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Precious Metals Soar on Falling Yields, Currency Turmoil

Precious Metals Soar on Falling Yields, Currency Turmoil

What a wild week it’s been for investors. The threat of global trade wars and currency wars sparked big swings across all major asset classes.  Bond yields dove toward historic lows.  Stocks plunged earlier in the week before rebounding sharply by Thursday.  And precious metals rode a huge safe-haven wave higher. Gold prices eclipsed the $1,500 level on Wednesday for the first time in over six years. Meanwhile, silver pushed above $17 an ounce to record a one-year high. Both metals are up over 4% for the week. The money metals are becoming increasingly attractive as President Donald Trump ramps up his battles against China abroad and the Federal Reserve […]

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The Sound Money Showdown in U.S. States

The Sound Money Showdown in U.S. States

Policies relating to sound money have been the subject of substantial debate at the state level this year, with bills, hearings, and/or votes taking place in nearly a dozen legislatures. As most state legislatures have now wrapped up their work for the year, let’s review the victories (both offensive and defensive)—and lone defeat—for sound money during the 2019 session. The Sound Money Defense League’s primary goal is to remove every kind of taxation imposed on constitutional money. Given its practical importance, the hottest issue in the states has been taxation—i.e. whether citizens should face a levy when buying or selling gold and silver. House Bill 2684, introduced by West Virginia […]

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After Fed Disappoints, Will Trump Initiate Currency Intervention?

After Fed Disappoints, Will Trump Initiate Currency Intervention?

Following months of cajoling by the White House, the Federal Reserve finally cut its benchmark interest rate. However, the reaction in equity and currency markets was not the one President Donald Trump wanted – or many traders anticipated. The Trump administration wants the Fed to help drive the fiat U.S. dollar lower versus foreign currencies, especially those of major exporting countries. Instead, the U.S. Dollar Index rallied throughout July ahead of the expected rate cut and continued rallying after Fed chairman Jerome Powell made it official on Wednesday. In fact, the Federal Reserve Note broke out to its highest level since early 2017. The Fed also announced it would end […]

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Monetary Metals Don’t Need a “Gold Standard” Proxy System

Monetary Metals Don’t Need a “Gold Standard” Proxy System

By Stefan Gleason, Money Metals Exchange President Trump moved recently to nominate an avowed sound money advocate, Judy Shelton, to the Federal Reserve Board. That triggered a flurry of superficial and derisive references in the controlled media to Shelton’s past support of a gold standard. For example, CBS News described her as “a believer in the return to the gold standard, a money policy abandoned by the U.S. in 1971.” According to the story, “mainstream economists believe it’s a fringe view.”  As the “mainstream” media portrays sound money advocates, we apparently are nostalgic for the monetary system that existed all the way up until 1971.  Being backward looking by nature, […]

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The Hidden Reason Why Fed Chairman Powell and “Systemically Important” Banks Oppose a Gold Standard

The Hidden Reason Why Fed Chairman Powell and “Systemically Important” Banks Oppose a Gold Standard

By Mike Gleason, First Published on Sound Money Defense League Chairman Powell’s testimony this week was closely scrutinized not just for its economic implications but also for its political overtones. Powell cited “trade tensions” as cause for concern about the strength of the global economy. He clearly seemed to be blaming President Trump’s tariffs. But if the tariffs are what ultimately move the Fed to cut rates, Trump will have finally gotten what he wants out of Powell. In recent weeks, Trump has stepped up his attacks on the central bank, calling it the biggest problem facing the economy, floating the idea of firing Powell, and suggesting his administration would […]

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House Monetary Policy Committee Member Questions Treasury and Fed about Their Gold Activities

Washington, DC (April 25th, 2018) – A Member of Congress posed some pointed questions to the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury this week about their activities involving America’s gold reserves, including, apparently, efforts to “drive gold out of the world financial system in favor of the Federal Reserve Note or Special Drawing Rights issued by the International Monetary Fund.” In a letter dated April 24, Representative Alex Mooney (R-WV) wrote to Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, raising concerns about their formal policy to devalue the Federal Reserve Note (e.g. “inflation targeting”) and requesting information about the United States’ use […]

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Michael Pento: Currencies Will Be “Flushed Down the Toilet” Triggering a “Mad Rush into Gold”

Michael Pento: Currencies Will Be “Flushed Down the Toilet” Triggering a “Mad Rush into Gold”

Your browser does not support the podcast player element. DOWNLOAD MP3 Mike Gleason:  It is my privilege now to welcome back Michael Pento, president and founder of Pento Portfolio Strategies, and author of the book The Coming Bond Market Collapse: How to Survive the Demise of the U.S. Debt Market. Michael is a well-known money manager and a fantastic market commentator, and over the past few years has been a wonderful guest and one of our favorite interviews here on the Money Metals Podcast and we always enjoy getting his Austrian economist viewpoint. Michael, welcome back and thanks for joining us again. Michael Pento: What a great introduction. Thanks for […]

