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SET FOR LIFE?

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There is an interesting commercial making its rounds where a gentleman travels the world all while shouting, “Set for life” along each stop. Obviously this guy recently won the lottery and is now out enjoying the experiences of only a lucky few. Now, for the record, I’m not a lottery player. In fact, I bought lottery tickets several decades ago when California first introduced a state lottery but never scratched them. Who knows, maybe I missed out on my own “set for life” opportunity – but I doubt it, and here is why.

Each person has their own perception of what it means to be set for life. Unfortunately most perceptions are unrealistic considering the time we live. “Yes” this includes those who store wealth in physical silver or gold, too. Somehow most of us walking God’s green earth falsely associate wealth abundance with a “set for life” situation; not true.

While consulting with those interested in storing wealth in PM (precious metal) I usually ask, “Why”. In other words, what is the goal of making such a nontraditional monetary effort when 99% of the pack is content on striving for the proverbial American Dream?

The answers vary between leveraging PMs as insurance (please see the Q & A below), wealth preservation, or even financial stability – but some flat out admit the goal is to ride gold, or silver, to a point of filthy rich. The ones motivated by the later fail to recognize what a world with $500 per ounce silver means for a society unfamiliar with economic correction yet victimized by decades of monetary intervention or the asset bubbles derived from such unrestricted intervention.

As of October 2013 things are clicking along pretty good, right? Sure we have Capital Hill arguing over Obama Care. Sure we have our national parks closed while the powers in charge battle over how to spend the next record level of borrowed money (currency), too. But all in all most Americans view life as improving somewhat content by the illusion of recovery. For most, they view the future as improving.

But those entrusting PM are not experiencing improvement. Many of you bought gold and silver only to watch it plummet, in dollar terms, well below what most PM experts could imagine. Some of you are to the point of doubting your prudence all while dismayed by a safe haven not looking so safe – I understand. The benefits of wealth stored within the confines of such discretion are yet to be realized, but imminently closer with each passing day.

For you – physical silver or gold is a world away from creating a set for life financial situation.

For you I offer this comfort. Enjoy this temporary era of monetary stability derived from the ability to debase a currency by creating trillions of dollars from thin air. Some, maybe most, trusting hard assets awake each morning thinking today is the day all monetary hell brakes loose sending PMs soaring to the moon. You underestimate the power to print money and the temporary stability it provides.

Looking into our future we see a set for life mentality replaced with the longing for opportunity. The dream of a never-ending retirement portfolio will be replaced with the dream of enough employment just to get by. The home on the beach replaced with a roof over the head along with a warm meal on the table. This new perspective will be the ultimate monetary education most are yet to comprehend.

But for now all those entrusting physical PMs live with the daily love-hate relationship that comes from a global currency yet to find its legs in an age of global monetary intervention. This writer will not pretend to guess when PM will break from the pack but if history is a good indicator then metals rising should be expected. Until then we stay the course realizing most living in the USA live a life well beyond what most of the world could ever dream.

COMMENT: I view precious metal as insurance just like any other “what if” insurance policy used to protect any other asset. Accumulating additional wealth byway of gold is not my expectation as much as protecting what I have. My PM goal is to preserve and my expectation is nothing more.

TPS Reply: Good, and thanks for the comment. I too view PMs as insurance but my opinion is you’re selling PM short by failing to factor the vulnerability of other dollar-based assets or the benefit of a universal currency (physical silver and gold).

Honestly, other assets will not hold today’s “value” in terms of comparable value. We must agree that a currency victimized by debasement blurs true value in a currency sense (cents). This is why hyper-inflated economies of the past used billion-dollar bills to buy loaves of bread. We cannot compare today’s bread value to such an era of debasement and economic calamity, agreed? Nor can we view those holding substantial wealth in hyper-inflated dollars as wealthy or financially protected.

I don’t singularly hold wealth in gold to “insure”  or hedge against the value of my home or other personal assets. I realize gold rising will not support my wealth derived from other assets (insurance) as much as replace it.  This is why PM experts refer to such a time as a transfer of wealth. Wealth transfers to countries, and individuals, holding hard assets. This is nothing new or just my opinion, this is historical monetary fact.

One other point, please. Overgrown governments do not go away without a fight. They first consume the wealth of her people in order to appease the masses (those feeling entitled). Five minutes watching your evening news will validate we are living in such a time as you read this reply. You can call it insurance if you like but I call it financial freedom stored in inconspicuous ounces.

Thanks for the comment.

QUESTION: I read how you store your savings away from traditional banking institutions. Can you expand on this?

TPS Reply: You’re correct, and I would love. The risk of capital controls in today’s age is very real. Some call it a banking “bail-in” – some call it a banking holiday. Regardless the term, the result is a separation of wealth which means a separation of personal freedom. A society separated from their wealth is vulnerable to those controlling it.

I choose to maintain control of my savings by storing most of it in physical silver or gold. This sounds unusual to most but up until the last forty years this is how everyone stored wealth (gold-backed dollars). A twenty dollar bill was easily exchanged for $20 in gold from a bank which means your savings was stored in PM.

Today nearly all savers view their savings as safe thanks to the FDIC. This safety net is less comforting when we consider this insurance will protect savers from an institutional failure but offers no protection from a capital control mandate. The difference should be researched if confusing.

This may come as a surprise but I’m not a gold guy. I own gold for many reasons but much prefer to store wealth in an emerging business properly structured and income producing. It is far easier to generate wealth from a small business than wait for gold/silver to appreciate.

Now, back to your question. If I need to use my “savings” I simply convert a few hunks of gold for dollars. This allows me take a vacation or do whatever anyone else could do with a more traditional bank savings. Email me, or call, to find out exactly how I safely make this PM to dollar exchange. Thanks for the question.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

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THE ART OF BUYING OR SELLING GOLD

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Precious metal is a well kept secret. Folks who own physical gold, or silver, seldom advertise their wise discretion. Few blab across social networking and less openly discuss the nuts and bolts of buying PM (precious metal). In most cases this leaves you, the novice, searching for the right metal offered at a fair price. It’s hard for me to put an exact percentage on how many newbies pay far beyond necessary but I will estimate more than half do, or receive less, than the metal recommended here at TPS (The Prospector Site).

FACT #1: Not all Gold is good

It is a misnomer that gold is always a good investment (paper gold can be the worst choice for wealth storage in many cases). Anything other than physical PM carries far too much risk considering our age of fiat correction and financial insecurity. For this reason alone paper PM is not worthy of today’s discussion or space.

Retail gold, like jewelry, is a blend of artistic effort and precious metal. An established value is always subjective but, nevertheless, still a store of value better than most of today’s “typical” investments. In times of economic despair jewelry returns to a value measured in melt worth. This is why I recommend new bullion, rounds or bars over jewelry.

All physical PM buyers pay a fee over and above the intrinsic value of a gold bar, round, nugget, bullion, etc. This “premium” is what makes those selling PM wealthy but offers no real value to you as the buyer. The older (or rarer) the gold hunk the higher the premium, very simple. In return…….. new bullion, rounds, and bars offer the lowest premium.

