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Portugal: A(nother) Central Bank Story
Portugal: A(nother) Central Bank Story

The Greenspan put, the Bernanke put, the Yellen put, the Draghi put? Easy money causes people to take risks that they otherwise wouldn’t. And the result is always the same—a boom followed by a bust. Will the retail investor ever learn? Probably—but it won’t last because the emotions of greed and fear are too strong.

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Data Wrap Up - August 2014
Data Wrap Up - August 2014

Weakness in the silver market has been reflected in everything from silver coin demand to exchange-traded silver funds. Much of this downward pressure is stemming from the Federal Reserve winding down its quantitative easing program, along with improving labor market data.

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Ferguson Protests Spotlight A Much Bigger Problem
Ferguson Protests Spotlight A Much Bigger Problem

The sight of police snipers tracking protestors through the scope of high-caliber rifles is only good for two things: spreading fear and fueling distrust of central authority. It’s also a harsh reminder that the interests of government and the public aren’t always aligned. The militarization of domestic police departments is not something on the radar for most precious metals investors, even though it speaks to several core reasons for owning gold. 

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Obama and Bernanke Saved the Economy! Hooray!
Obama and Bernanke Saved the Economy! Hooray!

Almost every day we are told the economy is improving. Whether it’s the government or Goldman Sachs, the message is the same: things are getting better. So is that all there is to it? Print a bunch of money, run up your debt, and suppress interest rates—and all the problems are better?

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Silver: As Close to a No-Brainer Investment as It Gets
Silver: As Close to a No-Brainer Investment as It Gets

Jim Rogers once quipped that he waits to invest until “there’s a pile of money just sitting there in a corner and I can walk over and pick it up.” In other words, an asset that’s deeply undervalued, widely ignored, with potent fundamentals ready to kick in. Is there such an opportunity in any of the precious metals right now?

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Data Wrap Up - July 2014
Data Wrap Up - July 2014

Gold and silver were boosted primarily by unrest in the Middle East and Ukraine, along with an announcement claiming the European Central Bank may implement a quantitative easing policy in coming months. Although we saw investors take profits on their positions ahead of Janet Yellen’s semiannual testimony, we’ve still seen ample appreciation and view this brief sell-off as a long-term buying opportunity.

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Rumblings In the Global Gold Market
Rumblings In the Global Gold Market

It wasn’t long ago that the West dominated the global gold market. Today, power—at least in the physical market—is firmly concentrated in the Eastern Hemisphere. The world’s largest gold consumers—China and India—rightfully garner most of the attention, but they aren’t the only ones stirring things up. Russia is quickly becoming a country to watch, albeit for reasons much different than its Eastern counterparts.

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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures
Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Once upon a time, currency debasement was used almost exclusively by emerging markets as a way to drive export-led growth. Today, there are few countries in the developed world that haven't put this tactic to use.

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Don’t Worry About the Gold Price. China’s Got Your Back
Don’t Worry About the Gold Price. China’s Got Your Back

The horizon is full of flashing indicators that signal that the Chinese view of gold is more prudent for what lies ahead. Gold will be less about "making money" and more about preparing for a new international monetary system that will come with historic consequences for our way of life. Let's contrast some recent Western headlines with what's really happening on the ground in China. Consider the big picture message behind these developments, and see how well your portfolio is geared for a "Chinese" future.

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New Cryptocurrency Addresses Bitcoin’s Key Flaw: Will It Reinvent Gold Ownership?
New Cryptocurrency Addresses Bitcoin’s Key Flaw: Will It Reinvent Gold Ownership?

One of my biggest knocks on Bitcoin is that it’s backed by nothing by blind faith. So you can imagine that my interest was piqued when I learned that a gold-backed cryptocurrency called Minacoin is scheduled to launch in a couple weeks. The project is the creation of Toronto-based financial services company Mina Financial. It hopes to combine 21st-century technology with the time-tested stability of gold.

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