History of Precious Metals Mining

By Lisa Murray-Roselli

The history of precious metals mining is inextricably linked to the social and economic development and exploration of the world. The use of precious metals for currency originates in ancient times and since then, wealth has fueled the power and expansiveness of kingdoms, nation-states, countries, and individuals. The technology used to extract these precious metals may have changed over time, but their value and perception as symbols of wealth and power has not. Read more

There’s Silver in That?

By: Lisa Murray-Roselli

Silver is a remarkable precious metal. It is used in a vast array of products and new applications are being discovered every year. Its beauty and durability make it an obvious choice for jewelry, table settings, and decorative items, but its conductivity, malleability, superior reflective, antibacterial, antifungal, and non-toxic qualities make it a valuable material for many industries. In fact, 50% of all silver is used for industrial purposes—some are well-known while others could hardly be imagined. Read more

An Introduction to Buying Silver 101

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

The War on Cash: Implications for Gold & Silver

Government bureaucrats, central bankers, and Wall Street executives all have reasons for ridding the masses of their cash. It should be no surprise to anyone that they are working together to achieve that goal. But why? The self interest of bureaucrats is one factor, they don’t like privacy. They dream of the day when they can access all your financial information with just a few keystrokes. The knowledge will help them more aggressively tax and regulate. Read more

War On Cash

There appears to be a growing war on cash as evidenced by more frequent reports in the mainstream media suggesting central banks and federal governments are supporting the banning of currency (cash) in the foreseeable future. Consumer spending in most developed countries makes up at least 50% of the Gross Domestic Product. However, with sluggish growth at best in most developed countries, the ‘powers that be’ are looking to encourage the populace to spend money rather than save it. Thus the motivation for the war on cash. Read more

Bail-In, Coming to a bank near you?

Following similar steps already taken in United.States the European Commission recently ordered 11 members of the European Union (EU) to enact the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD). These rules theoretically aim to shield taxpayers from the fall out of another banking crisis similar to the recent fiascoes in Cyprus and Greece. The BRRD mandates that if a future banking crisis develops governments will not be obligated to prop up the banks. At any rate most countries are so far in debt that they would not have sufficient assets to bail out even a small regional bank. Instead the burden will be put on creditors and depositors to bail-in their troubled bank. In simple terms legislating bank bail-ins aims to remove government responsibility when a bank fails. This news was not covered by a vast majority of mainstream media outlets despite the serious risks and ramifications for depositors and savers in the United States, throughout the EU, and internationally (i.e. Canada, New Zealand, et al). Read more