Most folks buying gold in 2013 are not collectors or speculators. They, gold owners that is, view the echos of economic recovery as back-ground noise and realize we very well could be facing the end of a great fiat currency experiment. For this reason alone all should own physical silver or gold.

I recommend due diligence before buying your first gram of gold. Old coins are cool but best saved for the experienced PM buyer. Proof coins are flashy but also best saved for those solidly vested in raw precious metal beforehand. Think low-premium PM offerings that are easy to store, insure, and someday sell or trade.

FACT #2: Not all PM advice is good

This site doesn’t sell silver or gold but I would love to know how many precious-metal peddlers hear, “I understand gold is a good investment. What do you recommend?” At such time the art of buying or selling PM is in the hands of a stranger who could be more profit inclined than making sure you receive the best bang for your buck.

I hear so many nightmare stories of good gold intentions going bad. These tales always include trust, deceit, disillusion, distaste, and eventually embarrassment. At the end of the day far too many pay far more than necessary, for PM, because they fail to arm themselves with education.

There is no reason to fall prey to the PM distrustful, not in the internet age. Your education should not come by way of solicitation. Hard asset sellers are always well rehearsed with trigger words and phrases. These trigger phrases stir emotion and prompt protection but have no place for those implementing a controlled PM plan.

The best source for education and advice always comes from the unbiased.

FACT #3: You will someday sell

I have a close friend that has owned physical silver for years. He has no plans to ever sell regardless the value, regardless the offering. What he doesn’t realize is that someday he or someone sharing his last name will sell, or trade, his buckets of silver. It could be for profit, it could be for freedom, or it could be to feed the family, who knows…… but it will trade hands someday.

I personally will not buy silver or gold that I can’t easily track real-time value. Sure owning a coin that spent hundreds of years lost at sea is cool but how does the average Joe know its true value. After all, the only guarantee we have is a fluctuating melt value, right? For this reason I recommend asking two questions before committing to buy; how much are you asking and how much you will pay me to buy it back.

The difference between the two prices is very important. As of August 25th, 2013, a one-ounce gold bullion will run a buyer around $1475. The same bullion, less the premium, will sell around $1390-$1400ish. A second-hand market will bring a few more dollars. By the way, some PM buybacks require a dealer or broker to notify the IRS, some won’t. Do you know the difference?

But our faith in PM has less to do with dollars with each passing deficit day. Gold’s true value is its exchange value. For instance, I pay less attention to what gold trades in dollars compared to how many ounces of gold it takes to buy an average home in my neck of the woods or a sandy retreat countries away. This exchange value is the future gauge of your net worth. Dollar value is relevant now but this could change quickly.

QUESTION: Thanks for answering my questions, DC. Yes, it’ll be scary if the governments get creative and do something like Operation Rize. Can’t agree more about diversification. As for the insurance, I think I’ll ask a jewelry store nearby first.

And what do you think is likely to happen in the future? Will we have a repetition of what happened in 1980, where PM prices skyrocketed and retraced later? But considering the world’s current level of debt, can the central banks raise the interest rates like they did back then? Or will we have hyperinflation? But are the central banks so stupid to allow that to happen? Will we stick to PMs forever, or will we have to switch to other assets someday?

Looking forward to your reply and thank you very much.

TPS Reply: You’re welcome, thanks for asking great questions. What happened to PMs in 1979-80 was amazing but only a small sample of our future. So many things have changed on a global level that will affect us all on some capacity. Some will prosper but most will fall victim to an existence that only existed because of a debt-based lifestyle.  I have great concern for those not PM protected.

TPS often hears from readers who boast over their debt-free lifestyle. This is great, and recommended, but the truth is all will fill the pain of worldwide default as it becomes painfully obvious trillion $ obligations can never be repaid. This mess is what happens when we live in a society consumed by the here and now. Our commerce world has consumed the minds and energy of far too many.

You’re right; central banks will send all major currencies into a level of inflation unimaginable. I’m not sure if hyperinflation is the correct term but, nevertheless, it will not be kind to those attempting to live on a fixed pension or income. Most victims will view these days of economic correction (disaster) as “depressed” not realizing such a time is nothing more than another example of what happens when a fiat currency is overproduced. Silver and gold will account accordingly.

A dangerous trio has hijacked America’s future. The FED (central bank), Wall Street and politicians now control our economy. Washington DC proper now boasts an economic boom while the rest of America suffers from a myriad of challenges including, but not limited to, low-paying jobs, rising cost of living, financial tension, etc.

The world’s central banks circle the wagons in order to save our fragile banking system but not willing admit this effort is futile, destructive, and unfair. Anyone relying on a currency, not real money or hard assets, will, too, soon realize wealth stored in paper is growing worthless. Such an era will bode well for those holding physical silver/gold and my prediction is this run will not end anytime soon.

Although, we will reach a point when other assets will become so affordable, in terms of gold/silver, that the temptation to barter will flush wealth out of PMs and back to traditional assets (like real estate, stocks, etc). I don’t see a PM bubble anytime soon, nor do I see anyone holding PM in a hurry to trade. Thanks for the great questions and comment.

QUESTION:  Have you noticed the national debt clock? This is only possible because of our digital non-existent currency age.

TPS Reply:  Yep, it keeps rising, right? This is what happens when a government grows beyond its tax base. My recommendation is to keep stacking silver and gold until it stops.

Our transition to a digital currency is right on time. How else can a currency realize such creation on a global level? We are in the fourth quarter of a fiat currency meltdown created, and now propelled, by nothing more than greed and a political failure to transmit honesty, integrity, and strength. Other than that — this administration and other political leaders are doing a fine job by systematically dismantling our country piece by piece.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

 

 

 

 

 

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What a DOW decline means for GOLD

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At times you can feel “change” in the air. After years of war, it was likely a young Senator from Illinois was a frontrunner for a 2008 presidential election months before a November opportunity. Why, because change was in the air even if this change was nothing more than a flashy campaign slogan? Flashing forward, another “change” swirls but this change is less opportunistic for most but profitable for those holding wealth in physical silver or gold.  My only advice is to brace yourself for this monetary change.

I can think of nothing as financially devastating, to most Americans at least, as the 2008 DJIA disastrous decline. Within months the DOW promised 15,000 only to tumble, and then tumbled even more, until a 6000ish DOW left nervous investors asking just how low can a modern-day DOW decline. The wealth and future of America was nothing short of in peril.

The winds of change today, late summer-early fall, are reminiscent of 2008. Far too many hold faith in a DJIA supported only by trust and the ability to overpopulate a currency. Also, far too many forget how quickly asset bubbles burst and investment dreams vanish.

Today we’ll compare rising gold/silver to a vanishing DOW. I’m certain both will happen, in tandem, but have no idea when. I suspect soon.

In my opinion, the most likely short-term scenario to double silver and gold’s worth is a DOW collapse. For this reason I would like to compare a DOW decline similar to 2008s to today. In return, let’s compare the effects of such a DOW decline to silver and gold accordingly.

The 2008 DOW lost over 55% of its value in the fall of 2008. This wave of uncertainty challenged gold and it, too, fell around 20%. But gold rebounded nearly 90% over the next few months leaving physical gold holders not only confident but monetarily rewarded for their good stewardship.

