Category Archives: Current Politics

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Financial Markets Outlook for 2017

May 23rd, 2017 by

More than anything else, the best way to characterize the global markets this year is a persistent relative calm with only intermittent “hiccups.” These hiccups repeatedly seem like the first salvos of a correction, yet have just as reliably turned out to be merely transient (as the Fed is fond of saying of various risks). […]

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Here’s How Congress Might Reform Our Coins

May 22nd, 2017 by

There is a problem that has been hanging over the American coinage system like a dark pall for about the past decade. With each passing year, the scale of the problem grows worse, but philosophical traditions and interest groups have made resolving the issue a challenge for Congress. Now, two pieces of legislation aim to […]

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Kansas May Exempt Precious Metals from Sales Tax

May 21st, 2017 by

With each passing month, the momentum in favor of reviving the use of gold and silver as money seems to build. An idea that has largely been panned as an untenable, fringe position when espoused by former U.S. Representative and presidential candidate Ron Paul is now being enacted by one state legislature after another.

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Why Did Turkish Gold Imports Skyrocket?

April 6th, 2017 by

In tracking major trends in the global gold trade (i.e. large-volume sales), there are two (sometimes related) factors that tend to provide the clearest macro picture: central bank net purchases and raw domestic import number for various countries.

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Far-Right Falls Short In Dutch Election

March 20th, 2017 by

The victory of the Liberal Party in last Wednesday’s parliamentary election in the Netherlands led to elation, if not jubilation, among establishment politicians throughout the European Union. The far-right Freedom Party (PVV), led by the incendiary Geert Wilders, did not gain as many votes as pollsters predicted, but still managed to gain five seats to […]

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Battle Over Tax Reform Just Beginning

March 5th, 2017 by

President Donald Trump has promised, both while on the campaign trail and since he’s been in office, to aggressively pursue tax reform. This has been a key GOP priority for decades: the last major tax reform undertaken by Congress came under the Reagan administration in 1986. However, the squabble over how the tax code ought […]

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States Scrapping Tax on Precious Metals

March 1st, 2017 by

Traditionally, since at least the Great Depression, the U.S. government has consistently discouraged (at times, outright prohibiting) its citizens from owning gold. There are a number of reasons for this.

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U.S. Mint Releases Fort Knox Audit

February 28th, 2017 by

One of the most sensitive secrets protected by the Washington establishment—more so than its surveillance programs, its nuclear arsenal, or even Area 51—is the massive cache of gold reserves held at the federal depository in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]