Published in Commentary  Gold  Gold  silver 

Physical Gold (Via Mat, Perth Mint, Possession) and Paper Gold (Futures, Pool / Some Unallocated Accounts etc)

Our Market Update on Friday led to queries regarding the nature of "paper gold". 

The important difference between actual physical gold and paper gold is something we have addressed frequently since 2003.

Published in Commentary  Commentary  Gold  Gold 

Reuters Interview with Mark O’Byrne, Director of GoldCore

Reuters interviews Mark O'Byrne of GoldCore about the outlook for investor demand for gold, and the best way to own gold today.

You can read the interview here.

Published in Commentary  Commentary  Gold  Gold 

Reuters Interview with Mark O’Byrne, Director of GoldCore

Reuters interviews Mark O'Byrne of GoldCore about the outlook for investor demand for gold, and the best way to own gold today.

You can read the interview here.

Published in Commentary  silver  Video  Video 

Videos: Gold and Silver Are Currencies of the Free

The President of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, called for a new post Bretton-Woods currency system involving gold, in November 2010. Zoellick said that gold was worthy of consideration as a reference point for modern currencies and as an indicator to help set foreign exchange rates.

Published in Commentary  Gold  Gold 

A Minskian roadmap to the next gold mania

Selected highlights of the latest  ‘Popular Delusions’ note from Société Générale’s Dylan Grice:

Published in Commentary  Gold 

Beware of Exchange Trade Funds (ETFs) Bearing Gold

Gold Bullion Unique as No Counterparty Risk

Gold is unique among asset classes as it is the only asset class not dependent on the performance of auditors, management, corporations, financial institutions, banks, politicians and governments. Nor should physical gold be dependent on the performance of trustees, custodians and or sub custodians.  Gold does not depend on the performance and health of the wider economy and as importantly when you buy gold in its physical form there is no third party liability or credit risk. Or at least there should not be. Gold has

Published in Articles of Interest  Commentary  Gold 

Central Banks Favouring Gold Again Especially the "Elephant in the Room" China

Gold rallied 2% following news that China’s state holdings of the metal have been quietly raised by 76% since 2003. Rumours and speculation about Chinese buying have been rife for years, but many market participants remained in denial until this irrefutable proof was given. China is not only the world’s largest mine producer of gold, but also the fifth-largest individual country holder of gold with 1,054t.

Published in Articles of Interest  Commentary 

FT: Ten Principles for a Black Swan-Proof World

The Financial Times published a relevant and interesting article by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a veteran trader, a distinguished professor at New York University's Polytechnic Institute and the author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable.  1. What is fragile should break early while it is still small. Nothing should ever become too big to fail. Evolution in economic life helps those with the maximum amount of hidden risks – and hence the most fragile – become the biggest. 

Published in Commentary  Economics 

A Critique of the Neo-liberal Agenda

Essay by Meghan Brown

“If the story of the past quarter of a century has a one-line plot summary, it is the rediscovery of market capitalism.” – Alan Greenspan, The Age of Turbulence, p.14 For the past thirty years, neo-liberal economic thinking has been the dominant orthodoxy governing policy and shaping development. Born from Adam Smith and his ideas of the ‘invisible hand’, this theory prevails in many well-connected and highly influ

Published in Articles of Interest  Commentary  Gold  Silver 

Adrian Douglas: Why Own Physical Gold & Silver

Adrian Douglas of Market Force Analysis writes that in his experience, most ordinaly people have difficulty understanding why gold is the investment opportunity of a life time. Blaming the messenger, he explains it in simple terms, making a distinction between consumables and collectables:

Published in Commentary  Economics 

Quantitative easing: Classic case of treating the symptom and not the patient

The answer to this global credit debacle is transparency. There are enormous sums of investor money waiting in the sidelines. The reason they have not been invested yet is due to a lack of transparency within the balance sheets of those institutions that constitute the global financial landscape. Make no mistake; capital needs to be deployed in order to create a return. With such uncertainty surrounding the global capital markets it is entirely normal that investors would pull back until a sense of clarity itself develops.

