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The Importance of Financial Education During a Recession

The Importance of Financial Education During a Recession

Technically, we may already be in a recession. U.S. recessions are officially determined by a nonprofit research organization, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), which defines a recession as “a significant decline in economic activity that is spread across the economy and that lasts more than a few months.” But a...

Safe-Haven Assets: Stable Value Funds vs. Gold

Safe-Haven Assets: Stable Value Funds vs. Gold

Recently, I read an article by MarketWatch that reports stable value funds as today’s most popular asset to include in a 401(k), despite what MarketWatch calls the “complex risks” involved. As the article puts it, these funds are both “widely seen as a safe haven” and “often opaque.” But what are these assets, and how do they compare to...

Welcome to Our 400th “Gold News & Views”!

Welcome to Our 400th “Gold News & Views”!

When I saw that this was to be our 400th edition of “Gold News & Views,” I almost couldn’t believe it. But it’s true—nearly every week, for more than seven-and-a-half-years, we’ve brought you insights into the financial and precious metals news of the day, along with additional information and tips to help you make more informed...

Taking Time to Celebrate Your Financial Successes

Taking Time to Celebrate Your Financial Successes

Work hard. Do your research. Be proactive, not reactive. These are all mantras I find myself repeating. But there’s one more manta I find incredibly useful, even if we don’t discuss it as often in our Gold News & Views. Right now, consumers are feeling down and out about the economy. On July 15, 2022, The Washington Post wrote,...

How To Tell If Gold Is Real Or If You Have Fake Gold

How To Tell If Gold Is Real Or If You Have Fake Gold

How Can I Tell If Gold Is Real? If you recently purchased or inherited gold, whether in the form of gold coins, bullion, or jewelry, you may be curious about how to tell whether that gold is real. Gold is a rare commodity, and you only want to add real, genuine gold to a portfolio. Of course, the best way to ensure that the gold coins...

Why Silver Matters Today

Why Silver Matters Today

AUSTIN, Texas, July 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- At U.S. Money Reserve, we know why silver remains one of the most versatile precious metals in the world, with a host of uses. Silver's surprising utility allows the metal to function in medicine, solar technology, electronics and more. As supply chains continue to recover and normalize,...

How to Help Free Yourself From Financial Stress

How to Help Free Yourself From Financial Stress

Every week, I like to scan the financial headlines. And every week, I see things that could cause Americans a lot of stress. For example, on July 11, 2022, Forbes wrote that a rally in the U.S. dollar “threatens to tank stocks and spark ‘major’ market stress in coming weeks.” The following day, on July 12, 2022, CNBC reported that “70%...

Is a Market Crash Coming? What the Bond Market Is Telling Us.

Is a Market Crash Coming? What the Bond Market Is Telling Us.

There have been recent discussions about the sell-off of U.S. bonds and what the bond market is telling us about the potential of a major crash ahead for the American economy. Is this business as usual? Is it a sign that the bottom is about to drop out? Or is it something in between? Given the rise in inflation and the current rate of...

What to Do When Consumer Sentiment Reaches Record Lows

What to Do When Consumer Sentiment Reaches Record Lows

There have been times when my kids have felt down about their performance on a school assignment or felt worried about an upcoming exam. Recent headlines have Americans feeling this exact same way. No one can predict with 100% certainty what will happen next to the stock market, the real estate market, or any asset class—and this can...

What Is a Troy Ounce?

What Is a Troy Ounce?

Troy Ounce Defined A troy ounce is a unique weight used for precious metals and gems. It is based on a 12-ounce pound instead of a traditional 16-ounce pound, which means that a troy ounce actually weighs more than a standard (or imperial) ounce. How many grams are in a troy ounce? A troy ounce is 31.1034768 grams, or 0.0311034768...