Monthly Archives - April 2019

If Economic Growth Is Really Strong, Why Is the Gold Price Rising?

Last Friday saw a stronger than expected headline GDP figure, with economic growth coming in at an annualized rate of 3.2%. That was well above estimates but, as with any other rosy economic data, pulling back the curtain to get a closer look at what’s behind it demonstrates that not all is well with the economy. What many analysts found particularly puzzling was the fact that 70 basis points of that growth was due to an increase in inventories. That [...]

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Massive Unfunded Liabilities Will Continue to Weigh on Taxpayers

How much money does the US government owe? If you answered $22 trillion, you’re right… but only partially so. The national debt is hovering at around $22 trillion, a staggering figure of itself, and one that exceeds the nation’s entire economic output. But that’s not the full amount the government will have to pay in the future. A recent report published by Truth in Accounting puts the US government’s full liabilities at an astonishing $105 trillion, a sum that’s so [...]

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Why High-Flying Stock Markets Aren’t Benefiting Retirees

Stock market bulls in the financial media love to tout high stock prices as proof that the economy is doing well and that good times will continue indefinitely. But while high stock prices (and the amazing volatility of the past year) have benefited many traders on Wall Street, they haven’t benefited investors and retirees. After stocks reached all-time highs last year they began to plummet, before reaching highs again late in the year. That was followed by one of the [...]

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Inflation Is Low… Or Is It?

If you’ve read Federal Reserve press releases over the past decade, one thing that the Fed constantly drones on about is how low inflation is. The Fed wants to target a 2% annual inflation rate and is always complaining that inflation is running lower than that target. The folks at the Fed act as though rising prices are a good thing and that falling prices are a curse to be avoided. But while rising asset prices may be a [...]

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Forbes: Gold Has Outperformed Stock Markets Since 1999

Read any of the mainstream financial media commentary about gold and you’ll likely hear that gold is a horrendous investment that doesn’t make any gains and doesn’t provide investors with any growth in wealth. But that attitude is most often coming from pundits who made great gains in the ‘80s and ‘90s and haven’t actually taken a good look at actual asset performance in decades. Those investors who actually dig deep and look at the numbers know that gold [...]

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The world is drowning in a sea of debt

Economic Collapse Confirmed

The United States economy is currently faced with a debt bubble of epic proportions. But the most insidious thing about it may not be just its size, but rather how few people are even aware that it exists. The massive debt bubble, fueled both by the federal government and by corporations, has begun to receive a little bit of attention from the press, but the effects of that bubble are not appreciated by the vast majority of Americans. Debt can [...]

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World Trade Is Beginning to Collapse: Is Recession Just Around the Corner?

The numbers aren’t looking good for international trade. Industrial production, exports, and imports are all falling around the world. While President Trump gets a significant portion of the blame for that from the mainstream media, the fault isn’t entirely his. Yes, tariffs on Chinese and European goods have exacerbated trade disputes and worsened the trade situation, but things were going to get bad anyway. China’s economy continues to weaken, with rapid growth topping off now that its middle class has [...]

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The Benefits of Tax-Advantaged Retirement Accounts

The number of options available to Americans looking to save for retirement has probably never been higher. From stocks to bonds to mutual funds, precious metals to agricultural commodities to ETFs, there are thousands upon thousands of investment options available to investors. In fact, there are so many choices that it can be overwhelming to the investor just looking to make a safe, comfortable return in order to build up savings for retirement. Most investors stick to tried and true [...]

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Silver Is No Longer the Forgotten Metal; Demand Continues to Grow

While gold gets all the attention from the mainstream financial media, silver just lurks in the background, drawing attention mainly from dedicated precious metals investors. Often referred to as “poor man’s gold,” silver’s significantly lower price allows investors to dip their toes into precious metals markets without having to shell out huge amounts of cash. Plus, with so much silver coinage having been produced over the years there’s a much larger variety of silver products out there to choose [...]

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