Last week, gold and silver analyst Dan Popescu interviewed Egon von Greyerz, Founder and Managing Partner of Matterhorn Asset Management. They spoke at length about the upcoming Swiss Gold Referendum, which we’ve previously reported on here and here. Von Greyerz provides great insight into the Swiss mindset and the importance of gold for central banks around the world. At the end of the interview, he even weighed in on the massive flow of physical gold from the West to China.
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Sales of the US Silver Eagle are often looked to as the leading indicator of demand for silver bullion coins. It remains the most popular bullion coin among investors both domestically and internationally.
While the Eagle has been in the limelight for nearly a decade among investors, bullion coins from smaller national mints have also seen a dramatic uptick in demand. There has also been a massive increase in ETF purchases of physical silver and substantial industrial demands from the growing solar industry.
In this article, Louis Cammarosano from Smaulgld guides us through the growing demand for silver on the industrial and investment fronts.
In his latest article from Merk Insights, renowned investment advisor Axel Merk shares his observations of Alan Greenspan’s performance at the New Orleans Investment Conference this last weekend. In particular, people tried to pin down Greenspan on the topic of gold. While it sounds like the former Federal Reserve Chairman was pretty cagey, he did drop some whoppers that Merk is quick to point out. Peter Schiff was also in attendance at the Conference – stay tuned to Peter Schiff’s Gold News for some exclusive video content from Merk and Peter.
Jim Rickards, author of The Death of Money, spoke with Erin Ade on RT’s Boom Bust this week. He explained why central banks around the world are incapable of preventing the inevitable fallout of the current international currency wars. Rickards isn’t sure what will trigger the next big crisis – a debt crisis in the United States, a panic in China, or the coming Swiss Gold Referendum at the end of the November.
Jeff Deist, President of the Mises Institute, interviewed Patrick Barron, a private consultant to the banking industry. In this not-to-be-missed conversation, Barron explains exactly how the United States dollar became the world’s “reserve currency,” allowing America to become a “monetary imperialist.” According to Austrian economist Hans Hoppe, a monetary imperialist is a dominant country that uses its power to enforce a policy of internationally coordinated inflation. However, the countries and corporations of the world are getting sick of US imperialism, and Barron is certain that the wheels are already in motion to abandon the US dollar.
This is part one of a two-part interview that covers the following topics:
- How does the world use the dollar as a weapon of economic and cultural power?
- How did the Bretton Woods agreement set the stage for the US dollar to dominate the world economy, and how long can it all last?
- What might the unprecedented collapse of the worldwide reserve currency look like?
- How do the BRIC nations and Asian central banks fight back?
Enjoy a partial transcript of the interview’s highlights below the video.
On Friday, we gave you an update on silver investment demand. While it’s a leading factor in the silver price, investment demand is just one side of the silver picture. More than half of global silver demand comes from the industrial sector, and the deficit of silver supplies keeps getting larger. 2013 saw the largest deficit in physical silver since 2008 – more than 113 million ounces of silver. In fact, silver supplies have been in deficit for a decade.
Silver is used in modern medicine for its anti-bacterial properties. It’s also essential to the production of ethylene oxide, which is used to create polyester fibers – a growing industry as emerging markets continue to pull their populations out of poverty. Solar power is also a major industry for silver, but we’ll get to that in a moment.
Independent financial journalist Lars Schall interviewed Keith Barron, an exploration geologist and mining entrepreneur with 30 years experience in the industry. Barron believes we’ve seen “peak gold,” which is the point when overall world gold production begins to decline.
Barron emphasizes what a hard time it is for mining companies, but also stresses how dependent the gold price is on paper gold investments. He reasons that this will change, and physical gold will return to power in the coming years when the world realizes that there is more physical gold promised to ETF investors than actually exists. What to do? Buy physical gold and silver now, before it shoots up to $5000 or higher. Enjoy the interview, with a partial transcription below.
Last month we reminded you of the upcoming “Save Our Swiss Gold” initiative in Switzerland. This is a direct democracy vote in Switzerland that, if passed, would force the Swiss government to amend its constitution with respect to the way the Swiss National Bank (SNB) operates. These are the major points:
Switzerland used to be the first country that came to mind when it came to stable currencies and gold holdings. But things have really gone down hill since the turn of the millennium, as you can see in the chart below. It shows the dramatic amount of gold the SNB has sold off since 2000 – well over half of its holdings.
Greg Hunter of USAWatchdog interview Jim Rickards, author of The Death of Money. While they began by talking about the Islamic State and United States foreign policy, they moved on to discuss the possible “black swan” events that could crash the global markets. Rickards prefers the metaphor of the snowflake and the avalanche to that of the black swan, because he believes it is very easy to understand that a collapse is inevitable. The foundation of the avalanche is already there, but the snowflake that will trigger that avalanche could come unexpectedly. His number one piece of advice for investors is to buy physical gold and silver.
Enjoy the video below, and scroll down to see read some highlights from the interview.
Former US Mint director Ed Moy appeared on Fox Business this week to talk about the popularity of gold as a safe-haven investment. Moy noted that in spite of ongoing negative sentiment toward the yellow metal, people in both the East and West continue to buy it. In fact, the US Mint’s gold bullion coin sales doubled in September versus August, showing that investors see gold’s depressed price as a buying opportunity.