Bullion & Metals

When Is A Dollar Not Worth A Dollar?

When Is A Dollar Not Worth A Dollar?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Question:  When is a dollar not worth a dollar? Answer:  When the US government says so. Money market funds were developed in the 1970s as a way for investors to park short-term money in assets that generally provided higher returns than interest-bearing savings accounts.  […]

Tug of War in Gold and Silver… Blame Bernanke for Recent Volatility

Tug of War in Gold and Silver… Blame Bernanke for Recent Volatility

GOLD PRICES hovered just below $1380 an ounce Wednesday morning in London, with silver trading around $21.80, after the metals failed to break through $1380 and $22 respectively. European stock markets ticked higher by lunchtime – with the exception of Germany’s DAX – regaining some of yesterday’s losses, which were followed by sell offs in […]

Gold Falls to 3-Week Low with Talk of Slowing QE

Gold Falls to 3-Week Low with Talk of Slowing QE

SPOT GOLD fell to three week lows below $1370 an ounce Tuesday, as stocks and commodities also fell amid ongoing speculation over when the US Federal Reserve might begin reducing the size of its quantitative easing program. “Gold remains bearish while trading below the $1424 current June high,” reckons Commerzbank senior technical analyst Axel Rudolph. […]

Taxing Coin Sales: A Bureaucratic Nightmare In The Making?

Taxing Coin Sales: A Bureaucratic Nightmare In The Making?

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ………. It’s potentially one of the bigger – but least publicized – issues involving the purchase of precious metals, rare coins and every other item sold by mail order. In the political world’s never-ending quest for more money, Congress is giving serious consideration to forcing merchants to collect sales tax […]

What is Precious Metals Leasing, and Why Is It Done…?

What is Precious Metals Leasing, and Why Is It Done…?

by Miguel Perez-Santalla BullionVault ………. LEASING is an integral part of the precious metals market, writes Miguel Perez-Santalla at BullionVault. Why is it necessary? For a diverse number of reasons, the first is the need for industry to borrow instead of buying outright the metal. This enables them to avoid owning the metal at a […]

Storing Your Precious Metals in a Depository Is Easier Than You Think

Storing Your Precious Metals in a Depository Is Easier Than You Think

Options for Delivery Are Numerous and Paperwork Can Be Done Online The recently volatile precious metals market has seen demand skyrocket as investors have sought opportunities for value investing.  If you are considering buying physical metals and wonder if you should take delivery and store them at your home or in a bank safe deposit […]

Making The Transition from Coin Investor to Coin Collector

Making The Transition from Coin Investor to Coin Collector

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ………. How does a person move from being a bullion investor to a collector? It’s not an either/or choice, as both options can be pursued simultaneously. Genuine concern about the declining value of the dollar is what normally motivates investors to purchase gold and silver. The beaming luster, various designs […]

Gold Trying to Build Base as Retail Demand Counters More ETF Selling

Gold Trying to Build Base as Retail Demand Counters More ETF Selling

The GOLD PRICE fell $10 per ounce after reaching almost $1400 for the 5th time this week in London trade Friday morning. Silver held tight around $22.50 per ounce, managing only one-third of gold’s 2.0% gain for the week. After yesterday’s 7% plunge Japan’s stock market bounced, but other Asian equities fell, as did European […]

Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange Defaults On Gold And Silver Paper Contracts

Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange Defaults On Gold And Silver Paper Contracts

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Here’s another story that the US mainstream media seems to have missed. The Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange was established in May 2011 as an electronic trading platform for gold futures.  Two months later it added a platform for trading silver futures.  Exchange officials announced […]

EBay sellers—One More Scam To Watch Out For

EBay sellers—One More Scam To Watch Out For

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. The advancements in digital photography and the ease of ability to post price lists and auctions on the internet have proved to be a real boon for coin sellers.  However, with the rise of legitimate online transactions comes new ways of trying to separate […]

The Nickel-Hoarding Billionaire

The Nickel-Hoarding Billionaire

by Al Doyle ……… Imagine being very wealthy – possibly a billionaire according to some accounts. If a person had that kind of capital, what coins would they buy? At a minimum, some rolls of $20 Libertys and Saint-Gaudens would make a nice stash for a high roller. If rare coins are sought, anything from […]

