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Is The U.S. Dollar Losing Its Role As the Global Reserve Currency?

Investment | September 19, 2017

The U.S. dollar is the world’s reserve currency. For now. Being the global reserve currency means that when commodities from grain to oil are bought and sold between countries the medium of exchange is the U.S dollar. That benefits the U.S.  because there is on-going demand for U.S. dollars. China must use U.S. dollars to […]

Understanding Gold’s Place in Modern Portfolio Theory

Investment | September 18, 2017

There are countless ways to invest. Some prefer to simply “buy the market” and choose an equity index fund. Others have a more risk-averse approach choosing instead to stick with more predictable fixed-income products. However, all these different styles should include a consideration of modern portfolio theory (MPT). The reason: MPT is an important concept […]

Choosing Between Gold and Bitcoin in Times of Fear

Investment | September 14, 2017

Recent headlines have been a constant reminder of destabilized relations with North Korea. As CNN reports, “The country has fired 21 missiles during 14 tests since February.” This frequency signals a powerful drive by North Korea to gain attention as a nuclear capability on the world stage. “Less than six years into his reign, Kim […]

Why the China Caixin Manufacturing Index Matters to Metal Investors

Investment | September 13, 2017

In the U.S. investors are often fixated on the S&P 500, the Nasdaq, or the Dow Jones. Few know of the Caixin Purchasing Managers Index (PMI). Even fewer pay attention to it, but they should. Why? It’s an important industrial metal indicator for one of the world’s economic powerhouses. China’s Caixin Manufacturing Index is expressed […]

Gold Climbs 16%: Is It Overvalued Now?

Gold | September 12, 2017

Fact: It is rarer to find a one ounce nugget of gold than a five carat diamond.  Gold is rare, precious and recognized as a store of value around the globe. In recent weeks, individual investors and global money managers shifted assets into gold, silver and other precious metals as political and economic risks climb. […]