As this is written, our Gold Specials Page has XF-grade $5 Liberty Head gold coins at the incredibly low price of 5% over spot, meaning 5% over the value of their gold content. By incredibly low, I mean compared with historical prices, with competitors’ prices and with comparable coins’ prices.
Last week Germany’s central bank pompously announced that it had completed its repatriation of $31 billion in gold from Paris and New York, ridiculing earlier speculation that the gold had somehow been compromised. A widely circulated theory was that Germany’s gold had been borrowed by bullion houses and delivered against futures contracts that were sold
Famed investor Jim Rogers recently granted a video interview to a Singapore gold dealer. The video, less than 15 minutes, is worth the time as Rogers is one of the few well-known billionaires who publicly advocates owning gold (although the number is increasing).
The decline of a nation’s money often parallels the decline of the nation. Rome’s money stands as the classic example; Great Britain’s pound is the contemporary example.
New York Fed President William Dudley said that he supports another rate hike this year if the economy “evolves as he expects.” He also thinks it’s reasonable for the Fed to start selling part of its $4.5 trillion portfolio, which it accumulated through several quantitative easing programs.
Fred Hickey, whose stock market and gold predictions I’ve written about before, sees the stock market on precarious ground. He reminds investors that the Fed kicked off this bull market in stocks and bonds eight years ago with a forecast that massive money creation would “lift asset prices and generate a wealth effect,” which then