Industry Commentary

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Jeff Thomas | May 16, 2019

Here we have a most interesting collection of signage. Some low-level civil servant who’s in charge of deciding what the motorist may do at this particular junction has become quite thorough in creating restrictions. The motorist may not proceed, may not turn left or right, and, most interestingly, in the second sign from the bottom, may not reverse out. In essence, “You’re stuck here and whatever you do to get out, you’re in violation of the rules we’ve placed upon you.”

Jeff Clark | May 13, 2019

Annual supply is in a major decline. And the downtrend is getting worse. New supply for silver has now dropped for four consecutive years, and is widely projected to fall this year as well. Supply didn’t even fall during the “nuclear ‘90s”, the period where miners couldn’t turn a profit due to stagnant silver prices. But it is now.

Jeff Thomas | May 8, 2019

"There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved." - Ludwig von Mises

Jeff Thomas | Apr 24, 2019

In the late eighteenth century, Bishop George Berkeley posed the question, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” Since that time, generations of university philosophy professors have required their students to consider the question. Countless classroom time has been taken up in pondering it. In many cases, students would be required to write a report containing their answer and they might even be graded on it.

Frank R. Suess | Apr 24, 2019

After the Trump election victory, traditional, conventional politics and politicians have largely fallen out of favor. Middle-of-the-road ideas, proposals crossing party lines and common-ground platforms that once played a prominent role in many campaign playbooks have been replaced with a very different type of strategy. These days, amid sharp political polarization and social division, it is the loudest voices and the most extreme ideas that get the most airtime. In such an environment, where emotional arguments routinely reign over facts and logic, policy platforms have dramatically shifted their focus to style over substance.

Mark Yaxley | Apr 20, 2019

“How do I get it there?” is a question I’m often asked by clients who wish to move their gold or silver from their homes into a foreign country. Usually, their intention is to move it to an offshore depository for long-term storage. Surprisingly, it’s much easier and far less risky than most people think, if done correctly. Hundreds of shipments containing relatively high values of gold and silver are shipped around the world, every day. Here’s how it works.

Jeff Thomas | Apr 17, 2019

For centuries, East Indians have regarded gold as the primary source of wealth. All Indians own gold if they can afford to. They keep it as close as possible, sometimes in coin form, but often as jewellery, since “wearing wealth” means that it can be kept very close. They’re often especially reluctant to trust banks to hold their gold.

Jeff Clark | Apr 16, 2019

One of gold’s biggest catalysts throughout history has been inflation. Debase your currency enough and gold responds almost automatically. And the bigger the inflation, the bigger gold’s response. Even the fear of inflation ignites the gold price, like we saw from 2009 to 2011.

Jeff Thomas | Apr 12, 2019

History has an extraordinary tendency to repeat itself time and again. The same mistakes that rulers make in one era are repeated in subsequent eras. Political leaders have a nagging habit to want to grow governments to unmanageable proportions, invading other sovereign nations, whilst increasingly dominating the electorate at home.

Jeff Thomas | Apr 5, 2019

Almost daily, someone (often a European or North American) comments to me that the world is falling apart. The government is becoming dictatorial, the people are becoming more socialistic and political correctness is no longer an option, it’s a mandate and you’d better get on board.

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