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What Causes Recessions?

Gold | January 21, 2020

The current U.S. economic expansion is the longest in history at 127 months this January. It is also the weakest of the post-WWII era. The current economic expansion began in July 2009. Many economists expect continued growth in 2020, albeit at a slower pace. Nonetheless, U.S. military action against Iran earlier this month and the […]

The Origins of the 1776 Continental Dollar Coin

Investor Resources | January 20, 2020

The 1776 Continental dollar coin represents, perhaps more than any other piece of US currency, the state of upheaval within the nation in 1776. Consider, for example, that there is no known documentation authorizing the issuance or approval of this coin. Moreover, the word currency is misspelled on the obverse of one of the varieties […]

Can Gold Investing be Part of an “ESG” Investment Strategy?

Gold | January 16, 2020

In recent years “ESG” funds have become a popular choice for investors. These three letters stand for environmental, social, and governance. ESG funds are designed to include stocks of companies that satisfy strict standards with regard to these three categories. For example, companies deemed worthy of the ESG label commit to these sustainability factors in […]

Gold Begins New Historic Bull Market

Gold | January 13, 2020

Gold soared in the first two trading weeks of 2020. Fresh investor demand fueled a sharp run-up following a U.S. military strike against a top Iranian general. Gold is now trading at new seven-year highs. The military action is serious and one of the drivers for gold’s strength. But, geopolitics are only one of many […]

It’s No Secret Americans Didn’t Like This Coin’s Predecessor

Market News | January 8, 2020

The Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollars were minted from 1916 through 1947 with broad public and artistic acclaim and are widely considered to be one of America’s most beautiful coins. It was no secret the public disliked its predecessor: the Barber half dollar. In April 1915, Robert Woolley took over as U.S. Mint Director and […]