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Financial Astrology: A Silver Lining For the Dollar & Key Dates For Precious Metals

| September 25, 2012 | Articles: Insights

This article was written by financial astrology expert Karen Starich as a result of a Q&A with GoldSilverWorlds.   There have been some very significant events in the astrology recently that suggest a turn, or shift, has occurred for gold and silver, as well as for the dollar.  In July I wrote to my subscribers that on August 2nd  there could be a significant pullback to both gold and silver that could rattle investors who were long.  There was a harsh Saturn (rules gold and mining) aspect in the Federal Reserve’s chart that suggested a potential restriction on the metals that could have led to a serious pullback.  I also felt there was […]

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Manipulation of the Gold Price & the Crash of Paper Gold

| September 24, 2012 | Articles: Insights

By Jeff Thomas, Internatioal Man There is much discussion these days as to whether the price of gold is being manipulated. The answer is simply “yes.” It is likely that most potential gold investors would agree that the major financial institutions have the ability to influence the gold price. They would also agree that to do so would be of benefit to those institutions. Yet, many investors still have difficulty making the final leap to agree that, if the institutions can manipulate the gold price and, by doing so, will profit from it, they will actually manipulate the price. Odd, as this would seem to me to be the easiest […]

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I have an IRA. How can I invest in Gold and Silver?

| September 23, 2012 | Articles: Insights

It is quite easy! Yes, I am talking about actual physical gold and silver, not “paper” gold, or certificates, or paper promises. Question: Why gold and silver in an IRA? Answer: The simplest explanation is that gold and silver will protect your purchasing power. There are many other reasons including safety in the event of another economic melt-down such as what happened in 2008. Question: Why not buy ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) that invest in gold and silver, such as GLD, SLV, PSLV, and PHYS? Answer: You certainly can. They are more convenient to buy and sell, and the annual fees are less. But, if you are looking for maximum […]

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Not all that glitters is gold

| September 21, 2012 | Articles: Insights
Not all that glitters is gold

This week we saw another gold counterfeit scandal, this time out of New York, with tungsten-filled gold bars being discovered by a highly reputable dealer. It is very hard to detect tungsten fakes by traditional measures, since tungsten (atomic number 74) has a high density, which is 19.3 times that of water, and comparable to that of gold (atomic number 79). In other words, its weight is very similar to that of gold. However GoldMoney’s ultrasound testing of gold bars is the perfect solution, as it can easily detect impurities of this sort and ensures that the bars meet the stringent GoldMoney Standard of quality. This latest technology guarantees that there is not a […]

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Government and gold confiscation: tips to protect your assets

| September 20, 2012 | Articles: Insights
Government and gold confiscation: tips to protect your assets

This article brings the point of view of Claudio Grass from Global Gold in Switzerland. My advice to everyone is simple and clear: “Get out of the current financial system,  avoid paper money and the banking system in general and move into physical precious metals.” David Stockman has put it this way: “ABCD – Anything Bernanke Cannot Destroy!” Confiscation is already here. I am not talking about outright confiscation of assets, but the confiscation of the buying power by inflating the money supply. If you keep your money in a bank account or “invest” it in bonds, you are actually losing money in real terms (i.e. after inflation). The decrease […]

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Stagflation in extremis & the explosive rise of gold

| September 18, 2012 | Articles: Insights
Stagflation in extremis & the explosive rise of gold

Stagflation’s appearance in the 1970s was like an outbreak of three-headed children. It wasn’t supposed to happen. Prevailing wisdom—an oxymoron among economists—held that high employment and rising prices were economic handmaidens; and that, conversely, slowing economies and inflation were mutually exclusive In the 1970s, for the first time in capitalism’s history stagflation appeared, i.e. prices rose and economic growth stagnated; and, while economists would search for reasons to explain the apparently inexplicable, it was only because they avoided the obvious that they did not find the answer. In August 1971, President Nixon upon the advice of Milton Friedman—the same Milton Friedman who erroneously taught Ben Bernanke economic contractions can be […]

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Miles Franklin Exclusive: The End Game

| September 17, 2012 | Articles: Insights

After some thinking over the weekend, I have come to the conclusion (belatedly, I can’t believe it took me more than 4 seconds) that The Fed committed it’s own suicide last Thursday.  Yes I know, they had already done 2 QE’s, Operation Twist and blown up their balance while stuffing it with all sorts of non performing, substandard garbage assets.  BUT, this episode of buying $40 billion (to start) of MBS per month is open ended. All you need to do is go back through history to see that any “temporary” government program has always been permanent from it’s inception.  Not only has it been “permanent”, nearly ALL government programs […]

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A new gold standard?

| September 17, 2012 | Articles: Insights
A new gold standard?

