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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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Effects of Inflation on Gold and Precious Metals

Inflation is characterized as a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money. But the question we want to answer is “How does this affect gold and precious metals?” We’ll get there in a moment. When the price levels rise, each unit of currency will buy you less goods and services, therefore, Inflation reduces the purchasing power per unit of money. This can affect the economy in various ways, like increase the opportunity cost of holding money, reduce the burden of private and public debt, change in the prices and demand for Gold and precious metals and so many more. Inflation and interest rates also have […]

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What Happens to the Price of Gold if Trump is Impeached?

The impeachment of Trump has been a revolving issue for quit a long time. What does impeachment mean? Impeachment is the process of getting rid of a president outside of election time. It is a long and difficult process at that – first, the House of Representatives has to vote by a majority to impeach a president and; second, it goes to the senate where two-thirds vote is required to actually remove the president. So, what happens to markets if the US President gets impeached? In the history or America, two presidents have notably gotten themselves into trouble, Clinton and Nixon. These lead to the resignation of Nixon and the […]

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Solar, Bubble, Banks, War, and Legal Tender: Five Reasons Why You Should Buy Silver Now

Solar, Bubble, Banks, War, and Legal Tender: Five Reasons Why You Should Buy Silver Now

Provided by our friends at Hard Assets Alliance.  By Shannara Johnson – Aug 7, 2017 Unlike its big brother, gold, physical silver is coveted for both investment purposes and industrial usage. Right now, silver prices are in a bit of a slump—in other words, it’s the perfect time to load up on this precious metal while it’s down. Here are some good reasons why silver should be on every investor’s radar. Reason #1: Silver Is Being Used Up in China’s Solar Boom. By far the largest application of industrial silver today is in solar panels—and Chinese demand for solar energy is skyrocketing. In its 13th Five-Year Plan, Beijing aims to […]

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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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Are Gold Traders Too Complacent?

Are Gold Traders Too Complacent?

While geopolitical events continue to create market anxiety, gold prices are unlikely to surge higher according to the options market.  In fact, gold options volatility, reflected by the CBOE’s gold implied volatility index GVZ, is nearing a 7-year low, which was last hit, in mid-March.  Current levels reflect market complacency. While it appears that gold prices are sliding sideways waiting for the next impetus to drive them higher or lower, the decline in implied volatility ahead of the French and British elections in May and June respectively reflect that gold option traders believe the status quo is the likely outcome. Just as a refresher, implied volatility is the markets estimate […]

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Sound Money Is Rising at the State Level

Sound Money Is Rising at the State Level

Inflation is the most pernicious of taxes levied by our government. Officials systematically devalue the Federal Reserve Note “dollar,” then levy capital gains taxes on assets when their dollar price rises. The “gains” are largely illusory. Rising asset prices over time reflect the fact that the dollar buys less of everything. But the tax obligations triggered by this inflation are very real. Bills calling for the elimination of capital gains taxes on money, i.e. precious metals, have recently been introduced in both Idaho and Arizona. Money Metals Exchange president Stefan Gleason testified at the hearing and pointed out that “by taxing so-called gains on exchanging precious metals for devalued Federal […]

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