Estate planning can be an extremely complicated and cumbersome endeavor. There are numerous assets that must be considered, including your home, autos and investments. If estate planning is not carefully planned, taxes and other issues can pose problems, leaving your heirs with less overall inheritance.
Precious metals with their global recognition and liquidity represent a solid store of wealth. This article will outline their role in wealth preservation for the next generation.read more
A common question that gold investors have is: “Could my gold ever be confiscated?” While the notion of confiscation-whether it is gold or any other property-may cause a degree of anxiety, one must also consider the facts surrounding such an idea.
When it comes to gold ownership and the idea of confiscation, one must also be aware of what has occurred in the past, and what could potentially occur in the future.
This brief guide will provide a short history of gold confiscation as well as discuss some key points pertaining to the possibility of a similar scenario in the future.read more
Interest rates play a key role in today’s modern economy and monetary policy. The Federal Reserve can make changes to key interest rates and interest rate expectations and control the flow of capital into the economy. In other words, by maintaining low interest rates, capital is easier to acquire. This ease of acquiring capital can fuel economic growth as more money available translates into more potential spending. If too much capital becomes available, however, a situation may arise in which there is” too much money chasing too few goods.” This can lead to inflation due to the fact that as more capital looks to acquire fewer goods and services, those providers of goods and services can charge more money, hence rising prices.
There is a common misconpception that interest rates and precious metals are inversely correlated. Though this may certainly be the case at times, here we will outline the relationship between the two, and how an inverse correlation may not always be the case.read more
As a commodity, gold prices fluctuate. These fluctuations can be very minor and can at times appear to be more significant. Any financial news channel you may tune into, or any financial news website you may visit will likely have the current price of gold, silver and even other precious metals readily available. While this information is great at providing a snapshot of current conditions, when investing in Gold, it is necessary to also take a macro-oriented stance.read more
If one has looked into the gold market in recent years, one will likely have read that central banks are net buyers of gold. After years of selling the yellow metal these powerful financial institutions are now buying gold and holding it. Central banks are the largest players in the gold market, and if they are buying gold there is likely good reason. Below, we will outline why central banks have holdings in Gold.read more
The U.S. dollar has enjoyed its status as the global reserve currency of choice for some time now. Since the implementation of The Bretton Woods Agreement, the dollar has been considered the anchor of the global financial system. Under this agreement, the United States guaranteed other central banks that they could sell their dollar reserves for a fixed rate of gold. Here, we examine the unique status of the US Dollar, and its role as a reserve currency within the global economy and financial markets.read more
Silver is a commodity, and like any other commodity, its price is a reflection of current supply and demand. Silver is somewhat unique in the precious metals space, however, as its value may be driven not only by investment demand but also industrial demand. This allows silver to potentially experience the best of both worlds. In a strong economy, industrial demand for silver may heat up and potentially drive prices higher. In a slow economy, or during times of risk aversion, silver may potentially benefit from investment demand as investors look for perceived safe havens to put capital to work in. Here, we examine the various factors that affect the Silver price.read more
In recent years, there has been seemingly more and more debate about the feasibility of returning to the gold standard. As concerns over the U.S. dollar mount, there may be further talk of such ideas, although whether or not they make sense and could be actually implemented is highly debatable.read more
China is the world’s second largest economy, and has taken steps to cement its place among the economic elite of the world. One of those steps has been the acquiring of gold. The country appears to have an insatiable appetite for the yellow metal, and has been building its gold reserves in recent years.read more
Diversification is the careful consideration and combination of a wide range of investments within a portfolio in an attempt to smooth overall volatility. Diversification is a broad term, however, and can be accomplished in different ways. Here, we will examine how this investment technique pertains to investing in precious metals.read more