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Our exponential debt system

| January 18, 2012 | Articles: Insights

The word “debt crisis” has made it into everyone’s vocabulary by now. People are talking about how we were “living beyond our means” and are debating how spending cuts, …

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China slowdown continues; UK inflation eases

China slowdown continues; UK inflation eases

Today seems to be shaping up to be a “risk on” kind of day as far as the markets are concerned, following the release of Chinese GDP data for the fourth quarter 2011. The world’s second-largest economy grew by 8.9% in comparison with the same period a year earlier, which was down from 9.1% in the third quarter, though better than the 8.7% increase economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected. As reported by the BBC, growth for the full year was 9.2% – down from 10.3% in 2010. Thus the economic slowdown in China continues, though commodities and the stocks of commodity producers are rallying on speculation that this will prompt the […]

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Silver as a monetary asset

| January 17, 2012 | Articles: Insights

In this video Juan Ramón Rallo, economist and university professor in Madrid, and Alasdair Macleod of the GoldMoney Foundation talk about silver’s monetary role. Rallo says that Silver used to …

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Gold’s role as money

| January 17, 2012 | Articles: Insights

In this video Juan Ramón Rallo, economist and university professor in Madrid, and Alasdair Macleod of the GoldMoney Foundation talk about the role of gold as money. Rallo states that fiat money does …

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Austrian vs. Keynesian economics

| January 17, 2012 | Articles: Experts Talk

In this video Juan Ramón Rallo, economist and university professor in Madrid, and Alasdair Macleod of the GoldMoney Foundation talk about Austrian and Keynesian economics. Rallo sees growing …

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Indian dealers remain optimistic about gold sales

Towards the end of 2011 India’s gold and silver imports fell. Upon conclusion of the festival season – which started back in October with the Diwali festival of light, followed by the wedding season – local dealers reported that demand for precious metals had decreased more than expected, owing to weakness in the rupee. Nevertheless, over the whole of 2011 Indian demand for gold jewellery increased by 5 to 7 % in comparison with 2010. Indian dealers remain optimistic for 2012, with locals expecting Indian gold jewellery sales to increase another 10 to 15% this year. This is good news for precious metals bulls, as India is the second largest […]

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Using vaults to store gold and silver

I consider gold and silver to be the bedrock asset of an investment portfolio. In other words, it is the foundation stone upon which the rest of a portfolio is built. Given this important role in which I hold the precious metals, it is essential to keep them safe. Safety can mean different things to different people. Until recently, for example, many investors believed that Switzerland was isolated from the world’s monetary turmoil. They therefore thought that the Swiss franc was a safe place to keep their money, but the illusion of safety vanished instantly when the Swiss National Bank announced that it would not let the Swiss franc strengthen […]

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Precious metal prices firm following French downgrade

Though it has yet to break through selling resistance at $1,650, gold has recorded small gains in trading this morning following on from Friday’s announcement from Standard & Poor’s that they were going to downgrade France from a Triple A credit rating to an AA+. Friday the 13th was an apt choice of days for S&P’s decision, with the rating agency also cutting the ratings of Austria, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia. Markets received early inkling of this move, with the euro falling below US$1.27 during trading on Friday (though S&P’s announcement was delayed until after markets had closed). Short interest in the euro is now at […]

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How to handle the European debt crisis

| January 12, 2012 | Articles: Experts Talk

In this video Pedro Schwartz, professor of Economics at Madrid’s San Pablo University, and Alasdair Macleod of the GoldMoney Foundation talk about the debt crisis in Europe, with special …

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Adam Smith: wealth is a product of hard work

| January 11, 2012 | Articles: Insights

Adam Smith is considered by many to be the father of modern economics. His treatise An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations is one of the bedrock texts of economic thought. At …

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GoldMoney’s Top 10 of 2011

| January 9, 2012 | Articles: Insights

2011 was another great year for gold owners across the world, with the metal appreciating by 10.2% in US dollar terms over the course of the year. As GoldMoney’s James Turk notes in his most …

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James Turk: Silver, the next Apple?

| January 6, 2012 | Articles: Experts Talk

More downbeat economic news from Europe yesterday sent the euro down to $1.2790. As The Wall Street Journal points out, this is the single currency’s lowest level against the US dollar since …

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Who is most likely to obtain all that monetary debt?

| January 3, 2012 | Articles: Insights

The price of gold started the year on a positive note, rebounding from support at $1,550 per troy ounce back towards $1,600 and extending its decade long bull market. The future looks just as bright …

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