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Critical infrastructure under attack

Critical infrastructure under attack

Imagine a world in which the modern conveniences we largely take for granted in our daily lives—electricity, water, gas, online banking and shopping, and healthcare services—all come to a sudden, grinding halt. The consequences would be life-altering and potentially catastrophic. And if China and Russia make good on hostile threats,...

Gold Prices Rise on Good News and Bad News

Gold Prices Rise on Good News and Bad News

Over the last nine months, gold has rallied by $600 per ounce.  That’s a 33% increase in only nine months. Over that time, prices have repeatedly jumped on news, or speculation, that inflation was falling or that the Federal Reserve would soon cut interest rates.  This pattern was repeated on July 11, when inflation data was released....

Why We Celebrate Independence Day on July 4th

Why We Celebrate Independence Day on July 4th

Did you know? While we celebrate July 4, 1776, as the birth of our nation, it was actually two days earlier, on July 2, that the Second Continental Congress voted to adopt a resolution for independence—one that was originally put forth on June 7! July 4, 1776, is the day the Congress approved the wording of the Declaration of...

Are High Interest Rates Still Reducing Inflation?

Are High Interest Rates Still Reducing Inflation?

On June 12, 2024, Federal Reserve officials announced that the central bank had not yet seen enough progress on the inflation front to cut interest rates, and they lowered their projections for the number of rate cuts this year from two to one. This was big news because only a few months ago, expectations were for three cuts in 2024....

Could Cyber-Attacks Pose a Financial Risk?

Could Cyber-Attacks Pose a Financial Risk?

In less than one month, an entire network of hospitals—140 facilities in 19 states—was compromised by hackers. It was revealed that healthcare provider Ascension, which ran this network of hospitals, became the victim of a ransomware attack on May 8, 2024. The attack prevented nurses and other healthcare workers from accessing patient...

How to Safely Store Your Gold and Silver

How to Safely Store Your Gold and Silver

You bought gold and silver to help keep your family financially safer in times of turmoil. But now it’s up to you to safeguard your bars and coins until that time comes, which could be in 10 days, 10 years, or some time far in the future. How you store your precious metals will determine many things, particularly your peace of mind....

Gold Bars vs. Gold Coins?

Gold Bars vs. Gold Coins?

You already recognize the important role gold can play in strengthening your portfolio and protecting your wealth. But have you ever wondered about different forms of gold? There are a variety of well-known certified coins and bullion coins to choose from, but gold bars are also an option that could help you reach your financial goals....

How and Where to Buy Gold Bars

How and Where to Buy Gold Bars

When you hear "gold bars," visions of underground bank vaults sealed tight and stacked high with glimmering gold bricks may come to mind. While vaults like this do exist, gold bars are much more accessible than the everyday gold owner may imagine. Gold bars are portable, private and liquid, and in some ways, more straightforward to buy...

What Growing Consumer Debt Means for the Economy

What Growing Consumer Debt Means for the Economy

Here’s something I learned while I worked in Washington, D.C.: When everyone seems to agree on a “fact,” it’s time to get skeptical and go to the data.  For example, if you follow business news, you know that consumer debt has climbed to levels that warn the economy is headed for trouble.  But what do the data say? Look at...

What Is Driving De-Dollarization?

What Is Driving De-Dollarization?

According to recent data compiled by Bloomberg, China sold a record $53.3 billion worth of U.S. Treasury and agency bonds in the first quarter of 2024. On May 21, 2024, Business Insider reported that “China seems to be accelerating its step back” from dollar-denominated assets because of tense trade relations between China and the...