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Bullion Markets Catch a Breath

| August 24, 2020 | Articles: Insights
Bullion Markets Catch a Breath

Gold bugs may finally be taking their summer (stay)vacation. After months of frenetic activity in the bullion markets, physical buying and selling slowed a bit last week. The respite, if it persists, could be welcome news for investors who have been frustrated by product scarcity and higher premiums. The COVID-19-associated economic troubles have not been resolved, but those stories aren’t commanding the level of attention they did in recent weeks. Angry rioting and looting have slowed for the moment. The Fed is in between rate cuts and the next announcement of additional stimulus. And there is almost nobody left in Washington DC or the media willing to talk about multi-trillion-dollar […]

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The Case for a Platinum-Plated Metals Portfolio

| August 17, 2020 | Articles: Insights
The Case for a Platinum-Plated Metals Portfolio

Do precious metals still represent good value? With gold just coming off a new all-time high above $2,000/oz and silver having more than doubled off its March bottom, some investors may be wary of entering these markets right now. However, when adjusted for inflation, when measured against the stock market, or when compared to total money supply, a strong case can be made that gold is not yet overvalued – and that silver remains undervalued. Investors who are seeking an even more deeply undervalued opportunity within the metals space should take a look at platinum. What makes the case for platinum in particular compelling compared to other metals? In a […]

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Navigating Cynical Politics and Rigged Markets to Investment Profits

Navigating Cynical Politics and Rigged Markets to Investment Profits

It’s a cliché that gets repeated every four years: This is the most important election of our lifetime! Perhaps this one, a national referendum on the presidency of Donald J. Trump, will prove to be so. What we can say with more certainty is that this will be the most cynical election of our lifetime. American politics and the mainstream media’s coverage of it have descended into non-stop tribal spitefulness and vindictiveness. No longer is there any pretense that elections are about what’s best for the country as a whole. What’s bad for the country is often good for politicians, and they can be counted on to do whatever is […]

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Trump vs. Biden: What’s at Stake for Metals Investors?

Trump vs. Biden: What’s at Stake for Metals Investors?

The China virus, the economic lockdowns, and the multi-trillion-dollar rescue efforts of central bankers have dominated markets over the past three months. However, as lockdowns gradually lift and the 2020 election draws nearer, investors will begin to focus more on political developments. The once-strong economy that President Donald Trump had hoped would propel him to re-election has collapsed. The President has also taken a tremendous amount of heat from the media over his handling of the COVID-19 crisis, and that has hurt his poll numbers. Despite these headwinds, polls show Trump still has a good chance of defeating a stumbling and bumbling Joe Biden. The opinions of pundits and pollsters […]

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Is Physical Money on the Verge of Elimination?

Is Physical Money on the Verge of Elimination?

The metals markets are being pulled in multiple directions simultaneously like never before. The global virus-triggered economic freeze has caused industrial demand for all commodities to crater. At the same time, mining output is also crashing as virus fears force many mines around the world to suspend operations. What is the “right” equilibrium price for copper, silver, gold, and other metals in an environment of such extreme and unstable supply and demand stresses? The verdict of the market changes – often dramatically – day by day. In March, hard assets tumbled along with stocks as investors priced in increasingly dire scenarios for the economy. A double-digit contraction in U.S. GDP and double-digit spike […]

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Fighting the Fed (and the Crooked Banks) by Holding Gold

| January 13, 2020 | Articles: Insights
Fighting the Fed (and the Crooked Banks) by Holding Gold

Market forecaster Martin Zweig famously warned investors against underestimating the power of the Federal Reserve Bank to control markets. He coined the phrase “Don’t fight the Fed” back in the 80’s. Precious metals investors are wondering if this is still good advice. On one hand, it is pretty hard to argue with that bit of wisdom. The Fed Zweig was referencing had begun taking a more overt role in markets, using interest rates as a tool for managing the economy. Paul Volcker dramatically raised interest rates to put price inflation from the late 1970’s back under control. Zweig hailed from an era of less irresponsible central bankers. He expected them […]

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What to Do NOW in Case of a Future Banking System Breakdown

| November 13, 2019 | Articles: Insights
What to Do NOW in Case of a Future Banking System Breakdown

The banking system may not be as sound we’ve been led to believe. It continues to get propped up through central bank interventions, which strongly suggests it wouldn’t be able to stand on its own. Last Thursday, the Federal Reserve injected another $115 billion into financial markets via “temporary operations.” The Fed is targeting the repo market in particular, through which banks lend to each other on an overnight basis. For some reason, banks have grown weary of committing liquidity to each other in what should be one of the safest lending markets on the planet. Perhaps they are being overly cautious. Perhaps they (or one in particular) are simply […]

