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Executive Insights

Read valuable and timely articles from our executive team of experts to further your precious metals and coin knowledge.

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Philip-Diehl

Philip Diehl

President

Philip N. Diehl is the president of U.S. Money Reserve and a published analyst of the precious metals markets. As 35th Director of the U.S. Mint (1994–2000), Diehl oversaw one of the most impressive government agency turnarounds in recent U.S. history through new product initiatives, increased oversight, strategic reorganization, and fiscal responsibility. His experience and expert knowledge in the field of precious metals strengthens U.S. Money Reserve’s commitment to a superior customer experience.

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Edmund C. Moy

Senior IRA Strategist

Edmund C. Moy collaborates with U.S. Money Reserve as Senior IRA Strategist. A recipient of the Alexander Hamilton Medal for public service, awarded to him by then-Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Moy served as the 38th Director of the United States Mint (2006–2011). Among many accomplishments during his tenure, Moy oversaw one of the largest increases in volume of precious metals output in Mint history, as Americans turned to safe-haven assets in the wake of the Great Recession.

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Angela Roberts

CEO

Chief Executive Officer Angela Roberts joined U.S. Money Reserve in 2003. Roberts has held numerous positions within the organization, culminating in her promotion to CEO in 2015. She is credited with creating the analytic and KPI structure at U.S. Money Reserve. Believing strongly that the people make the business, Roberts has positioned U.S. Money Reserve to be a trusted precious metal leader that always puts their customers and employees first. Learn more in her interview with Forbes.

John-Rothans

John Rothans

Master Numismatist

Chief Procurement Officer and Master Numismatist John Rothans has been a key fixture in the numismatic industry for over 30 years. Rothans joined U.S. Money Reserve as a consultant in 2004, eventually becoming Chief Procurement Officer and overseeing all wholesale operations, new product lines, and coin strategy. Rothans is credited with the development, production, and distribution of proprietary product offerings, including U.S. Money Reserve’s best-selling Pearl Harbor and Iwo Jima coin series.

Brad Chastain

Brad Chastain

Director of Education

Brad Chastain joined U.S. Money Reserve as Director of Education after spending 18 years at Vanguard, one of the world’s largest and most respected investment firms. As a leader in Vanguard’s employee plan retirement education business, Chastain managed a team of specialists and was responsible for helping hundreds of thousands of clients plan and prepare for retirement. He and his team provided in-depth training and education on a variety of financial topics ranging from investments, diversification and risk management, to Social Security, Medicare and College Savings Plans. An in-demand speaker and recognized industry thought leader in the areas of retirement planning and wealth management education, Chastain is dedicated to helping U.S. Money Reserve clients reach their financial goals and build more secure futures with precious metals.

Recent Articles

Protecting Your Wealth From Social Security Insolvency

Protecting Your Wealth From Social Security Insolvency

I recall first hearing concerns about the financial viability of Social Security when I was in my 20s. At the time, the prospect of that problem affecting me personally seemed pretty remote. 45 years later, I’m now receiving Social Security benefits—and this prospect no longer seems so remote. The loss of benefits would pose a very real...

ETFs vs. Physical Gold: What are you really buying?

ETFs vs. Physical Gold: What are you really buying?

When you invest in a gold ETF, what exactly are you acquiring, and how does it differ from possessing physical gold? First and foremost, investing in a gold ETF does not grant you actual ownership of any physical gold nor a direct claim over any physical gold. This is a common misconception many customers have: that owning shares of a...

My Experience Selling Gold to China

My Experience Selling Gold to China

One of my first challenges as U.S. Mint Director was developing a marketing plan for a commemorative coin program that would help fund the staging of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games. There is a long history of Congress mandating the minting and sale of commemorative coins for public or private purposes like this. In this case,...

Can You Buy Gold and Silver From a Bank?

Can You Buy Gold and Silver From a Bank?

Central banks are among the largest buyers of gold and have some of the largest gold holdings, yet it’s very rare for customers to be able to buy gold at banks. In fact, it’s unusual for typical banks to sell any precious metals. And even when they do, their selection is limited. However, you can readily purchase gold from reputable...

Silver Rounds vs. Coins: Understanding the Difference

Silver Rounds vs. Coins: Understanding the Difference

No matter how the financial industry changes or what new digital currencies are developed, precious metals are still considered a powerful and oftentimes preferred vehicle for wealth protection. That reputation goes back thousands of years, and there’s no sign that precious metals like silver and gold are going to lose their allure any...

When Digital Assets Are Increasingly at Risk, Look to Gold

When Digital Assets Are Increasingly at Risk, Look to Gold

We live in a digital world—one where seemingly every aspect of our lives is in some way controlled or affected by electronic networks. Communication, travel, entertainment, and finance are all areas in which we’re now forced to rely almost entirely on our smartphones, computers, and the internet. It makes sense, then, that when so many...

When Currencies Fail, Nations Turn to Gold

When Currencies Fail, Nations Turn to Gold

If you study enough history, patterns begin to emerge. Certain major events become cyclical, with even the most extraordinary circumstances having precedents. This is true for both paper money and for gold, as we can see from the recent failure of a nation’s currency and that nation’s turn to physical gold. But could this failure also...

How Did Our Country End Up Owing $34 Trillion?

How Did Our Country End Up Owing $34 Trillion?

Thirty-four trillion dollars. That’s how much our country owes holders of U.S. Treasury debt—and that’s double what we owed only 15 years ago. The last time the United States ran budget surpluses was from 1997 to 2001. I remember it well. I was Mint Director at the time. The national debt was under $6 trillion dollars. Today, the...

How De-Dollarization Threatens Your Portfolio

How De-Dollarization Threatens Your Portfolio

The dollar continues to lose popularity on the global stage. Right now, the signs are subtle— shrinking holdings of U.S. Treasurys by other nations, negative statements about the dollar from world leaders—but the story they tell is clear. The U.S. dollar could fall, and it could be taking the stock market with it. De-dollarization is...

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