3D printing is a rapidly evolving technology that could potentially change the world like the internet did. People are most familiar with 3-D printing due to the controversy surrounding 3D printed firearms. But the technology can be used to produce everything from tiny precision components to houses.
Now gold has a role to play in the evolution of 3D printing technology. Scientists at Vanderbilt University have developed a process using gold nanoparticles to reveal tiny defects in 3D printed parts.
When the New York Times published an op-ed from a White House insider claiming there are people inside the Trump administration actively working to undermine the president, the markets shrugged it off. In fact, as Peter Schiff said in a recent interview on thestreet.com, the markets are shrugging pretty much everything off.
Everything is bullish as far as investors are concerned. They believe the US economy is in great shape. According to President Trump, it’s in the best shape ever. This is the greatest boom in the history of the United States. And so that fantasy continues to dominate the narrative and markets are shrugging off all the bad news.”
Despite the optimism, Peter said the economy is headed for the “greatest bust ever.” And that’s the perfect storm for gold.
OK. Here’s a dilemma for you. Should I burn my gold Nikes?
Of course, this is merely a theoretical question. I don’t own gold Nikes. But I could, for a mere $3,500. Yes. Genuine, gold Nike shoes. So, if I did, would I feel any compulsion to burn them?
Well, I can answer this question with an emphatic, “No!”
Gold flowed into European and Asian ETFs last month, but outflows from North American funds pushed total global holdings lower.
Funds listed in China drove Asian ETF stocks of the yellow metal up last month. Asian ETFs added 2 tons of gold in August as investors hedged trade risks and currency weakness. Asian funds have seen an impressive percentage increase in 2018, growing by 9.1% year-to-date, according to data released by the World Gold Council.
After the dot.com bubble burst, the Federal Reserve swooped in and dropped interest rates to an artificially low level. In the mid-2000s, the economy boomed and the housing bubble inflated driven by the sudden influx of cheap credit. In 2007, it all began to unravel and the air started leaking out of the subprime mortgage bubble. Of course, everybody said, “Hey, nothing to worry about. Everything is great!”
And they were spectacularly wrong.
Gold sales at Australia’s Perth Mint rose to their highest level in nearly a year in August as investors took advantage of gold on sale.
According to the mint, sales of gold coins and minted bars surged 30% to 38,904 ounces last month. It was the strongest month of gold sales since November 2017. Sales were nearly doubled from a year ago, according to the mint.
“Lower bullion prices continued to support interest in our minted products among investors,” a company spokesman said.
Green technologies will consume over 1.5 billion ounces of silver over the next twelve years.
The Silver Institute highlighted the growing demand for silver in the green energy sector, along with some new technological innovations utilizing the white metal in its latest edition of Silver News.
With hyperinflation gripping Iran and sanctions strangling the economy, Iranians are beginning to turn to gold to make everyday transactions, most notably to pay their rent.
The Iranian rial has depreciated rapidly since the US announced its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and the reimposition of economic sanctions. After the US formally announced it was pulling out of the deal in May, the exchange rate peaked at around 45,000 rials to the dollar. But that official rate was only available to well-connected bankers, importers and businesses. Average Iranians were paying twice that. By July 29, money-exchangers in Tehran were charging around 100,000 rials for one dollar. Within 24 hours, it increased to 110,000 rials to the dollar.
The Nasdaq had the biggest gain last month since the year 2000.
In his most recent podcast, Peter Schiff reminds us what happened right after that 2000 peak.
The Nasdaq – it declined approximately 80% from peak to trough. So, the fact that we haven’t had a month this strong since 2000 should give people pause.”