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What will it take for Precious Metal to Rise?

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When David Logan (name changed in respect for family) drove himself to the ER on a spring day of 2012, he complained of shortness of breath and discomfort spreading to his back, jaw, and throat. Although these symptoms are often related to a heart attack, the ER doctor found it unlikely a healthy-looking male in his early thirties fit such a diagnosis.  The medical staff admitted Mr. Logan and soon after the doctor on duty put a plan in place that included looking deeper into why a young fit person was in such agonizing pain.  No one would have guessed that this afternoon would be Mr. Logan’s last.

Pain and discomfort is the #1 reason people visit their primary care provider. Their motivation to invest effort, time, and cash stems from an uncomfortable state that reaches a point of “doing something” in hope of relief. The same type of pain is what it will take for PMs (precious metals) to rise far beyond what most of you can imagine.

As most know I live in the United States. I also live in a flyover state that has seen more winter than any sane person should see in a lifetime. But other than a few winter annoyances life here in the US is pretty darn good. In fact, it’s so good that most individuals never consider the monetary “pain” that will eventually grip even the most wealthy of all countries.

The fact you’re making the effort to explore physical silver or gold amazes me. I have no idea what motivated you to make such a decision but I commend your insight, congratulations.  You are, medically speaking, the person who practices routine checkups to eliminate a painful problem before it develops.

But most folks living life are too busy to live like you. They assume all is economically well because everyone else does. They see a steady paycheck paying monthly bills and they still have enough left over for pizza and adult beverages at week’s end. These same individuals also assume a rising DOW, and housing market, are signs of a stable economy. Buying physical gold or silver is at the list bottom for the aforementioned.

The folks too busy to invest in PMs fail to understand why things appear normal in 2014. Honestly, this may sound harsh but most folks don’t care what it takes to maintain normalcy. They suffer from a term call normalcy bias which enables them from accepting the fact that someday a situation nearly unimaginable will happen if we continue to defy economic law.

The monetary reckoning we’re describing should not be interpreted as “dooms-dayish”. It should be viewed more as imminent than unusual. so let me explain.  It would be unusual that a society, or economy, continue along as normal while simultaneously compiling mountains of debt and deficit in order to do so. Your neighbors on each side accept this normalcy because this form of “mortgaging the future for a better life today” has lasted their entire lifetime.

Why can’t perpetual borrowing lead to never-ending economic normalcy?

Most of you reading this are not happy with today’s governmental  leadership. You often ask why it is that the majority continue to elect leadership that allows the government to expand, not to mention infringe, into the very freedoms this country is founded. The answer is describable with one easy word, APPEASEMENT.

The same reason your hunk of gold or silver hasn’t risen is the same reason failed leadership is reelected. Politicians have figured out that a simulated state of economic normalcy will appease the people just to the point of complacency. This is why our national debt rises to historic highs and the same reason why we as a people allow a congress to borrow $.43 of every dollar allocated and spent.

The world is aligning into a new age, and this tension is growing obvious. A global economy based on a USD (US Dollar) reserve currency has never been in question as it is as you read this. The tension stems from countries heavily invested in our currency, thanks to decades of buying revolving debt, yet angry that only one country can print USD. The tension increases when we consider the economic instability of the same debt-holding countries that rely on a strong US economy.

Today’s tension will eventually lead to economic pain. Again, it would be unusual if it didn’t. As countries around this spinning globe retract from a USD acceptance, so will a US life of normalcy. Ordinary folks will question failed leadership and monetary over indulgence and this will not bode well for the political status quo. The pain will cause nearly all to question “why” on every level of what not long ago was normal, both politically and economically speaking.

This awakening is imminent but timing such an era is impossible. Until this day the value of silver or gold will elude most and rising prices shouldn’t be expected. The true reward for your prudence will come only after the world awakens from normalcy bias, and they will!

QUESTION: DC, are you okay? Haven’t heard much from TPS in awhile!!!

TPS Reply: I’m fine…… but thanks for asking. Like most of you, I’m, too, very busy with raising a family and running business. I one day looked at TPS and realized precious metal was on hiatus and honestly this site now has the unbiased information someone needs to make an informed decision when it’s time to buy physical metal.

I have plans to update TPS more often but until PMs break from hiatus neither will I. Thanks for asking, and the concern of many readers.

QUESTION: I am very appreciative of TPS and the information you provide, thank you. My husband and I often discuss how things have changed in our lifetime (both good and not so good) wondering how life for our grandchildren will be influenced by today’s misgivings? We both vividly recall our parents describing the pains of the Great Depression and worry that society has forgotten how quickly wealth can disappear. We own physical PM and have for years. We don’t own PM to get rich but in hopes of providing economic stability for our family long after we’re gone. Just wanted to share this with you and your readers.

TPS Reply: Thank you for sharing, and you’re welcome. I love to hear from our readers, like you, who share great concern for this great country. You mentioned something that made me really think with how quickly wealth can disappear and how today’s society has forgotten the pain, both monetarily and socially. It’s sobering how quickly paper wealth can vanish and it’s unfortunate how few understand the benefit of owning, or storing, some wealth in physical PM.

