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Are you prepared for the retirement crisis?

There’s a Retirement Crisis in America: How Do You Stack Up?

How much money has the median American workers saved up for retirement? If you answered zero, you’re correct. You may read articles saying that the average American has about $200,000 saved up in a retirement account, or that the average 55-64-year-old household has $374,000 in retirement savings, but those figures are often reporting the average, or mean. Those numbers end up being skewed higher due to a small number of investors with a huge amount of savings. The median, [...]

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Gold demand has increased dramatically

Gold and Silver Demand Has Quadrupled Over the Past Decade

One of the cornerstone concepts in economics is the law of supply and demand. If the supply of a good decreases, prices for that good will rise. If the supply increases, prices will fall. Conversely, if demand for a good decreases then prices will fall. If demand increases, prices will rise. When looking at gold, silver, and other precious metals, analysts often look at demand for them to get an idea for whether prices will rise or fall. The statistics [...]

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IPOs will be forgotten but gold will remain

Stock IPOs May Dazzle Now, But Gold Will Never Lose Its Shine

Stock markets have been agog with expectations about big initial public offerings (IPOs). Ride-sharing service Lyft recently offered its first public offerings of stock last Friday, offering shares at $72 apiece. The first trades on Nasdaq began at $87.25, but Lyft quickly crashed downwards, falling below $70 on Monday. That’s a worrying sign for other tech companies planning their own IPOs, including Uber, Pinterest, and Zoom. It’s understandable that there’s a great deal of interest in these companies’ IPOs, as [...]

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Pressure on Fed to Ease Is Good News for Gold Price

White House economics adviser Larry Kudlow caused some raised eyebrows last Friday with his call for the Fed to immediately cut its target federal funds rate by 50 basis points. According to Kudlow, the Fed never should have raised interest rates above 2%. Despite protestations that the economy is fundamentally healthy, the call for an immediate interest rate belies that view. Ultimately this call for lower interest rates comes from fear that the economy is weakening and on the [...]

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Disappointing Housing Market Continues to Point the Way Towards Recession

Every month seems to bring conflicting data from the housing market, with occasional bits of rosy data eventually overwhelmed by negative data. It’s no secret that houses across the country are incredibly expensive. It’s not even just the large metro areas such as San Francisco, New York, and Washington, DC that are affected either. Even interior states such as Indiana, Utah, and Oklahoma are seeing expensive new homes popping up all over the place. That was the intent of the [...]

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A Perfect Storm Is Taking Shape in Financial Markets: Are Your Assets Safe?

The past week has brought something that investors everywhere had been fearing: an inversion of the yield curve. While the spread between 10-year Treasury bonds and 3-month Treasury bonds had been growing smaller and smaller every month, the yield on the 10-year remained higher. But last week the Fed’s decision to end its balance sheet tightening provided the impetus that markets needed to drive 10-year bond yields down below 3-month yields, and even below 1-month yields. As long as the [...]

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Gold price set to break out in April

Forbes: Gold Analysts Say Gold Price Set for Early April High

Original Forbes article published on March 24, 2019. If you’re looking at investing in gold to protect your retirement assets, you’re likely in it for the long haul. But that doesn’t mean that you’re oblivious to moves in the price of gold. After all, you want to buy when the gold price is as low as possible and sell (when you want or need to) when the gold price is as high as possible. While technical analysis of gold’s price movements [...]

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3-month vs. 10-year Treasury yield spread

Warning: New Data Indicates A Recession Is All But Certain

Market watchers have been looking for months for signs that a recession is on the horizon. Despite all the negative economic news, from a weak housing market to falling job growth to decreased international trade, stock markets still remain at historically high levels. But now investors have the indicator they need to know that a recession is only months away: an inverted yield curve. The yield curve is the curve that results when interest rates on various maturities of government [...]

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Google Pay to allow gold purchases and sales in India

Google Plan to Integrate Gold With Google Pay Could Lead to Gold Demand Surge

While millions of investors understand the importance of gold as the ultimate money, they also understand that governments everywhere make it difficult to use gold as money. Until restrictions are lifted gold will have difficulty in reclaiming its monetary role. But the future of gold as money will be digital, with consumers being able to use gold-backed digital currency to make purchases. That could be one step closer to reality now that Google is introducing an option for Google [...]

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More quantitative easing on the way

How Long Until QE4?

The Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) meeting last week was nothing less than earth-shattering in terms of its ramifications for financial markets. While many analysts had thought that one rate hike this year might be within the realm of possibility, the Fed all but shut the door on that happening. More importantly, the Fed indicated that it not only would stop drawing down its balance sheet but would even start increasing it in the near future. Does that mean [...]

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