GOLD:

Percentages can be a little blurring so let’s put dollar numbers in their place. If today’s DOW dropped 55%, like in 2008, this would nestle our favorite blue chip stock average somewhere in the neighborhood of 6930. If gold, too, followed 2008′s pattern this would put gold around $1064 per ounce.

But as mentioned gold didn’t drop long, or far, until nervous investors found the one historically proven hard asset worthy of investing, and investing they did. This time will be no different, in fact, this time nervous investors will “double-down” as they realize adverse monetary effects are the new common.

After a brief decline (gold declined around 20% September 2008), gold found footing and I suspect this time will be no different. Accordingly, this would leave paper gold at $1436 (six months), at $1862 (12 months), and $2128 (18 months). I would think the physical market (premium) for gold could easily add another $200 +, per ounce, to the aforementioned dollar values. Now, this leaves silver.

SILVER:

The 2008 DOW meltdown pushed silver’s paper value down 50% (from $18 to $9 per ounce). But this discounting didn’t last long, nor did physical metal supplies, as new silver investors found great reward for their monetary prudence. Now, let’s plug today’s silver price into such a 2008 scenario.

If silver dropped 50% today it would leave paper silver selling at $10.75 per ounce. Within six months silver would reach $16.12 (50%), and then $20.42 (12 months), and then $21.50 (18 months)…….. according to our 2008 comparison.

But these values fail to account for rising premiums, like in 2008-09. By example, October (2008) 100-ounce silver bars carried an additional 50% +premium on the secondary market, silver Eagles even more. This pushes our $20.42 paper silver to just under $31 for physical silver ounces, at least.

Remember, the secondary PM market doesn’t care about long-term customer creation, satisfaction, or service.

The secondary market is the future of how physical gold and silver exchanges – but don’t expect bargains from those willing to sell. Typically, secondary markets grab as much as possible by taking advantage of those late to the investment party (this information, although thought provoking, is nothing more than proof how one asset correction will temporarily influence precious metals. The one long-term monetary constant is value stored in sound money via hard assets).

QUESTION: DC, I’d like to ask about safe deposit box (storage). How safe is it, actually? What will happen to stuff inside the boxes if the bank shuts down? Love your blog, anyway. It helps me to focus on long-term protection instead of short-term volatility. Thank you.

TPS Reply: I’ve waited for this question….. so thanks for asking. Make no mistake; we are nearing a point in which wealth stored in banks is at risk. This includes assets stored within bank security boxes, as well. The question is which method of storage carries more risk. Many of my readers choose bank storage because they’re not comfortable defending metal stored at home or business, this I understand.

If we must pick between the lesser of two evils I have a suggestion. Why not diversify and insure your physical metal? Insurance is available for both home and bank vault stored PM. This insurance also covers the risk of transporting the metal to and from. I’m not sure if Indonesians are eligible for this insurance so contact me if you’d like my assistance.

So far this year 18 banks have closed here in the US. All reopened, to my knowledge, under a new flag and all box contents transferred along with bank ownership. This change didn’t affect those renting deposit boxes. But we live in an age of great volatility and greater uncertainty. This means all exposed wealth will eventually be challenged by creative governments looking to find a fresh means for new taxation and wealth accumulation.

I’ve personally only used bank box storage while away on extended travel, like internationally. I weigh the risk at the time and pick between the lesser of two evils. The bottom line, I know of no 100% secure or full-proof means to store physical precious metal. This is why I recommend diversification and insurance. Thanks for the great questions and comment.

By the way, your long-term comment is spot on…… good way of approaching PMs.

COMMENT:  Metals are rising!!!!!!

TPS Reply: They are, and this is a good confidence boost for those new to PM. I can’t tell you how many emails TPS has received from new readers who bought discounted PM only because of this last PM correction. I know many readers are frustrated but the opportunity to buy discounted metal truly allowed more to join the PM table.

Gold and silver rising is great but pale when compared to the advantages of discretely storing wealth out of sight. All exposed wealth is now under threat of taxation, confiscation, and blame. Why not take advantage of this temporary opportunity to trade dollars for unregistered wealth (physical silver or gold)? Not to mention the opportunity to store this wealth in many different countries, and outside the banking system.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

 

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BANKING RISK

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By definition, the word captive describes the action of something, or somebody, held prisoner by a person or group until specific demands are met or money is handed over. Today I’ll explain how this affects you and why wealth stored in banks, all banks, will soon fall hostage to a condition I can only describe as a banking prison. Please add this risk as yet one more reason to store some wealth in physical cash, silver or gold.

Just the mere mention of “prison” and we picture worse offenders serving time in places like Alcatraz or Port Arthur penitentiaries. Few picture our local bank as such a site of incarceration or captivity. After all, banks prism beauty, security, strength, structure, and trust. Depositors rarely question the risk of an imminent hijacking of wealth, not from their bank at least.

The articles below prove how powerful a grip our banking industry has on the political orientation of tomorrow. Remember folks, this money is yours. Congress is nothing more than the entity elected to disperse our money in a responsible fashion.

An Obama administration program is under fire, with federal investigators finding that community banks used the government’s funds to pay back recession-era bailouts – instead of lending the money to small businesses as originally intended. source -CNN Money (April 2013)

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The Treasury Department does not require banks who have received the money (TARP) to show how they are using it, claiming that it is not possible to demonstrate on a bank-by-bank basis. source – CNN Money (August 2009)

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And here comes Goldman Sachs (GS), the royalty of Wall Street, racking up a huge $3.4 billion quarterly profit and making plans to pay bonuses that could average well over half a million dollars per employee.

Goldman, of course, is accomplishing this with the help of a $10 billion TARP loan from the government. source –Seeking Alpha

Since September of 2008 the protocol is nothing more than saving banks regardless the cost, regardless the irresponsible risk that crippled a once strong banking system. The marriage between Congress and a private Federal Reserve Bank (Bernanke) appears innocent enough but has created a one-sided monetary structure with little accountability. This is by purposeful design.

Each week I present facts as to why physical PM (precious metal) will rise in value over the balance of your lifetime. But the issues we’re facing today go far beyond profiting from PM investments. Our situation has transpired into financial survival in order to maintain some sense of personal independence. Silver or gold, regardless the price, is one of only a handful of positions to store wealth outside a corrupt banking world.

For those willing to take notice….. big bank officials now bounce back and forth between political positions of advisory and private banking. Nearly all those who advise this administration have a vested interest in supporting this status quo. This collusion bleeds beyond a conflict of interest. Their only interest is greed, power, and controlling your money.

Someday monetizing debt and printing currency will no longer support this thirst or greed. At such a time something will give and panic will influence those in political control to accept more of the same misguided advice from bankers.

Bankers will warn, eventually, that the entire financial network is under threat of collapse and politicians will react accordingly. Like today’s Cyprus, our banks too will ration and tax your wealth by limiting transfers or withdrawal of your money. This monetary progression is exactly what happens when banks dictate political influence and capital control.

