Your daily recap on precious metals...
By Eric McWhinnie
"Both precious metals climbed higher as Ben Bernanke placed more quantitative easing back on the table. In a speech at the National Association for Business Economics spring conference, Bernanke noted some positive signs in the job market, but remained cautious on the future.
"The Federal Reserve also believes it can aid economic growth by “continued accommodative policies.” If the slowdown is due to structural factors, as opposed to cyclical factors, the Fed still believes it can tweak outcomes. “If this hypothesis is wrong and structural factors are in fact explaining much of the increase in long-term unemployment, then the scope for counter-cyclical policies to address this problem will be more limited. Even if that proves to be the case, however, we should not conclude that nothing can be done,” Bernanke explained..."