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The Case for Gold Keeps Getting Stronger As Negative Interest Rates Spread

The Case for Gold Keeps Getting Stronger As Negative Interest Rates Spread

The world has truly entered uncharted waters with negative interest rates spreading so far and wide. Frank Holmes, CEO of US Global Investors, recently noted that a whopping 25% of all bonds sold globally now carry a negative yield. “Investors” are even buying some “junk” rated bonds which will repay the bearer less than purchase price upon maturity. Now European banks, who have been absorbing the European Central Bank’s 0.4% charge to hold deposits, are throwing in the towel and getting ready to pass those charges on to clients. Wealthy depositors at the Swiss bank UBS will soon start paying the bank 3/4 percent to hold cash balances above 2 […]

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Like Jeffrey Epstein, Bullion Banks Get Sweet Deals from the Justice Department

Like Jeffrey Epstein, Bullion Banks Get Sweet Deals from the Justice Department

First, a bank’s commodities trading department takes metals investors for a ride like unwitting victims in the back of Jeffrey Epstein’s “Lolita Express.” Now federal prosecutors have extended the same sort of cozy non-prosecution agreement to shield the bank itself from a criminal indictment. Federal prosecutors signed a non-prosecution agreement in June with Merrill Lynch Commodities, Inc. (MLCI) and Bank of America (Merrill’s parent company) for rigging the precious metals markets. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) found gold and silver traders working at Merrill Lynch had “schemed to deceive other market participants by injecting materially false and misleading information into the precious metals futures market.” The agreement references “thousands […]

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Financial Media Elite Defensively Bash “Useless” Gold

Financial Media Elite Defensively Bash “Useless” Gold

At least the Financial Times now has come clean about its hostility to gold – as well as to free markets and elementary journalism. Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee (GATA) friend Chris Kniel of Orinda, California, sent to the newspaper’s chief economic columnist, Martin Wolf, the excellent summary of gold and silver market manipulation just written by gold researcher Ronan Manly. Wolf replied derisively and dismissively: “This is a matter of absolutely no importance whatsoever. Who cares about the prices of useless metals?” Stunned by such a counterfactual assertion, Kniel prompted Wolf to elaborate, receiving this from the FT columnist: “I mean to dismiss the whole monetary history of gold. It […]

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Mining Stocks Flash Powerful Signal for Gold and Silver Markets

Mining Stocks Flash Powerful Signal for Gold and Silver Markets

The second half of the year is setting up favorably for the precious metals sector, which was led in the first half by gold and gold mining stocks. Of course, the Wall Street-beholden financial media is largely ignoring metals and mining – preferring instead to give celebratory coverage to every move toward new highs in the Dow and S&P 500. “The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 7.2% this month [June], notching its best June performance since 1938,” CNBC reported. “The S&P 500 posted its best first half of a year since 1997, soaring 17.3% and reaching an all-time high.” That’s all well and good for conventional index investors. But they are missing […]

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Love. Fear. Inflation. A Precious Metals’ Trifecta

Love. Fear. Inflation. A Precious Metals’ Trifecta

By David Smith, Money Metals Exchange Going forward, there are – and will continue to be – three primary drivers of global physical gold (and silver) demand. During certain times in the past only one or two of these elements provided most of the momentum. However, as we move into 2019, and for possibly the next 5-10 years, all three will be in play. They will operate synergistically to consistently motivate increased precious metals’ buying around the globe. This will happen, even as meeting that demand with sufficient new supply becomes problematic. The term “synergistic” is used here on purpose. By definition, it relates to “the interaction or cooperation of […]

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The World Gold Council (WGC)

The World Gold Council (WGC)

The World Gold Council is an non-profit organization of the world’s main gold producers. The WGC was established to help improve the global demand not just for gold but also to increase interest in gold, and plays a very big role in maintaining today’s gold industry. The WGC headquarters is located in London.  It covers the market that holds almost three-fourths of the worlds gold consumption. The main objective of the WGC is to maximize the potential industrial growth of gold consumption by monitoring and defending its existence. The WGC also researches and develops other uses for gold. The organization’s main objective is to trigger and retain the demand of […]

