Monday, December 9th, 2019 MST

Category: Interesting Issues

IRS goes after cryptocurrency investors

Cryptocurrency advocates have long maintained that the primary benefit of “cryptos” is that they are not centrally controlled, actually residing on cell phones.  Transfers from one holder to another do not go through a “central bank,” such as the Fed, but from one phone to another.  This was supposed to be beyond the reach of

GDPNow 1.2%

The business channels were all aglow last week when the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that the Gross Domestic Product grew by 3.2% in the 1st quarter.  Trump supporters were ecstatic. However, yesterday GDPNow, an analysis based a methodology similar to the one used by the BEA, posted a projected increase of only 1.2%

New Year’s Promotions – be wary

As 2019 rolls around, advertisements will abound with promotions of 2019-dated gold and silver coins.  Many ads will promote First Release or Early Release gold coins at prices hundreds of dollars above the price of bullion coins.  In truth, First Release and Early Release coins are only bullion coins that have been “slabbed” (put in

Ron Paul and gold

Millennials, It was astonishing that when Ron Paul dropped out of the 2012 presidential race many of his followers jumped to supporting Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist.  Ron Paul, of course, is a libertarian who rails against socialism in all forms.

Germany repatriates its gold, at least some of it

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

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