If this threat I’m describing today sounds real then buy physical silver or gold. If not, stay the course. But remember that the merger between banks and politics never bodes well for those entrusting wealth in either.

QUESTION:  All of our savings are in 401k roll-over accounts.  These funds are not easily gotten to without tax consequences so we are hindered in our ability to accumulate physical gold/silver.  So, we have allocated about 30% of our savings in Gold/Silver ETFs.  We have been able to accumulate some physical silver a little at a time but is there a better way to protect our lifetime savings?

TPS Reply: Your question arrived just in time to work into this post, thanks. As I’m sure you’re aware, I’m not a big fan of wealth disconnect of any kind, but. The 401k accounts you’re describing do offer tax deferment and the opportunity to store wealth within PMs. The question of the day is does the fund actually have access to an equal amount of physical PM as you have invested? I personally doubt most funds do.

The next question is do you stay the course or suffer the tax consequences from rolling the 401k into physical silver or gold? We can address the ETFs but my biggest concern is when you mentioned “we have been able to accumulate some physical silver”. This, to me, implies that you’re not comfortable with your level of physical holdings, right?

My opinion is that physical holdings should supersede paper PM holdings. We will soon reach a point where all investments are in question of “real” or “paper”. This could lead to panic as wealth attempts to find solid footing.

I’m not a financial advisor so I can only offer what I would do if in your shoes. I would do whatever it takes to accumulate a balance of physical allocations, regardless. I would then store at least 1/3 within arm’s reach or with someone very trusted. By the way — this transfer of wealth could include liquidating, or trading, any personal asset into physical PM, not just a 401k.

Now, as far as your ETF,  Sprott Asset Management offers a gold-backed ETF and claims to hold all investment assets in physical gold bullion.  Eric Sprott has a respected name within the PM community and is definitely worth checking out. As always, due diligence is recommended so invest time before money. Thanks for the great question, and reading TPS.

 

QUESTION:  How long is the typical wait time for online PM purchases? I’m new to PM (just found TPS) but don’t like the idea of wiring $ in faith hoping the silver arrives as promised.

TPS Reply: I hear you loud and clear…… and 100% agree. The PM industry has little regulations; this is both good news and bad. This is why it is imperative to find a trusted PM trader with a respectable reputation BEFORE BUYING ONE OUNCE. The wait time is unlike anything else shipped since demand and inventory affect how long it takes to physically receive a PM order.

Your online PM dealer doesn’t usually have the PM in hand when you place an order. Most dealers are brokers which mean they work as a middleman between you, the consumer, and the wholesaler. Any delay in shipment usually stems from a whole seller not able to keep par with demand.

Have you considered buying a few silver ounces from a local coin shop? This face-to-face exchange will allow you to build a local relationship, instill confidence, and provide a cash-and-carry exchange. When consulting with PM newbies I usually recommend starting with silver or gold bullion paying as close to “spot” metal price as possible.

Save the large purchases for online and only after your PM confidence grows. Email me for a list of reputable PM dealers, I’m glad to help. Oh, and welcome aboard.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

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Signs of a REAL RECOVERY

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Signs are a forewarning that something important is soon to happen. Arm numbness could be a sign of a heart attack. Night sweats could be an early sign of diabetes. Lately I’ve been searching for signs of a real economic recovery. How else can we explain the latest gold/silver decline, all while the DOW posts another new high, other than a true recovery, right? After all, the great metal sell-off of 2013 can only be attributed to a new found level of economic faith.

Is the city of Detroit a sign of economic recovery? Detroit dropped from a circa 1950ish population of just under two million to less than 700k today. No one counting can be surprised by the bankruptcy of a city when it loses over half of its middle class and industry all while simultaneously growing the state’s pension obligations. Detroit is certainly not a sign of recovery as we watch poverty overtake what was once declared the city of great opportunity.

Nearly half of the wealth of American is stored in real estate. The lion’s share of this wealth rests in single-family homes known as a principal residence. But just as we’re led to believe the great housing recovery is unstoppable (housing bubble 2.0) news of a recent major decline in new mortgage applications say otherwise. Is it possible our great housing recovery could be upended by a 1% increase in mortgage rates?

The signs of a housing recovery are few and far between when the three denominators holding RE values together are cheap money, faith, and leverage.

What is a house worth, in municipalities like Detroit, after stigmatized by bankruptcy? The value of your home is directly affected by the health, and obligation, of your state and local economy.

The anti-recovery list grows longer. The new-found affordability of the Affordable Care Act has to be a sign of recovery, yes? Cities collapsing under the strain of long-term debt and unfunded liabilities have to be a sign of recovery, too. The fact we’ve reached the point of unbridled QE must be the truest sign of real economic recovery.

Why Silver & Gold will rise!!

The positive signs of economic recovery presented by today’s media are nothing more than a monetary distraction. Most individuals have reached a point of no longer willing to think for themselves, not to mention the ability to question those who put motive over principle. If the media or internet says so then it must be true.

I know my stack of PMs will take care of my family’s future for one reason only; what most folks view as financially stable is supported by the ability to create (borrow, print, or tax) currency. Everything from social programs, pensions, real estate values, stocks, banks, etc have reached the point of fiat dependency. This recovery is as real as any structure built upon a foundation of debt leaving no other choice but print of die.

Only the minority now buck this trend of nonstop quantitative easing. The rest, the majority, only argue over how to spend it. Think about this for a moment, please. Can you imagine the Detroit inferno if the evening news reported a significant reduction in social services, section 8 housing, food stamps, disability, etc.? What if a politician announced a monetary commitment to stop deficit spending altogether? The clip below answers it best.

Not only would city streets in every major city burn but the outcry from those invested in paper assets would be so great that the very life of the one proposing such a foolish plan would be in jeopardy.

This “jeopardy” is why your stack of physical silver and gold must rise just to keep a natural order of monetary balance and buying power. The United States, most countries too, have reached the point of no other option than print to appease, both politically and economically speaking.

I know TPS has mentioned this before but we are long past the point of arguing if metal will rise. It must rise, and will rise, as our nation accepts we are to the point of print or burn.  TPS recently posted how debt has become a threat to our national security. I’ll go as far to say the domestic threat outweighs the foreign threat when we calculate the growing number of our entitled.

COMMENT:  I personally believe the gold bugs are about to be squashed – maybe less than $1000 an ounce!!

TPS Reply:  Thanks for the comment. If every prudent person sitting on physical gold had to sell now then “yes”, the gold bugs are soon to be squashed, at least the most recent buyers. But your theory has one giant hole in it when we consider that few bugs are sellers. In fact, many are out buying discounted precious metal.

Let me guess, the DOW is your suggested new opportunity of safe haven? If so, what happens to the value of today’s DJIA if not for perpetual QE? What happens when the DOW has to stand on its own monetary merit? Will the 2008 DOW meltdown pale in comparison when those with wealth realize it’s nothing more than a paper promise?

Bernanke’s pile of printed money supports Wall Street because the lion’s share of this fiat rests on Wall Street. Of course investors in return support WS because they have little choice other than follow the next bubble; can’t you see this? I, for one, will side with the gold bugs by taking my chances with sound money (according to our US Constitution & 5000 years of history).

