What Are These Recession Indicators Saying?

What Are These Recession Indicators Saying?

When you’re trying to protect yourself against future economic shocks, not knowing what’s around the corner can be frustrating. Make sure you’re up to date on these current recession indicators and why they matter now. Learn more in this episode of USMR Market Insights with Coy Wells.  What Are These Recession Indicators Saying? –…

When Did the U.S. Go Off the Silver Standard

When Did the U.S. Go off the Silver Standard?

The “silver standard” lasted for centuries, and the U.S., China, India, and Great Britain are countries that had adopted it. The Coinage Act of 1792, which created the U.S. Mint, first defined the dollar relative to silver, not gold. So why don’t we hear about the silver standard anymore, and what happened to it? Read…

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The Mighty German Engine Is Sputtering—so Goes the Eurozone?

Europe has just posted downright dismal PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) numbers. The Purchasing Managers’ Index is a leading indicator of manufacturing activity and a carefully watched barometer of economic health. The latest PMI flash data that covers 19 countries in the European Union suggests that the eurozone could be moving closer to recession.  A PMI reading above 50 generally suggests an economic expansion, while anything below 50 indicates a contraction. The monthly flash report for September (an advanced indicator) fell from…

How Important are Government Bond Ratings?

You probably know your own credit score, but do you know the government? Government bonds are rated by major credit agencies across the world, and their scores can have major implications for the economy and you. Learn more in this episode of USMR Market Insights with Patrick Brunson. How Important are Government Bond Ratings? –…

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What Keeps Baby Boomers Awake at Night?

Baby boomers are the children of the Greatest Generation and most often defined as those born between 1946 and 1964 during the post–World War II baby boom that saw the U.S. population surge by more than 76 million. Boomers, however, have proven to be great in their own right. They’re a hardworking, entrepreneurial generation that…

Gold bars in business man's hands under the question, Do billionaires buy gold?

Do Billionaires Buy Gold? You Bet.

Jeffrey Gundlach. Naguib Sawiris. Paul Tudor Jones. Sam Zell. Ray Dalio. Lord Jacob Rothschild. These are all billionaires who believe in the power of gold, but for different reasons. Some buy gold for portfolio diversification. Others buy gold as a way to preserve wealth. What can you learn from these billionaires? Follow along to find…

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Has U.S. Manufacturing Fired a Warning Shot?

In a year of dramatic stock volatility, trade struggles, profit worries, bond mayhem, and endless recession timelines, it’s easy to become immune to the various “dire” economic warnings that arise each week. But sometimes one indicator takes you by surprise. The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing Index fell to 49.1 in August, the lowest level…