Precious Metals Fall as US Dollar Holds Gains, India’s New Import Restrictions Could Cut Gold Imports by 50%

Precious Metals Fall as US Dollar Holds Gains, India’s New Import Restrictions Could Cut Gold Imports by 50%

SPOT MARKET gold bullion prices fell to $1430 an ounce Monday, 1.2% down on where they ended last week, as stock markets also fell and the US Dollar held onto most of its gains from last week. Silver fell to $23.70 an ounce – 0.8% down on last week’s close – as other commodities also […]

Gold and Silver: Physical or Paper

Gold and Silver: Physical or Paper

By Allen Rowe  –  Northern Nevada Coin ………. With the recent declines of precious metals many are asking the question, “why?” In reality the answer could be attributed to many different factors and influences, but one that kind of stood out this week showed something very interesting. There is a definite contrast in today’s market. […]

Gold Could Retest $1322 Low

Gold Could Retest $1322 Low

SPOT MARKET gold bullion prices fell to two-week lows Friday, drifting lower towards $1440 an ounce during this morning’s London session before dropping sharply through that level, as stocks gained and most commodities fell as the Dollar strengthened against major currencies. Silver fell to $23.34 an ounce, while copper prices ticked higher. “The risk [for gold] […]

Safe Haven Demand Lower for Gold as Stock Markets Hit New Highs

Safe Haven Demand Lower for Gold as Stock Markets Hit New Highs

WHOLESALE market prices for buying gold climbed back above $1460 an ounce during Wednesday morning’s London trading, in line with its range over the last week, as stocks gained and longer-dated US Treasuries dipped ahead of an auction of 10-year bonds later today. Silver climbed back above $23.90 an ounce, while copper also gained and oil prices […]

Did the Drop in Gold Price Affect Trading in Coins and Precious Metals? VIDEO

Did the Drop in Gold Price Affect Trading in Coins and Precious Metals? VIDEO

Interviewer: David Lisot Video Runtime: 2:35 ………… The precious metals took a major correction recently with prices moving to the downward dramatically. Gold dropped more than $200 in a drop in futures prices attributed to a major electronic sell by ETF and other trading funds along with less than expected economic news from China. Did […]

Gold Speculation and the Comex

Gold Speculation and the Comex

By Ben Traynor – BullionVault ………….. What exactly does ‘speculative net long’ mean…? EVERY FRIDAY, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission publishes data that enable analysts to ‘take the pulse’ of various commodity markets. The Commitments of Traders (CoT) report gives the aggregate positions held by traders from the previous Tuesday, including the number of long contracts (that […]

Gold Gets Support from Retail Demand, But Investor Confidence Dealt Severe Blow

Gold Gets Support from Retail Demand, But Investor Confidence Dealt Severe Blow

GOLD started the week by edging higher Monday, trading around $1475 per ounce by lunchtime in London, as stocks also gained, US Treasuries were broadly flat and the Euro edged higher against the Dollar following news that Italy’s borrowing costs have fallen. Strong demand for physical gold from private households meantime continues to cause bottlenecks and […]

Chains of Fiscal Discipline  (The Failure of the Federal Reserve and the Gold Standard)

Chains of Fiscal Discipline (The Failure of the Federal Reserve and the Gold Standard)

By Richard (Rick) Mills – Ahead of the Herd ………… As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information Alan Greenspan was chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to early 2006. Greenspan used monetary policy to ignite one of the longest economic booms in history. […]

By April 27, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
ModernCoinMart’s “MCM Star Bullion” Silver and Gold Products Make Debut

ModernCoinMart’s “MCM Star Bullion” Silver and Gold Products Make Debut

ModernCoinMart (MCM), a division of John Maben Rare Coins, Inc., of Sarasota, Florida, has entered the branded bullion market with their “MCM STAR Bullion” line of gold and silver products. Designed by numismatic artist Charles D. Daughtrey and custom minted by the renowned Sunshine Minting Company of Idaho, the entire line of MCM Star Bullion […]

By April 27, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Gold Shortage Seen in Asia with Physical Market Still Tight

Gold Shortage Seen in Asia with Physical Market Still Tight

GOLD drifted lower towards $1460 an ounce Friday morning in London, having climbed to its highest level since last week’s price drop at $1485 during Asian trading. “The next resistance level is $1487,” says a note from technical analysts at Scotia Mocatta published late Thursday. “Should we trade through that, we believe it will open […]

