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This Incredibly Reckless Policy Is Gaining Momentum
This Incredibly Reckless Policy Is Gaining Momentum

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.

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These 5 Trends in China Will Change the Gold Market Forever
These 5 Trends in China Will Change the Gold Market Forever

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.

China’s influence will impact not just gold investors but everyone who has a vested interest in the global economy, stock markets, and the US dollar. After all, China will be a dominant force in all, as most analysts project.

Here are the five trends in China that will change the gold market forever…

(Uber hedge fund manager Dan Tapiero talks about some of these trends in his short interview, especially the #5 listed below.)

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The Breakdown in This Ratio Says Deflation Is Likely to Worsen
The Breakdown in This Ratio Says Deflation Is Likely to Worsen

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.

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Here’s Why You Should Stay Away from Gold ETFs
Here’s Why You Should Stay Away from Gold ETFs

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.

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This One Table Shows What Happens If Institutional Investors Shift Just 2% of Assets into Gold
This One Table Shows What Happens If Institutional Investors Shift Just 2% of Assets into Gold

Institutional portfolio managers control a lot of money. Lots and lots of money. And their allegiance is not to any particular asset class or sacred-cow portfolio theory. They’re in business to safeguard and grow their clients’ money.

To that end, we’ve already started to see the embers of interest in gold from this elite fraternity of market movers.

So, think about what would happen if they decided security markets were too volatile, or bonds too insecure, or currencies too unstable, or central bankers too indecisive, and moved just 2% of their assets into gold.

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This Chart Shows the One Big Reason Gold Is Falling Right Now
This Chart Shows the One Big Reason Gold Is Falling Right Now

It was predictable: gold takes a breather, and a flash mob of gold agnostics and atheists forms to point out the price is falling and that there’s little reason to get excited about it.

That’s the problem with investing bias; you don’t look for, or just ignore, evidence that shows another factor is in play.

And that’s the case with gold. Not only is a pullback normal after an asset rises 20%—like gold has done in the first nine weeks of the year—there’s a strong seasonality pattern to gold.

Since 1975, when gold again became legal to own, here’s its average performance by month.

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This Chart Says Gold Has Been in a Bull Market for Two Years
This Chart Says Gold Has Been in a Bull Market for Two Years

It looks increasingly clear that gold has started a new bull market.

But almost everywhere outside the US, gold has been in a bull market for two years.

Gold is globally priced in US dollars. But due to the ongoing currency wars that have seen most currencies fall against the dollar, the gold price in these other countries has been rising. In some cases dramatically.

As uber hedge funder Dan Tapiero points out in his compelling video, for those outside the US that have owned gold since 2014, they’ve watched the value of their holdings grow when measured in their local currency.

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The Big Money Is Rushing into Gold
The Big Money Is Rushing into Gold

As the saying goes, when it comes to investing, it pays to watch money flows.

For the past four years, the money has flowed out of the gold market en masse. With the exception of bullion sales, money flows into this sector have cratered—EFT holdings, gold stocks, exploration budgets, M&A, etc.

But that has abruptly changed.

Check out how the interest from a myriad of banks, hedge funds, and institutional investors has shifted to positive in the gold market in the past 30 days. As you peruse the list, keep in mind not just how much money these investors control, but also the influence they may have on other investors…

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5 Charts That Say Buy Gold Now
5 Charts That Say Buy Gold Now

I remember in early 2009 how difficult it was to buy gold at a decent premium and get it delivered in less than six weeks.

It wasn’t what any of us expected. “There’s plenty of above-ground gold to go around” and “global production is on the rise” were common buzz phrases of the day.

But the reality was anything but common. It was a scary time and many investors were turning to gold. The problem was that so many investors wanted to buy that premiums went through the roof. And delivery times—assuming the product you wanted was even available—were measured in weeks and months instead of days.

One dealer told me that he was so frustrated that he had difficulty sleeping at night. There just wasn’t enough physical metal available to fill his orders.

This setup kick-started one of gold’s biggest bull runs in modern history. The price more than doubled over the next three years.

It’s that reality—too much demand and too little supply—that looks poised to repeat. It’s a driver for gold that most market analysts overlook and is one that could push the gold price much higher…

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3 Reasons the Gold Run is Just Getting Started
3 Reasons the Gold Run is Just Getting Started

It is tempting to think gold’s upsurge is just due to jitters about the stock market. Or traders covering their short positions. Or simply a price blip in an ongoing, years-long bear market.

But I’d like to challenge those assumptions. Not because I’m long and want to see the gold price rise (I am and I would), but because the data, historical trends, and strong mainstream interest suggest otherwise.

If I’m right, you’ll find the chart below a real eye-opener.

There are three reasons why I think the gold run is just getting started. The first is a growing concern about not only world events, but about the Fed itself…

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