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How to Save Your Money And Your Life

By Doug Casey, Casey Research I think there are really only two good reasons for having a significant amount of money: To maintain a high standard of living and to ensure your personal freedom. There are other, lesser reasons, of course, including: to prove you can do it, to compensate for failings in other things, to impress others, to leave a legacy, to help perpetuate your genes, or maybe because you just can’t think of something better to do with your time. But I’ll put aside those lesser motives, which I tend to view as psychological foibles. Basically, money gives you the freedom to do what you’d like – and […]

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Theodore Butler: A Few Questions about Manipulation, One Answer

Please read this article carefully because I’m disclosing for the first time that the U.S. government has given JPMorgan the green light to manipulate the silver market.This fact explains the shenanigans in the silver market. It answers all the questions and exposes this tawdry affair for all to see. The scandal recently became more outrageous. The June Bank Participation Report, as of Tuesday, June 5, along with the COT confirmed that JPMorgan’s silver short position has increased by at least 5,000 contracts in the past two reporting weeks. That is the equivalent of 25 million ounces of silver, truly an enormous amount in a two week period and about equal to […]

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The Rise of the Gold Price machines

| June 13, 2012 | Articles: Insights
The Rise of the Gold Price machines

Europe might be facing deflation, and Greece might go on firesale after this weekend’s vote. But €1.1 trillion doesn’t buy what it used to, writes Adrian Ash at BullionVault. Last winter, the European Central Bank poured money onto the currency union’s commercial lenders, lending them cash to lend in turn to their domestic governments by buying government bonds. Now Spain’s 10-year bond yields are at a fresh Euro-era high of 6.73%. Italy’s borrowing costs are back where they were before the second chunk of El Tro in February. The cheapest 3-year money in history – lent for just 1% per year – has proven itself worthless in short, and faster than even we expected here at BullionVault. Any wonder […]

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Are You Brave Enough to Buy Low?

Are You Brave Enough to Buy Low?

By Louis James, Casey Research This time last week, I was at the Cambridge House World Resource Investment Conference in Vancouver, BC. Usually the show is quite hopping, but this time, while there was the usual mob and there was standing room only at several of the events Doug, the Casey crew, and I participated in, the mood was decidedly low-key. But here’s the interesting part: it was low-key, but not depressed. In fact, with metals and related stocks having just had a particularly vicious few months in the markets, I was half-expecting an angry confrontation with a soon to be ex-subscriber… maybe more. But that didn’t happen. People were […]

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Only buy from trustworthy bullion dealers

| June 9, 2012 | Articles: Insights
Only buy from trustworthy bullion dealers

Another precious metals scam has been uncovered in America. Sterling Precious Metals of Boca Raton, Florida, is being investigated by the feds and stands accused of bilking clients out of approximately $10 million. According to a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the company placed special emphasis on targeting senior citizens, who had to pay disproportionate commissions and storage fees. In an effort to recover part of customers’ investments, next week the FTC will request a federal judge freezes Sterling Precious Metals’ bank accounts and have an escrow holder take care of the company. This is not an isolated case. There are unfortunately an increasing number of unscrupulous gold […]

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Strong-Dollar Fallacy

Strong-Dollar Fallacy

After a shocking upset in Greece’s parliamentary elections, the US dollar surged dramatically. Soaring 5.4% in May alone, the world’s reserve currency won legions of fans among traders. “King Dollar” was universally lauded, with everyone jumping on the strong-dollar bandwagon. But this dazzling strength was merely a short-term phenomenon. Zoom out a little, and today’s “strong dollar” is a fallacy. Perspective is everything in the markets. Attaining it is challenging and takes a lot of effort, but the fruits are well worth the toil. We humans naturally tend to extrapolate the present and very recent past out into infinity, expecting short-term situations to continue indefinitely. So when prices surge rapidly […]

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The real cost of not owning gold

The real cost of not owning gold

Bloomberg recently published an illustrative slideshow titled “The Real Cost of Owning Gold”. As usual when dealing with precious metals, in an attitude that is widespread among the mainstream financial press, the tone is dismissive, disdainful and almost mocking of those that advocate ownership of hard assets – and especially gold. The reasons for this hostility are fairly obvious. First, ignorance: precious metals have been out of fashion for over 30 years, and financial analysts (average age 35) know little about them. Most would have came of age, professionally and intellectually speaking, during the early part of the last decade – at a time when gold investors were the crazy-old uncles of […]

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Is the Table Set for a Mania in Precious Metals?

