As silver continues to touch new lows, bearish reports abound. One called it the worst investment ever. Really? The reasons to buy silver lie neither in the metal itself nor its many industrial and medical applications. Silver should be bought because it — along with gold – has for millennia been proven to be safe
The history of paper money is that it is printed until it is worthless. The Zimbabwe dollar is the perfect example.
The dollar sank 11.7% over the last twelve months, and gold climbed 10%. The dollar is measured against a basket of non-redeemable paper currencies, the euro (57.6%), the yen (13.6%), pound sterling (11.9%), Canadian dollar (9.1%), Swedish krona (4.2%) and the Swiss franc (3.6%). Only a few decades ago currencies were measured against gold. For
One of the reasons that gold and silver are safe investments is that today central bank printing of paper money is widely accepted. Additionally, there are no limits on how much money central banks can create. The graph shows the balance sheets of the European Central Bank, the Fed and the Bank of Japan. Note
A little over a year ago, the IMF announced that the renminbi, China’s currency, would be added the IMF’s “basket of currencies” that makes up SDRs (Special Drawing Rights). A loud outcry ensued from many pro-gold analysts that the inclusion would mean the end of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency and would result
The dollar is a favorite refuge for money seeking safety as the European banking crisis again dominates financial news. Consequently, 10-year US treasury bills are now yielding a record low of 1.39% as money pours into them. (As bond prices are bid higher, yields drop.)
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
According to the New York Times, Saudi Arabia recently told Obama administration officials and members of Congress that it could be forced to sell up to $750 billion in treasuries and other assets in the United States if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts
As noted in G-20 talks up more deficit spending; Deutsche Bank recommends gold, there were loud cries at the Shanghai G-20 Summit for “a worldwide coordinated effort” to head off global recession. Here are a few more details about the G-20 discussions.
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.