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Precious Metals Blog

What is “real” money?

gold bullion vs gold coins

Throughout recorded history, true money has been defined as a tangible item accepted for exchange and considered to have value. Read more

An Introduction to Buying Silver 101

Jack Hunt Gold and Silver, Silver Coin Stack

This article is a follow-up to our last blog which discussed the merits of owning physical gold. Both novices and long-time investors stand to benefit from a review of the basics of owning physical silver. The following list contains some, but not all, of the reasons to buy tangible silver. Some items on the list hold true for any precious metal, others are unique to silver. Read more

An Introduction to Buying Gold 101

Part 1: Why Own Physical Gold?

As opposed to our usual format of discussing a hypothetical scenario, we thought an article along the lines of “An Intro to Gold Buying” might be in order. Both novices and sophisticated investors can benefit from a review of the basics. The following is a list, in no particular order, of some but not all of the reasons to purchase tangible gold. Read more

How the Petro-Yuan Will Impact The U.S. Dollar

This past March, China launched trading of the yuan-denominated crude oil futures contracts. These are the first futures that have been listed on China’s mainland to overseas investors. Read more

Why Cryptocurrencies Shouldn’t Replace Gold in Your Portfolio

Cryptocurrencies vs Gold price volatility

The cryptocurrency phenomenon continues with its mind-boggling volatility and millions of dollars gained and lost on a minute by minute basis. Read more

Asteroid Mining: Fact or (Science) Fiction?

OSIRIS-REx spacecraft asteroid mining mission

By Douglas Trinder, Precious Metals Analyst

As our planet’s precious metal reserves tap out, big business and NASA are looking to the skies. The race to mine asteroids swirling around our solar system is on. Read more

Can the World Run Out of Mineable Gold?

decrease in gold mining graph

Hundreds of years ago, early economists were puzzled by a quirk in pricing: why do some non-essential goods cost so much while truly essential goods cost so little? As an example, why are water and grain so cheap when they are so vital for human survival? Why are gold and diamonds so expensive when neither is a necessity? Read more

Jack Kemp and the Gold-Based Dollar

Jack Kemp gold standard

Many of you are very familiar with the late Jack Kemp (1935-2009) whether it’s from his several terms as a local Congressman or from his tenure as quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. Read more