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The Government’s New (Old) Funny Economic Numbers

February 20th, 2017 by

There has always been a class of contrarian investors who boldly believe that the economic data published by government agencies, such as the much-maligned Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is faulty. Whether this inaccuracy is through incompetence or conscious design is up to interpretation. Even though the Trump administration has wasted no time in shaking […]

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Beware a Fickle Fed

January 18th, 2017 by

Inflation is picking up. The U.S. economy is gradually improving. The stock markets are at all-time highs. Official unemployment numbers are as low as they have been in decades. In sum, the case for the Federal Reserve to accelerate the glacial pace of its path toward interest-rate normalization is growing stronger. Yet that is hardly […]

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Goldman Sachs Infiltrates Trump Administration

December 1st, 2016 by

One of the rallying cries for the successful underdog presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump was that voters needed to “Drain the Swamp” of Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, it seems a few crocodiles have still crept into the incoming Trump administration.

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“Trump Dollar” Coin Production Halted

November 17th, 2016 by

Following the historic election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States, would you expect to see “The Donald” appear on a coin? Bernard von Nothaus, the notorious creator of the “Liberty Dollar®,” is way ahead of you!

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What Does A Trump Win Mean For OPEC?

November 11th, 2016 by

Donald Trump’s victory in the US Presidential election has been the greatest global disruption of the year, far surpassing the Brexit vote in the UK. The general consensus is that he is committed to the largest deficit spending campaign in decades, which has thrown markets into a massive realignment. Two markets that will be the […]

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The Post-Election Gold Rush

November 9th, 2016 by

After more than a year of tireless campaigning and unprecedented invective, this election cycle has finally come to a close. While many voters are relieved to have the vitriol and controversy behind them, the financial markets have not taken kindly to the lack of clarity that a transition to a Trump administration in the White […]


How Gold Responds to a Contested Election

November 8th, 2016 by

With the presidential election finally upon us, investors have been clamoring for trades that will prove especially effective following the results of today’s vote. Yet, with negative news and controversy swirling around the Clinton camp, the presidential race has tightened considerably. This has thrown expectations for a loop. Aside from how the markets—particularly for gold—will […]


HSBC: Buy Gold No Matter Who Wins Election

November 3rd, 2016 by

In most cases, the uncertainty over which party will occupy the White House in a presidential election year is a cause for some anxiety in the financial markets. Certain industries or asset classes are more sensitive to a victory for one candidate over the other, depending on the Republicans’ or Democrats’ proposed policy platforms. (For […]


Election-Proof Your Portfolio

September 19th, 2016 by

We’re nearing the end of another election year. If you haven’t already been exhausted by the wall-to-wall news coverage and attack ads on television, you only have about six more weeks to reach an appropriate level of disgust. More importantly, the clock is running out on getting ahead of the curve to election-proof your portfolio. […]


India’s Gold Monetization Schemes (GMS) Struggling

March 25th, 2016 by

There’s definitely some truth to the claim that once the public has gold in their possession, you’ll find it hard to take it back from them! This is apparently no truer any place else than India, where a government initiative known as GMS has been almost entirely ineffective.

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Super Tuesday Looms

March 1st, 2016 by

The frenzied presidential election event affectionately known as “Super Tuesday” is upon us! Although all of the media focus has been all over this momentous day when over 20% of the states in the Union will cast their votes in each party’s primary election, the affect on the markets is equally important. Super Tuesday could […]


What the 2016 Election Might Mean for Gold

February 6th, 2016 by

As I’m sure you’ve already noticed, we’re in the midst of an election year. It’s hard to avoid the constant, wall-to-wall media coverage of the political circus surrounding the Democratic and Republican Party nomination contests. This places a wedge between two groups in the country: one group is energized and excited to support their favored […]

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Former Pentagon Official Outlines Russia Strategy

January 26th, 2016 by

You have heard the statement “All is fair in love and war” before. This principle could apply just as well to geopolitics. Spying, interfering, and using leverage against one’s opponents are necessary tactics in one big game between global powers. The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union was seen as the […]


Is This the End of the Tax Extenders?

December 30th, 2015 by

Since the creation of the first tax extender provisions in 1988, Congress has been able to forgo the process of actual budgeting as the provisions made costs appear lower in the short term. Is that day coming to an end? Amendments to tax legislation, brought forth by the $680 million bill recently passed by lawmakers, […]


GOP Field Shrinks Suddenly

December 30th, 2015 by

The GOP field in the 2016 Presidential race shrank suddenly this week, with the news that Senator Lindsey Graham and former three-term New York Governor George Pataki had both ended their campaigns. Neither had been able to grab voters’ attention in a crowded field where outsiders and far-right candidates grabbed the spotlight. Their moderate views […]

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Sanders Demands “Fundamental Change” to Federal Reserve

December 23rd, 2015 by

It’s not often that a self-avowed “Democratic Socialist” makes much sense when speaking about economic matters. This may be an exception. In an opinion piece published by the New York Times, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders derides the Federal Reserve bank, arguing that it is subject to the whim of corporate America, an entity it […]

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GOP Candidates Sharpen Attacks on Hillary Clinton

December 22nd, 2015 by

Despite the differences among them, Republican candidates have succeeded in finding a variety of reasons to attack a common target, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.  With Donald Trump’s recent jabs at Clinton making headlines, we decided to examine other instances in which Clinton was publicly maligned by the competition.

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Highlights From Democratic Debate in New Hampshire

December 21st, 2015 by

With the number of candidates whittled down to three—Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’ Malley—audiences were privy to a more issue-focused exchange. Yes, this debate lacked some of the pandering and bellicose rhetoric that characterized the preceding ones but that did not make Saturday’s discourse any less interesting.