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Ethereum vs. Tangibleum: Why Cryptocurrencies Can Never Replace Physical Gold

Ethereum vs. Tangibleum: Why Cryptocurrencies Can Never Replace Physical Gold

Article provided by our good friends at Hard Assets Alliance. By Shannara Johnson – August 3, 2107 On June 11, 2017, Bitcoin reached its all-time high of $3,025.47… followed by a 27.7% plunge only four days later. By July 12, it had lost a total of $12 billion off its value within a month. Ethereum, another popular cryptocurrency, increased its market share from a mere 5% at the beginning of the year to a breathtaking 30% in June, only to plummet 65% from its record-high by mid-July. One man who wouldn’t be surprised in the least by this insane level of volatility is Raoul Pal, founder of the monthly investment […]

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The Blockchain: A Gold and Silver Launchpad?

The Blockchain: A Gold and Silver Launchpad?

A new day is dawning for precious metals. Gold and silver – the world’s oldest money – are “connecting” with the newest money, digital cryptocurrencies. The final outcome of this nexus is unpredictable, but it is foolhardy to ignore what is taking place. Central governments around the globe have waged, against their own citizens, a virtual “War on Cash.” Efforts by Sweden to become “cash-free;” progressive “downsizing” of Eurozone currency units; a currency recall in India that affected 1.3 billion people; solemn talk about eliminating $100 and even $50 bills in the U.S. – all in the supposed fight against “drug dealing and tax evasion.” It’s really about people control. […]

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How Sound Money Principles Can Bolster Your Personal Finances

How Sound Money Principles Can Bolster Your Personal Finances

Sound money principles can serve to help grow the economy and restrain government. The political class, however, doesn’t particularly want to restrain itself. Washington, D.C. is addicted to the easy money policies that have enabled $20 trillion in national debt accumulation and tens of trillions more in unfunded liabilities. Even with a new and unconventional GOP president who vows to take on waste and overregulation, the built-in momentum of “mandatory” spending means the Trump budgets won’t be balanced. The debt will keep growing – and likely at a faster pace than the economy. Thus, political demand for the Federal Reserve’s artificially low interest rates and Treasury bond purchases will continue […]

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Trump World: What Happens to Your Investments Now?

Trump World: What Happens to Your Investments Now?

Donald Trump’s victory came as the first surprise for many around the world. The reaction in the markets was the second surprise. Investors got what they expected for a few hours overnight as the ballot results came in; stocks were crushed and metals spiked higher. By mid-morning on Wednesday, however, stocks were surging and metals rolled over. Now, a few days post-election, commentators and “experts” have written stories to explain the action in markets. Some of these stories may even prove true. But at this early stage, investors should recognize that markets mostly reflect hopes, fears, and high frequency trading shenanigans. Reality tends to arrive later. All eyes are focused […]

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Fed Chair Yellen’s Plan B: “Intervene Directly” in Stock Market

Fed Chair Yellen’s Plan B: “Intervene Directly” in Stock Market

October could see a ramping up of volatility across all asset markets. The month is notorious on Wall Street for the 1987 stock market crash. Fall crashes also occurred in 2002 and 2008. Are we due for another one? Perhaps. Some analysts think it will come after the election. Others think the stock market will stay elevated until the Federal Reserve raises rates. The Fed will be out of the picture this month – at least as far as policy decisions are concerned. The Fed won’t convene another policy meeting until November 1-2. Most Fed watchers expect the central bank to avoid making any rate moves so close to the […]

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The Federal Reserve Note “Dollar” Is Indeed Dying, but Not Next Week

The Federal Reserve Note “Dollar” Is Indeed Dying, but Not Next Week

Some say the U.S. dollar may die 5 days hence. The Chinese renminbi will kill it. Much is being made of plans by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to add the renminbi to its basket of strategic reserve currencies called Special Drawing Rights (SDR). The IMF will make the change on October 1. While the implications for the Federal Reserve Note, currently the U.S. dollar, as the world’s primary reserve currency may be profound over time and the importance of this event should not be overlooked, the impact is unlikely to happen overnight. The composition of the SDR may change on October 1, but few people understand what the SDR […]

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War on Cash Turns to $20, $50, and $100 Bills

War on Cash Turns to $20, $50, and $100 Bills

Harvard professor and economist Ken Rogoff is once again leading the chorus of high-level academics and officials who declare cash is only for criminals. He made his case in a recent Wall Street Journal editorial called the “Sinister Side of Cash.” The solution, he declares, is to simply get rid of anything but the smallest bank notes. In his vision, drug dealers, human traffickers, and tax cheats are everywhere, but they are reliant on cash. Our benevolent central planners can largely incapacitate them by ridding society of anything larger than a $10 bill. Kingpins won’t know what to do when a single-engine Cessna full of cocaine requires a Boeing 747 full […]

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