Quantitative easing, affectionately referred to as “QE”, is a term that has been widely used in recent years. In fact, more people are likely familiar with this phrase than ever before. Given its coverage in the media, and its widespread use, we felt it prudent to provide a simple explanation of what QE is and how it can affect financial markets.read more
Global equity markets have been on a tear in recent years, with the benchmark U.S. SP 500 index having made solid triple digit returns over the span of the last several years. Markets have been climbing since the 2009 lows, and continue to make new all-time highs.
This run higher in the equity markets as well as current valuation levels obviously begs a few questions:
-Will the rally continue?
-Are stocks overpriced at current levels?
-Is this a set up for a nasty correction?
-What has driven such significant upside?
We feel it is important to address some of these questions, as we believe the day will come when equity investors once again run for the exits. In turn, we believe that gold and precious metals could stand to benefit handsomely if and when this does in fact occur.read more
When purchasing precious metals, buyers must take into consideration where they intend to store their gold, silver or other metals.
While many may elect to store their metals at home or in a safe deposit box, this can become more challenging if larger quantities are being purchased. While the accessibility of home storage can be quite appealing, it does also represent a security concern. A safe deposit box, on the other hand, may offer superior security but comes with more limited access.
While using a depository to store your precious metals does not provide immediate access to your metals, it does offer a cost-effective and secure solution to your precious metals storage needs.read more
While different investors may have different reasons for owning gold, there are several reasons that are very common among gold buyers. Here we will outline the top ten reasons to own physical gold.read more
When comparing the various uses of gold, silver, platinum and palladium, silver may have the most industrial uses and possibilities. Silver can be used in various industrial applications across a very wide range of industries. This puts silver in a somewhat unique position within the precious metals complex. Understanding this salient relationship is an important part of investing in silver.read more
When buying precious metals, whether it is coins, bars or rounds, it is important to understand the differences between government mints and private mints. Here, we will outline their key differences.read more
Investors today have a lot of choices when it comes to investing in precious metals. Gold or silver backed ETFs, gold or silver mining stocks and certificates are just a few of the choices available. We believe that owning physical, tangible precious metals is the best way to go. This guide will outline some of the key differences between these investment choices, and why physical ownership may be beneficial.read more
The gold to silver ratio has been used for a long time. This ratio tells one how much silver it takes to buy one ounce of gold. For example, if the gold/silver ration is 50:1, then takes 50 ounces of silver to buy one ounce of gold. Considered by many as a benchmark for the relationship between the metals, here we examine why this has come to be.read more
Gold prices are a result of current supply and demand. The gold market is in a constant state of flux as price discovery takes place. That being said, there are a number of outside markets that can affect the price of gold. Here we will discuss some of these key outside markets:read more
For many precious metals investors, the goal is simple: Acquire as many ounces of gold, silver, platinum or palladium as possible. Needless to say, buying numismatic or collector coins is not going to help one accomplish this goal. Here are some simple tips to help you acquire more ounces of gold or silver and to make your precious metals investment dollars work harder for you.read more