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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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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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Solar, Bubble, Banks, War, and Legal Tender: Five Reasons Why You Should Buy Silver Now

Solar, Bubble, Banks, War, and Legal Tender: Five Reasons Why You Should Buy Silver Now

Provided by our friends at Hard Assets Alliance.  By Shannara Johnson – Aug 7, 2017 Unlike its big brother, gold, physical silver is coveted for both investment purposes and industrial usage. Right now, silver prices are in a bit of a slump—in other words, it’s the perfect time to load up on this precious metal while it’s down. Here are some good reasons why silver should be on every investor’s radar. Reason #1: Silver Is Being Used Up in China’s Solar Boom. By far the largest application of industrial silver today is in solar panels—and Chinese demand for solar energy is skyrocketing. In its 13th Five-Year Plan, Beijing aims to […]

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Gold and Silver Are “Asymmetric” Trades

Gold and Silver Are “Asymmetric” Trades

An asymmetric trade is a situation where investing a relatively small amount of money holds the potential of yielding a profit many times the amount of the original sum at risk. In other words, where the risk to reward is skewed massively in the direction of reward. This took place recently with Bitcoin (BTC). Is this conceptually different from bets made years ago on Microsoft, Cisco, Amazon, or Facebook, which yielded hundreds of percent profit to intrepid investors? Does it have relevance to the possible returns during the next few years for those who hold physical gold and silver? I would answer “yes” and “yes.” The current “mania” in the […]

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Arizona Legislature Ends Income Taxation on Gold & Silver

**For immediate release** Arizona Legislature Ends Income Taxation on Gold & Silver By Jp Cortez Phoenix, Arizona (May 10th, 2017) – Sound money advocates scored a major victory today when the Arizona state senate voted 16-13 to remove all income taxation of precious metals at the state level. The measure heads to Governor Doug Ducey, who is expected to sign it into law. Under House Bill 2014, introduced by Representative Mark Finchem (R-Tucson), Arizona taxpayers will simply back out all precious metals “gains” and “losses” reported on their federal tax returns from the calculation of their Arizona adjusted gross income (AGI). If taxpayers own gold to protect themselves against the […]

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Precious Metals v. Mining Stocks: What You Need to Know

Precious Metals v. Mining Stocks: What You Need to Know

Most readers of this column own (or plan to own) physical precious metals – gold and silver, perhaps even some platinum or palladium. They may also own mining stocks. But which category is “best”? It’s like asking, “What’s the most efficient exercise?” or “What’s the best fishing lure?” Truth be known, it’s really about what you wish to accomplish! Here is my considered opinion… Precious Metals Offer Insurance First – Profit Second One should strongly consider holding physical precious metals for “investment first, profit potential second.” The primary function of “metals in hand” is to help offset the possible loss of purchasing power that inflation or a changing business/regulatory climate […]

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Fiction, Fairy Tales, and Fiat

Fiction, Fairy Tales, and Fiat

Do young Americans today know anything about economics? No, they don’t, according to a study during the 2016 presidential primary season, which says lots of other Americans don’t either. The survey found 58% of millennials favor government-run socialism (statistically 6 out of 10), while a nearly identical number (64%) don’t want government interference in free markets. The incompatible findings make no sense, unless… Americans aged 18-24 simply don’t understand the real meanings of either concept. Sadly, the study says that’s true of one-third of all Americans. Not a clue. The evidence is the large following behind avowed socialist Bernie Sanders during his presidential campaign. This lack of understanding is concerning, […]

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David Smith Warns of the Crippling “Amateur Perspective,” Predicts Dramatic Rise in Silver

David Smith Warns of the Crippling “Amateur Perspective,” Predicts Dramatic Rise in Silver

Listen to the Podcast Audio: Click Here Mike Gleason: It is my privilege to be joined now by David Smith, senior analyst at The Morgan Report, and regular contributor to MoneyMetals.com. David, it’s always great to have you with us. How are you? David Smith: Very good, Mike. I enjoy coming back. Mike Gleason: Well, as we’re talking here on Thursday morning, we’re seeing the metals holding up quite well under the circumstances, and especially given the recent strong advance by the sector. Prices have pulled back some, and maybe we’re seeing a pausing of sorts here after the big run up that we saw immediately following the Brexit decision. […]

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Silver, Silliness, Gold, and Risk

Silver, Silliness, Gold, and Risk

The movie “The Big Short” features Michael Burry. His statement from Zerohedge: “It seems the world is headed toward negative real interest rates on a global scale. This is toxic. Interest rates are used to price risk, and so in the current environment, the risk pricing mechanism is broken.” Repeat: “THE RISK PRICING MECHANISM IS BROKEN.” What risks could be mispriced? A few come to mind. The world is saturated in debt – over $200 Trillion. Does anyone expect that debt to be repaid? What are the risks when over $200 Trillion in debt can be counted as an asset ONLY if that massive and increasing debt can be rolled […]

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Ted Butler: The Coming Silver Shortage

Ted Butler: The Coming Silver Shortage

What it comes down to is how much longer the COMEX-orchestrated price can delay the physical silver crunch and shortage to come? I don’t have the answer, but I am confident that this is the right question. I am also confident that once a wholesale physical silver shortage kicks in, that shortage can’t be further contained by derivatives trading and most likely will have to burn itself out the old-fashioned way – by allowing the market to discover the true clearing price. The trick, of course, is to be positioned before the physical shortage is reflected in price.

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Ted Butler: Silver’s COT Report Turns Bullish

Ted Butler: Silver’s COT Report Turns Bullish

The big, but very welcomed surprise was that the silver short position in the managed money category grew by a sharp 5,441 contracts to 37,724 contracts despite the price close above the 50-day moving average into the Tuesday cutoff.

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Silver and NASDAQ: Long, Medium and Short Trends

Silver and NASDAQ: Long, Medium and Short Trends

I am not an investment advisor, and I do not have an “approved by Wall Street” certificate so my views are my own. Do your own research, but in my opinion, now is NOT the time to be dumping savings into the NASDAQ when it is hitting a 15 year high. Instead, silver is at a 4 year low and has returned to 2006 levels. The risk/reward analysis strongly favors silver.

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