Precious Metal & Rare Coin Market News

Central Bank Gold Purchases Climbs Third Month in a Row

Central Bank Gold Purchases Climbs Third Month in a Row

Gold, Market News |
In June, central banks around the globe bought a total of 59 tonnes of gold to add to their vaults. In June, there were no central bank sales as governments hung onto the gold they already own. June marked the third consecutive month in which central banks bought ever larger amounts of gold to add to their coffers. Why do central banks buy gold? The same reason that you do. Central banks buy gold for ... >> Read More        
It's the Dollar, Stupid

It’s the Dollar, Stupid

Gold, Market News |
The 1992 presidential campaign slogan, "It's the economy, stupid," reflected the Democratic contender's view that the Republican incumbent was out of touch with the economy. Bill Clinton ultimately did prevail against George H.W. Bush in that contest. Investors today may be wondering why gold isn't performing better – especially with inflation at 40-year highs and a potential recession looming on the horizon. With all due respect and no insult intended, we gently remind investors "It's ... >> Read More        
Will the Fed Be Humble and Nimble When It Comes to Recession?

Will the Fed Be Humble and Nimble When It Comes to Recession?

Gold, Investment, Market News |
The Federal Reserve launched onto center stage this year when it delivered its biggest interest rate hike in decades to combat surging inflation. While U.S. interest rates are rising now, the central bank kept interest rates at zero percent coming out of the Covid crisis. In fact, while inflation climbed steadily higher in late 2021 into early 2022 – and you were paying more for everything from gas to groceries – the Fed sat on ... >> Read More        
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Gold Loves Bad News

Gold, Investment, Market News |
Unfortunately, many investors today see plenty of bad news no matter where they look. Consequently, more people are considering how an investment in gold can buoy their portfolio. For this reason, it is important to understand the nature of gold during periods of economic uncertainty. Research published in the Journal of Banking & Finance offers some answers. The researchers explored a 30-year period spanning 1979 to 2009. Their findings reveal one simple truth: “gold loves ... >> Read More        
Gold Delivers on Its Enduring Status as a Safe-Haven

Gold Delivers on Its Enduring Status as a Safe-Haven

Gold, Investment, Market News |
Using a baseball analogy, 2022 threw Americans a lot of curve balls that no one was expecting. We've seen gasoline rocket above $6 a gallon, mortgage rates soar from 3% last year to 6% today and the stock market tumble over 20%. Everyday goods simply cost more with inflation at a 40-year high. The cryptocurrency market collapsed – with Bitcoin falling from over $67,000 in late 2021 to just over $17,000 last week. Amidst the ... >> Read More        
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Investors Relearn the Meaning of “Hedge”

Gold, Investment, Market News |
Crypto was supposed to be a hedge against uncertainty, inflation, and bear markets. However, in 2022 alone, Bitcoin has lost more than half of it’s value. Does cryptocurrency have the staying power of an investment class? These losses are not restricted to Bitcoin. Solana, Etherium and Litecoin have all experienced massive drops year to date. This fall in value across cryptocurrencies has been sobering for investors who long believed blockchain technology would deliver stability and ... >> Read More        
How Long Can Bear Markets Last?

How Long Can Bear Markets Last?

Gold, Market News |
American investors can have short memories – especially when it comes to bear markets. In stock market lingo, a bear market is defined as a decline of 20% or more. You may remember that we suffered a Covid-inspired bear market in stocks in 2020. But, it was one of the shortest bear markets in history. After plunging 20% into the March 2020 low, the U.S. stock market fully recovered to pre-crash levels in just four ... >> Read More        
Rise of the Machines

Rise of the Machines

Gold, Market News |
Sitting through a red light, watching a commercial, and drinking a cup of coffee are all things that last longer than the average amount of time a stock is held in the US. Research published in The Telegraph shows that in the US “the average share holding lasts just 22 seconds.” Incredibly, this is not the shortest time on record. In other periods, this duration as been 20 seconds. Despite the conventional wisdom that “buy-and-hold” ... >> Read More        
What Movements in the Fear Index Can Tell Us About Gold

What Movements in the Fear Index Can Tell Us About Gold

Gold, Market News |
Volatility came roaring back to the market this year. The S&P 500 has fallen more than 15% since the start of January. Many analysts cite the Fed’s decision to raise rates as the major contributor to this drop. This move means that the flow of cheap money is slowing significantly. The result is a higher cost of doing business. Meanwhile, many investors who long believed that stock valuations were unreasonably high are starting to see ... >> Read More        
Is America Barreling Toward A Debt Crisis?

Is America Barreling Toward A Debt Crisis?

Gold, Market News |
Students of market history know that it's not a question of will there be another financial crisis – but when will it occur and what will be the trigger. History is littered with market bubbles that burst and the crises that followed. Walter Bagehot, editor of the Economist between 1860 and 1877, once stated that financial panics develop when the “blind capital” of the public floods into unwise speculative investments. Today's cryptocurrency market collapse could ... >> Read More