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Exclusive Interview with Axel Merk on Diversifying with Gold & Cash

Exclusive Interview with Axel Merk on Diversifying with Gold & Cash

Your browser does not support the podcast player element. DOWNLOAD MP3 Mike Gleason (Money Metals Exchange): It is my privilege now to welcome in Axel Merk, President and Chief Investment Officer of Merk Investments and author of the book, Sustainable Wealth. Axel is a highly sought-after guest at financial conferences and on news outlets throughout the world, and it’s great to finally have him on with us. Axel, it’s a real pleasure to speak with you, and thanks for joining us today. Axel Merk (Merk Investments): Great to be with you. Mike Gleason: Now, as we start off, you recently wrote a piece about complacency in the markets. We are […]

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Gold Prices Fall To The Thrill Of Investors

Gold Prices Fall To The Thrill Of Investors

The price of gold fell to a new low during the first week of July according to several reports that claim the decrease in value is due to a strong job market and the expectations of higher interest rates in the United States. August gold fell by $13.60, which is the equivalent of a 1.1 percent decrease in value. Such rate is the lowest since March when prices dropped by 2.6 percent. Silver also experienced its share of decline with initial values falling by as much as 10 percent on Friday (July 7). There was eventually a reversal in the numbers that increased September silver’s value from its original price […]

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Subprime Auto Loans Up, Car Sales Down: Why This Could Be Good for Gold

BY SHANNARA JOHNSON Provided by Hard Asset Alliance The latest monthly motor vehicle sales report released on July 3 paints a grim picture for US car sales. Overall June sales dropped by 3% compared to June of last year—the sixth successive month of lower year-over-year sales. General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler were among the greatest losers with declines between 4.7% and 7%. Japan’s top sellers fared a little better, with Nissan seeing 2% growth and Toyota a 2.1% gain. Economists and Street pundits seem to be stumped as to why Americans are so reluctant to buy cars. Hypotheses that are being bounced around range from tight credit markets to […]

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Commodity Cycle Upturn to Lift Precious Metals Prices

Commodity Cycle Upturn to Lift Precious Metals Prices

Safe-haven demand for physical precious metals came in soft through the first half of the year as a rising stock market reinforced investor optimism toward the economy. U.S. stocks are expensive by just about every valuation measure you can think of – price/earnings, price/sales, dividend yield, total market capitalization as a percentage of GDP, etc. Even Fed chair Janet Yellen remarked recently that equity valuations appeared “rich.” The inverse of the extreme overvaluation in equities is the extreme relative cheapness of hard assets. Commodity indexes entered the summer at generational lows in real terms. The perception has been that the world is awash in plentiful, cheap oil. Just a few […]

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Chris Powell: Futures Markets Give High-Volume Trading Discounts to Governments

Chris Powell: Futures Markets Give High-Volume Trading Discounts to Governments

Your browser does not support the podcast player element. DOWNLOAD MP3 Mike Gleason (Money Metals Exchange): It is my privilege now to welcome in Chris Powell, Secretary-Treasurer at the Gold Antitrust Action Committee, also known as GATA. Chris is a long-time journalist and hard money advocate, and through his tireless efforts at GATA he is working to expose the manipulation of the gold and silver markets. Through GATA’s work over the years. Some important revelations have come to light, which quite honestly should concern everyone. It’s great to have him back on with us. Chris, how are you, and thanks for taking the time to talk with us today. Chris […]

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The Real Indian Currency Crisis (Things You Don’t Hear In The News)

Article provided by Hard Asset Alliance. By Jayant Bhandari On November 8, 2016, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi dropped a bombshell. In a televised address at 8:00 pm, he declared that after midnight—four hours later—banknotes with face values of INR500 (US$7.50) and INR1,000 (US$15) would no longer be legal tender. These bills comprised 86% of the monetary value of currency in circulation, so to say that panic ensued would be an understatement. The market stayed open all night as people rushed to buy gold, Rolex watches, and anything else they could get their hands on to use up their cash. During the next two weeks, gold traded for as much […]

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A North Korean EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) Attack: The Dark Possibility

Article compliments of Hard Assets Alliance. By Shannara Johnson As the tension between North Korea and the US continues to grow, the possibility of war is rapidly evolving into a probability. Now some military experts worry that an attack via EMP (electromagnetic pulse) on the US mainland might be a feasible option for Pyongyang. The signs are certainly there: Having recently completed the ninth missile test of 2017, Kim Jong-un promised to send the US an even bigger “gift package.” Adding to Kim Jong-un’s antics and inflammatory rhetoric, the recent death of American college student Otto Warmbier after his 17-month imprisonment in North Korea has certainly fanned the flames of […]

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Fed Officials Say More Hikes Are on The Way, Markets Disagree

