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A wide choice of bullion products, worldwide storage options, low prices, complete liquidity, total security, limited reporting requirements, and access to our buying and selling platform make a SmartMetals® account with the Hard Assets Alliance simply the best choice for securing your financial future.
When you open your account online, you'll be asked the type of account to be opened (individual, joint, corporate, partnership, sole proprietorship, LLC, IRA or trust account) and some simple information to establish your identity, as required by US regulations. You do not need to be a US citizen or company to open an account.
I was sure I misread the title, because everyone instinctively knows this policy is a bad idea… right?
But I didn’t misread it. And it was far from the only article in support of it.
The title was “Get Ready to be Showered by Helicopter Money.” And the voices behind this policy are growing.Read more...
Apple spent about five years developing the iPhone, which has changed the smartphone market forever. Until the release, however, nobody could imagine what impact the iPhone would have on the market.
And most consumers didn’t know about it at all.
The same thing is happening with China and gold right now. The gold market will soon be very different than from what we see today—largely due to the current developments in China.
Here are the five trends in China that will change the gold market forever…Read more...
Ratio analysis has its pros and cons, but when two assets that normally have a strong correlation suddenly break down, it’s obvious something is wrong.
That’s exactly what has happened with the gold-silver ratio and the CPI.
As uber fund manager Dan Tapiero shows in this video, these two assets have always had a strong correlation—except leading into the 2008/2009 crisis. As Dan says, “We all know what happened then.”
Here’s the chart showing the sudden and drastic separation.Read more...
On March 4, BlackRock, the sponsor of the gold ETF iShares Gold Trust (IAU), announced it had temporarily suspended issuance of new shares in the fund. The sponsor admitted it had failed to register the new shares with the SEC as exchange traded commodity funds are required to do. The snafu was due to an “administrative oversight,” it was later explained.
BlackRock was quick to add that IAU shares continued to trade without interruption in spite of the suspension. Nevertheless, the reality is that management lost administrative control over the fund and violated SEC regulations. As a consequence, BlackRock faces fines and penalties from both the SEC and state securities agencies, plus the possibility of lawsuits from shareholders for damages and interest.
Perhaps most alarming, the situation only came to light because the fund alerted the SEC—in other words, government regulators were unaware of the violation.
With watchdog agencies asleep at the wheel, the fund issued and sold $296 million of unregistered shares. This uber-blunder at IAU lays bare the fundamental hazard of using gold exchange traded funds: counterparty risks.Read more...