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Supply Crunch Coming as Silver Miners Scale Back

| January 4, 2020 | Category: Mining
Supply Crunch Coming as Silver Miners Scale Back

Through the first half of 2019, silver significantly underperformed gold. Put another way, gold gained relative to silver – culminating in the gold:silver ratio registering a 27-year high of 95:1. That market signal was received by the mining industry. Since there are few primary silver producers, and those that do mine silver also typically mine gold and some base metals, precious metals miners had an incentive to invest more into gold production and less into silver. Precious metals analyst Adam Hamilton wrote in a recent commentary, “As silver wasted away in recent years, its bombed-out prices heavily impaired silver mines’ ability to generate operating cash flows and profits. The silver miners […]

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Outlook 2020 (Part 2): Key Fundamentals and Technicals for Precious Metals

Outlook 2020 (Part 2): Key Fundamentals and Technicals for Precious Metals

The first part of our 2020 Outlook covered the Big Picture Backdrop for Precious Metals. This second part focuses on the fundamental and technical setup for gold and silver markets. Precious metals markets enter the New Year with some impressive upside momentum. Are gold and silver poised to deliver big gains in 2020? Before answering that question, let’s review the year-end closing prices and yearly gains the metals recorded in 2019: Gold: $1,519 (+18.9%) Silver: $17.91 (+15.3%) Platinum: $970 (+22.1%) Palladium: $1,954 (+59.5%) Gold and silver each notched their best annual gains since 2010. Meanwhile. platinum emerged from its most deeply depressed levels since 2004 to make a run for […]

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Outlook 2020: The Big Picture Backdrop for Precious Metals

Outlook 2020: The Big Picture Backdrop for Precious Metals

The year ahead promises to be an eventful one. It will, of course, be dominated by political headlines leading up to the 2020 election. It could also be a big breakout year for precious metals. In the second part of Money Metals’ 2020 Outlook, we’ll drill down on the fundamental and technical setup for gold and silver… However, in this first part, we’ll set the stage by digging into the macro forces at play in the economy, monetary policy, politics, and geopolitics. Economy Over the summer, the mainstream financial media ran hard with the “recession” angle. A manufacturing slowdown seemed to be afoot. But the main impetus for all the […]

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The Signs Swirl All Around Us, so Is the Monetary Reset at Hand?

Article written and contributed by Chris Powell. For most of this decade owning gold and gold-related investments has required the patience of Job, and the sector is so obscure that it is hard to be sure of anything. But for months now the unusual developments have been piling up so much that it may be possible to regain some optimism. There are indications of a shortage of metal not just at the New York Commodities Exchange, where for months now most contracts have been settled through a supposedly “emergency” procedure called “exchange for physicals,” but also in London, the hub of the world gold market, where the usual flow of […]

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Will Negative Interest Rates Be the Last Straw?

| December 23, 2019 | Category: Economy
Will Negative Interest Rates Be the Last Straw?

Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP) was considered “extraordinary” when central bankers rolled that out roughly ten years ago. At that time, people would still have laughed at the idea of negative interest rates. Lenders didn’t pay borrowers and nobody paid their bank to hold their deposits. So much has changed in the past 10 years. Now negative interest rate policies (NIRP) look set to go viral. German banks will soon start toeing the European Central Bank line and pass negative rates on to depositors there. Germans who endured zero interest rates and somehow still want a savings account will now have to pay for the “privilege.” The idea is preposterous, and […]

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Jp Cortez: Sound Money State Index Identifies Friends & Enemies of Precious Metals Investors

| December 20, 2019 | Category: Investing
Jp Cortez: Sound Money State Index Identifies Friends & Enemies of Precious Metals Investors

Mike Gleason: It is my privilege now to welcome in JP Cortez with the Sound Money Defense League, a nonpartisan national public policy organization working to restore sound money at the state and federal level. JP is a proponent of and has studied in the Austrian school of economics and his role at SMDL as Policy Director has him regularly testifying at legislative hearings and speaking at various events around the country. His articles and analysis have appeared in many national news publications including the Washington Examiner, Huffington Post, Mises Institute, Foundation For Economic Education and many more, and he’s a frequent guest on various podcasts and national radio shows […]

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Understanding Gold (and Silver) Comes from the Heart, Not the Brain

Understanding Gold (and Silver) Comes from the Heart, Not the Brain

The title of this essay is part of a statement made by Stewart Thomson, editor of the investment letter, Graceland Updates. His full comment reads, “It takes more than viewing charts and government debt numbers to understand gold as the world’s ultimate asset. What it really takes comes from the heart, not the brain.” For thousands of years, humankind has understood the magical draw (and sense of security) that owning precious metal can bring. It satisfies the core requirements that make it a medium of exchange par excellence. It’s durable. It’s divisible. It’s consistent. It’s convenient. It’s intrinsically valuable. There’s a sixth reason, which Doug Casey elaborates upon when he talks about […]

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Inflation Threat Looms in 2020 as Fiscal and Monetary Stimulus Ramp Up

| December 18, 2019 | Category: Economy
Inflation Threat Looms in 2020 as Fiscal and Monetary Stimulus Ramp Up

The Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate unchanged as expected last week. However, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell made news with some of his most dovish remarks to date – stating flatly that he won’t hike rates again until inflation moves up significantly. “In order to move rates up, I would want to see inflation that’s persistent and that’s significant,” Powell said at a news conference following the Fed’s announcement. He would be anticipating “a significant move up in inflation that’s also persistent before raising rates to address inflation concerns.” He could get his wish in the months ahead as monetary policy, fiscal policy, and the economy all seem to […]

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Weaponizing the Dollar; Gold Mining Stocks Chart Path to Breakout

Weaponizing the Dollar; Gold Mining Stocks Chart Path to Breakout

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s comments on inflation last Wednesday added fuel to the contra-dollar trade. During a press conference following the Fed’s decision to leave interest rates unchanged, Powell said, “In order to move rates up, I would want to see inflation that’s persistent and that’s significant. A significant move up in inflation that’s also persistent… “To move inflation expectations up from where they are, which appears to be a bit below 2%, will not happen overnight.” In other words, the Fed won’t be satisfied until consumer prices rise much higher over time. This “weak dollar” policy may come back to bite, though, as the Federal Reserve Note steadily […]

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R.I.P. Paul Volcker, the Last “Good” Central Banker

| December 11, 2019 | Articles: General
R.I.P. Paul Volcker, the Last “Good” Central Banker

The last true enemy of inflation the Federal Reserve has seen died earlier this week. Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1979-1987, has passed away. Credited with tampering incredibly high levels of inflation during the Carter and Reagan administration by jacking up interest rates to unpleasant levels, Volcker’s passing harkens back to a time when central bankers weren’t afraid to make tough choices. Volcker instinctively knew that central planning of the economy by tugging on monetary policy levers was not only a tall order, but also wouldn’t ultimately succeed. In an interview the former chairman said about the Keynesian “religion,” “…I was a bit turned off by the […]

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Gold ETF Holdings Surge… But Do They Actually Hold Gold?

| December 10, 2019 | Category: Investing
Gold ETF Holdings Surge… But Do They Actually Hold Gold?

Gold-linked exchange-traded products are growing in popularity with investors. Assets held by gold ETFs have grown 38% globally in 2019. In October, according to the World Gold Council, gold ETFs attracted $1.9 billion in net inflows to reach a new record high total gold holding of 2,900 tonnes – at least on paper. There is good reason to be skeptical of whether all these “gold” vehicles actually hold physical metal sufficient to back their market capitalizations on a 1:1 basis. Some of them very well might; others almost certainly don’t. In fact, many of these gold instruments hold futures contracts and other financial derivative products that merely “track” the gold […]

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Congress Still Covering for the Fed’s Bailouts

| December 9, 2019 | Category: Economy
Congress Still Covering for the Fed’s Bailouts

Wall Street owns Washington DC – figuratively speaking. In literal terms, the largest banks in the nation own the Federal Reserve. They also bought and paid for a great number of DC politicians as evidenced by campaign contributions, Congressional voting records and sham oversight. This was on full display at last week’s Committee on Financial Services hearing. “The Honorable Randal Quarles,” Vice Chairman of Supervision at the Fed, was among three people called to report for purposes of “oversight.” A memo outlining the topics of discussion was published by the committee. The discussion ranged from a proposed rule change which would allow individuals with “certain minor criminal offenses” to get a job […]

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Wyoming, Texas, Utah Top 2019’s Sound Money Index — Vermont, Arkansas, New Jersey Among the Worst States

Wyoming, Texas, Utah Top 2019’s Sound Money Index — Vermont, Arkansas, New Jersey Among the Worst States

Precious Metals Dealer, Sound Money Group Rank the 50 States’ Gold and Silver Policies Charlotte, NC (December 4, 2019) – “Is Your State Destroying Your Money?” asks the Sound Money Defense League and Money Metals Exchange with the release of the 2019 Sound Money Index. The Sound Money Index is the first index of its kind, ranking all 50 states using twelve different criteria to determine which states maintain the most pro- and anti-sound money policies in the country. The Sound Money Index evaluates each state’s sales and income tax policies involving precious metals, whether a state recognizes the monetary role of gold and silver under the U.S. Constitution, whether […]

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Elephant in the Room: Why Nobody Talks About Ballooning Federal Deficits

| December 3, 2019 | Category: Economy
Elephant in the Room: Why Nobody Talks About Ballooning Federal Deficits

The presidential race will mesmerize Americans over the next 11 months. The country hasn’t been this polarized since the Civil War. Voters on the left desperately want a story which undermines support for President Trump. They are also searching for a candidate who can actually win. Many Republicans are outraged about the Deep State and corporate media campaign obsession with unseating a duly elected president – and they worry an avowed socialist could win the Democratic primary and, just possibly, the general election. Plenty about the year ahead is unpredictable. Massive federal budget deficits and unrestrained borrowing, however, are a certainty. The federal government is not going to voluntarily shrink […]

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