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Gold & Silver Investors’ 8 Commandments for Avoiding Rip Offs

Gold & Silver Investors’ 8 Commandments for Avoiding Rip Offs

For every promising investment opportunity, you come across, there are multiple opportunities for bad-faith brokers and hucksters to try to rip you off. It could be undisclosed commissions and fees in an annuity, unwanted accounts opened up by a banker seeking additional fees, trades sabotaged by market manipulators, or any number of other schemes. Rip-off artists, unfortunately, operate within the precious metals space as well. Most recently, a scammer posing as a government agent in order to gain people’s trust was convicted of selling counterfeit gold bars and phony Morgan silver dollars. He took one investor for $11,000, according to reports. You can avoid this type of scam as well […]

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The Overall Top 5 Gold Mining Countries Worldwide

Gold has always been an important aspect of a country’s economy and has been sought out by many all over the world. Many countries have strived to maximize their production however gold production varies widely among different nations. Here we have compiled a list of the top 5 gold mining countries to show to you which nations have held the lead in Gold mining in the world. China – 440 MT China was the largest producer of gold in the world, mining 440 MT in 2017. China is also the number one consumer of gold, befitting a country whose development has pulled hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. […]

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The Overall Top 5 Gold Mining Companies

The Overall Top 5 Gold Mining Companies

There are different methods by which gold mining companies are ranked. One is by their annual production, by their cash cost per ounce, that is, how much money it costs them to mine the gold. Since gold prices are the same everywhere, companies with lower costs per ounce make more profit. The most common method lists by market capitalization which considers the total value of capital holdings by that company. Also considered when comparing companies is their market capitalization per ounce of gold equivalent which takes the market value and total reserves and resources for each company as well as the price of gold into consideration. The figures for each […]

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The Direction of Gold and Silver Prices for the Next Three Months

As they say, timing is everything. This applies in almost everything especially in investing. Although the prices of precious metals are likely to remain stable, analyzing it for a longer time table is very important before taking further action. This year has been claimed as the golden year for precious metals. The increasing incomes will likely pull up the demand of precious metals too. As the law of supply and demand states, the limited supply and high demand of precious metals will likely push the prices of precious metals higher.   Gold Price for the Next Three Months June – For the month of June, the predicted price of gold […]

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The Uses of Precious Metals

Precious metals have become an integral part in man’s day to day living. Aside from being a commodity for market volatility and economic disturbances, precious metals are used in different industries to make different products that are widely used for the advancement and comfort of living. From electronic devices to medical and beauty products, precious metals are widely used. What other major areas are precious metals used?   Aircraft Engine Precious metals are some of the main components that are used in the aviation industry in order to manufacture aircraft engines. Commonly, precious metals are used in well over 20 parts of the aircraft engine including the blades, heat exchangers, […]

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The Whats and Hows in Refining Precious Metals

The Whats and Hows in Refining Precious Metals

Precious metals are treasures as old as time. Their significance has been known for a very long time. As time goes by, the demand for these precious metals keeps increasing, but the supply doesn’t tend to keep up with demand. Due to this, new and different methods have been employed to cater to demand. What is refining? Refining is the process of purifying an impure metal. It differs from calcining and smelting since in refining, the final material is commonly similar chemically to the original one, only with a purer final product. On the other hand, calcining and smelting involves chemical changes to raw materials.   Why refine precious metals? […]

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Which is a Better Investment: Gold or Silver?

Which is a Better Investment: Gold or Silver?

An investor at times must decide which precious metal to invest in: gold and silver. There are times when gold is a better investment, and there are times when silver is a better investment. Why do they invest in precious metals? First, they hope that prices will continue to increase in order to gain money and second, they believe that other investments will decrease in value in the hope that they will not lose money. Which then is a better investment today, gold or silver? The price of gold and silver significantly changes from time to time. Looking back on the past years, it cannot be denied that the price […]

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China Takes the Long View on Gold-Silver… and So Should You

China Takes the Long View on Gold-Silver… and So Should You

A cursory look at Chinese history can convince you that China should not be underestimated when it sets its sights on a particular goal. Even before Mao Zedong took over the reins in 1949, and the first Five Year Plan began in 1953, centuries of history demonstrated that long-term planning, while not always meeting expectations, is a core behavioral trait of the Chinese psyche. And more often than not, it has enabled them to hit the mark. Expect eventual success for the One Belt, One Road Initiative – the world’s largest construction project, estimated to cost $80 trillion dollars – linking the Asian mainland, (including Central Asia) with Europe via […]