QUESTION:  In your last post, Fake Money Threatens our National Security, you mention the word “printing” but this is inaccurate. The money is nothing more than a digit, not only is it fiat but it doesn’t exist at all…. literally. Your point is noted but you should clarify. Thanks for what you do!!

TPS Reply:  Great point, thanks. You’re correct, less than 1/2% of cash deposited actually exists. This number can vary but never anywhere close to a percentage that would make most depositors comfortable. This is why the banking world is deathly afraid of a bank run similar to what happened in Cyprus.

This is also why I recommend keeping most liquidity in cash, silver, or gold form. In my opinion, at least 1/3 of this wealth should be within arm’s reach safely stored in-house or with someone trusted. I wish more folks understood the fragile nature of today’s banking world, fractional reserve lending (banking), fiat currency, and, of course, real money.

Good for you and thanks for the reminder!!  By the way to all readers, if this sounds like an overreaction just research the words “bail-in” as it relates to today’s banking institutions. Why not take a proactive stance while this option still exists?

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

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Fake Money Threatens our National Security, again!

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Does the name Sam Upham ring a historical bell? Mr. Upham imprinted his name into history books in the most unusual fashion. In fact, Mr. Upham learned, well before Mr. Bernanke I should add, that the power to print is more profitable than the effort to work. Maybe this is why our gentleman of the hour printed nearly 15 million counterfeit Confederate dollars during this country’s Civil War over 150 years ago. Some respected historians believe our Civil War’s outcome was offhandedly determined by one “Yankee scoundrel” with the power to print money.

History is a road map seldom followed. So many readers are asking what it will take for physical PM (precious metal) to rise without questioning what happens when fake money rules the world. Like a wave building, the ill effects of fiat printing will soon position those holding sound money into a posture of wealth accumulation. Our country’s history is the only proof needed.

I would like to expand our history lesson for a paragraph, or two, before comparing a circa 1862 American currency to today’s precious metal alternative. The Confederate South created a fiat currency to afford a war. This new fiat currency, commonly called Confederate dollars, held no gold restraint because of a 100% reliance (sound familiar?) on those with the power to print.

Over creation, or over printing Confederate dollars led to rapid inflation as confidence in the money dropped all while volumes of Confederate dollars increased. It is worth mentioning that the cost of a man’s suit ran just under $3000 Confederate dollars as inflation gripped……. and then crushed this fiat money of the South.

For the record, the aforementioned Mr. Upham didn’t work for the Confederate Treasury. In fact, Mr. Upham was nothing more than a money bootlegger who realized the potential of combining cheap paper with barrels of ink. His ability to create fake money accelerated the Confederate currency into an inflationary spiral that led to the end of the Civil War!!!

I’m not a conspiracy theorist but it’s worth mentioning Mr. Upham was never caught, even with a $10k bounty on his head, and rumored to be protected by our country’s secret service till his death, hmm.

NATIONAL SECURITY:

Not a day passes without the mention of our country’s national security. The War on Terror rages long after September 2001 and the argument of a safer world is debatable. Less debatable are the costs of wars under the pretense of national security. To put it bluntly, we continue to borrow/print money in order to fight rotating wars.

The parallels between an extinct Confederate currency and today’s US dollar have reached an undeniable state of similarity.  The very act of overproducing our currency is now a compromise to our national security. This realization grows more haunting when we factor growing Middle Eastern tension and other threats of war.

Only a thin line separates the power to print, and then wage war, with the vulnerability of over creating a fiat currency that intensifies the threat to our national security. The Federal Reserve Bank promotes control but their actions say otherwise.

I’m not sure who tomorrow’s history will blame for the demise of today’s reserve currency. Will we print our dollar to death in order to sustain our consumer-based economy or will we destroy our currency in the name of national security while fighting never-ending wars?

Regardless why, physical silver and gold will protect the wealth of the few willing to accept today’s historical monetary lesson.

QUESTION:  DC, are we talking about someday trading pricey PMs back into a fiat currency (US Dollars)? Not sure I’m comfortable exchanging sound money for paper promises.

TPS Reply: Thanks for the comment and question; not a week passes without someone asking the same “what to do when it’s time to move on” question. You are correct, there will come a time to leverage wealth stored in silver/gold for another asset. We often envision this step, or process, transitioning through dollars first but this most likely will not be the case.

Complications arise the minute we convert an asset back into dollars. This complication could be a tax consequence (red flags or capital gains), wealth exposure, even security issues. The word that comes to mind is discretion. Discretion is a key component to owning, storing, and someday trading precious metal.

It’s worth mentioning that the same forces soon to propel PM higher will also have an adverse effect on other assets now over leveraged; real estate, stocks, and many businesses are a perfect example. When a business or property becomes overly leveraged it becomes vulnerable to a decline in revenue. The burden of leverage remains the same even if profits decline. This is the number one reason small businesses fail when a consumer-based economy cuts back on spending.

The potential to buy (trade) severely discounted property, stock, and businesses for precious metal will increase over this decade and probably the next, too. Those storing wealth in silver and gold will eventually realize the financial benefit of trading PM for another distressed asset. This trade bypasses the need to liquidate PMs into dollars, if structured properly.

This site will discuss many other options to trade, or sell, physical silver and gold in the near future. Thanks for the question.

QUESTION:  How does someone new to PMs know the best time to buy? I hear experts mention a “bottom” but how is the bottom recognizable?

TPS Reply:  Great question, thanks. The PM bottom is not recognizable…….. anyone claiming to know differently is nothing more than a paid PM spokesman. Too many forces now control day to day PM fluctuations, unfortunately. This means we must keep our eye on the long-term goal of wealth preservation by creating our own personal gold standard.

If you’re new to PM, and unprotected, please consider buying ASAP. No one knows when some event will push our economy to the brink…… just like the days in September 2008. The world’s banking institutions are now risky investment houses and highly leveraged. Sure central banks have rolled billions in dollars of liquidity into some banks but this cushion is pale compared to the exposure of most financial institutions.

My opinion is regardless the price paid PMs are worth it, especially when we consider the potential to preserve wealth ever so discretely. No need complicating this gift by guessing an actual PM bottom that will someday soon seem irrelevant.

Contrarily, I often recommend those PM protected to exercise patience when adding to their growing stack. The trend of late is declining. This means, in all probability, the same dollars will buy more metal in the very near future but only recommended for those already PM protected. Thanks for the question, and reading TPS.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

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PRECIOUS METAL: PROTECTION OR PROFIT?

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September 2008 was not a good month for most DJIA investors. It took less than seven September hours to drain $1.2 trillion from shareholders as the DOW index experienced a meltdown the likes Charles Dow never considered possible. Today’s gold decline reminds me of September 08′s DJIA in many ways. The same fear, same economic darkness, the same “will values ever come back?“, too.

I have no idea what prompts you to read a blog like TPS (The Prospector Site). Some read for assurance, some search for protection, and some want nothing more than to leverage gold/silver for profit. The latter are greatly disappointed as of summer 2013; my fear is this disappointment has a short shelf life.

