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Physical Silver: Four Cases Of Industrial Advances

Physical Silver: Four Cases Of Industrial Advances

This article details several cases in which silver helps several industry types in making advances: agriculture, health and electricity. This is an excerpt from the latest newsletter released by The Silver Institute.

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One Of The Many Ways China Is Changing The Global Gold Market

One Of The Many Ways China Is Changing The Global Gold Market

The Dubai Precious Metals Conference last weekend was attended by precious metals investors from around the world. Interestingly, quite some speakers dedicated their presentation to China and its gold market. One of those speakers, Albert Cheng, Managing Director at the Far East unit of the World Gold Council, explained how China will be rolling out their “one belt, one road” reforms, with a global reach. Those initiatives will be gradually integrated with the gold market.

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How Apple’s Gold Watch Will Keep the Bull Market Ticking

How Apple’s Gold Watch Will Keep the Bull Market Ticking

As an investor who is bullish on the precious metals, you want to see continued new uses being found for them. And that is exactly what is taking place in all four of today’s precious metals markets – gold, silver, platinum and palladium. Long before Apple made its gold watch announcement, precious metals were helping people “tell time.” They gave – and continue to give – those who possess them the ability of not only protecting their wealth, but often times their families’ lives during times of approaching financial storm and political strife. The clock is ticking.

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Why Gold Will Shine In The Near Future

Why Gold Will Shine In The Near Future

Gold investors have been suffering in the last 3.5 years. The outlook for gold, however, is quite positive, according to John Hathaway. Driven by extremes in sentiment, the fact that the gold production will fall at current price levels, the advances in institutionalizing the Chinese gold market, the world monetary system, it seems that gold investors will be rewarded in the future. In a recent interview with The Gold Report, Tocqueville Asset Management fund managers Doug Groh and John Hathaway share their view on the gold market.

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Silver Helps Speed Up Touchscreen Production

Silver Helps Speed Up Touchscreen Production

Touchscreens are easy to use but challenging to manufacture because their inner workings are more complex than many everyday users might imagine. When you poke at a touchscreen, a microscopic conductor track detects the touch and sends that signal to larger conductor tracks on the outside of the screen. These macroscopic tracks collect and aggregate that signal with those coming from other microscopic conductor tracks. Until now, it took several production stages to create these differentsized tracks. However, researchers have introduced a process to construct a basic building block of touchscreens in one step.

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Save Money, Keep Warm by Wearing Nanosilver Clothing

Save Money, Keep Warm by Wearing Nanosilver Clothing

Indoor heating accounts for about half of the world’s energy consumption, according to the International Energy Agency, so researchers at Stanford University wondered if wearing clothes with imbedded silver nanowires would allow people to lower their thermostats. These clothes would also keep people comfortable in cold weather outside.

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Silver Nanowires To Replace Expensive Compound In Touchscreens And TVs

Silver Nanowires To Replace Expensive Compound In Touchscreens And TVs

Indium tin-oxide is widely used in touchscreens, plasma televisions and flexible electronics because of its high electrical conductivity and optical transparency. However, this compound is becoming more expensive and engineers are seeking an alternative. One substitute may be silver nanowires embedded in flexible polymers.

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Ted Butler: A Remarkable Proposition

Ted Butler: A Remarkable Proposition

A remarkable new paper by a Cornell law professor and CFTC staff counsel suggests that many aspects of high frequency computer trading (HFT) may be, in fact, illegal under various provisions of basic commodity law. Heretofore, it was generally assumed that HFT was legal, but disabused and impacted markets in disruptive manner on occasion. Many, like myself, never looked on HFT favorably, but few have tried to make the legal case against it. Scopino looked at HFT not through the universal perspective of something that’s here to stay and that we must get used to; to looking at it through an interpretation that it might violate existing law. His conclusion appears to be that much of HFT is not properly aligned with existing commodity law.

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Central Banks Purchase Gold To Diversify From The US Dollar

Central Banks Purchase Gold To Diversify From The US Dollar

The gold market ended 2014 on a strong footing: Q4 demand grew from 6%. The annual total of 3,923.7t was down 4% year-on-year – not surprising as consumer demand in 2014 was never likely to match 2013’s record surge. Year-on-year comparisons for the last few quarters have been coloured by the singular strength in jewellery, bar and coin demand in 2013. Central banks absorbed 477.2t of gold in 2014. Seeking continued diversification away from the US dollar, these institutions – primarily those in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) – continued to bolster their holdings of gold.

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Interactive Infographic: 10 Countries With Highest Gold Reserves

Interactive Infographic: 10 Countries With Highest Gold Reserves

The website of Physicalgold.com released an interactive infographic with some interesting facts and figures about the ten countries which hold the highest gold reserves in the world. Countries hold gold as a precaution to safeguard themselves against inflation, loans, debt and economic disasters. The total gold holding globally was just under 32,000 tonnes in the summer of 2014.

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Nobody Understands This Huge Scam In The Silver Market

Nobody Understands This Huge Scam In The Silver Market

The manic in/out movements in COMEX warehouse silver stocks, and the record high silver eagles and silver maple leaf sales in the face of punk retail sales, are the silver stories of the decade, if not this very young 21st century. Why is nobody else talking about this?! This whole thing screams of what some might call a fraud or a scam.

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China’s Strategy Starting To Corner The Gold Market

China’s Strategy Starting To Corner The Gold Market

China has a 4-way global gold supply domination strategy. And it’s starting to corner the market. First, China buys physical gold in world markets, fabricates it where necessary into “good delivery” bars – in Switzerland or the Middle East – then ships the bullion, transparently through Hong Kong or Shanghai. Second, it keeps virtually all domestically mined gold “in house.” Third, China partners with or buys high grade, in-situ gold projects around the globe. Fourth, China’s efforts to purchase “off the books” gold production from what are known as informa or artisanal gold miners in Africa and South America.

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What’s Behind Putin’s Insatiable Quest for Gold: Sovereignty, Diversification or Something Else?

What’s Behind Putin’s Insatiable Quest for Gold: Sovereignty, Diversification or Something Else?

Whether his insatiable appetite for gold is a desire to strengthen national sovereignty, flex his muscles in preparation for an economic battle in the global theater or remove the ruble from scrutiny against the U.S. dollar, two things are crystal clear: Strength comes from diversity, and Putin seems to be focused on converting his limited cash reserves into gold.

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Evidence of Alarming Government Manipulation In The Gold Market

Evidence of Alarming Government Manipulation In The Gold Market

We’ve seen unprecedented US government and Federal Reserve intervention in virtually all asset markets in the past decade, and all of them are pretty much out in the open…whether it be buying bonds, buying stocks, bailing out industries, and so forth. The US government even buys oil in the open market to fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, something we could see happening again soon given the dramatic fall in oil prices recently and the negative impact on domestic producers. But while these other interventions are freely disclosed to the public, no one in government seems willing to admit to interventions in the gold and silver markets. Why the secrecy, and why don’t the “powers that be” want to see a free gold market?

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