Author Archive: Patrick A Heller

Patrick A. Heller was honored with the American Numismatic Association’s 2012 Harry J. Forman Numismatic Dealer of the Year Award. He owns Liberty Coin Service in Lansing, Michigan and writes Liberty’s Outlook, a monthly newsletter on rare coins and precious metals subjects. His award-winning radio show “Things You ‘Know’ That Just Aren’t So, And Important News You Need To Know” can be heard at 8:45 AM Wednesday and Friday mornings on 1320-AM WILS in Lansing (which streams live and becomes part of the audio and text archives posted at http://www.1320wils.com). He is also the financier and executive producer of the movie “Alongside Night”.

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Scary Stories And Financial Statistics Indicate Coming Weakness In Paper Assets, Strength In Gold And Silver

Scary Stories And Financial Statistics Indicate Coming Weakness In Paper Assets, Strength In Gold And Silver

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com There are some scary stories and financial statistics that are warning about developing weakness in paper assets and pointing to major strength in gold and silver markets in the near future. For instance, Bloomberg recently reported the latest recommendations of professional Wall Street strategists.  […]

US Government’s Financial Bluff Is Called

US Government’s Financial Bluff Is Called

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com There was a tremendous amount of news last week that will have long lasting impact on the lives of Americans and people around the world.  Both major US Supreme Court decisions affecting illegal aliens and the 2010 health care law got tremendous press coverage […]

Why Aren’t There “Hotel Sellers” Of Gold And Silver?

Why Aren’t There “Hotel Sellers” Of Gold And Silver?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com In a recent five week period, there were “hotel buyers” for four of those weeks in the Lansing, Michigan area offering to purchase jewelry, coins, paper money, gold, silver, and platinum bars, and other collectibles.  Yet, in my 31 years as a coin dealer […]

This Week’s FOMC Meeting And Associated Market Manipulations Followed The Script

This Week’s FOMC Meeting And Associated Market Manipulations Followed The Script

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Through the long term incompetency of both Republican and Democrat politicians, the US government has backed itself into a financial corner from which there will be no miracle rescue to avoid a catastrophe.  The only uncertainty is how long the politicians will try to […]

Can Global Financial System Avoid Crashing Before November US Elections?

Can Global Financial System Avoid Crashing Before November US Elections?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com As more people come to realize that “quantitative easing” (which is the current disguise to avoid stating “inflation of the money supply”) is simply a tax increase on everybody, support for this tactic will decline. But this growing opposition to depreciating the value of […]

Gold: Foreign Central Banks Versus The US Government

Gold: Foreign Central Banks Versus The US Government

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com An important market shift has occurred, as I expected, that now pits a growing number of foreign central banks against the plans of the US government. The US government, including its primary trading partners and a dwindling number of foreign allies, has a strong interest […]

Governments And Financial Media No Longer Pretending Everything Is Fine

Governments And Financial Media No Longer Pretending Everything Is Fine

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com I’ve been warning you for well over a year that the US was not experiencing an economic recovery and that Europe was a basket case waiting to implode. Suddenly it seems like all the governments, central bankers, and the financial media are agreeing with me. […]

More Behind-The-Scenes Positive Prospects For Higher Gold Prices

More Behind-The-Scenes Positive Prospects For Higher Gold Prices

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com While a lot of attention is focused on European debt problems and the US elections, there are a few developments in the works which bode well for higher gold prices in the future. These developments have nothing to do with technical trading signals or […]

Potential Tax-Free Profits In Tangible Assets

Potential Tax-Free Profits In Tangible Assets

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com If you invest in paper assets like stocks, bonds, CDs, and currencies and earn income or a profit from them, the Internal Revenue Service wants a cut for the federal government.  Many states and municipalities also want a piece of the proceeds. It doesn’t matter […]

Facebook Fiasco Is Latest In String Of Paper Asset Failures

Facebook Fiasco Is Latest In String Of Paper Asset Failures

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Last Friday, Facebook’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) hit the market.  Early Tuesday morning this week, it already looks like another Wall Street snafu. In the run up to the IPO, the stock had been expected to be priced in the $28 to $35 range.  […]

Is The Huge JPMorgan Chase “Derivatives” Loss The Opening Of The Floodgates?

Is The Huge JPMorgan Chase “Derivatives” Loss The Opening Of The Floodgates?

Last Thursday, after US markets had closed, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon disclosed that the bank had absorbed losses in excess of $2 billion from derivatives trading.  Dimon blamed the losses on the failure of the bank’s systems to prevent trading activities which could result in losses of that magnitude. On Monday, the bank’s chief […]

Is US Government Gold Price Suppression Illegal?

Is US Government Gold Price Suppression Illegal?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com In my constant complaints about the US government, its trading partners, and allies suppressing gold prices, I have never accused them of acting illegally.  That is because all of this chicanery is legal.  Here’s why. The Gold Reserve Act enacted January 30, 1934 supplanted […]

Fallout From French Elections Just One Of Multiple Financial Shocks Coming In 2012

Fallout From French Elections Just One Of Multiple Financial Shocks Coming In 2012

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Over the weekend, France and Greece held national elections.  While the media has almost totally ignored the Greek elections, a lot of focus has been put on the election of Francois Hollande as France’s new president.  Hollande, the candidate of the Socialist Party, defeated […]

Former Central Banker Confirms US Government Gold Price Suppression Efforts

Former Central Banker Confirms US Government Gold Price Suppression Efforts

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Last Sunday, a new study was released.  Titled “Dr. Zijlstra’s Final Settlement:  Gold as the Monetary Cosmos’ Sun,” it was written by Dutch economist Jaco Schipper who writes at www.MarketUpdate.nl. Jelle Zijlstra served as the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs from 1952 to 1959.  […]

Be Honest—Why Do You Read My Commentaries?

