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Storing Precious Metals & Bullion

Storing Precious Metals & Bullion

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  • author Gold & Silver 101
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One of the most important decisions when saving and investing in precious metals is where to store your gold, silver and platinum bars and coins. Paramount to this choice of storage location is safety and security. Given the high value content of physical precious metals, many people choose to store their precious metals bars and … Continue Reading arrow

Bullion Investing – Frequently Asked Questions

Bullion Investing – Frequently Asked Questions

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  • author Gold & Silver 101
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What is a Gold/Silver/Platinum Spot Price? The spot price for a precious metal is the current market price for that precious metal which is traded in the wholesale market for immediate delivery. The spot price is usually quoted in US dollars per troy ounce and refers to a quotation for a standard but large quantity. … Continue Reading arrow

BullionStar Cash & Bullion Account – Better than a Singapore Bank Account!
The Puzzle of Electrum Coins
Still Firing on all Cylinders: China’s Physical Gold Market
Pay-to-Play: LBMA shows contempt for the wider Gold and Silver markets
London’s annual Platinum Week: A showcase for the White Precious Metal
The only gold the US shows – A working vault at West Point
Why central banks should hold gold (and many other assets too)
Curse of the London Gold Fix strikes again as SocGen abandons ship
The vast gold hoards held by Germany’s population
When Politicians and Central Banks clash – the Gold of Romania and Italy
Where did all the silver coins go?
Holding Precious Metals in your Individual Retirement Account (IRA)
Europe’s INSTEX payments channel won’t help Iran
BullionStar Financials FY 2018 – Year in Review
The Domino Effect – Romania joins Gold Repatriation exodus
RBA bosses squirm as Aussie politicians throw easy questions about RBA gold in London
Australia’s gold at the Bank of England – Extended Q & A
Italy’s Gold enters the Political Fray. But who really owns it?
The Great Japanese Gold Trade of 1859

The Great Japanese Gold Trade of 1859

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  • author JP Koning
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When Japan opened for trade in 1858, Western merchants were thrilled to learn that the Japanese valued gold at a third its international price. This would create an arbitrage for enterprising merchants.

While the arbitrage didn't last long, here's how it occurred in a historical context, and here's how the traders tripled their money. Continue Reading arrow

Bank of England tears up its Gold Custody contract with Venezuela’s central bank
How California stayed with gold when the rest of the U.S. adopted fiat money

How California stayed with gold when the rest of the U.S. adopted fiat money

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  • author JP Koning
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When the Union switched over to an inconvertible paper money standard during the American Civil War, California managed to stick to its gold standard. This episode give some insights into why contemporary monetary switches, including a potential displacement of the dollar by bitcoin, are so difficult to achieve. Continue Reading arrow

Separating truth from fiction in China’s golden game of Poker
Russian Central Bank buying Gold on the International market?
Venezuela’s gold in limbo amid tug-of-war at the Bank of England
An early attempt at standardizing money using international gold coins
French central bank and JP Morgan team up to boost Gold Lending
Gold Market Charts: November 2018
Why the US Mint once issued gold discs to Saudi Arabia

Why the US Mint once issued gold discs to Saudi Arabia

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  • author JP Koning
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Shortly after World War II, the U.S. produced almost 200,000 gold discs for Saudi Arabia. Coin collectors usually link the discs to ARAMCO, the Saudi-American company responsible for producing much of Saudi Arabia's oil. This post revisits the monetary arrangements of the era to determine why the discs were actually issued. Continue Reading arrow

LBMA trading volume data confirms the paper gold casino in London
Bank of England refuses to return 14 tonnes of gold to Venezuela
Does the recent spate of Central Bank gold buying impact demand and price?
Gold’s Official Price is $42, and maybe that’s a Good Thing
In surprise move, Central Bank of Hungary announces 10-fold jump in its gold reserves
Skepticism reigns about the True state of Chinese central bank gold reserves
Sanctions Busting, European Style

Sanctions Busting, European Style

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  • author JP Koning
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Germany, France, and the UK intend to create a new Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to enable cross-border payments with Iran, which is currently being sanctioned by the U.S. The SPV will be able to carve out some space for the rest of the world to engage in Iranian trade, but we shouldn't overestimate its ability to override U.S. economic power. Continue Reading arrow

LBMA Clearing and Vaulting data reveal the absurdity of the London ‘Gold’ Market
Paulson’s Shareholders Gold Council finally launches after initial delays
Chinese Gold Panda Coins now trading on the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE)
Why the SEC keeps rejecting Bitcoin ETF listings
As Emerging Market Currencies Collapse, Gold is being Mobilized
Annual Mine Supply of Gold: Does it Matter?
LBMA at the Movies: Golden Turkeys
Spotlight on the HUI and XAU Gold Stock Indexes
Turkey’s Attempt to Mop up Mattress Gold
Chinese Gold Market: Still in the Driving Seat
How much Gold is in the FIFA World Cup Trophy?
Gold’s Price Performance: Beyond the US Dollar
The Shareholders Gold Council (SGC) – “Just don’t mention the Gold Price”
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