Among 13 crimes set to no longer carry the death penalty in China is the smuggling of gold or silver. The proposed amendment to China’s criminal statutes would reduce the number of crimes punishable by death to 55. That China has in its laws the death penalty for smuggling gold or silver shows just how
New 1099 reporting rules buried in the Obama’s health care legislation — if they go into effect — will have a major negative impact on precious metals dealers and their clients. Just as bad, the new regulations will have a harmful impact on all businesses. Legislation has already been introduced to repeal them before they go into effect.
Most gold and silver investors are in precious metals because of macro (big picture) economic and financial circumstances in which the world now finds itself after seven decades of Keynesian economics and statist politics. These investors are content to take positions in the metals and hold them, while maybe adding to their positions as opportunities
In 2007, when the Royal Canadian Mint introduced a limited edition series of 1-oz .99999 fine Gold Maple Leafs, the Mint also produced five 100-kilogram .99999 Gold Maple Leaf coins with face values of $1 million Canadian. The 100-kilogram coin measures 20 inches in diameter and weighs right at 220 pounds on a bathroom scale.
Saudi Arabia now holds double the gold reserves previously reported. Continued central bank activity in the gold market may result in central banks being net buyers of gold this year. If so, it would be the first time in decades. Earlier this year, India bought 200 tons of gold from the IMF, and Russian and China are regularly adding to their gold holdings from domestic sources.
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Dr. Faber, the keynote speaker at the May 22nd NYC Mises Circle Seminar, had no good news about the status of the world’s financial affairs. He is of the opinion that all sovereigns will continue to create monies as solutions to their financial woes and that gold is the right investments for the times. Further,
Summer is here, and the US Mint is just now releasing 2010-dated fractional-ounce Gold Eagles, the ½-oz, the ¼-oz and the 1/10-oz sizes. We expect to have the coins ready for shipment on or about June 21. Because of subdued buying, premiums are about where they have been during normal times in years past, meaning
The Mystery of Banking is not just another book on banking. It pulls back the curtains that hide the flaws of fractional-reserve banking and explains the differences between loan banks and deposits banks.
Friday, the FDIC closed eight banks, three in Florida, two in California, and one in each of three other states: Michigan, Massachusetts and Washington. So far this year, the FDIC has closed fifty banks, which puts it on pace to match last year’s 140 closures. To put this in perspective, in 2008 there were only