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New Warnings on Risky “Self Storage” Gold & Silver IRAs

New Warnings on Risky “Self Storage” Gold & Silver IRAs

Bullion investors buy gold and silver as a matter of self-reliance. Physical metals aren’t dependent upon the promises of financial institutions, governments, or other third parties. This lack of counterparty risk makes precious metals quite different from most conventional assets. There is no possibility of a default or mismanagement which renders them worthless. That is a lot more than can be said of securities such as stocks and bonds. Recently a few firms promoting “self-storage” precious metals IRAs have been trying to exploit the self-reliance streak running through bullion investors in a manner that could cause significant harm. These firms offer a scheme to circumvent IRS rules which require IRA […]

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Gold/Silver vs. Bitcoin Comparisons: A No-Brainer… or Brainless?

| October 20, 2017 | Category: Bitcoin
Gold/Silver vs. Bitcoin Comparisons: A No-Brainer… or Brainless?

For most of the year, as Bitcoin soared, crashed, and soared again, cryptocurrency vs. physical gold-silver talking heads engaged each other in heated rhetoric about which of these venues is here to stay. Some of the biggest names in finance, government, and the newsletter analyst space have made comments that – to be charitable – appear less-than-fully informed. Comments like “Even though bitcoin could rise to $100,000, it’s still going to zero!” don’t offer much insight. Some other questionable assumptions: 2017 percent price change comparisons: Relating this year’s gold and silver’s price range to that of bitcoin misses an important point. Yes, bitcoin (BTC) has risen by a much greater […]

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Frank Holmes Exclusive: Bitcoin Needs Electricity, Gold CONDUCTS Electricity

Frank Holmes Exclusive: Bitcoin Needs Electricity, Gold CONDUCTS Electricity

Your browser does not support the podcast player element. DOWNLOAD MP3 Mike Gleason: It is my privilege now to welcome in Frank Holmes, CEO and Chief Investment Officer at US Global Investors. Mr. Holmes has received various honors over the years, including being named America’s Best Fund Manager for 2016 by the Mining Journal. He is also the co-author of the book The Goldwatcher: Demystifying Gold Investing and is a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business as well as right here on the Money Metals podcast. Frank, welcome back and thanks for joining us again. How are you today? Frank Holmes: Excellent. Thank you, my friend. Thank you. Mike […]

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Europe’s Weight In Gold and Silver

Europe’s Weight In Gold and Silver

Gold, and silver, have always been valuable. Through upturns in fiat currency, downturns in commodities, and everything in between, the precious metals have always been a useful indicator and base level for the worth of things internationally. Far from being the hallmark of huge institutions, like the Federal Reserve, you can take advantage of the evergreen currency to secure your own ‘reserve’. Why Use Gold? There have been few occasions where government has been criticized for keeping hold of gold reserves. Quite apart from it, in fact, with the British government panned for selling back in 2002. There has never been a better time in fact, with measures over the world being taken […]

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Alert: Gold Breaks Out to New 2017 High

Alert: Gold Breaks Out to New 2017 High

Gold’s naysayers and doubters came out in full force earlier this summer as sentiment reached its nadir. The mid-year pullback in prices did, too. There can be no doubt about it now – gold has broken out of its summer doldrums. On Monday, the yellow metal finally broke through the longstanding $1,300/oz resistance zone to make a new high for the year at $1,316. Assuming the breakout holds, the next upside target is $1,375/oz, the high point for 2016. There are plenty of bullish factors behind gold’s recent upside momentum to continue pushing prices higher in the days and weeks ahead. The gold mining stocks are starting to show relative […]

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China’s Get the Gold Plan: Part II

China’s Get the Gold Plan: Part II

Money Metals readers may remember my November 2014 report in which I discussed how gold flowed into China in “tributary fashion” like small streams flowing into a giant one. In this case, the gold has been streaming into China’s increasingly massive thousands-of-tons gold hoard. In January, 2015, I penned an essay titled “China’s Global Gold Supply “Game of Stones” outlining China’s long-range goal to dominate the world’s physical gold market. Well, events have moved massively forward since then. I want to update you as to just how much things have changed – and how close we may be to experiencing a “defining moment” in the gold market. I’m talking about […]

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