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
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
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
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