Be Honest—Why Do You Read My Commentaries?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com What do you do with my commentaries? I have been writing them since 1995, gaining a wider audience as time goes on. Do you merely read them for entertainment? If that’s enough for you, I accept that. Or possibly do you read them to […]

US Monetary Coercion Could Backfire, Resulting In A Global Gold Standard

US Monetary Coercion Could Backfire, Resulting In A Global Gold Standard

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com On March 17, through pressure from the US government and some European nations, Iran was cut off from access to the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) system. Belgium-based SWIFT handles almost all international banking transactions. Cutting off Iran from SWIFT was an […]

Huge “New” Financial Problems Across Europe

Huge “New” Financial Problems Across Europe

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com If you ask the average politician, the financial problems of Europe have supposedly been cured. Oh yeah? If that is true, how come the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the G-20 Group of Nations had to have more emergency meetings in the last few […]

Another Reason To Avoid Precious Metal ETFs—Complex Tax Reporting

Another Reason To Avoid Precious Metal ETFs—Complex Tax Reporting

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com I have previously expressed concerns about owning precious metals exchange traded funds (ETFs) because of the possibility that some of the assets have multiple claims of ownership.  Now that we are past the deadline for filing taxes, precious metals ETF investors have learned the […]

Major Gold And Silver Price Suppression Now A Weekly Occurrence.  So What?

Major Gold And Silver Price Suppression Now A Weekly Occurrence. So What?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Over the past four weeks, the prices of gold and silver have experienced a major decline once each week.  Last week, the suppression occurred on Friday, April 13 during the last 15 minutes of COMEX trading, between 1:15 and 1:30. How is it possible […]

Bringing You “The Rest Of The Story”

Bringing You “The Rest Of The Story”

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com I get teased a lot as I present information that is overwhelming of the “doom and gloom” kind. I don’t really mean to come across that way. However, I think it is important that people make decisions for their own financial well-being on the […]

What Is The US Government Trying To Accomplish?

What Is The US Government Trying To Accomplish?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Five years ago, the M2 definition of the US money supply (including coins, currency, checking and savings accounts, CDs and money market funds) was about $7 trillion. At the beginning of 2011, it was near $9 trillion.Today it is approaching $10 trillion. This inflation […]

South Carolina State Treasurer And Others Agree That Gold Price Is Suppressed

South Carolina State Treasurer And Others Agree That Gold Price Is Suppressed

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Some who read my columns object to my statements that a growing number of analysts, investment and hedge fund managers, precious metals commentators, and others in related financial markets have come to the conclusion that the gold and silver market prices are being suppressed […]

Canada To Cease Producing Cents.  Will US Mint Soon Follow?

Canada To Cease Producing Cents. Will US Mint Soon Follow?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com On March 29, the Canadian government announced that it would permanently cease minting 1-cent coins by the end of April 2012.  The final shipment of these coins to banks will occur in the fall.  After that, the Canadian government will start calling in the […]

Will The March 28 Meeting In New Delhi Torpedo The US Dollar?

Will The March 28 Meeting In New Delhi Torpedo The US Dollar?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com In recent years, when gold and silver prices were knocked down hard, this development was almost always followed by the occurrence or at least the disclosure of events that were horrible news for the US government, economy, or dollar. With the extreme blatant suppression […]

Why Are Bullion Bankers Lying To The Media And Public?

Why Are Bullion Bankers Lying To The Media And Public?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com On February 29, shortly after the massive inflation of the money supply in Europe, the prices of gold and silver were subject to severe price suppression tactics. The best reports I have seen are that at least 225 million ounces of paper silver contracts […]

Will Fed Chair Bernanke Answer These Questions?

Will Fed Chair Bernanke Answer These Questions?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com On March 13, The Federal Reserve issued a statement in conjunction with its periodic meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee.  The first sentence reads, “Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in January suggests that the economy has been expanding moderately.” […]

CFTC Inaction Harms Farmers And Precious Metals Investors

CFTC Inaction Harms Farmers And Precious Metals Investors

Agriculture is the second largest industry in Michigan. March 14 is Ag Day at the Capitol here in Lansing. In theory, it is a day when politicians learn more about the importance of agriculture to the state and national economy, so that they can make wise public policy. Agriculture is a commodity business as is […]

According To US Government Data, Uncle Sam Is Broke

According To US Government Data, Uncle Sam Is Broke

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com In past commentaries, I have discussed many of the accounting and financial sleight-of-hand gimmicks used by the US government in order to paint a rosier picture of federal finances.  When doing so, I tried to give specific references and sources so that readers could […]

How Greek Debt Crisis Could Bankrupt Major US Banks

How Greek Debt Crisis Could Bankrupt Major US Banks

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com In my last column I warned readers that the default of Greek sovereign debt can happen much sooner than the politicians admit. If (I really mean “when”) this crisis hits, what is likely to occur will almost certainly result in the bankruptcy of major […]

Will Greek Sovereign Debt Default On March 23?

Will Greek Sovereign Debt Default On March 23?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com A standard prudent business practice is to plan for contingencies. Contingencies are future events that might come to pass, but will not necessarily occur. For instance, companies don’t expect physical disasters, but developing recovery plans for such events could pay off tremendously should such […]

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