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

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

Investment Silver Demand Draining COMEX Vaults

If there are words to characterize the precious metals markets for July, it would be “divergences” and “shortages.” There was heavy selling in the leveraged futures market and extraordinary buying demand and shortages in physical coins, rounds, and bars. Despite turmoil surrounding Greece and a huge sell-off in Chinese equities, traders dumped wheelbarrow loads of … 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

How Will Chinese Takeover Proposal Impact Micron Technology, Inc (MU)? Analysts Weigh In

By Cody Miecnikowski Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) shares have drifted down since January after an incredible two-year run. The company’s most recent earnings report on June 24 sent shares diving down even deeper, marking a 45% loss year-to-date. Despite unattractive stock trends, Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a state-owned chip-design outfit based in China, is preparing to … 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

The Potemkin Bank of China

In the midst of an intense global economic slowdown that began in 2008, China’s economy amazingly appeared to be unaffected. Defying the world-wide real estate collapse, China’s GDP grew by an impressive 8.7% in 2009. Fueled initially by a $586 billion stimulus package, China would end up plowing and additional $20 trillion dollars into a … Read more

U.S. Economy Slouches toward Recession as Eurozone Crisis Widens

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen may have missed her window of opportunity to raise interest rates. The economic data no longer paint a picture of even a tepid recovery. Since the start of the year, key indicators for the economy began pointing toward recession. Add to that the recent Eurozone chaos surrounding the Greek default … Read more

Is Snapchat Worth $15 Billion?

It was recently announced that Alibaba will invest $200 million in the Los Angeles based start-up, Snapchat. This is a big move for Snapchat, which is valued at $15 billion based on Alibaba’s offer. We currently can only speculate how this will effect the two companies, but it could be very beneficial for both of … Read more