Fed Officials Say More Hikes Are on The Way, Markets Disagree

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen says she is planning more hikes in the Fed funds rate, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the markets. So far, the response in foreign exchange, bonds, and equities isn’t what people expected. Markets have always been notorious for behaving unpredictably. But in an age when central bankers micromanage virtually all markets, the behavior could be the result of careful planning. Maybe the recent market action was only unpredictable for those of us outside of the FOMC conference room. Officials hiked rates in December, March, and June. Despite that the U.S. dollar has fallen to its lowest levels in more than a year. The […]

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Fake Leadership, Fake News… Even Fake Gold Dealers

Fake Leadership, Fake News… Even Fake Gold Dealers

Jim Rickards on the War on Gold, the Coming China Collapse & War w/ North Korea Your browser does not support the podcast player element. DOWNLOAD MP3 Welcome to this week’s Market Wrap Podcast, I’m Mike Gleason. Coming up we’ll hear the second half of my two-part interview with Jim Rickards, author and well- connected global finance insider.  Jim shares his thoughts on the ongoing War on Cash, the developing War on Gold and how that will play out, and talks about the ticking time bomb in the Chinese economy and what it means for the U.S. stock market.  Don’t miss the amazing conclusion of my conversation with Jim Rickards, […]

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Considering Switching Your IRA – Make Sure You Do It Properly Or It Could Be An Expensive Decision

Considering Switching Your IRA – Make Sure You Do It Properly Or It Could Be An Expensive Decision

The fact that you are reading this post shows that you are a focused individual who cares about their retirement. This may seem like a strange comment to make, but the vast majority of workers simply pay in money to their retirement accounts and let their chosen company manage the investment. In our opinion, this is a bad idea, even if your chosen company is doing an excellent job at the end of the day that money is still your retirement pot, and nobody else will care as much about it as you do. With the recent volatility in the stock market, many people have been contemplating switching at least […]

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Louisiana Ends Sales Tax on Gold & Silver Bullion

Louisiana Ends Sales Tax on Gold & Silver Bullion

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards Signs House Bill 396 to Remove Sales Tax from Certain Precious Metals Baton Rouge, Louisiana — Sound money advocates rejoiced as Governor John Bel Edwards signed House Bill 396 into law in recent days. HB 396, which passed in the Louisiana state house and senate earlier this month by overwhelming majorities, removes state sales taxation of precious metals, specifically gold, silver, and platinum coins and ingots. Representative Stephen Dwight (R-Lake Charles) and Representative Mark Abraham (R-Lake Charles) introduced HB 396 with the goal of encouraging precious metals purchasers to keep more of their investment dollars inside the state rather making investments elsewhere. The bill impacts […]

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Jim Rickards Exclusive: Dollar May Become “Local Currency of the U.S.” Only

Jim Rickards Exclusive: Dollar May Become “Local Currency of the U.S.” Only

Your browser does not support the podcast player element. DOWNLOAD MP3 Mike Gleason: It is my great privilege to be joined now by James Rickards. Mr. Rickards is editor of Strategic Intelligence, a monthly newsletter, and Director of the James Rickards Project, an inquiry into the complex dynamics of geopolitics and global capital. He’s also the author of several bestselling books including The Death of Money, Currency Wars, The New Case for Gold, and now his latest book The Road to Ruin. In addition to his achievements as a writer and author, Jim is also a portfolio manager, lawyer and renowned economic commentator having been interviewed by CNBC, the BBC, […]

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Gold and Silver Are “Asymmetric” Trades

Gold and Silver Are “Asymmetric” Trades

An asymmetric trade is a situation where investing a relatively small amount of money holds the potential of yielding a profit many times the amount of the original sum at risk. In other words, where the risk to reward is skewed massively in the direction of reward. This took place recently with Bitcoin (BTC). Is this conceptually different from bets made years ago on Microsoft, Cisco, Amazon, or Facebook, which yielded hundreds of percent profit to intrepid investors? Does it have relevance to the possible returns during the next few years for those who hold physical gold and silver? I would answer “yes” and “yes.” The current “mania” in the […]

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How Precious Metals Can Help Protect Your Wealth from Hackers

How Precious Metals Can Help Protect Your Wealth from Hackers

Could your wealth be hacked? It’s a threat most investors overlook. But they do so at their own peril. If elections can be hacked, then so can bank and brokerage accounts, as well as any online platforms for digital currencies. More than five months into Donald Trump’s presidency, the “Russia hacked the election” conspiracy theories still won’t go away. They’re expanding to also implicate Russian hackers for meddling in elections in France and elsewhere. The latest Russian hacking story centers on Qatar. According to the Guardian, “An investigation by the FBI has concluded that Russian hackers were responsible for sending out fake messages from the Qatari government, sparking the Gulf’s […]

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