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What Are the Big Players Doing?

What Are the Big Players Doing?

When we think about changes in the value of gold we often think about influences like economic policy, equity and bond performance, and recession fears. While these factors do influence gold prices, there is another unseen force at work. That force is central bank activity. A central bank is a financial entity that has the power to manufacture and distribute money across a nation. This is a powerful privilege. Central banks can control the money ... >> Read More        
What Causes Recessions?

What Causes Recessions?

Gold, Investment, Market News, Research |
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 subsequent retaliation against U.S. military bases in Iraq, reveals how fragile the geopolitical and economic environment truly is. While the ... >> Read More        
1776 Pewter Continental Dollar

The Origins of the 1776 Continental Dollar Coin

The 1776 Continental dollar coin represents, perhaps more than any other piece of US currency, the state of upheaval within the nation's colonies 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 of the coin suggesting that the design and minting was rushed. Under the circumstances, these errors are not surprising ... >> Read More        
Can Gold Investing be Part of an “ESG” Investment Strategy?

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

Gold, Investment, Market News, Research |
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 three ways: Environmental: The company ensures that their business minimizes waste. Some companies go further by building their operations around ... >> Read More        
Gold Begins New Historic Bull Market

Gold Begins New Historic Bull Market

Gold, Investment, Market News, Research |
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 factors that support the new secular bull market already underway in gold. Gold is in the early stages of a ... >> Read More        
It's No Secret Americans Didn't Like This Coin's Predecessor

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

Market News, Rare Coins |
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 one of his first acts was to request new designs for silver coinage including a new silver half dollar. Acclaimed ... >> Read More        
4 Reasons to Add Rare Coins to Your Portfolio in 2020

4 Reasons to Add Rare Coins to Your Portfolio in 2020

Investment, Market News, Rare Coins |
If you are reading this blog, you either want to learn more about tangible assets investing or you already own bullion and maybe even rare coins. No matter what your experience level, you have come to the right place. Blanchard has been helping individuals protect and grow their wealth through tangible assets investing since 1975. Blanchard is the trusted tangible assets investment firm for over 450,000 clients. Many of our clients come to us with ... >> Read More        
Gold and the Looming Retirement Crisis

Gold and the Looming Retirement Crisis

Gold, Investment, Market News |
Author Zora Neale Hurston once wrote, “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing.” This sentiment touches on the economic reality of most American’s today. Wages have stagnated for more than three decades. Moreover, data from the Brookings Institute shows that 44% of Americans of working age (18-64) generate a median ... >> Read More        
The Growing Importance of Gold in the World Financial System

The Growing Importance of Gold in the World Financial System

Gold, Investment, Market News |
Since ancient times, gold has been an important medium of exchange, store of value and wealth building asset. In today's modern world, it is gaining even more importance. Central banks around the globe continue to gobble up physical gold bullion for their vaults. Recently, the Dutch central bank publicly stated that they see gold as the key to rebuilding after a financial system collapse. How much gold have central banks been buying? Though the end ... >> Read More        
What is Diversification 2.0?

What is Diversification 2.0?

Gold, Investment, Market News |
Diversification is the first rule for any long-term investor. The idea is simple: spread your money across several investments. If one fails, the others will be there to pick up the slack. Diversification makes sense in any market. It is the time-tested strategy that is as fundamental to investing as gravity is to the world of physics. However, something seems to be changing. Diversification is disappearing, but why? In a global economy more assets are ... >> Read More