Tag Archives: Bullion

  • Podcast

    Olivier Garrett: Buying Gold & Silver

    Precious metals and the Hard Assets Alliance
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, July 12, 2015, 4:34 PM

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    With financial markets becoming increasingly volatile (the Shanghai Composite's loss of over $2 trillion in the past month, anyone?), along with growing global economic instability and currency risks, we think it time to reiterate more loudly our core belief that everyone should own some precious metals.

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  • Insider
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    How To Position Yourself Now

    Components of a good investing plan
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, June 13, 2014, 5:13 AM

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    Executive Summary

    • Planning determinants for:
      1. Precious Metals
        • Bullion: physical
        • Bullion: stored & tradable
        • Miners
      2. Stocks & bonds
        • Remaining long
        • Strategies for shorting
      3. Real Estate
      4. Debt Management
      5. Income Security
      6. Local Investing
      7. Personal Preparations
      8. Community Preparations

    If you have not yet read The Good News In All The Bad Data, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    Though we strongly advise in Part 1 to move to cash, it's essential to remember that this is largely a transitional maneuver. The goal is to keep your powder dry during the coming deflationary storm, and then deploy it in as intelligently and timely a manner as possible when your dollars can buy quality assets at excellent discounts. In this Part 2, we walk you through the principal components for building your investing action plan for both in advance of, and when, that time arrives.

    Also, we understand that for reasons of options and attitude, simply moving your portfolio 100% into cash is unpalatable or unrealistic for a number of people. Some of you will want to, perhaps even need to, have a percentage of your capital remain in the financial markets for the foreseeable future. So we discuss both long and short strategies for you to evaluate and pick whichever best suits your personal situation.

    It's important to understand that the solution set contained below is a superset for your consideration and not a one-size-fits-all recipe (i.e. do NOT take it as personal investment advice!). As strongly urged in Part 1, its best use is as a structured guide for you and your financial adviser to use together in discussing and developing an investment plan customized to your goals, needs and risk tolerance.

    Suffice it to say, everything discussed in this report (even the % cash component mentioned in Part 1) should be reviewed with your financial adviser before taking any action. Am I being excessively repetitive here in order to drive this point home? Good…

    Precious Metals

    One of the biggest mysteries that continues to perplex Chris and me is: Why is central bank liquidity creating price bubbles in every asset class EXCEPT the one you would expect it to most?

    Here we have everything from Facebook stock to Las Vegas houses to junk bonds to Beats headphones catching bids at insane prices. As Chris discussed last week with economist Steen Jakobsen, the data for stocks over the past year shows that the worse the balance sheet, the better a company's stock performance has been.

    Why is everything down to pure crap being lifted by the giant pool of money sloshing around the planet, but prices for gold and silver — arguably the highest-grade assets to own — are so badly languishing?

    I won't rehash all of our speculations for why, as there are dozens of recent articles on this site speculating on the topic. But as this year's mega-report on gold drives home, the actual fundamentals for owning precious metals not only remain intact, but they are expanding materially each year. 

    Well, the good news here is that the precious metals market is the one place you don't have to wait for the "buy at pennies on the dollar" experience. It's here now.

    Prices are not only far below what the fundamentals justify, but…

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  • Insider

    China’s Demand for Gold Has Trapped The West’s Central Banks

    Kill the banks or kill their currencies?
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 10:12 PM

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    Every once in a while, an Off the Cuff interview is so important that we decide to make it available to the entire public. This is one of those occasions.

    In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Alasdair Macleod build on the insights laid out in Chris' recent mega-report last week on gold: The Screaming Fundamentals for Owning Gold. And specifically, they delve deeply into the poorly-understood topic of why Chinese demand has become such a game changer in recent years.

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    The Screaming Fundamentals For Owning Gold

    Updated 2014 edition
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, April 4, 2014, 1:44 PM

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    This report lays out the investment thesis for gold. Silver is mentioned only where necessary, as a separate report of equal scope will be forthcoming on that topic. Various factors lead me to conclude that gold is one investment that you can park for the next ten or twenty years, confident that it will perform well. Timing and logic for both entering and finally exiting gold as an investment are laid out in the full report.

    The punch line is this: Gold (and silver) is not in bubble territory, and its largest gains remain yet to be realized; especially if current monetary, fiscal, and fundamental supply-and-demand trends remain in play.

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    There Is Too Little Gold in the West

    The history of gold's flight to the developing world
    by Alasdair Macleod

    Friday, December 6, 2013, 5:53 AM

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    Western central banks have tried to shake off the constraints of gold for a long time, which has created enormous difficulties for them. They have generally succeeded in managing opinion in the developed nations but been demonstrably unsuccessful in the lesser-developed world, particularly in Asia. It is the growing wealth earned by these nations that has fuelled demand for gold since the late 1960s. There is precious little bullion left in the West today to supply rapidly increasing Asian demand. It is important to understand how little there is and the dangers this poses for financial stability.