Published in Commentary  Gold  Silver 

Gold Investments Year-End Review - Outlook for 2009

Gold Outperformed Most Assets in 2008 - Gold Up 3.9% in USD; Up 5.3% in EUR and Up 34.4% in GBP. Today’s London AM fix (23/12/08) was $844.01 (USD), £570.85 (GBP) and €603.72 (EUR). At the start of 2008 (January 2nd 2008), gold’s London AM Fix was at $840.75 (USD), £424.81 (GBP)  and €573.34 (EUR). Thus, in 2008 gold is up by 3.9% against the dollar, up 5.3% against the euro and up 34.4% against the pound. The London AM Fix is a widely followed benchmark for physical gold and silver prices and is reported in major newspapers

Published in Commentary  Economics  Gold 

Obama's Golden Opportunity – Return to Gold Standard

The Washington Times's Lawrence Hunter wrote last week that U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has an opportunity to reset the economy and restore the U.S. dollar to its preeminence as the world's reserve currency by reestablishing the gold standard.

Published in Commentary  Economics  Gold  Video 

Rollover: Essential Movie Viewing in these Unprecedented Financial and Economic Times

Rollover is the story of faded Hollywood siren Jane Fonda who inherits a multi-million dollar company after her powerful bank president husband is murdered. While trying to find her dead love's killer, she runs his corporation with the help of charming banker Kris Kristofferson in the weeks before a worldwide currency and financial collapse.


It was the 1981 movie Jane Fonda "got made" after her exploration of the d

Published in Commentary  Gold  History 

The Big Picture: Gordon Brown's Golden Legacy

Today's Daily Mail has a rare picture of the Bank of England's Gold Reserves You are looking at the room most likely to weather the credit crunch, a vast vault filled with the final word in financial security: gold.

As stocks and shares tumble, house prices crash and previously unassailable institutions crumble into dust, the sight of several thousand 28lb bars of 24-carat gold stored in the Bank of England's massive undergro

Published in Commentary  Economics 

The Failout

It's only Thursday and the Treasury has gone to the credit markets for $194 Billion so far this week for short term paper alone. Let's say they only borrow another $6 Billion tomorrow and end up at 200 Billion. Let's do the math. 200 Billion times 52 weeks is ..........$10 Trillion 400 Billion Dollars. This coincidentally equals the amount of the current national debt.

Published in Commentary  Gold 

Largest Gold Refinery in the World Runs out of Krugerrands

Shortages of certain bullion products is possibly the most important issue facing the gold and silver markets today.

The sole maker of South African Krugerrands, Rand Refinery Ltd., largest gold refinery in the world, today ran out of the iconic bullion coin after an 'unusually large' order from an unnamed buyer in Switzerland.

Rand Refinery has delivered more than 46m blank coins over the years since it opened in 1967.

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Published in Commentary  Gold  History 

British Gold Sovereigns - The Preserve of Collectors, Savers and Smart Investors

Gold as Essential Diversification and Financial Insurance

Gold bullion remains an essential diversification and essential financial insurance to have in all properly diversified portfolios. Besides the ever more important factors of inflation hedging and financial insurance, gold is likely to continue to outperform other asset classes and to provide significant returns to gold buyers. Many of the world’s major investment banks are in agreement that gold is again in a long term multiyear bull market. Many believe gold will surpass its inflation adjusted 1980 high of $2,400/oz i

Published in Commentary  Economics 

The 'lalalalalalalalalala' Effect

Browsing through digg this morning I notice an article titled 9 ways you can take advantage of this "terrible" economy.It's currently riding high in the digg popularity stakes with just shy of 1000 diggs.

It is, I think, a great example of what I choose to call The lalalalalalalalalala Effect - named after the sound one must make

Published in Commentary  Economics  Recession  SME 

Only the fittest SMEs will survive the coming recession

Small to medium enterprises are the life blood of modern economies. In Ireland for example, up to 56% of the national workforce is employed in by Small to Medium Enterprises, that is to say companies that employ less the 250 employees and would include local industries and mom and pop business outfits. From the United States to Germany and beyond small to medium enterprises are responsible for a large component a countries transactions