RSSCategory: Articles: Experts Talk

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 […]

Continue Reading

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, […]

Continue Reading

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, […]

Continue Reading

How Would Markets React If Trump Is Actually Forced Out of Office?

How Would Markets React If Trump Is Actually Forced Out of Office?

Donald Trump’s policy agenda – and his very presidency – are in jeopardy… …at least if you believe the chatter on cable television. Yes, for weeks now, the big media outlets have been stirring up talk of impeachment. One narrative after another – Russia, Comey, Kushner, etc. – yet no conclusive evidence of any “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Still, Democrats in Congress smell blood in the water… and they have readied articles of impeachment for introduction as soon as an opportunity presents. But investors don’t seem particularly concerned about the implications of political turmoil intensifying in Washington. The stock market keeps edging higher with minimal volatility. The only hint of […]

Continue Reading

MEDIA STUDY WARNS: Don’t Trust Us Dummies with Your Gold

MEDIA STUDY WARNS: Don’t Trust Us Dummies with Your Gold

The astounding results of a groundbreaking, scientific study just released, the first of its kind we know of, confirms a lot we’ve suspected about mainstream journalists. Journalists are different than the rest of us. Researchers found journalists’ brains just don’t work as well as yours and mine. That’s a polite way of saying journalists are dumber than you and I. The study flatly says journalists have less brain power than others to “regulate emotions, solve complex problems… and think flexibly and creatively,” although study findings say they are no more stressed than the average worker. That means they understand less about what’s going on than you and I. It also […]

Continue Reading

The Commodity Cycle: What It Means for Precious Metals Prices

The Commodity Cycle: What It Means for Precious Metals Prices

The cycle for any commodity follows the same basic pattern… When prices are low, production falls. As new supplies diminish, the market tightens and prices move higher. The higher prices incentivize producers to invest in production capacity and increase output. Eventually, the market becomes oversupplied, prices fall, and the cycle starts all over again. Of course, this is a simplified model of what drives commodity cycles. Booms and busts can be amplified and extended by speculators, by unexpected shifts in demand, or even by interventions from central banks and governments. Regardless of the causes, commodity markets will always be cyclical in nature. Commodities as a group can be pressured upward […]

Continue Reading

Trump Turmoil Grows, Prompting Flight to Safety

Trump Turmoil Grows, Prompting Flight to Safety

Donald Trump has been dogged by efforts to undermine his presidency since winning the election in November. Deep State operators and political partisans have been working around the clock to hang a scandal around the president’s neck large enough to ruin him. If markets are any indication, they got some help last week from former FBI director James Comey. Comey’s leaked memo asserting the president tried to interfere with the investigation of Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor, prompted a selloff in stocks and a boost in precious metals. Democratic Congressman Al Green became the first in Congress to actually call for impeaching the president on the House floor. […]

Continue Reading

Another Potential Government Shutdown… Oh My!

Another Potential Government Shutdown… Oh My!

The U.S. Congress runs up against their self-imposed borrowing limit once again this week. During the last tussle over the borrowing cap in October 2015, Congress agreed to schedule this week’s political theater to occur well after last Fall’s elections. They didn’t even bother to guess how much additional headroom would be needed. They just suspended the debt limit altogether. Neither Democratic nor Republican leadership wanted voters focused on borrowing and spending when they went to the polls. Government employees can count on eventually getting paid for any time they are furloughed. When the show is over, most in Congress will agree to saddle taxpayers (and their kids) with a […]

Continue Reading

The Government Made a Mess They Can’t Clean Up

The Government Made a Mess They Can’t Clean Up

When I was a boy, I remember watching Richard Nixon on August 15, 1971 announce a complete “freeze” on “all wages and prices.” In today’s terms that’s what I’d call an attack on the free market. At first, his price freeze sounded quite generous for consumers. You’d not see the price of your gas or milk creep up. Sounded like a win-win. At the time, 75% of Americans, including my mother, thought price controls were a wonderful idea. She changed her mind only a few weeks later. During his speech that August night, Nixon severed ties between gold and the dollar. The gold standard ended. No longer would dollars need […]

Continue Reading

Time to Hedge State Reserve Funds with Gold

By JP Cortez Financially prudent individuals set aside surplus funds to protect against unforeseen expenditures. This way, when faced with loss of income, house repairs, car trouble, or anything else, they will have a buffer against unanticipated downturns. In the same vein, almost every state in the United States has established a “savings account” for government operations. Primarily to mitigate a decline in tax revenues that comes alongside economic slumps, states have created so-called budget stabilization funds – colloquially known as “rainy day funds.” Every state takes a different approach to budget stabilization funds, from the mechanisms by which they are funded, to the caps placed on balances, to the […]

Continue Reading

Europe Eyes Sweeping Cash Ban: Are Gold & Silver Next?

Europe Eyes Sweeping Cash Ban: Are Gold & Silver Next?

The global war on cash continues. The cabal of bankers seeking more transaction fees, busybody political leaders, and central bankers who want to experiment with negative interest rates recently threw India into turmoil by eliminating the two largest denomination bank notes. Now they are preparing a similar assault on Europeans’ ability to transact privately and without giving bankers a cut. European Union officials just published a “Proposal for an EU Initiative on Restriction on Payments in Cash.” Predictably, the restrictions are being sold to citizens as a means of fighting terrorism – much like a host of other privacy and liberty-destroying power grabs in recent decades. This despite a telling […]

Continue Reading

Jim Rickards: China Disaster to Trigger Gold Run, Trump to Appoint 5 of 7 Fed Governors

Jim Rickards: China Disaster to Trigger Gold Run, Trump to Appoint 5 of 7 Fed Governors

Your browser does not support the podcast player element. DOWNLOAD MP3 Mike Gleason (Money Metals Exchange): 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. Jim is a portfolio manager, lawyer, and renowned economist having been interviewed by CNBC, the BBC, Bloomberg, Fox News, and CNN, just to name a […]

Continue Reading

Gold after Trump: How Gold Performed in 2016 and Price Forecast for 2017

Gold after Trump: How Gold Performed in 2016 and Price Forecast for 2017

We started 2016 with a strong gold price rally. It continued to grow for almost 6 months before the price started to stabilize. As with other trends on the market, gold price quickly entered a stall once everyone started to jump on the wagon. The recent U.S. Presidential Election, as well as other factors, will continue to influence the price of gold in 2017. Before you look at the price forecast, however, let’s take a closer look at some of the most prominent factors that influenced gold prices across 2016. The U.S. Dollar and China’s Economy China is quickly becoming a dominant force on the global market. If you look […]

Continue Reading

Precious Metals v. Mining Stocks: What You Need to Know

Precious Metals v. Mining Stocks: What You Need to Know

Most readers of this column own (or plan to own) physical precious metals – gold and silver, perhaps even some platinum or palladium. They may also own mining stocks. But which category is “best”? It’s like asking, “What’s the most efficient exercise?” or “What’s the best fishing lure?” Truth be known, it’s really about what you wish to accomplish! Here is my considered opinion… Precious Metals Offer Insurance First – Profit Second One should strongly consider holding physical precious metals for “investment first, profit potential second.” The primary function of “metals in hand” is to help offset the possible loss of purchasing power that inflation or a changing business/regulatory climate […]

Continue Reading