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

Don’t Be Fooled: A Stealth Bull Market in Gold and Silver Is Underway

What gold and silver investors want to know above all is when the bull market will resume. In a very real sense, it already has resumed. Futures market prices aside, evidence abounds that a raging bull market in physical precious metals is now underway. In the third quarter (ending September 30th), coin demand went through … Read more

Speaker Boehner Readies Final Sellout As Debt Ceiling Debacle Looms

It’s campaign season, and that means non-stop media coverage of candidate polls, quips, gaffes, tweets, emails, controversies, lies, and scandals. It all makes for a good soap opera. Unfortunately, it’s almost all irrelevant in the big picture. The media prefer to focus on the sideshow rather than the 800-pound gorilla in the room: the looming … 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

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

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

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