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What Affects the Price of Gold

Gold has been known to be the most desirable metal on earth. Although it is the most precious metal, there are some issues that gold is facing like its demand and supply imbalance. Gold has been used as an investment and a useful product in electronics, but there are also some factors that affect the price of gold. One of the biggest factors that affect gold’s price is its amount of supply in the central banks around the world. In 2003 the stock of gold was about 33,000 metric tons, accounting for nearly 25% of all the gold mined in the world. In the same year, 3,200  metric tons of […]

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When to Sell and When to Buy

Gold is always a sought-after asset. Not only does it diversify your investment portfolio, but it also helps you gain ground in creating your very own hedge against an economic crisis that might occur while owning the asset. For newcomers, gold has always been hard to understand. The market fluctuates in such a way that sometimes it can become unpredictable. And so many other factors affect it as well. Some of these could be the political standing of the country, the economy, the oil markets, the scarcity of gold itself, the demand for the product and so much more. But fret not.  We have compiled a list of things you […]

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Axel Merk Exclusive: Can You Sleep at Night When the Market Goes Against You?

Axel Merk Exclusive: Can You Sleep at Night When the Market Goes Against You?

Your browser does not support the podcast player element. DOWNLOAD MP3 Mike Gleason: It is my privilege now to welcome in Axel Merk, President and Chief Investment Officer of Merk Investments and author of the book Sustainable Wealth. Axel is a well-known market commentator and money manager and is a highly sought after guest at financial conferences and at news outlets throughout the world. It’s great to have him back on with us. Axel, it’s always a pleasure and thanks for joining us again. Axel Merk: Great to be with you. Mike Gleason: Well, before we get into other matters like Fed policy and the latest on trade wars and so forth, Axel, I […]

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The Bullion Market

Bullion is any precious metal that is in the form of bars or ingots. It is usually used for trade in a market and comes from the original French word “bouillon” which means boiling. This was the term used to describe the activity of a melting metal. Each Bullion varies when it comes to its value depending on its precious metal content which is determined by its purity and mass. To find out the purity of each gold bullion, they use the century-old method known as fire assay along with modern spectroscopic instrumentation to accurately determine its quality to ensure the owner receives fair market value for it. It is […]

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5 Reasons to Buy Silver instead of Gold

Is silver really better than gold? Why should someone buy silver instead of buying gold? What potentials does silver have as an investment? All these questions will be answered right here. It is natural of an investor to be curious and want to discover if one type of asset is better than another. This is particularly true when it comes to silver and gold since both markets generally differ in size. Money in silver Silver isn’t part of our currency, yet it is still considered of value along with gold. One evidence is that this cannot be generated easily and thus depreciates like paper or digital forms. And by real […]

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The Average Amount of Gold Sold Monthly

The gold market has been continuously booming over the past few years. The demand of gold has been significantly increasing and can be traced back hundreds of years. Nowadays, the demand is going higher and higher in tandem with the price. Understanding the price of gold saves you from losing money and increases your chance of profit. Buying gold isn’t as easy as eating a piece of cake. There are a lot of things to be considered despite the benefit that it brings. Looking back at everything, how much gold is bought and sold really in a month?   The amount of gold that is bought and sold every month […]

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The Amount of Publicly and Privately Owned Gold

Gold plays a very important role as it is known as the safe haven when things get volatile. Investors mostly run into gold when the economy in on the edge of fluctuation, and they store it as an investment too. The supply of gold circulating in the market is limited, but what is the exact amount?   It has been said that the above ground amount of gold all over the world ranges from 120,000 to 140,000 tons. Of which, the US Reserve owns 6 percent or 8,000 tons of the total amount of gold. A total of 25 percent of above earth gold is publicly owned. They can be […]

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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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