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Gold: Inflation hedge or something more?

| October 16, 2012 | Articles: Insights
Gold: Inflation hedge or something more?

Gold serves numerous functions as an investment. Traditional reasons for investing in gold include: Inflation Investment market declines Burgeoning national debt Currency failure War or other extreme events Social unrest Some would argue these entire phenomenon are related. For instance investment market declines can lead to war which can be followed by inflation which can lead to currency failure – just look to Germany in the 1920s for proof of this (albeit in a mixed order of events). Basically, gold is protection against various ugly or undesirable societal, political, economic and financial occurrences. That reasoning broadly explains gold’s rise from $650 in 2007 to approximately $1800 today. Gold has risen […]

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Forbes Promotes The Benefits Of Gold

| October 14, 2012 | Articles: Insights

Forbes published an article on its website entitled Gold can save us from disaster. The article is written by Steve Forbes himself and will appear in their magazine in the October 22nd edition. We find it remarkable, not because of the fact Forbes is writing about gold (they are in fact publishing regularly precious metals related content) but because of the types of statements and thoughts in it. This sentence is an important one in promoting the awareness around precious metals: “Unless Mitt Romney educates himself quickly on the need for monetary reform, we are going to have to seriously and deliberately begin the process of education and experimentation”. It’s just […]

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The Case For A Higher Gold Price Based on Monetary History

| October 14, 2012 | Articles: Insights
The Case For A Higher Gold Price Based on Monetary History

People tend to forget quickly and fail to learn from history. As George Bernard Shaw once said : “What we learn from history is that  people don’t learn from history.” So it’s worth one’s time to look back to the past and learn what others before us learnt sometimes the hard way. As far as Gold’s role in our monetary system is concerned, the most recent learnings and insights come from “the Bretton Woods period”. Apart from being a nice resort in the mountains, Bretton Woods stands for the agreements that created a new world monetary system in 1944. Courtesy of Scott Minerd, chief investment officer of Guggenheim Partners, who […]

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4 Facts Every GLD Investor Must Know

Without any doubt, the amounts invested in the Gold ETF “GLD” are enormous. The ETF lowered the barriers for most investors to profit from gold’s long term bull market. For institutional investors, GLD became one of the easiest ways to invest in the rise of the price of gold, as they can’t easily buy physical gold. However investing in an ETF like GLD or SLV carries inherent risks, the most important one being the failure to fully back the shares with physical gold. This means that in a worst case scenario, which is not unlikely given the instability of the world economy, an investor could end up holding only paper. The […]

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Why Mainstream Media, Main Street And Institutions Fail To See The Benefits Of Gold

| October 11, 2012 | Articles: Insights
Why Mainstream Media, Main Street And Institutions Fail To See The Benefits Of Gold

This is the second article in a five part series that is based on a Q&A with Nick Barisheff, CEO of Bullion Management Group Inc. and author of the book “$10,000 Gold: Why Gold’s Inevitable Rise is the Investor’s Safe Haven.” His book will be released later this year but is available now for pre-order on Amazon.com. The main idea behind this article: financial assets and hard assets tend to evolve in opposite directions on a very long term timeframe. Those are simply the dynamics of economic cycles. Many of today’s investors have no other experience than what’s happened in the long bull market of financial assets, between 1980 and […]

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The End of Austerity

| October 11, 2012 | Articles: Insights
The End of Austerity

It’s a common myth that the Labour government in power when the Great Depression went global in 1931 was forced to resign by a banker’s ramp, writes Adrian Ash at BullionVault. The British prime minister, Ramsay Macdonald, denied it at the time. Close academic study has since found evidence lacking, too. But the idea of millionaires in top hats conspiring to weaken both the Pound and British debt (then consuls, now gilts) still lingers. By demanding gold for their paper at the Bank of England, these interwar illuminati effectively handed a direct demand to London, ordering a cut in welfare payments so severe that Labour politicians – elected by the “working man” – had no […]

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Infographic: Is Silver The New Gold Created By The Silver Bomb

| October 10, 2012 | Articles: Insights
Infographic: Is Silver The New Gold Created By The Silver Bomb

Anyone that spends time at Goldsilverworlds.com knows that precious metals are the best way to hedge against inflation and the rapidly decreasing fall in the value of the dollar. And while gold remains a smart move, there’s much to be said for silver. Why? Because, unlike gold, silver has an inherent value that goes well beyond scarcity. Without silver the world as we know it would literally stop. The computer screen on which you are reading these words, has silver in it. The TV you watch, has silver in it…and the list goes on and on. This infographic was created to help investors learn about the underlying reasons behind silver’s increasing […]

