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covering the most important trends in the precious metals markets.

Chinese gold imports – Better data, lower inflows, unanswered questions
More on the puzzle of negative interest rates
Singapore Tops Global Rankings as the World’s Safest and Most Secure Nation
The not-so-crazy world of negative interest rates

The not-so-crazy world of negative interest rates

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  • author JP Koning
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Are negative interest rates an artificial phenomenon that central bank technocrats have foisted on the world? Or can interest rates naturally turn negative, of their own accord? Continue Reading arrow

The History of the World is a History of Gold
Gold the Ultimate Asset as Fed Joins Race to the Bottom in Global Rates
By Not Renewing the CBGA, Central Banks in Europe Look Ready to Buy Gold
Gold & Silver Price Manipulation – The Greatest Trick ever Pulled
Gold Smuggling to India & Japan is a Symptom of Governments’ War against Gold
Poland joins Hungary with Huge Gold Purchase and Repatriation
How Much U.S. Currency is Held Overseas?
Mahathir’s Gold-backed Currency – Loose Talk or pan-Asian Plan?
What is Money? | BullionStar
The Fifth Wave: A new Central Bank Gold Agreement?
Gold Price Breakout in Multiple Currencies
Gold & Silver Bullion – Different Investment Approaches
Investing in Gold and Silver: An Introduction

Investing in Gold and Silver: An Introduction

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  • author Gold & Silver 101
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Gold and silver bullion are the world’s best-known and most widely held precious metals, and both metals have played key roles throughout recorded history as forms of money, as forms of saving, and as means of wealth protection. Today, physical gold and physical silver in the form of investment bars and investment coins are highly … Continue Reading arrow

Should I Invest in Gold, Silver or Platinum Bullion?
Should I Invest in Precious Metals Bars or Coins
Investment Precious Metals – Exempt from GST
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

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