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Precious Metals and A Bit of Tax Planning

The IRS classifies bullion coins and bars which carry zero collectible value the same way it categorizes a collection of baseball cards. Because of the IRS’s dishonest interpretation of tax law, gold and silver bullion is currently subject to the higher 28% long-term capital gains rate for “collectibles.” By comparison, the rate for Wall Street and government approved assets – just about everything else – is 15-20%, depending upon the taxpayer’s income. Investors might as well use this punitive long-term capital gains rate to their advantage. Metal purchased more than a year ago at a higher price can be sold […]

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Quiet Metals Markets Catalyst

Fear and greed drive the precious metals markets, but there hasn’t been much of either pushing gold and silver prices lately. Investors have grown tired of worrying about geopolitical events, ever increasing federal debt ceilings and ever inflating equity bubbles. Meanwhile, greedy trend traders continue piling in to hot markets. With the exception of palladium, metals prices have been stagnant for most of the year. For the time being, gold and silver are looking pretty boring relative to the hefty gains in stock prices and the explosive rise in Bitcoin. Goldbugs are still waiting for a catalyst to shift investor […]

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More Investors Sell Bitcoin for Gold/Silver; Michael Pento: Stock Market & Fixed Income Bubble

Welcome to this week’s Market Wrap Podcast, I’m Mike Gleason. Coming up we’ll hear a truly explosive interview with Michael Pento of Pento Portfolio Strategies. Michael describes for us what may be coming in the bond and fixed income markets and the impact on the stock market and on gold prices in 2018. He also shares some of his very strong feelings about Bitcoin and the crypto-currencies. You absolutely must hear my conversation with Michael Pento, coming up after this week’s market update. On Thursday, Congress hastily passed a short-term funding bill that averts a government shutdown – but only […]

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Precious Metals Analyst Totally Omits Silver Investment Demand From Market Fundamentals

The motivation to write this article came from several of my readers who sent me an interview by CPM Group’s Jeff Christian, at the San Franciso Gold and Silver Summit. In the video, Jeff claims that there has been a silver market surplus for ten years and those industry analysts, who have reported deficits, “Are simply wrong.” Jeff goes onto to say, “they have been wrong the entire time they have been on the silver market.” Jeff continues by explaining that to analyze the silver market correctly, you must look at surplus and deficits based on total supply versus total […]

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Global Debt Exceeds $200 Trillion and is Rising Rapidly

What storm? The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW) reached another all-time high. Interest rates in the U.S. are yielding multi-decade lows, some say multi-century lows. Trillions of dollars in global sovereign debt have negative yield and European junk bonds yield less than 10 year U.S. treasuries. “Official” unemployment is low. Borrowing is inexpensive. Things are good, so they say! I Doubt It! Do you believe the above is a fair and accurate representation of our economic world? If so, how do you explain the following? Global debt exceeds $ 200 trillion and is rising rapidly. This massive debt will NOT […]

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Markets Eye Tax Bill, IRS Fishing Targets Bitcoin; Gerald Celente: Middle East Wild Cards Could Drive Up Gold

Welcome to this week’s Market Wrap Podcast, I’m Mike Gleason. Coming up we’ll hear from the one and only Gerald Celente of the Trends Journal. Gerald weighs in on the rise of cypto-currencies, the massive volatility he sees ahead in the crypto world and the key geopolitical ticking time bomb that he sees having a big effect on gold prices. Don’t miss another outstanding interview with Gerald Celente, coming up after this week’s market update. Gold and silver markets lost ground this week as investors drove the stock market up to new highs – again. With tax cuts ne aring […]

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Choosing a Precious Metals IRA Firm

Self directed IRAs are increasingly popular as investors discover they can use them to escape the ring fence represented by traditional IRA accounts. Banks and brokerages successfully cultivated the idea that IRAs should contain only conventional securities – stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. The truth is that they get paid handsomely for selling those paper assets, so that is all they put on the menu. But word is getting out that it is perfectly legal and easy to own tangible assets, including real estate and precious metals, in an IRA. Investors just have to leave Wall Street and find a […]

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Gold’s Global Supply Artery: Heading for Cardiac Arrest

An oceanic-scale demand push from “all parts Far East” is building, as the desire to own gold and silver promises to place an increasingly solid foundation for years to come. China, India, and Southeast Asia have historically accumulated precious metal as a savings vehicle, a hedge against political uncertainty (e.g. India’s surprise call-in last year of 80% of the country’s paper currency), and as an expression of affection. China’s newly-emerging affluent middle class alone is set to become larger than the population of the U.S. Frank Holmes collectively refers to these elements as “love and fear trades”. China’s One Belt-One […]

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Will the Tax Reform Debate Impact Precious Metals?

November 20, 2017 — Precious metals got a boost last week as investors were reminded that stock prices move in two directions — up and down. The S&P 500 and the Dow both finished the worst two weeks they have seen since August. The selling certainly wasn’t dramatic (both indexes remain within about 1% of their all time highs), but it does represent the recent negative correlation between stocks and metals. Absent the return of an inflation trade, any sustained rally in metals will likely have to be fueled by investors fleeing the stock markets. We’ll see how the equity indexes fare this […]

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Should You Sell Your Precious Metals to Buy Bitcoin?

There is a new trend by individuals in the alternative media community who are now selling out of precious metals and buying into Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. While this may seem like a good idea, especially when Bitcoin and the cryptocurrencies reach new all-time highs, it is likely a big mistake. Now, I am not saying that individuals shouldn’t invest in cryptocurrencies. Rather, it’s a lousy idea to sell all of one’s precious metals holdings and put it all into Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Recently, Sean at SGTReport published a short video in which part of the headlined was titled as “SILVER […]

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