Is the Table Set for a Mania in Precious Metals?

By Jeff Clark, Casey Research It may feel like I’m out of touch with the precious metals markets to broach the subject of a mania today, but I think the table is being set now for a huge move into gold and silver. There are, however, very valid reasons to reasonably expect a mania in our sector. For one thing, manias have occurred many times before, but the main issue is that a mania in gold and gold stocks is the likely result of the absolute balloon in government debt, deficit spending, and money printing. Saying all that profligacy will go away without inflationary consequences seems naïve or foolish. Inflation […]

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Intermarket Analysis Applied to Gold, Gold Stocks and Bonds

Intermarket Analysis Applied to Gold, Gold Stocks and Bonds

Longtime readers know that we are a huge fan of intermarket analysis which is a rather new field within technical analysis. I believe John Murphy developed this field, thanks to his book. Intermarket analysis is the analysis of the relationships between the major asset classes: stocks, bonds and commodities. Furthermore, evaluating and comparing the different sectors within those asset classes also counts as intermarket analysis. Essentially, it is comparing one market to another. Intermarket analysis is essential when analyzing the precious metals complex because it is always affected by or has some relationship to other markets. For example, strength in government bonds or strength in the US dollar is usually a […]

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Myths and Realities of Returning to a Gold Standard

Myths and Realities of Returning to a Gold Standard

By Terry Coxon, Casey Research The gold standard, under which any holder of paper dollars could redeem them for gold at the US Treasury, is now within the living memory of just a few million Americans, nearly all of whom would be dangerous behind the wheel. But thanks to the money printing and the federal deficits that have grown to astounding scales since 2008, and thanks also to the clashing pronouncements of Ron Paul and Ben Bernanke, the idea of a gold standard has resurfaced in the public’s consciousness. I’m happy to see the concept enjoying a revival. Reading about it in the mainstream press and hearing it mentioned on […]

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Gold reserves as collateral

| May 31, 2012 | Articles: Insights

Yesterday’s big news as far as gold was concerned was a Telegraph report stating that Germany could be about to get into the “cash for gold” business in a big way. Angela Merkel is said to be increasingly favourable to the idea of countries pooling a portion of their sovereign debt into a redemption fund, with the eurozone then taking on a collective obligation to honour this debt. Member states would be obliged to pledge gold and currency reserves as collateral in case they are unable to make good on their obligations. This so-called “European Redemption Pact” gets around German courts’ constitutional objections to “Eurobonds”. It would also allow PIIGS governments to […]

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Gold’s Contrarian Moment

Gold’s Contrarian Moment

By David Galland, Casey Research Glancing at the news most days, it’s hard not to feel like Bill Murray’s character in Groundhog Day. In the event you are unfamiliar with the movie, in it Murray’s character becomes trapped in the same day… day after day. In the current circular condition, we have the powers-that-be assuring us that the next high-level meeting will finally produce a permanent fix to the broken economy, essentially solving the sovereign debt crisis. Then, in no more than a few days, or at most a couple of weeks, the fix is revealed to be flawed and the crisis again sparks into flames… followed shortly thereafter by […]

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Paper gold pitfalls

| May 29, 2012 | Articles: Insights

Last year’s disastrous collapse of MF Global has impacted financial markets around the world in many ways. Given that it was one of the largest brokers of leveraged products, it is no surprise that this area has felt the full force of MF Global’s collapse. For example, futures trading volume on US exchanges has dropped noticeably, mainly for two reasons. First, MF Global customers who are still waiting for their money to be returned are not trading. Second, customers of other brokers have understandably become worried about the safety of their money and withdrawn funds from those firms, which has reduced their capacity to trade. Gold has not been spared […]

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Currency collapse dynamics

| May 20, 2012 | Articles: Insights

The reason we accept paper money as a store of value is habit. This habit has its origins in history, when banks took our gold as deposit and issued paper receipts for it. The gold has gone, but the paper with its habitual value remains, and we accept it without question. The only backing is a vague government promise. There is no sound theoretical basis for why unbacked government-issued money should retain a store of value: it depends for its value on a market-based acceptance of financial credibility. So it follows that if a government loses all financial credibility in markets, its paper becomes worthless. This is confirmed by experience […]

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