Brave DOW investors who beat back the uncertainty of 2008 were well rewarded. These vivacious souls understood a 7617 point DOW drop over a few weeks could equal huge returns for those more focused on profit than protection.

After all, it’s always the few who stand strong that profit the most while all others run for the exits.

I’m no DOW fan, but it’s undeniable that investors have profited greatly since the days of 2008 volatility. Is it possible these same brave investors realized that stock holdings within profitable companies should not have declined in such a waterfall fashion, as they did fall 2008? Smart stock investors realized that such a bargain was a closing window of discounted opportunity.

Today’s physical silver or gold opportunity reminds me of the discounted blue-chip stock offerings of late 2008. I won’t speculate when precious metal prices will rebound but I can guarantee one thing. An ounce of physical silver, or gold, is worth far more today than what a person can buy it for, just like a 2008 blue chip stock.

Profit or protection:

If you’re protection minded, PM speaking, then the latest PM price drop means little…… maybe even nothing. Your plan is all about long-term fiscal prudence all while realizing a currency built on overpopulation (printing) cannot sustain value or buying power forever. A temporary waterfall decline within your PM plan – although disheartening – means little when compared to your plan of preservation, self-reliance, and independence.

The PM protectionist views profitability as a byproduct of wealth preservation. They also view the ability to transport wealth as an avenue to rebuild after a currency and government prove themselves as less permanent than what 99% of our neighbors would like to believe. The fact is history has not ruled in favor of print friendly economies or fiat currencies, never.

July 2013 is extremely unique for those who still trust physical PM. Generally I write from a precious metal long-term point of view, you probably already know this. But today’s PM opportunity is on the verge of presenting a shorter term position for profitability. If this is of interest……. please read on.

From this point forward I want to be perfectly clear. This writing creation you’re reading is presented, and should be interpreted, as a form of short-term speculation. Speculation is nothing more than a tally of risk compared to monetary reward and only played by those who can truly afford it.

We are soon to hit a PM bottom, this I’m sure of. I don’t know when or how low but the price of physical silver or gold will soon change her recent course. When it does the potential for quick profit is very real, but still not for everyone. Make sure you don’t confuse long-term PM prudence with the risks of speculation.

QUESTION: I hate to ask but must, have we reached a bottom for gold? Oil prices are zooming but precious metal prices are still in decline. Care to speculate?

TPS Reply:  Thanks for asking, and reading TPS. “No”, my opinion is we’re not out of this temporary fog of PM volatility and gold prices could fall accordingly. It’s impossible to predict how many weeks or months this downtrend will last. But it will end and when it does paper investors will drum a rhythm of precious metal opportunity, and the bulls will run again. We’ve seen this many times before and this time will be no different.

As mentioned over the last couple of posts; I’m not buying silver or gold at this point. I’m storing the cash just like I would PM waiting for the PM market to stabilize. Why buy now when the same dollars will buy more ounces, most likely, in the very near future? I can do this because I’m already PM protected. What about you?

Now, as for your crude question, oil that is. The situation in Egypt is stirring oil uncertainty and we can only speculate how this volatility will translate into pump prices. My guess, this is only a sign of the times and I’m personally not expecting cheaper pump prices anytime soon. Will rising crude prices drag PM prices up, very possible but not worth betting the farm, IMO?

Some economists believe a rising dollar index has more to do with the current price of precious metal far over anything else. I won’t disagree, but believe the PM decline we’ve watched since April of 2013 has as much to do with a paper PM sell-off dragging down physical values too. Regardless, both forces are only temporarily influential over the long term.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

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MONEY YOU CAN BANK ON

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Banks in California’s Central Valley are on high alert, and they should be. There is a young man, around 20-years old I’m guessing from his picture, who has robbed at least six banks over the last few months. He doesn’t use a gun, doesn’t wear a mask, or does he make threats to the bank tellers. Most customers or bank employees never know the bank was robbed even though the man committing these crimes flaunts his face in front of high-tech surveillance cameras time and time again. The young robber simply walks into a bank, hands over a note, and then walks out with stacks of other people’s cash. Local banks are warning employees and urging people to be aware.

My motive for sharing this story of brazenness is less about warning than observation.  Today’s banking industry shows concern over such theft but the truth is they’re more concerned with endangering employees than losing dollars. The mother-ship bank, better known as the Federal Reserve Bank, can….. and will, replace stolen fiat with a keyboard stroke, no worries.

After all, 99.4% of the perceived money safely stored in your local bank doesn’t exist. It’s nothing more than a digit assigned to an account number.

Oddly enough, the same 99% percent of folks staggering your neighborhood streets, and still believing their dollars are stored in a bank somewhere, fail to understand the difference between money and fiat currency. This monetary ignorance separates these folks from sound money like physical silver or gold, respectively.

The Wells Fargo bank building in my local community is hands down the nicest and most expensive building on Main Street. I’m not a commercial appraiser but guessing this building has a value worth several million dollars, I’m willing to bet your community is no different. Just down the street, but on the same side, sits my humble-looking local coin shop (I would estimate this building’s value around $250k, but no more).

One building, the Wells Fargo one, reflects a perception of wealth and security even though it houses no intrinsic source of sound money. The other building, our local coin shop, needs some updating but houses many times the building’s worth in physical silver and gold, or, real money. Unfortunately, less than 1% of the folks passing by recognize the difference.

Folks living in the US are at a real crossroads. Monetary confusion influences them to store wealth in dollars, by way of banks, even though most folks realize something is not right within our banking system in a overpopulated fiat currency age. These same individuals view silver and gold as valuable but fail to recognize how significant PM (precious metal) is in such an age. The fact both metals have declined recently only adds to this confusion; my fear is this confusion will cost the unknowing dearly.

It’s obvious since you’re reading this you understand the difference between sound money and a fiat currency, congrats. Our banking system not only drums a fiat melody of wise investment but relies on this trickery for its very survival.  The fact remains physical silver or gold is the only money you can bank on.

1984 is now:

Our world is buzzing over yet another Orwellian fruition. It is obvious to all that nothing written or said is secret now that we’re living in a technological age combined with governmental overreach. The great salesmen peddle such intrusion as necessary to protect us but the truth is such intrusion is a choice between freedom and security. This writer will take his chances, if the choice still exists.

George Orwell called such propagandists “crypto-communists”. What amazes me is Mr. Orwell made such timely prediction in 1948-49 just one year prior to his death. He also refereed to individualism, or independent thinking, as thoughtcrimes. Time has now turned Mr. Orwell into Orwellian.

I’ll climb the highest mountain, if necessary, to once again explain the availability to store wealth in undocumented physical metal is a closing window. It is still 100% legal to trade dollars for real money, like silver or gold. We can argue when PMs will rise and by how much but only after safely securing the right metal for you. Please take a close look at physical silver and/or gold soon.

QUESTION:  If we’re talking silver, are we investing or jumping into a safe haven?  I’ve read plenty of your writings but still slightly confused on the financial goal. Thank you for taking the time to take my call (edited).

