Worldwide, gold ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) increased their holdings 8.4% in 2017. Collectively, they now own 2,363 tons, having added 197.5 tons for the year. By comparison, the U.S. Treasury claims to own the world’s largest horde of gold at 8,133.5 tons; Germany, second place, claims 3,373.6 tons. Since 2003, only in 2009 did ETFs
Recently a client wrote: “In 2004, I started buying gold and silver because of increasing US debt, thinking that inflation would come about and the dollar would suffer. Now David Stockman (former Budget Director under Ronald Reagan) forecasts imminent doom for the stock and the bond markets. And, I agree that it will most likely
Marc Faber, famed investment advisor, fund manager and publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, noted in his October 2017 issue that the Fed’s announcement about implementing quantitative tightening has depressed precious metals and mining stocks. He then added, “I shall use the current weakness to increase my position in physical precious metals.”
The North Koreans are now believed to have developed a hydrogen bomb, hundreds or even thousands of times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Further, North Korea has exhibited the capability to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles, which could deliver their bombs.
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.
Four men, ages 18 to 20, were arrested and charged with the March theft of a 100-kilogram gold coin from the Bode Museum, Berlin, Germany.
Old US gold coins should be gold investors first choices because they now sell at premiums comparable to 1-oz American Gold Eagles. Historically, old US gold coins have carried huge premiums, sometimes as high as 40%. Now, they’re selling at 4% to 6% premiums over the value of their gold content. As this precious metals
For only the second time in 44 years, I’m recommending old US gold coins. The other time was in the 1990s.