Even though the month of June is not over yet, the technical action in gold, as well as some of the gold stocks, have been impressive. So far in June the Spyder Gold Trust (GLD), which reflects the performance of gold bullion, is up 2.5%. In contrast, the Dow Jones US Gold Mining Index ($DSUSPM) is up 8.5% with the VanEck Gold Miners (GDX) up just over 9.6%.
Bond yields are crashing in major markets all around the world as fears of a global economic slowdown have prompted investors to seek shelter in low-risk government debt. Both Germany and Japan's 10-year bond yields are back below zero, marking the first time we've seen German yields turn negative since October 2016. As I shared with you last week, the pool of negative-yielding bonds around the globe now stands at a post-2017 high of $9.32 trillion. Yields in Australia and New Zealand have also fallen to record lows, according to Bloomberg.
Last week I was pleased to attend the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference in Toronto. PDAC is one of the largest mining conferences in the world. More than 25,000 people turned out this year, many of them selling equipment services, exhibiting securities and investments, making presentations and much more.