The Coin Analyst: Bullion Coin Sales Go Parabolic, and U.S. Mint Announces Suspension of Sales of One-Tenth Ounce Gold Eagles

The Coin Analyst: Bullion Coin Sales Go Parabolic, and U.S. Mint Announces Suspension of Sales of One-Tenth Ounce Gold Eagles

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… In the week since precious metal prices suffered their biggest decline since the 1980’s, buyers of silver and gold coins and bars have been taking advantage of the lower prices at a frenzied pace.  That bodes well for those looking for higher prices. There are all kinds of factors that show there is a […]

Gold Being Lifted by Physical Bar Demand But Silver Relatively Weak

Gold Being Lifted by Physical Bar Demand But Silver Relatively Weak

THE U.S. DOLLAR gold price drifted back down towards $1420 per ounce Wednesday morning in London, around 1.3% up on the week so far, amid ongoing reports of strong demand for physical gold bullion. “The bounce in price-sensitive physical demand, especially in the emerging world, is impressive and has lifted prices,” says HSBC Securities analyst Howard Wen. […]

Retail Buying Dominates Gold Action But Bullion Not Trading as Safe Haven

Retail Buying Dominates Gold Action But Bullion Not Trading as Safe Haven

WHOLESALE gold prices rose back above $1430 per ounce Monday morning for the first time since last Monday’s price drop, amid reports of strong buying in Asia, while stocks gained and US Treasuries fell. Silver meantime ticked higher above $23.60 an ounce, though remained below Friday’s high, while other commodities also gained with the exception […]

A Film For Gold and Silver Enthusiasts on Hard Money

A Film For Gold and Silver Enthusiasts on Hard Money

Is it possible to combine doom and gloom, sound money, good versus evil, shootouts, a creative plot and animation? That’s a summary of Silver Circle, the new film from Two Lanterns Media. The Federal Reserve celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and America’s central banker has gone from an under the radar entity to a […]

By April 19, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Precious Metals Prices: THE BATTLE OF THEORY AND REALITY

Precious Metals Prices: THE BATTLE OF THEORY AND REALITY

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Anyone with even a marginal interest in precious metals is aware of the brutal beatdown in gold and silver spot prices over the past four days. From its April 12 London close of $1535.50, gold fell off the cliff to $1395, with an even lower close of $1352.60 in […]

By April 16, 2013 7 Comments Read More →
Gold Loses $1 Trillion of Total Global Value, “Could Fall to $1050″

Gold Loses $1 Trillion of Total Global Value, “Could Fall to $1050″

SPOT MARKET gold prices fell to a fresh two-year low in Tuesday’s Asian trading, dropping to $1322 per ounce, before rallying back above $1386, as stock markets extended yesterday’s losses. Silver dropped to its lowest level since September 2010 at $22.10 an ounce before it too recovered some ground. Oil was down on the day by […]

The Coin Analyst: Electronic Trading Smashes Gold and Other Precious Metals Despite Strong Physical Demand

The Coin Analyst: Electronic Trading Smashes Gold and Other Precious Metals Despite Strong Physical Demand

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Over the course of the last two trading days, April 12 and 15, gold has suffered its worst decline in dollar and percentage terms since 1983, going from almost $1600 to about $1350 in the past week . A drop of 10% and $250 definitely gets the attention not […]

Gold’s Demise Still in Early Stages as Price Drops Below $1400

Gold’s Demise Still in Early Stages as Price Drops Below $1400

SPOT MARKET gold prices fell to a two-year low below $1400 an ounce Monday morning, extending Friday’s drop that took gold into bear market territory under the definition of a 20% fall from its peak. Silver fell as low as $23.11 an ounce, its lowest level since October 2010, as stocks and commodities also fell […]

By April 15, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Gold Price Manipulation Being Probed. VIDEO: 6:48

Gold Price Manipulation Being Probed. VIDEO: 6:48

Interviewer: David Lisot. A recent front-page article in the Wall Street Journal stated that the CFTC was launching a probe into the price of gold and whether it was being manipulated. Many coin dealers are involved in buying and selling gold coins. CoinWeek asked some of the traders at the Whitman Baltimore Expo about their […]

By April 8, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
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