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Obama's "Operation Chokepoint" Cuts Off "Icky" Businesses from Banks

March 30th, 2015

Long ago, bureaucrats began dreaming of the day when the complete transaction records of every citizen would be available for review. Cash had been souring those dreams. Individuals used it routinely and enjoyed the ability to buy and sell in confidenc… Keep Reading

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Another Online Marketplace Disappears, Users Lose $12,000,000 in Bitcoin

March 23rd, 2015

Operators of Evolution Market, a so called “darknet” site specializing in illicit drugs, turned off the servers last week. About $12,000,000 in customer bitcoin vanished along with the website.… Keep Reading

Global Currencies Teeter as Bonds Offer “Return-Free Risk”

March 18th, 2015

Never before has holding bonds denominated in national currencies been more risky and less rewarding. That may seem like a provocative statement, but it’s not hyperbole. It’s the reality investors around the world now face.… Keep Reading

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Simple Home Tests to Determine Whether Your Bullion Is Real or Fake

March 16th, 2015

Just about all bullion investors worry about counterfeits. Stories about fake coins from Asia and gold bars drilled and filled with Tungsten have been in the headlines recently. But the truth is, counterfeiting is just about as old as the concept of mone… Keep Reading

Apple Gold Watch Keeping the Bull Market Ticking

How Apple’s Gold Watch Will Keep the Bull Market Ticking

March 12th, 2015

An interesting message hit the news wires around the world in late February. Among many others, Mining.com announced breathlessly, “Apple buying a third of world’s gold to meet demand for iWatch.”… Keep Reading

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Treasury Resumes "Extraordinary Measures" to Work Around Debt Ceiling

March 9th, 2015

Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew likely did a lot of copying and pasting when he drafted his letter to leaders in Congress last week.… Keep Reading

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Media Botches Unemployment Reporting

March 9th, 2015

Investors reacted to the jobs data as the financial media trumpeted unemployment “falling” to 5.5% in last week’s jobs report.… Keep Reading

Worldwide Currency Wars

Currency Turmoil Making Metals Ownership More Attractive

March 4th, 2015

Whether later this year or further down the road, it’s only a matter of time before currency turmoil spreads to the United States.… Keep Reading

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The Ins and Outs of Government Reporting

March 2nd, 2015

Americans once walked down the street with gold and silver jingling in their pockets and thought nothing of it. Today, precious metal coins are so marginalized some customers wonder if they might one day be prosecuted if authorities find out they are hold… Keep Reading

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Do You Have a Gold and Silver “Seatbelt”?

February 25th, 2015

Safeguarding a portion of your savings by moving it outside of the system (not just holding everything in banking or traditional retirement accounts) is like wearing a seatbelt. There’s no downside. But if the worst happens, it could save your life. Or … Keep Reading