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Philip N. Diehl

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Philip N. Diehl Appointed Chairman of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets

Philip N. Diehl Appointed Chairman of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets

Current U.S. Money Reserve president and former U.S. Mint Director, Philip N. Diehl, was appointed chairman of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) at the association's Board of Director's meeting at the end of August. ICTA is a nonprofit association that supports the rare coin, paper money, and precious metals industry, with...

The South Carolina primary, one day out

The South Carolina primary, one day out

I follow politics pretty closely. Back in November, I saw an article in FiveThirtyEight in which the author argued that the GOP’s primary and caucus rules doom the outsider candidates—Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson—by tilting the playing field in favor of the insider candidates—Marco Rubio, John Kasich, and Jeb Bush. I thought...

Developments in Ukraine — and gold

Developments in Ukraine — and gold

In my last post, I wrote about prospects for civil war in Ukraine turning into a direct confrontation between Russia and the West, and what that would mean for gold prices. I said that markets had not yet woken up to this reality and when they did, gold prices would rise. Markets are now taking notice, with gold gaining $30 an ounce...

What Does War in Ukraine Mean for Gold?

What Does War in Ukraine Mean for Gold?

What is the connection between the price of gold and civil war in Ukraine? Simple—gold has long been a refuge in times of political turmoil. When investors and savers realize the severity of a threat to their wellbeing, they rush to gold to protect their wealth, driving prices up quickly. In recent weeks, the conflict in Ukraine has...

Debunking Gold Myths: Part II

Debunking Gold Myths: Part II

Read Part 1. In my last post, I discussed three myths about gold that Gary Alexander describes in a piece on Seeking Alpha. Understanding these myths is important because they deter many investors from making gold part of their financial portfolios. I’ll address four additional myths here. Myth #4: Gold is primarily a hedge against...

Gold Myths that Confuse Gold Buyers

Gold Myths that Confuse Gold Buyers

I recently ran across an article entitled “The 12 Biggest Mistakes the Media Make When Covering Gold Markets," by Gary Alexander. It’s a good article for potential gold buyers because it debunks many of the myths that lead investors, and their financial advisors, to exclude gold from their portfolios. For the most part, Alexander’s...

Gold in Another Stock Market Bubble

Gold in Another Stock Market Bubble

For weeks, I’ve intended to write a post on the current stock market bubble, and now, the New York Times' David Leonhardt has beaten me to it, but I'll make some additional points. Robert Shiller, a Noble prize-winning economist, is among the market analysts and economists whose work I follow and admire. I discovered Shiller several...