The US Republican Party recently announced its intention to set up a “gold commission”, to examine the feasability or not of returning to a gold standard. This raises important questions, cutting across the neoclassical economic consensus, so is bound to be controversial. If the commission is appointed, it members will have to re-learn how gold works as money, take on board the consequences of its reintroduction, and understand the reasons why mixing un-backed paper and gold is a flawed compromise. Gold as money is fundamentally different from the paper-money environment we operate in today. Gold cannot be manipulated by government, while fiat money gives governments the flexibility in monetary policy they […]

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The Bottom Line on Gold, the Dollar, and the Euro

| September 15, 2012 | Articles: Insights
The Bottom Line on Gold, the Dollar, and the Euro

By Louis James, Casey Research One of the points we’ve made several times over the last year is that traders stuck in an old paradigm are frequently selling gold for the wrong reasons. The most egregious (or just plain silly) example is that gold often drops when the euro drops. This happens, not because there’s anything wrong with gold at such times, but because gold is priced in dollars. Instead of being thought of as a store of value in many investors’ minds, gold is viewed as a hedge against weakness in the dollar. But what are dollars priced in? Nothing, actually. Purchasing power is the underlying reality any “price” […]

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Well I Didn’t See THAT Coming

| September 12, 2012 | Articles: Insights
Well I Didn’t See THAT Coming

Why didn’t anyone see it coming? asks Adrian Ash at BullionVault. That was the Queen’s famous question, 14 months into this now 5-year old crisis, when she visited the London School of Economics. Well, replied Professor Luis Garicano, showing Her Majesty the LSE’s new £71 million ($140m) faculty building in November 2008, “At every stage, someone was relying on somebody else and everyone thought they were doing the right thing.” Hnh? The British press guffawed and harrumphed at this lame excuse for an answer. But given a few days – and then a few months, and then a few years – the economics profession got its full reply down pat. “The simple response […]

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Infographic about gold, the dollar and inflation

| September 11, 2012 | Articles: Insights
Infographic about gold, the dollar and inflation

We were sent an infographic that was created by Wholesale Gold Group, a US precious metals dealer with a good reputation. The owner of the company Michael MacDonald, has recently written the book “The Silver Bomb: Beyond The Return Of Metal As Money.” The infographic shows how the purchasing power of the dollar has fallen dramatically over the past century and especially in the last decade. Basically it links an increasing inflation rate to the absence of a gold standard. The loss of the purchasing power is presented based on the Consumper Price Index (CPI). One dollar for example was worth 129% more in 1980 than it is today. Two […]

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Why globally coordinated QE and higher gold prices are unavoidable

| September 10, 2012 | Articles: Insights

This article is part of the series “Question for the Expert” on GoldSilverWorlds. We have the honour today to get the view of Grant Williams, author of the respected newsletter Things That Make You Go Hmm. Question: You described in a recent newsletter article, that the next round of Quantitative Easing will be massive and that it will be globally coordinated. Why are you so convinced? What to expect from the gold price in the light of all of this? Answer from Grant Williams: We have reached the point now where the Europeans (in particular Mario Draghi, head of the ECB) have realized that the only solution to the problem […]

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Why Don’t Germans Believe the ECB’s Supra Mario?

| September 7, 2012 | Articles: Insights
Why Don’t Germans Believe the ECB’s Supra Mario?

So for at least the second time in four months, today’s Handelsblatt newspaper in Germany carries a big picture of Edvard Munch’s The Scream, writes Adrian Ash at BullionVault. This time, the picture doesn’t replace the painter’s tortured self-portrait with chancellor Angela Merkel’s head. The headline is now “Angst of the Germans“. But the subject is the same. “Nothing frightens the German people so much as the Euro debt crisis,” says the newspaper. The most over-insured people in the world, Germany naturally shares its fears in a survey conducted for an insurance company’s PR department – and at 73%, fear of the Eurozone crisis now tops even its reading 12 months ago, when the crisis tipped […]

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Financial Astrology: Sept 13th Turning Point for the US and What it Means For Gold

| September 6, 2012 | Articles: Insights

This article was written by financial astrology expert Karen Starich as a result of a Q&A with GoldSilverWorlds.   America is on the cusp of yet another opportunity to change the outcome and reverse a potential ‘One World Order’ and financial reorganization on an international scale. On September 13th Saturn will make an exact square to the Federal Reserve’s Neptune, a transit that is inharmonious and suggests bankruptcy and potentially a block to further QE3. Saturn is the ‘old reaper’ that keeps a perfect set of books and won’t lend out a dime until all the accounts are in order, and Neptune is the planet of grand financial illusions that are so […]

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