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The Bank Was Saved, and the People Were Ruined

By Jeff Thomas, International Man The above quote is from William Gouge, commenting on the Panic of 1819. The panic had been caused when the First Bank of the United States had first expanded the money supply dramatically by offering loans, then contracted the money supply by tightening its requirements for new loans, causing a crash. This is a useful quote, as, in its simplicity, it states the very nature of crashes brought on by irresponsible banking practices. In every case in which this occurs, it is possible through the complicity of the government of the day. The origin of this syndrome goes back to Mayer Rothschild, a very clever […]

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Did You Get These Warnings? Gold?

| October 8, 2012 | Articles: Insights

Editor’s Note: It’s easy not to see the fundamental developments because of the day-to-day news streams and information overload (we tend to call it “noise”). So it can take some time to start  connecting the dots and clearly see a red line. In this article, people who are not seeing it clearly yet, get some hints. As far as the link with precious metals is concerned, it’s very simple in our view: could there be a link between the warnings described in this article and the price of gold? “Oh … so it’s not the gold price going up, but something else coming down?” November 21, 2002: Bernanke gave his “helicopter” […]

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Michael Pento Confirms Gold Is The Answer To Excessive Money Printing And Inflation

Michael Pento’s latest commentary on the markets is published below. Mr. Pento is the founder and President of Pento Portfolio Stragies, a company that offers (separate) managed accounts. In a nutshell, he explains why the stock markets are going up while economic data clearly show there is no growth in the economies all over the world. Basically the Central Banks are destroying the value of their currencies with their monetary policies, which leaves investors with one valuable option on the longer run: gold, silver, energy, agriculture. An anecdote worth mentioning: during a recent interview on King World News, Michael Pento mentions a quote from Ben Bernanke in which the Chairman […]

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Fed QE and Gold, Silver

| October 6, 2012 | Articles: Insights
Fed QE and Gold, Silver

After the Federal Reserve launched QE3 last month, investors and speculators are growing excited about its future impact on gold and silver. Though the Fed’s QE3 campaign started out relatively small, its open-ended nature is utterly unprecedented. Thus an unknown amount of future inflation will be spawned. Naturally gold and silver thrive in such environments, as they proved during QE1 and QE2. Of course QE stands for quantitative easing. Even as a lifelong student of the financial markets, I don’t recall hearing this term before late 2008’s epic stock panic. Central banks are notorious for trying to cloak their actions. So although “quantitative easing” was universally derided historically, it was […]

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The Solar Silver Thrust

| October 6, 2012 | Articles: Insights
The Solar Silver Thrust

By Jeff Clark, BIG GOLD In early July, Japan set a premium price for solar energy that was three times the rate of conventional power. This meant utility companies would be paid three times more for electricity sourced from solar. It’s widely expected that the premium will ignite the use of solar power – and solar uses a lot of silver. Silver Demand from PV Panels As you may know, silver is used in photovoltaic (PV) technology to generate solar power. A typical solar panel uses a fair amount of the metal – roughly two-thirds of an ounce (20 grams). To put that in perspective, a cellphone contains around 200 […]

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Gold Wars revisited

| October 5, 2012 | Articles: Insights
Gold Wars revisited

The following is an essay version of a speech given by Spanish trader and economist Felix Moreno de la Cova, at a recent event in Madrid to mark the publication of the Spanish version of Gold Wars by the late Ferdinand Lips. GoldMoney would like to thank the Asociación Española de Metales Preciosos and Barbara Lips of the Lips Institute for their work on this project. The sadly departed Ferdinand Lips left us an astounding legacy with this jewel of a book. It sends a powerful message that our political and banking elite would do well to remember, and is even more relevant now in light of current events. Lips was a private Swiss banker and a […]

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Investment Poker: Nightmare in the Danger Zone

| October 5, 2012 | Articles: Insights

You just took $500,000 (half your net worth) and sat down at a no-limit Texas Hold ‘em game in the Wall Street Casino. You are anxious but feel confident, based on good intelligence and planning. Then you look at the other players at the table: A prominent Washington D. C. lobbyist. A TBTF (Too Big To Fail) banker with deep political connections. The CEO of a major oil company with tentacles into a dozen countries and strong influence in Congress. A Senator known for his insider trading information derived from his Committee Chairman post. A High Frequency Trader with banks of computers at his disposal in addition to several PhD’s […]

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