy US dollars, sell PMs 2. PMI manufacturing data is bad, PMs go down because apparently, the US economy is not doing well, so panic and sell PMs, buy US dollars You can put pretty much any data that is sensitive (GDP growth, interest rate announcements etc) and get similar results. Example, GDP growth for said country was expected to go 5% down, it goes down by 4% instead and apparently this is a good thing. 2) Political circusing, lets say that Trump decides he wants to have a bone with China, so he sends out a tweet, lets say trade disputes for example, and PMs go down, because apparently this is bad for the US economy, panic and sell PM's, buy the US dollar 3) Were in a Recession!! Sell everything, including PMs, buy the US dollar as the world is about to end! Seriously though, if during the good times stocks/RE go up, PMs go down and in the bad times stocks/RE goes down (up in this case) and PM go down, have you really won by buying PMs if it was going to go down anyway? 4) We have Covid!! the world economy is crushed, sell everything, including PMs, buy the US dollar!! 5) The Fed has announced that they will print money to sustain the economy, this spills over to the US stock market with record highs in the Nasdaq (close with the Dow Jones), everything including food prices are going up, using the same mathematical logic, PMs should go up proportionally, but no, you can pretty much come up with any reason to push PM prices down and they stay down (Coles should start selling bullion as well as apparently prices stay down). 6) PMs go up a few dollars (even if it goes up quite a bit) then it goes down by as much because traders are taking profits, I'm sure stackers here heard this all the time. I rarely hear about stocks like Apple and Tesla going down because of profit taking (they have other reasons but profit taking was not the main one), apparently, traders are letting it rise all the way and not locking in any profits, PM traders are not doing this, if it goes up a little bit of the RSI, xxdays EMAs, apparently its overbought and its time to sell to lock in some profits. 7) and when stackers are awarded with their supposed big pay day (which has not happened as of now), they are threatened by someone (it doesn't have to be government) of the potential of confiscation, so any gain that you possibly might have made will be taken away and you will have nothing to show for it should this happen. Seriously, after writing all this, sometime I don't even know where and whether I'm being sarcastic or not. And I haven't even started with the alleged Paper manipulation and unbacked shorts whether this is true or not. But seriously, even with Covid, even with all this money printing, even with institutional money (Buffett and pension funds) slowly coming in, gold can't hold $2000 USD and silver can't hold $30 USD, and apparently, PM prices are not immune to market crashes, and behave the same way as stocks do on the way down, when one of the selling points for PMs was the insurance factor that they would be "insured" in a market crash/downturn. So stackers, why do you bother when the world has told you that your getting the short end of the stick? It feels like the world is finding every reason for PMs to be going down from pretty much what I've written down. Any positive outlook is dismissed (if its too big to avoid, it gets minimised) and any negative outlook is amplified.