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How Quickly Our Perception Of Paper Currency Can Change

Recently my bank started issuing $50 and $100 bills from the ATM machine. Every time I go to a store or restaurant to spend one these crisp bills, the clerk or the waiter either holds the bills up and scrutinize them like they are analyzing a diamond, or they call over a manager who is […]

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Holding Gold Is Better Than Paper – Self Directed IRA Update

There is another, pronounced trend taking place in the metals markets. There appears to be a significant shift to holding physical gold. As evidence of this trend, we refer you to the chart below which shows the yearly net change in demand for physical gold versus the amount of demand for holding paper gold via […]

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Q3-2012 Precious Metals Self Directed IRA Update

The World Gold Council just released their Q3-2012 Gold update. We thought that we would review some of the highlights. Q3 Summary Gold (US$/oz) returned 11.1% in the third quarter as investors responded to further central bank measures aimed at stimulating the economy. Volatility decreased during the period, with gold prices experiencing little movement in […]

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Inflation Shows Its Taking Hold And What This Means For Self Directed IRAs

Wholesale inflation shows that prices increased by 4.7% for energy related goods and 0.2% for food. That is a total of 4.9% annual increase in the price of energy and foods. Core inflation (what the good ‘ol Fed and government uses) shows around 2.3%. What does this mean? What these numbers reflect is: 1. Inflation […]

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The Sept Jobs Number – Self Directed IRA Update

The Sept 2012 jobs numbers came out and shows a decline in unemployment to 7.8% — down from 8.1%. Really? Does this seem plausible. The net number of new jobs created was 114,000. That is a very low, weak number and is not even enough to maintain steady state for the overall economy. So what’s […]

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Inflation Outlook Update & Its Impact on Self Directed IRAs

We contend that inflation is not in check and is not within reasonable boundaries. […]

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Why Gold Went Up Now With The Feds QE3 – What This Means For Self Directed IRAs

This past week the Fed announced that it would engaged in a continuous stimulus program from now through 2015 due to the continued weak and anemic labor market. The Fed committed to a monthly outlay of $40B to purchase mortgage backed securities. the theory here being that this will help stimulate housing and subsequently the […]

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US Trade Policy And Its Impact On Self Directed IRAs

As you listen to the political theater that came from both political party campaigns, these last two weeks, you can’t help but ask the question “where are your real solutions?”. We hear both candidates talking about jobs. But really? You, the government can create jobs in the private sector? We never heard one single solution […]

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Dr Copper Update And Your Self Directed IRA

As we have mentioned before copper prices reflects the future expectation of of consumer demand. Consumer demand comprises 2/3rd of the GDP. Copper is a major metal used in numerous consumer goods and related services. The current price pattern for copper is showing a head and shoulders pattern. Without getting too technical, this basically is […]

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Gold Recognition As Money And Its Effect On Self Directed IRAs

In the June 18 meeting of the Fed ad FDIC they reviewed what are known as the Basel III standards for Banks. As a result of that meeting, the following key points were established: 1. Tier 1 assets, for banks, are the safest assets that a bank can hold in reserve 2. Gold is defined […]

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