I also agree with your motivation to preserve family wealth over riches. It is important that each of us educate our youth on the difference between real money and fiat currency. As you know, what most call money today is intrinsically valueless and only holds value thanks to other people’s faith. As the faith diminishes so will a currency’s value and worth. At such time physical metal will shine as a safe store of value and this will lead to a PM scramble.

By the way, I hope you and all readers are following the recent news event of found gold treasure. It appears some lucky soul in Northern California unearthed several million dollars in gold bullion and rare coins. The value is speculative, but my research shows a melt value over $2 million and a collector value nearly $10 million. Now, here is what interests me. The backstory has gone completely missed by today’s overzealous media.

At the time this stack of gold was buried our monetary system was on a gold standard. This meant a twenty-dollar bill, or any bill, was exchangeable for the same dollar value in physical gold (twenty-dollar bill for a $20 gold piece). These days are long gone and we all know that a twenty-dollar gold coin is worth many times more than face value. But here is where it gets interesting. What if the party who hid this treasure would have put dollars into the cans, not gold coins? It is estimated that the value of the gold at time of burial was around $27,000. If in dollars, the unearthed value today of $27,000 is only a fraction of the long-term value of gold. Think of it, $2,000,000 in gold compared to $27,000 in USD?

One day your family will be very appreciative of your insightful thoughtfulness. Thanks for sharing.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

 

 

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WHY IT’S NEARLY TIME TO BUY MORE SILVER & GOLD!!

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As we prepare to put the final wrap on 2013 – there is one thing I know for certain. Neither gold or silver shined this year. In fact, neither metal has shown promise for several years, respectively. But the winds of change have me rethinking my nearly year-long resistance of adding more metal to my personal stash. For what it’s worth, I’ll pass along my opinion and then the decision to buy, or not, is all yours. Since this site, nor I, sale PMs (precious metals)…… I see no reason to “cheerleader” the unbiased facts.

Precious metal is testing the faith of even the most devote PM holder all while other asset classes confidentially climb. The DOW is on fire by rewarding her faithful nearly 30% year-to-date. Some parts of the country’s real estate market are feeling the same positive appreciation as historically low interest rates support rising home values. So, what the heck happened to PMs?

It took only a couple of years to undo gold’s decade long reputation as a steadily climbing safe haven. Folks today view gold, especially silver, as a high-risk asset with expectations of more decline. This expected decline is based on recent performance more than commonsense or an economic mindset.

The next rise in PM is imminent in nature but the unknown is how low will both metals fall before the next great rebound. We can argue short-term expectations (gold or silver) but long-term speaking leaves little room for discussion.  Not even the most economically optimistic person can name one growing asset unsupported by central bank intervention.

The ability to support an economy with fiat currency can not last forever, but it can outlast the faith of many folks entrusting silver and gold.

The 60%, or so, Americans still willing to trade effort for a paycheck are divided into two wealth classes. The first class is working to pay monthly bills all while attempting to build wealth (capital). The second class has wealth and is now trying to preserve it or, maybe better put, not lose it. The option to own physical silver or gold is reserved primarily for this second wealth class, but not exclusively (ones living check-to-check most often end up selling physical PMs soon as times get tough).

Now here is where things get interesting. Citizens of America are beginning to realize the biggest threat to their wealth is political. New laws like the Affordable Care Act are less about providing healthcare and more geared toward political control and wealth distribution. Think of it more like a well camouflaged form of modern-day taxation (penalty). The hook is now set and the wealth of America is ready to reel in thanks to unaffordable premiums or fines for opting out.

A rising DOW is nothing more than the distracting hand of an illusionist. Controlling political power is only possible by controlling the wealth of the people. When the majority depend on social programs then those in charge, politically, will stop at nothing to find creative ways to transfer your wealth in order to sustain their political power.

Why it’s nearly time to buy more gold.

The political climate we’re facing is more than just a loss of freedoms. We now live in an age of inherit confiscation meaning all exposed wealth is in jeopardy of some kind or another. This realization, or awakening, bodes well for physical precious metal and the soon-to-be-seen rising values of both silver and gold. In other words, the PM bottom rests in the faith of the masses.

Today’s dollar value assigned to each ounce of silver or gold is a byproduct of PM faith.

Precious metal has lost its illustrious shine as of December 2013, don’t even mention silver. By example, CNBC recently led with an article entitled “I wouldn’t buy gold with my worst enemy’s cash”: Strategist

The article mentions how, “gold doesn’t have many friends”. I agree, but articles like this are partial proof  why the time to stack more PMs is close at hand. Since 1970ish, the economic rule of thumb proves one downtrodden asset will climb soon after one faith-filled asset begins to tumble. I know of no crowds lined up to buy physical silver or gold. In fact, PMs are as far off the radar as they’ve been in decades or, as the article’s author puts it, “friendless“.

Sure the reduction in mining due to lower than expected prices in 2013-2014 plays into our “buy or not buy” scenario but not nearly as much the geopolitical & economical climate we’re living. A reduction in mining is only but one of many forces leading to the perfect storm of metal prices rising.

