Sunday, August 20th, 2017 MST

Category: Money

Time to buy old US gold coins

For only the second time in 44 years, I’m recommending old US gold coins.  The other time was in the 1990s. $20 Libertys and St. Gaudens now are priced competitively with 1-oz American Gold Eagles, the world’s most popular gold bullion coins.  This in on a per ounce basis! The better grade coins carry slightly

A major danger of paper money: Rupees cancelled

The biggest problem with paper money is that it can be created at will; and history shows that whenever paper money is disconnected from gold, it is eventually printed until it is worthless.  Sometimes its destruction comes quickly,  some over decades. The second biggest problem with paper money is that it can be cancelled by

Driving the markets

Central bank actions and expectations of central bank actions are driving investment markets: the bond markets, the equity markets and the metals markets.  Economic news does not move the markets, except that markets move on how investors think that central banks will react to economic news.

North Korea linked to $81 million theft

According to Symantec, North Korea probably is responsible for the $81 million theft from Bangladesh’s central bank.  Researchers at the digital security firm uncovered “a rare piece of code” that had been seen in previous hacking cases by North Korea. The theft is believed to be the first by a nation for purely financial gain. 

ECB to stop printing €500 notes

In what is being reported as an effort to impede criminal activity and terrorism, the European Central Bank announced that it will discontinue issuing €500 notes around the end of 2018.  However, the ECB was quick to affirm that the €500 notes already in circulation “will remain legal tender and . . . always retain

War on cash

A former head of the UK’s Standard Charter bank proposes that the war on cash be ratcheted up. ln a paper published Sunday, Peter Sands demonized large banknotes, saying they are “king among terrorists, drug lords and tax cheats.” According to him, Illicit money flows are estimated to run up to $2 trillion a year.

Bank of Japan to buy equities

Quantitative easing opened a Pandora’s box that will not be closed until massive inflation spreads worldwide. Only when people quit accepting the digital money that central banks spew will it end. However, the end may be far, far away. Traditionally, central banks created money “out of thin air” to finance wars by buying new government

Why gold is real money

Although many gold buyers readily accept that “gold is real money,” few can explain why gold is real money and why moving away from gold as money to fiat money distorts economic activity. The distortion being a boom followed by a bust, and the size of the distortion being determined by the amount of the

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