A new census report painted a rather grim picture of millennials as they make their transition into adulthood. You might call it a failure to launch. American 20-something-year-olds face low wages and high debt levels, and many are struggling to make it on their own.
Gold is an investment as well as money, but gold is also increasingly in demand for environmental and energy production applications. In 2011, new catalytic converter technology utilizing gold was introduced to the market. Catalytic converters remove pollutants from automobile exhaust. They are made from a heat resistant substrate, with a large internal honeycomb structure covered with a thin coating of tiny particles of metal.
According to the World Gold Council, research has shown that a stable and effective formulation can be obtained using a combination of gold, palladium, and platinum. Cleaning up auto emissions is just one of several new ways the yellow metal is helping clean up the environment.
With April 15 falling on Easter weekend this year, tax day in the United States was moved to April 18. Although Americans got a few days reprieve, the tax-man inevitably made his annual appearance, and we are all poorer for it.
This article was submitted by Joel Bauman, SchiffGold Precious Metals Specialist. Any views expressed are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Peter Schiff or SchiffGold.
A few months ago I spoke with a woman who challenged my profession in precious metals. “Don’t you know gold can be created from lead?” she said. She then informed me that the best thing to do in the coming years was to avoid the purchase of precious metals, fiercely warning me of a coming gold collapse. “There will be a mass production of gold!” she hung up the phone before I had a chance to respond.
Hey, auto industry. Your check engine light is on! A couple of weeks ago, we reported on the strained retail bubble. But that’s not the only balloon that Fed has managed to inflate with almost a decade of easy money.
For the last several years, the auto loan market has ballooned to record levels – nearly $1.1 trillion. That compares with $987 billion at the end of 2015. Over the last two years, the amount outstanding on auto loans has increased 21%. More disturbing is the rise in subprime auto lending. Deep subprime loans made up the fastest growing auto financing segment in the fourth quarter of 2016, increasing 14.57%. Subprime loan balances also climbed 8.62%. As ZeroHedge pointed out, “Deep Subprime” borrowers have increased by double the amount of any other bucket.” According to Bloomberg, about a quarter of all auto loans fall into the subprime category.
The world is nervous. With the recent US missile strike in Syria and escalating tensions in North Korea, people have turned their thoughts to war. Google searches for “world war 3” have hit all-time highs according to info available on Google Trends. Related searches such as “Trump war,” “Syria war,” and “nuclear war” are also trending at record levels.
This article was submitted by Matt Malleo, SchiffGold Precious Metals Specialist and Managing Director. Matt was formally educated at Cornell University where he studied business. Any views expressed are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Peter Schiff or SchiffGold.
The following is a fictional account of a day-in-the-life of a teenage boy named Mike Stockton living in 1967. Mike’s story is recorded as a set of entries made in his financial diary, outlining his economic activity, a summer night date, and his hopes of buying the car of his dreams.
Indians are facing a major shortage of cash, with as many as 90% of ATMs in some regions of the country running completely out of currency. The cash crisis stems from a policy of demonetization the Indian government launched over five months ago.
On Nov. 8, the Indian government declared that 1,000 and 500 rupee notes would no longer be valid. They gave the public just four hours notice. The 1,000 and 500 rupee notes made up 86 % of the currency in circulation in the country. With a single pronouncement, the Indian government made virtually all of the cash in India valueless.
Two 17-year-old high school students allegedly raked in nearly $60,000 selling fake gold bars on Craigslist, underscoring the importance of buying gold and silver from a reputable dealer.
President Donald Trump put a damper on the dollar earlier this week when he claimed, in a Wall Street Journal interview, it was “getting too strong.”
“I think our dollar is getting too strong, and partially that’s my fault because people have confidence in me. But that’s hurting — that will hurt ultimately … It’s very, very hard to compete when you have a strong dollar and other countries are devaluing their currency.”
After his comments, the dollar index dropped 0.7%.
During an interview on CNBC’s Future’s Now, Peter Schiff said Trump’s comments on the dollar were correct but insisted the president doesn’t understand the reasons behind it or its actual impact on the economy.