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Turkey’s Attempt to Mop up Mattress Gold

This blog post is a guest post on BullionStar's Blog by the renowned blogger JP Koning who will be writing about monetary economics, central banking and gold. BullionStar does not endorse or oppose the opinions presented but encourage a healthy debate. The Turkish government, in particular its central bank, has a relatively unique relationship to gold. Few governments... Continue Reading

How much Gold is in the FIFA World Cup Trophy?

Arguably the best known and most coveted trophy in the history of sport, the World Cup Trophy has a mythical status among elite footballers and sports fans alike, and its iconic shape and form are synonymous with the World Cup football tournament that takes place every four years. For such a legendary trophy, it goes without saying that it could not have been made out of... Continue Reading

Cashless Society, Negative Interest Rates and Hyperinflation – Part 2

Imagine a country in which banks hold virtually no cash at all. A country where if you walk into a bank branch, the clerk will not be able to help you make a deposit into your account. A country where there’s a good chance that if you grabbed a wad of cash and walked into an electronics store or a major nightclub, they wouldn’t be able to assist you in buying a new... Continue Reading

Singapore, Brunei, and the $10,000 banknote

In 2014, Singapore stopped printing the mammoth S$10,000 banknote, one of the world's largest value banknotes, citing "risks associated with large value cash transactions." Although it is no longer being printed, the S$10,000, which is worth around US$7,400, remains in circulation and continues to be accepted as legitimate legal tender. But once deposited in the banking... Continue Reading

Investing in the Noble Metal of Platinum

Along with gold and silver, platinum is a recognized investment precious metal which is fabricated in the form of high quality bullion bars and bullion coins by some of the world's leading precious metals refineries and mints. Importantly, as a recognized investment precious metal, platinum bars and platinum coins from these refineries and mints are exempt from Singapore's... Continue Reading

Gold and the Monetary Blockade on Iran

This blog post is a guest post on BullionStar's Blog by the renowned blogger JP Koning who will be writing about monetary economics, central banking and gold. BullionStar does not endorse or oppose the opinions presented but encourage a healthy debate. With Donald Trump close to re-instituting economic sanctions on Iran, it's worth remembering that gold served as a tool... Continue Reading

The future of Cash: Iceland vs Sweden

This blog post is a guest post on BullionStar's Blog by the renowned blogger JP Koning who will be writing about monetary economics, central banking and gold. BullionStar does not endorse or oppose the opinions presented but encourage a healthy debate.  The poster child of a cashless society is Sweden. There are all sorts of anecdotes about beggars accepting cards,... Continue Reading

Customer Order Number 100,000 at BullionStar

As part of its continued growth and success, BullionStar has recently fulfilled its order number: 100,000. To mark this significant milestone, BullionStar issued a 2.5 gram PAMP Gold Bar to the lucky BullionStar customer in question. The customer order was placed by Mr. Ito from Japan, who was on holiday recently in Singapore with his wife when he visited BullionStar's shop... Continue Reading

BullionStar adds Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin as Payment Options and Currencies

BullionStar is pleased to announce that it has added Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin as transactional currencies for both buy and sell orders on the BullionStar website. Many BullionStar customers are already be familiar with using Bitcoin when buying and selling gold, silver and platinum bars and coins, as BullionStar has been accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment... Continue Reading

Types of Gold Standards

This blog post is a guest post on BullionStar's Blog by the renowned blogger JP Koning who will be writing about monetary economics, central banking and gold. BullionStar does not endorse or oppose the opinions presented but encourage a healthy debate.  People often throw out the phrase "gold standard" into conversation, but it's worth keeping in mind that there have... Continue Reading

Why QE didn’t send gold up to $20,000

This blog post is a guest post on BullionStar's Blog by the renowned blogger JP Koning who will be writing about monetary economics, central banking and gold. BullionStar does not endorse or oppose the opinions presented but encourage a healthy debate.  Why didn't quantitative easing, which created trillions of dollars of new money, lead to a massive spike in the gold... Continue Reading

The Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin

The rapid emergence and commercialization of blockchain technology is undoubtedly one of the key technological trends at the moment, not just within crypto currencies, but as a disruptive technology across many industries and economic functions. At a high level, a blockchain is a distributed and public digital ledger of transactions that is updated across a peer-to-peer... Continue Reading

The Celebration of Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is probably the most important date in the Chinese calendar, with the event being celebrated throughout China and in Chinese communities around the world. Gold plays an essential part of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Also known as Lunar New Year, the date on which Chinese New Year falls each year is variable since it follows the Lunisolar calendar,... Continue Reading
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