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Gold and Climate Change

Gold, Market News |
The issue of climate change has long been politicized and the effects will be experienced by those on both sides of the political spectrum. In response, countries like China have committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2060. The U.S. has targeted a goal of attaining 100% carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035. These dramatic measures have left some gold investors questioning how the energy intensive nature of mining will keep pace with a changing world. A ... >> Read More        
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Lessons from the Japanese Stock Market Crash

Gold, Investment, Market News |
On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 1.72%, marking its biggest one-day drop since October. While the market bounced back Tuesday, stock market breadth has been declining, which is a warning signal that a correction may be near. Wall Street defines a stock market "pullback" as a retreat of 5-10% and is a short-term dip. A "correction" phase is more serious and is defined as a 10-20% retreat from the recent high and can ... >> Read More        
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Why Do Central Banks Intend to Increase Gold Reserves in the Next 12 Months?

Gold, Investment, Market News |
A 2021 Central Bank Gold Reserves survey concluded that 21% of central banks plan to increase their gold reserves over the next 12 months. The question is why. The one-word answer: uncertainty. The same body of research found that 84% of the respondents cited uncertainty arising from the post-COVID recovery as a major influence over their decision to bolster their gold holdings. Interestingly, 52% of the survey participants indicated that they think global central banks ... >> Read More        
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Barber Left the Motto Off This Silver Coin

Market News, Rare Coins |
U.S. Bureau of the Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber designed the famed Barber coinage which includes a dime, quarter and half dollar. And, Barber dimes were struck from 1892 through 1916. This beautiful silver coin features Lady Liberty facing right on the obverse. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA encircles her head. The date is found below Lady Liberty's bust. The dime's reverse reveals a delicate and ornate Laurel wreath wrapped around the coin's denomination: ONE ... >> Read More        
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The Seated Liberty Half Dime: An Enduring Symbol of Freedom

Market News, Rare Coins |
The U.S. half dime (originally the half disme), was minted in 1792 under the Coinage Act of the same year, and is widely considered to be the first business strike coin issued by the United States Mint. However, there continues to be some debate as to whether the 1792 version was simply a pattern coin. Ostensibly, this means that the half dime was the first coin minted for the purposes of commerce rather than collecting ... >> Read More        
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Private Equity Firm Purchase Unleashes New Chapter in Rare Coin Market

Breaking news. Just a few days ago, Blackstone, one of the world's largest investment firms, acquired a majority stake in the Certified Collectibles Group (CCG). No small potatoes, this deal was valued at more than $500 million. Who is CCG, you might ask? And, what does this mean for rare coin investors? Let us explain. Founded in 1987, CCG provides independent certification on the value of collectibles such as rare coins, comic books, trading cards, ... >> Read More        
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The Gold – U.S. Dollar Connection

Gold, Investment, Market News |
Investing in gold may have felt like a roller coaster ride this year. Gold began 2021 just above the $1,900 an ounce level. Then, gold retreated to around $1,680 in late March. By late May, gold prices surged back above $1,900 an ounce. Recently, gold dipped to about $1,800 an ounce. The price of gold is influenced by many factors. Key drivers of gold include interest rates, inflation, the amount of U.S. dollars in circulation ... >> Read More        
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What Investors Can Learn from the 1970’s Runaway Inflation

Investment, Market News |
Every time you flip on the TV, read an article or listen to a radio show – there's more news about inflation. What is inflation exactly? The simple definition is – inflation occurs when demand exceeds supply in an economy. Are we seeing that now? Yes, indeed. Easy Federal Reserve monetary policies, exploding money supply growth and massive government spending are helping to push consumer prices higher. That leaves consumers chasing after fewer goods and ... >> Read More        
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Untangling the Connection Between Interest Rates and Gold

Gold, Market News |
In recent days, the Federal Reserve projected that they might make two interest rate increases by 2023. The equities market reacted decisively as the Dow fell more than 500 points, resulting in the worst week for the index since the fourth quarter of last year. The possibility of interest rate hikes has many investors reconsidering their near-term plans, including those holding gold. The challenge, however, is untangling the connection between interest rates and gold because ... >> Read More        
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The Long Journey to the Large Head Indian Princess Gold Dollar

Market News, Rare Coins |
People have used gold as money for thousands of years. Yet here in America, it was the Act of March 3, 1849 that first established coinage of a U.S. gold dollar. Prior to that, early Americans used silver and gold coins brought from Europe, in addition to those made in Spanish possession in the New World. The first gold dollar type that was struck here in the U.S. was the Liberty Head, which was issued ... >> Read More