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Why MarketWatch’s “Seven Reasons To Sell Gold Now” Aren’t Good Reasons At All
Why MarketWatch’s “Seven Reasons To Sell Gold Now” Aren’t Good Reasons At All

Last week, MarketWatch ran an article written by InvestorPlace editor Jeff Reeves and titled, “Seven Reasons to Sell Gold Now.”

It offered the usual cookie-cutter reasons that gold supposedly is not a good investment right now: lack of inflation, tighter monetary policy in the US, and a “risk-on” market environment, just to mention a few.

All in all, I think the article missed the mark, so here’s a rebuttal for each argument.

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Is This the Top for the Cryptocurrency Craze? Introducing Jesus Coin
Is This the Top for the Cryptocurrency Craze? Introducing Jesus Coin

Question: How do you recognize a bubble that’s ready to burst?

The answer is twofold:

a. When people start going crazy over a certain asset—even the ones who couldn’t have cared less a year earlier.

b. When people start doing insane things with that particular asset.

For example, in 2006, I read that some homeowners were taking out home equity loans to purchase Super Bowl tickets.

Using your house as an ATM was just fine, because everybody knew that home prices would always go up. It was almost a natural law, like the sun rising in the East.

When I read the Super Bowl story, I remember thinking: This is going to crash.

That people were willing to risk the roof over their head to buy tickets for a football game (yes, even that football game) seemed to be the epitome of irrational exuberance.

This week, I had a similar A-ha moment when I first heard about Jesus Coin.

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Are Millennials Better Investors Than Boomers and Gen-Xers?
Are Millennials Better Investors Than Boomers and Gen-Xers?

Poor, spoiled, disadvantaged Millennials.

The myth of the underdog youngster has been going around in the media for years.

He’s the poor schmuck who at age 32 still hunkers down in Mom and Dad’s basement because his post-graduate education only fetches him a position as PhD burger flipper at the Scottish restaurant chain which shall not be named.

Marriage and homeownership? Not for this guy. According to the myth, he’ll be lucky if he can dig himself out from under his student loan debt one day and afford an apartment that isn’t populated with stoner roommates and cockroaches.

However, when you take a closer look at the Legg-Mason 2017 Global Investment Survey, an in-depth annual study of investing styles, it paints quite a different picture.

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Real Vision’s Grant Williams: History Is About to Repeat Itself Again… and It Might Get Ugly
Real Vision’s Grant Williams: History Is About to Repeat Itself Again… and It Might Get Ugly

Grant Williams believes that the 76 million retiring Baby Boomers will trigger a major pension crisis. He should know, because he’s been studying financial history and telltale crisis patterns for nearly two decades.

“With that potentially bad situation we could face,” the seasoned asset manager and co-founder of Real Vision TV said in a recent Metal Masters interview, “holding physical metal, somewhere safe, somewhere outside the banking system, is just a sensible precaution to take.”

His outlook has changed drastically since he started his first job trading Japanese markets in 1986: “What I walked into at that time was one of the greatest bull market bubbles the world had ever seen, in the Japanese equity market and real estate market.”

During this heyday, precious metals weren’t on his radar at all—until a year later, when he witnessed his first stock market crash and started asking some inconvenient questions.

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Marc Faber: In the Age of Cyber-Terrorism, Every Investor Must Own Gold
Marc Faber: In the Age of Cyber-Terrorism, Every Investor Must Own Gold

Take it from “Dr. Doom”: own some physical gold and keep it out of the banking system.

Dr. Marc Faber, a legendary investor and the editor/publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, is well known for his contrarian investing style.

In a recent Metal Masters interview with the Hard Assets Alliance, he noted that the biggest geopolitical risk for Americans today is not a conventional war but rather cyber-attacks that could take down the US power grid.

In such a scenario, gold would become an irreplaceable medium of exchange. But it’s not the only reason to own gold today.

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The Next Tech Crash Could Delay Your Retirement by a Decade
The Next Tech Crash Could Delay Your Retirement by a Decade

The S&P 500 Information Technology Index recently surpassed its previous peak of 988.49 set in March 2000. It took a whopping 17 years to recoup the massive losses from the implosion of the dot-com bubble.

Only six years later, in 2008, it would happen again, albeit due to different culprit: the subprime housing market collapsed, and financial markets ground to halt.

One would hope that two vicious declines in less than a 10-year period taught mainstream investors the value of diversification and asset allocation—but all the signs point to the contrary.

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Former Lehman Brothers Trader: Unpredictable Government Actions Make It Smart to Hold Gold
Former Lehman Brothers Trader: Unpredictable Government Actions Make It Smart to Hold Gold

What does a hot-shot Wall Street trader see in physical gold? And why would he be adamant about holding it?

Jared Dillian, former head of ETF Trading at Lehman Brothers, is an acclaimed financial author and investment strategist at Mauldin Economics. He first discovered gold in 2005 when the launch of the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD) drew his attention to the yellow metal.

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Ethereum vs. Tangibleum: Why Cryptocurrencies Can Never Replace Physical Gold
Ethereum vs. Tangibleum: Why Cryptocurrencies Can Never Replace Physical Gold

On June 11, 2017, Bitcoin reached its all-time high of $3,025.47… followed by a 27.7% plunge only four days later.

By July 12, it had lost a total of $12 billion off its value within a month.

Ethereum, another popular cryptocurrency, increased its market share from a mere 5% at the beginning of the year to a breathtaking 30% in June, only to plummet 65% from its record-high by mid-July.

One man who wouldn’t be surprised in the least by this insane level of volatility is Raoul Pal, founder of the monthly investment publication Global Macro Investor and Real Vision television. He is convinced that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are in a bubble and will blow up someday, because “anything that moves exponentially always does.”

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Weakening US Economy Could Ignite Rally in Gold
Weakening US Economy Could Ignite Rally in Gold

One possible effect of the “America First” approach the Trump Administration vowed to take was a weaker US dollar. Shortly after we wrote about this earlier this year, the dollar index began a steady march lower, retreating 7% in just five months, from 102 in March to its current level of 95.

Not surprisingly, gold has risen almost 10% in US dollar terms during this time.

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