TPS Reply: You’re welcome, and thanks for asking. My opinion is that physical silver offers both the benefit of investing and safe haven storage. The primary goal is preservation but the byproduct of such prudence is wealth building, aka investing. My belief is silver, at around $27 physical, will soon double, double again, and then continue to surprise even the most PM optimistic.

Silver, and gold, have always maintained true value compared to effort, other assets and tangibles. This is why a $1 legal tender silver coin is worth just under $30 as of June, 2013. This is why a $50 legal tender gold coin is worth over $1400 dollars, too. It is only because of our USD’s devaluation that silver and gold rise in dollar value.

We have reached a very unique time both historically and monetarily. Never before have so many had an option to own physical PM while simultaneously living under a fiat currency age. This means all currencies have the option to print as much fiat as necessary to appease her people. This printing will not fix an economy but will offer temporary stability. The long-term effects are not historically good. In fact, the long-term effects of overpopulating a fiat currency impoverishes most who fail to understand how safe-haven investing works.

Over producing a fiat currency weakens the currency’s buying power; this is why milk, fuel, and your favorite soda continue to rise in cost. Most working for a salary, or living on a fixed income, believe the answer is to earn more but fail to understand we will soon reach a point where it’s nearly impossible to out earn inflation. But for now, printing currency has somewhat stabilized our economy but this stability will not last forever without real jobs paying a fair wage.

Hope this helps clear the confusion. Thanks again.

QUESTION: Experts are predicting $19 silver by late summer or early fall (2013). I don’t own silver but I’m taking a hard look at trading some savings for physical silver in the near future. My reasoning has to do with an administration that refuses to practice fiscal restraint. My question, is it wise to wait for silver to fall in price? I obviously don’t want to be like the ones who paid 50% more than necessary – not that long ago.

TPS Reply:  Great question and comment. You’re wise to consider trading dollars for physical silver, in my opinion. No offense, but I know of no PM experts anymore, only informed prognosticates. Because of this no one truly knows what silver prices will do over the short term. This is why I rarely mention short-term fluctuations especially during such an age of economic volatility.

Now long-term speaking, physical silver has to rise if for no other reason than the one you mention. By the way, both political sides have leveraged debt for political gain, power and control. You’re correct, this administration has added the most but mark my words the next administration will also fail to practice fiscal restraint. Wall Street, and our banking system, have too much control and will always put profit over prudence.

Going back to your question, I don’t offer pinpoint financial advice. If in your shoes, I would consider a 50% entry into physical silver, soon, and then spread my silver budget over the next few months. It is always possible silver prices could drop, like you mentioned, but a long-term fiscal plan should be the focus far beyond the possibility of a short-term dip. Thanks for the question.

By the way, I too bought silver only to watch it drop from its recent high. I lose no sleep over price drops because it’s all about ounces owned, properly stored, and an overall foundation of self-reliance built on a foundation of sound money. Dips and rises have no effect on my overall plan.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.


 

 

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BIBLICAL REASONS TO OWN GOLD & SILVER

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On my summer/fall read list is a book called Killing Jesus written by Bill O’Reilly. There are two things I can assure you about this book, even before I read it. One, it will spend months atop the bestseller’s list, and two, it will be extremely controversial as well – nothing stirs emotions like religion. Regardless your faith, regardless your view, the Bible is full of fascinating factual mentions of money. For the record, there is no mention, to my knowledge, of paper currency…… just silver and gold. With that, let’s dive into one of the most intriguing mentions of “real wealth” in human history.

I recently had an interesting consultation with a pastor of a small church. One comment this pastor made stands out as much, or more, than anything I’d heard before as a PM consultant. As our hour began to wrap, he said, “Well, if silver/gold are good enough for God – then they’re good enough for me. I need no other proof than this.”

Now folks, I’ve heard every reason under the sun to own gold, but this was a faithful first. This man’s faith leads me to ask if it’s possible we’re over thinking personal investing and monetary rule. Is it possible our world is so economic chaotic because of our failure to follow biblical recommendations of sound money? As with all things written here at TPS, the final decision is yours and yours alone.

Godly Gold:

The word gold is mentioned 417 times in the King James Bible. Silver, respectively, is mentioned 320 times and the world for money is mentioned an additional 140 times, as well. Both Hebrew and Greek words for silver/gold/money are mentioned throughout the bible and always regarded as noble, rare, durable, and malleable. It is estimated that Solomon’s Temple was made of over 3000 tonnes of gold (measured in talent, a talent is equal to 75 pounds).

To this day, each time we describe an athlete or entertainer as talented – we’re comparing these individuals to silver or gold according to biblical terminology. The bible often mentions Kings and Queens paid in gold/silver as part of God’s commandment. Not only does the bible compare PM to wealth but both Old and New Testaments compare the metal to knowledge, wisdom and faith.

Gold and silver are often compared to spiritual wealth within the bible. Some confuse 1 Timothy 6:10 with money as the root of all evil, but the scripture is often misunderstood. The correct reference is “for the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil”.

While researching today’s post I found myself intrigued. Few in today’s society stop to consider what the most popular book written has to say about silver, gold, or all things monetarily significant. By the way and for those interested, the bible makes the first mention of gold within the first few hundred words of Genesis (first book of the Old Testament). Genesis[2:12] “and the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.”

The word of God & gold in 2013:

Few will argue the monetary role of sound money in biblical terms. It is obvious gold’s primary purpose was, and still is, storage of wealth and value while silver’s purpose was, and still should be, used for daily trade.  I personally believe that God created gold to be the foundation of an economic system that would be solid, stable and not subject to manipulation.

Flashing forward to 2013 we find physical silver and gold somewhat irrelevant in today’s economic system. Not one currency on earth still uses a gold standard to restrain government fiscal irresponsibility or monetary stability. This means it’s up to each of us individually to find and follow a monetary plan founded on sound money and fiscal prudence.

Not a day passes without someone reminding me that both silver and gold are worth much less than not long ago. I can’t argue this fact but the truth is today’s PM price has little to do with a monetary law of sound money principles. It is only from manipulation and intervention that we question, or even doubt, the benefit of storing wealth in precious metal.

Over the last few weeks we are reminded what happens when governments expand without restraint or fiscal prudence. The losses of American liberties are now too long to list but few associate how today’s fiat system allows leadership to expand without constraint. This trend, in my opinion, will worsen as fiat economies continue to rob the wealth of those not protected with sound money (silver or gold).

No different today than the words written thousands of years ago, “and the gold of the land is good”.

QUESTION I read where you still buy silver each month. Do you buy online or in person?

TPS Reply:  This is true; I still buy physical silver each month and have no plans to stop. Purchasing silver online or in person each has benefits over the other. Online precious metal brokers and dealers can sell physical PM, usually, for less than brick-and-mortar outlets. The key, regardless the method, is to find someone reputable that is willing to play a vital role in your long-term PM plan. To answer your question I use both methods to add to my stack.

The thought of purchasing physical metal stirs anxiety within most new to silver or gold. Even the author of a NY Times bestseller on investing once admitted, to me, her fear while making a first online gold purchase. The goal here at TPS is to offer peace of mind for those willing to trade fiat dollars for sound money. The key is to know what you what to buy, and willing to pay, before contacting a PM seller.

