Mixed Signals from the Tightrope: The Fed in 2019

Will they or won’t they? When it comes to raising the federal funds rate, this is always the $64 million question.   The federal funds rate is the interest rate that banks charge each other. While it is generally considered to be the most important rate in the world of finance, it is also a crucial variable in the life of the average American household, the financial markets, and the broader economy.  The…

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Cryptocurrency May Not Be a Safe Haven, But Here’s Why Gold Is

In anything but a cryptic fashion, many market observers are signaling the fall of cryptocurrency and promoting the security of precious metals like gold. A recent CNBC.com article declared that the hot streak that had been enjoyed by bitcoin—the most prominent type of cryptocurrency—is “truly dead.” As a result, people are gravitating toward gold as…

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What Are Gold Prices Trying to Tell Us?

They say everything happens for a reason. This is true in life as well as in the economy. And it’s particularly the case in the commodities market. Gold prices are at a seven-month high. So what is the precious metal trying to tell us?  While gold essentially trades on supply and demand, it is also a store of wealth, a historical safe haven, and a way to diversify risk. It has an inverse relationship with paper assets like…

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2019 Global Gold Forecast: The Price Influencers & Predictions You Need to Know

The economic outlook for 2019 is filled with warnings of a downturn, with many prominent economists and experts predicting a U.S. recession could start in late 2019 or early 2020. Of particular note are the following three predictions. They’re poised to burden the U.S. economy but be a boon for gold. Ongoing trade tensions could…

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“Darkening Skies”: Global Storm Clouds are Gathering

While the United States grapples with the longest government shutdown on record, there seems to be little common ground among lawmakers and no likely deal in sight.   Some 800,000 government workers just missed their first paycheck since parts of the government were shuttered—and there’s increasing pressure on both sides of the political aisle to come together for the sake of the clerical, technical, administrative, and professional workers at agencies like the Departments of Homeland…

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A New Year. An Old Portfolio. A Questionable Outcome.

The holidays are over. Christmas trees have been tossed to the curb, and we’re finally back to work. It’s 2019, the 19th year of the 21st century and the last year of the 2010s. We are customarily knee-deep in resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, and get more sleep—but also up to our eyeballs in the fallout from 2018.    It was a tough year for anyone with a savings or retirement…

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Canadian Gold Maple Leaf vs. Gold Krugerrand: Is One a Better Buy?

Everyone loves a compelling match-up. Coke vs. Pepsi. McDonald’s vs. Burger King. Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor. The list goes on. That phenomenon extends to gold coins. Numismatists and novice precious metal buyers want to know, for example, how the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf stacks up against the South African Krugerrand. We’ll find out…

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