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Time for Investors to Reset Their Portfolios for Inflation

| November 5, 2019 | Articles: Insights
Time for Investors to Reset Their Portfolios for Inflation

As investors reset their clocks to accord with the end of Daylight Savings Time, they may also need to reset their expectations for future returns. A strong body of research suggests that artificially changing the time twice a year – forward, then backward an hour – does more harm than good.  It leads to sleep disruptions, heightened stress, missed appointments, wasted time (ironically), and a diminishment of productivity around these biannual time changes. As reported in HeadlineHealth, “Circadian biologists believe ill health effects from daylight saving time result from a mismatch among the sun ‘clock,’ our social clock – work and school schedules – and the body’s internal 24-hour body clock.” […]

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Bill Holter: Credit Seizure Could Eventually Shut Down Supply Chains

| October 21, 2019 | Articles: Insights
Bill Holter: Credit Seizure Could Eventually Shut Down Supply Chains

Futures Market Failure to Someday Trigger Run on Gold/Silver Listen to the Podcast Audio: Click Here  Mike Gleason: It is my privilege now to welcome in Bill Holter of JSMineset and the Holter-Sinclair Collaboration. Since leaving Wall Street more than a decade ago, Bill has made a name for himself as an astute and highly respected market commentator, writer and has teamed up with Jim Sinclair to help others discover the inherent dangers of our debt based economy and how to protect yourself against it. Bill, it’s great to have you back and I very much appreciate the time today. Welcome. Bill Holter: Thanks for having me, Mike. Mike Gleason: […]

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Learning to protect your trading capital

| August 29, 2019 | Articles: Insights

If you cannot take care of the trading money, it will get away from you easily. Trading in the most volatile marketplace in the world, it is obvious to lose the trades. And when you will lose the trades, it will take the capital away from your account. As the initial investment is the main support of your trading business, it is needed to be reserved. You can use the trading money to invest in the trades but it cannot be too aggressive. The concept is to invest your money into the business with the most control. This article will discuss the idea of protecting the trading money to the […]

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Keep Your Wealth from Falling into the Negative Interest Rate Vortex

Keep Your Wealth from Falling into the Negative Interest Rate Vortex

The world is in the midst of one of the strangest asset bubbles of all time. Instead of being fueled by the hope of bigger and bigger gains, it is being driven by a resignation to incurring lower and lower… and ultimately negative, yields on capital. This summer, the global inventory of bonds yielding less than zero reached a record $13 trillion. Negative yielding instruments are concentrated mainly in Europe and Japan, where they have spread from sovereign to corporate issuances. Now even some “junk”-rated bonds are teetering around 0%. While negative nominal interest rates have yet to make their way to the United States, the Federal Reserve has toyed […]

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My Goodness, What Is Happening to Platinum?

| September 25, 2018 | Articles: Insights
My Goodness, What Is Happening to Platinum?

By Clint Siegner, Money Metals Exchange You may have noticed the platinum price has fallen well below gold’s price and it continues to underperform the other precious metals. What is happening in the platinum market? We see a handful of factors driving the recent declines in platinum. For starters, it is facing the same challenges we find in the gold and silver markets. The dollar has been getting stronger, interest rates are rising, and traders on Wall Street have rarely been more carefree. Mainstream investors are positioning for economic strength, not looking for safety. Platinum is trading like the other precious metals, which is to say performing poorly. As of […]

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Gold & Silver Investors’ 8 Commandments for Avoiding Rip Offs

Gold & Silver Investors’ 8 Commandments for Avoiding Rip Offs

For every promising investment opportunity, you come across, there are multiple opportunities for bad-faith brokers and hucksters to try to rip you off. It could be undisclosed commissions and fees in an annuity, unwanted accounts opened up by a banker seeking additional fees, trades sabotaged by market manipulators, or any number of other schemes. Rip-off artists, unfortunately, operate within the precious metals space as well. Most recently, a scammer posing as a government agent in order to gain people’s trust was convicted of selling counterfeit gold bars and phony Morgan silver dollars. He took one investor for $11,000, according to reports. You can avoid this type of scam as well […]

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Interest rates and its effect on Gold and precious metals

An interest rate is the amount charged, expressed as a percentage of principal, by a lender to a borrower for the use of assets. The assets borrowed could include cash, consumer goods, and large assets such as a vehicle or building. In terms of borrowed money, the interest rate is typically applied to the principal, which is the amount of money lent. The interest rate is the cost of debt for the borrower and the rate of return for the lender. So in other words, interest rates are the prices for holding or loaning money. Banks give out interest rates for saving money which attracts depositors. Banks also receive interest […]

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