The benefit of buying silver in person is obvious. You hand the seller cash and they in return hand you physical silver. No waiting, no prolonged anxiety either. Another benefit of buying in person is developing a local PM relationship just in case you need to liquidate a few ounces in haste. Regardless the method, my advice is to ask plenty of questions all while practicing due diligence along the way. Thanks for the question.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

 

 

 

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WILL THE IRS TARGET PHYSICAL GOLD & SILVER?

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So by their admission it appears the IRS has decided to pick who to pick on. Some, even the media, are outraged over such one-sided abuse but in my opinion most reporting the news have entirely missed the message. The back story here goes well beyond the IRS picking conservatively based groups to audit or postpone as a tax free worthy entity. The real message here is capital control and the price you will pay when you question the motive of an overreaching government who can no longer sustain itself within the constraints of our country’s constitution. Please add IRS overreach as yet one more reason to store your wealth in precious metal.


Storing wealth in physical precious metal is not 100% risk free. It is possible someone could steal what you’ve worked so hard to amass leaving you with no choice other than to start all over. But such a risk is very low and I say this only after countless hours researching the best methods to store silver and gold, both domestically and internationally. I cannot say the same for wealth stored within the reach of an overbearing IRS.

The ability to buy and physically own precious metal is one far too many fail to capitalize on considering the volatile age we live. Right now, a person in the United States can legally trade dollars for silver, or gold, without reporting this exchange to a governmental agency (a few exceptions exist so use due diligence). PM advocates often refer to this privilege as the last frontier of wealth storage. I know of no other asset with the same discretionary capability but this window of opportunity is closing as you read these words today.

To argue if metal prices will rise or fall, short-term speaking, is redundant in my opinion considering the discretionary benefits of physical PM.

While some view the latest PM price take down with frustration….. I view it differently. Paper silver at $22, and gold in the $1300ish, help preserve precious metal as an irrelevant asset even as the world disguises our silent depression with denial and printed currency. Think of this PM obscurity as a postponement with a short shelf life.

There is no chance the IRS will not target physical PM in days to come. In fact, no asset worthy of storing wealth has a snowball’s chance of not paying a “fair share” as determined by an ever-growing IRS. For the record, the fair share scale and the ability to print currency are the only reasons a government grows beyond the comfort of her people. The IRS is the monetary enforcer of such a time of governmental overreach.

As a precious metal advocate you have one huge advantage over the pinpoint overreach that fills our news today; your PM currency is not only irrelevant it’s also universally discrete.  But our digital age in a land of artificial currency will eventually pressure those trading physical silver or gold into a corner of regulation. At such time I see much less value in trading dollars for silver or gold.

So, where does this leave you as an individual willing to play by the rules as long as regulation and taxation stays within the parameter of reasonable? My advice is to not underestimate the power of the only governmental agency running a profit (how can the IRS not be profitable?). I’m also not an advocate of letting intimidation limit the one monetary step that will sustain not only a level of wealth but also a higher standard of personal independence. Keep discretely stacking physical silver and gold.

QUESTION:  I still don’t see it, sorry. Why buy silver or gold when precious metal prices are vulnerable to volatility far beyond a rising DOW, real estate, etc? Is this a fear thing that drives physical demand when real metal prices have dropped like a rock? I just don’t get it.

TPS Reply:  Thanks for expressing your view. You’re correct, the DJIA is up, year to date, somewhere around 16% while paper silver and gold are significantly down over the same time period. If we’re to judge asset worthiness using one spot in time then the DOW appears the winner. I, personally, refuse to place my wealth motivated by such shortsightedness; here is why.

The reason to trade dollars for precious metal has little to do with silver or gold. The disease is debt and the carrier of the disease is the US dollar, all while other currencies feverishly print themselves worthless, too. Hard assets, like PM, are nothing more than monetary lifeboats willing to transport the few who truly understand the significance of our age. Too many, maybe you, are focused on PM justification without recognizing the monetary epidemic at hand. Growing global debt combined with worldwide currency debasement will consume a large part of the world’s wealth.

I won’t argue with your fear observation. Folks are scared, and they’re growing reasons to be concerned. But I don’t recommend making monetary decisions based on fear, not during such important times like today. Fear can spark the flame but education and prudence is the reason demand for physical metal (not paper) has grown beyond silver and gold output. Thanks for the comment and questions.

QUESTION:  Want to read your books but I don’t have a Kindle reader. When will they be available in paper book form?

TPS Reply:  Thanks for asking. The plan is to combine both digital books into one paper version ASAP. The wheels turn slowly in the publishing world so I apologize for the delay, but will do whatever I can to speed things up. Until then, please remember some tablets will recognize digital books since the e-book industry is the most affordable way to read newly released books. Thanks to all readers for making both books included on Amazon’s #1 bestseller list.

QUESTION:  Will you agree that the secondary PM market carries far more risk than buying directly from a metal dealer? Why pay more for the risk, in my opinion? (TPS – several readers asked a similar question so I took the liberty to edit)

TPS Reply: Absolutely I agree. As long as an individual can buy from a reputable dealer then do so. But the problem is that such availability is very limited and worldwide PM demand is rapidly expanding (all while Americans enjoy the illusion of economic recovery yet question affordable silver and gold). Maybe I should take some space to better illustrate how limited today’s supply of physical silver and gold.

Silver and gold dealers (sources) are growing in numbers all across the world. Never in modern history have this many folks had the opportunity to own precious metal, this is good. But even as sources to buy PM grow output doesn’t. Mints can only process the metal after it’s clawed from the earth and this output is nowhere close to meeting our world’s growing demand for the one true universal worldwide currency. A million PM sources all buy from a handful of PM wholesalers.

Resurrecting scrap metal helps fill this growing supply-to-demand gap but it’s unrealistic to believe this will have a long-lasting impact. Combine India’s thirst for gold jewelry (they view gold as displayable wealth), and it’s easy to see why the world’s demand for PM goes far beyond bullion, bars, rounds, scrap, or junk metal – not to forget industrial usage too.

Back to your comment/question. The secondary market from here forward will become a dirty way to trade precious metal. To better illustrate, compare a reputable PM dealer to Costco and a growing secondary PM market to an outdoor flea market in Mexico City. Continue to buy from a local reputable coin shop or bullion dealer/broker as long as possible. Thanks for the great question.

BERNANKE WATCH:

The most powerful man on the earth’s surface is worried over inflation, but not from the same viewpoint you’re imagining. It appears inflation is too low for the FED and this is causing great concern (1.3%). But John Williams (ShadowStats) has inflation teetering around 8.7% leaving the other 99.99% of us asking who the heck is telling the truth.

No person buying their own groceries or filling the gas tank honestly believes the threat of “lower than expected inflationary numbers”. It appears that items of necessity are rising, rapidly I might add, while things not so necessary are stagnate or declining. This is a perfectly natural occurrence as households harness unnecessary spending by way of belt tightening.

Free thinkers really don’t need ShadowStats, the CPI, or Bernanke to tell us when costs are rising. The proof we need is as close as our most recent bank statement.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

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