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Specie Money: The Forgotten Currency

With inflation still at high levels, it is becoming overwhelmingly evident to Americans that Federal Reserve notes steadily depreciate in value as a form of currency. For example, an item that cost a...

Christopher Larsen

Christopher Larsen

August 17th, 2023

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The Fed Hits 3,000 Percent Inflation

The U.S. economy was pushed to extremes during the pandemic recession and subsequent recovery. The unemployment rate peaked at 14.7 percent, the highest in the post-World War II period. Inflation rea...

Thomas L. Hogan

Thomas L. Hogan

August 15th, 2023

Avoiding Counterparty Risk with Hard Assets

Avoiding Counterparty Risk with Hard Assets

Investors are thinking more than ever about risk these days, but their concerns have yet to translate into widespread action. Risk mitigation has been jobbed out to money managers. Most investors stil...

Stefan Gleason

Stefan Gleason

August 7th, 2023

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A World Dedollarized Is Gold Remonetized

From August 22 through 24th, an extended coalition of over 40 nations which has become known as BRICS+ will meet in Johannesburg, South Africa. Among the likely topics of discussion is the feasibility...

Peter C. Earle

Peter C. Earle

August 2nd, 2023

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Playing the Lottery vs. Building Real Wealth

Those who are looking to get rich quick can try their luck at lotteries, casinos, or highly leveraged derivatives markets. Most who do will, predictably, end up getting poorer. A sound investing stra...

Stefan Gleason

Stefan Gleason

July 31st, 2023

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Gold Is Still Bottoming...

I made a fairly bold call in this publication awhile back when I said that gold appeared to have bottomed earlier than we would've expected for a typical summertime slump. As I guess I should've expe...

Brien Lundin

Brien Lundin

July 25th, 2023

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Was That the Bottom for Gold?

If seasonality were the only factor in play for gold, I would expect the metal's price to languish another couple of weeks or longer. But seasonal trends join a long list of other factors — for gol...

Brien Lundin

Brien Lundin

July 18th, 2023