Big News: The Fed, Debt Ceiling, and Physical Silver Premiums

Gold and silver spot prices lost ground to a strengthening U.S. dollar last week. The dollar enjoyed its best week in 5 months, as other major world currencies weakened. European central bankers are once again hinting at more stimulus, and the Chinese government cut interest rates for the 6th time in the past year. Federal … Read more

Why Are “Bank Holidays” Always Announced on Sunday?

On Sunday, June 29, the Associated Press ran the following headline: “Greek Banks will not open Monday.” After a lengthy cabinet session, it was decided that Greek banks would remain closed for 6 working days, along with restrictions on cash withdrawals. In addition, financial sector officials confirmed the Athens Stock Exchange would not open the … Read more

Markets Crashing, Gold Rising

U.S. Investors are on edge following last week’s and today’s sell-off in stocks around the globe. The carnage impacted equity markets in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. Interestingly, the U.S. dollar also weakened. And bonds and gold are getting most of the safe-haven buying. People are starting to wonder what the central planners might do … Read more

U.S. and Canadian Mint Dysfunction Snowballs as Silver Coin Premiums Rise

Lower precious metals prices on Wall Street aren’t necessarily bringing lower prices on Main Street. The retail market for gold and silver coins, bars, and rounds has been swamped with high demand since mid June.  Both the U.S. Mint and the Royal Canadian Mint continue to run into serious issues keeping up with retail silver … Read more

China’s Secret Gold Hoarding Strategy

China’s recent stock market gyrations have some analysts now calling China the biggest bubble in history. But those who write off China because of market volatility are missing a more important long-term trend of Chinese geopolitical and monetary ascendancy. That trend shows no signs of abating. China’s leaders have a clever strategy, and Western financial … Read more

Retail Gold & Silver Demand Surged 135% Since June, 365% More First-Timers

August 5, 2015 – Public demand for gold and silver coins, rounds, and bars suddenly skyrocketed since mid-June – particularly among first-time customers – to multiples of earlier demand levels, according to Money Metals Exchange, a national precious metals dealer in the U.S. From June 16 to July 31, Money Metals Exchange experienced a 135% surge in gold … Read more

Inflation Deniers Emboldened by Gold’s Struggles

The vultures are circling. Precious metals bulls, laid flat by gold and silver prices dropping for the 5th week in a row, are watching deflationists such as Harry Dent and the financial media squawk about the imminent demise of precious metals. The superficial and condescending coverage of the metals markets in the financial press has … Read more

Timeless Tips from the “Richest Man in Babylon”

In the early 1920s, George S. Clason wrote a series of articles about acquiring and keeping wealth that were passed out by insurance companies to their customers. In 1926, he combined these essays into a book titled, The Richest Man in Babylon. To this day, that book remains in print. In it, a series of … Read more

Is Gold a Stupid “Pet Rock” or a Bedrock Asset?

Greece defaulted at the end of June, and metals investors expected higher prices in July. What we expected isn’t what we got. It isn’t the first or last time markets surprised investors. Do lower spot prices mean precious metals are failing as a safe-haven investment? Jason Zweig, from the Wall Street Journal, thinks so. He’s … Read more

How to Obtain Silver Coins and Rounds in Short Supply

There are two kinds of constraints when it comes to supply in the physical markets, and anyone building a position in physical metal needs to know the difference. The first type is temporary. The other signals a sea change, the rush for physical metal going mainstream. When it happens, it’ll be “go time” in the … Read more