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  • Daily Digest
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    Daily Digest 6/20 – Priced Out Of Paris, Giving Employers What They Don’t Want

    by DailyDigest

    Thursday, June 20, 2013, 2:55 PM

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    • Priced Out Of Paris
    • This Won't End Good: Iran Sending 4,000 Troops To Aid Assad Against The United States Marines On Syrian Border
    • Gold Reserves Stored Securely
    • Giving Employers What They Don't Really Want
    • Kyle Bass: "The Next 18 Months Will Redefine Economic Orthodoxy For The West"
    • The view on: Australia’s economic future, with Dr Ken Henry
    • Jim Puplava Offers Financial Sense And Some Positive News
    • Bernanke & Fed Don’t Know How to Quit QE: David Stockman
    • Rick Santelli's Epic Rant To Bernanke: "Ben, What Are You Afraid Of?"
    • Statistical Review of World Energy 2013
    • India’s Energy Ties With Iran Unsettle Washington
    • Electrofuels: Charged Microbes May "Poop Out" a Gasoline Alternative
    • In Wake of Recession, Two Food Evangelists in Search of Sustainable Business Launch Aquaponic Farm

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  • Insider
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    The New Game-Changers for Gold & Silver

    A new parade of reasons to expect higher prices soon
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, June 13, 2013, 1:19 AM

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    Executive Summary

    • Large players (and likely price manipulators) now have incentive for precious metals prices to rise
    • Investor demand for bullion remains at record highs
    • Competition for bullion from the East continues to heat up
    • Central banks buy more bullion as Comex inventories deplete
    • The key signs to know when it will be time to sell your gold & silver

    If you have not yet read Part I: Is Gold at a Turning Point? available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    Manipulation

    Much has been written across the Web (including here at PeakProsperity.com) about whether or not the precious metals markets are manipulated in price by big players (major multi-national banks such as JP Morgan). Without delving into the many arguments on both the pro and con sides, Chris and I are of the opinion that sufficient data exists to convince a reasonable observer that price manipulation in the PM markets is indeed real, or, at the very least, highly probable. (For those remaining doubters out there, have a look at the evidence here, here, and here, and let us know if you have a rational, non-manipulative explanation.)

    One of the most glaring signs of likely manipulation has been the massive short positions that a small number of large banks (JP Morgan being the most prominent among them) have held for many years, particularly in the silver market [measure positions as % of world silver production]. And not only were these unlimited positions allowed, but this cabal of banks was allowed to naked-sell PMs short (i.e., sell metal without actually owning it first). On the other side of the coin, the long side, position limits were enforced, and there was no similar ability to buy more metal than one could pay for. This imbalance of rules certainly provides the mechanism by which PM prices could be artificially jockeyed more easily to the downside. In this context, a decline from the high $40s to the low $20s looks more understandable.

    Well, a very important part of this story has just shifted. The CFTC (Commodities Futures Trading Commission) publishes a monthly report illustrating the positions taken in Comex Futures Contracts

    After nearly ten years of being net short in Comex gold futures, U.S. banks have been recently decreasing those short positions, and for the first time since 2004 (with the exception of a single month in 2008) they have flipped to become net long gold in May (see bottom chart below)…

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    Is Gold at a Turning Point?

    Precious metals investors' heartbreak may soon be over
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, June 13, 2013, 1:18 AM

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    There's no way to sugarcoat the dismal performance of the precious metals in recent months. But a revisitation of the reasons for owning them reveals no cracks in the underlying thesis for doing so.

    In fact, there are a number of new compelling developments arguing that the long heartbreak for gold and silver holders will soon be over.

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  • What Should I Do?
    Argentina Street Riots

    Preparing for Economic Collapse

    Learning from the past – a personal account
    by FerFAL

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 7:14 PM

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    We bring back to the forefront an article from contributor Fernando "FerFAL" Aguirre. With the many new sources of turbulence in the financial system and many new unknowns of how our predicaments will play out, we can always look to the past for guidance. The following is an account from a long time Peak Prosperity member who has lived through economic collapse. FerFAL experienced the hyperinflationary destruction of Argentina's economy in 2001 and continues to blog about his experiences and observations of its lingering aftermath. His website and his book Surviving the Economic Collapse offer windows into the probable outcomes to expect during a collapsing economy. Note: Our site's What Should I Do? Guide offers specific guidance relevant to a number of the steps FerFAL recommends below. Review, Learn, and Get Prepared.  Better a year early than a day late. 

    How can I prepare for an economic collapse? is one of the most common questions I get. It usually takes me a second to start to explain how complex such a question is. It’s like asking an auto mechanic, Say, how do you build a car? or asking a computer engineer, What’s all that stuff inside my laptop?

    I do have some first-hand experience in this matter, though. The economy in my country, Argentina, has gone through various crises, but none as large as when the economy collapsed in 2001 after a decade of apparent prosperity. The currency devaluated, and Argentina defaulted on its USD$132 billion debt, the largest default ever. The middle class took to the streets after bank accounts were frozen, and the president was forced to resign, escaping the presidential building in a helicopter.

    What I’ll do is provide five quick foundational steps, based on what I know, for you to follow so as to be better prepared if something like what happened in my country ever happens in yours.

     

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