Is all this proof enough to run out and buy physical silver or gold? No, it’s not, at least not for those already protected and looking for the right time to add more. But this does mean the time is nearing. Until then we should live life and be thankful for what we’ve been blessed with.

QUESTION:  Do you have plans to buy more silver in 2014?

TPS Reply: Thanks for the great question. As you know, I bought little PM in 2013. The PM market was too unstable therefor I held my wealth in cash all while patiently waiting for metal prices to stabilize. But those already holding physical metal have this option. If you’re new to PMs I strongly encourage you to consider taking a hard look at trading dollars for PM.

Honestly, I have no plans to buy or not buy in 2014. I don’t use a calendar to determine my next purchase. I’ll base my decision on the political climate as much as anything else. It could be hard to deny the temptation of $18 to $20ish an ounce physical bullion, I’ll admit. By the way, I view my PM holding in terms of ounces over dollar value. Dollar values of physical silver, and gold, fluctuate along with the paper PM market and can be misleading (one event is all it could take to send PM prices soaring).

My opinion is we will soon see a great separation between paper and physical PM. Until then- more of the same should be expected.

COMMENT: My identity was stolen this year, you can’t believe the never-ending hassle it has caused. My bank keeps reminding me they will stand behind my losses but I can’t help but wonder if this is a sign of the times.  You often mention the safety of storing wealth in precious metal but I can’t help but wonder if the same theft risk is possible. At least my bank is willing to replace what’s lost.

TPS Reply: I’m sorry for the trouble you mention. I’ve heard from at least six other readers this year alone who’ve had their identity stolen, same as you. Cyber crime is the newest threat to our banking and financial system. This crime is unlike any form of thievery before since technology only recently offered such an opportunity to transfer digitized wealth from owner to thief. Online security measures are nowhere near par with today’s cyber threats, this is concerning as you know.

The threat of cyber crime is nonexistent with wealth stored in physical silver or gold. This is one of the benefits of storing physical metal in a safe/secure location over storing wealth in a traditional savings account at your local bank (dollars). You’re right, most banks are doing what they can to resolve bank related cyber crime but online security experts claim this will not always be the case. Some banks will only stand behind depositors who can prove they are doing a depositor’s part of securing online activity.

My guess is banks will soon impose a “cyber protection fee” to depositors and credit card holders. This fee could  fluctuate according to cyber threats and a bank’s losses. Please add cyber crime threat as yet one more reason to consider owning physical silver/gold AND physical dollars. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

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What Amnesty & Free Health-Care have to do with Gold Rising

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Amnesty, by definition, has the same root as amnesia. Amnesia is the ability to forget and forgive all remembrance of an offense or occurrence. Today we will pinpoint exactly why today’s politicians are hellbent on expanding amnesty, free health-care, EBT participation (among other programs), and how this trend will ultimately influence precious metal higher. This has nothing to do with Republican or Democrat. This is 100% about the ability to gain political influence at all cost. Even if it means taking down the most powerful country ever to exist. Let’s dive in.

I write this as politicians sweep up celebratory party favors on Capital Hill. The war is won, at least for a few months, and the never-ending pattern of print and spend will continue. The answer is always “borrow more” regardless the challenge, regardless the program.

While the party favors still floated through the air, President Obama made what some feel was an unexpected statement by mentioning the importance of immediately getting back to work on the amnesty issue. His statement came while opponents still wiped away fresh blood from a vicious political battle they have little chance of winning; here is why.

Oh, by the way, this post is not motivated by personal political opinion but by fact. My opinion of all things political should not affect if you do or don’t protect yourself with silver or gold. Now, with that out of the way let’s continue.

It doesn’t take an accountant with Ernst & Young to declare that our country is monetarily broke. This means we as a country routinely spend more than what comes into our Treasury. So this leads some of us to attempt to explain why those in political control feel the need to expand programs or expand law that adds to such a deficit burden.

It is no secret that laws like Obama Care will add to our national deficit which leads to printing more money (the trendy term for “printing” is now “quantitative easing”, please get with the program if you’re still calling this necessity anything other than QE). Sure politicians claim crafty accounting measures, new taxation, and new regulation will pay for Obama Care but at day’s end we all know differently, as do they.

The same goes for the upcoming amnesty chess match. I once mistakenly believed that nationalizing healthcare was the Holy Grail of all things political but amnesty has proved me wrong. Declaring amnesty with a population of people mostly impoverished is ingenuous  for those thirsting for perpetual political power. Somehow those who benefit from amnesty confuse this opportunity to benefit from such social programs as a part of the American Dream. This misnomer is a terrible misbelief.

Things that are free to the public only work if those providing the service work for free. Free health-care clinics work when those passionate about taking care of others donate their expertise and time. There are no exceptions, I’m sorry.

Same goes for declaring the millions waiting for amnesty who primarily, or at least partially, depend on state and federal programs for housing, healthcare, and groceries. These, too, only work when such programs are mostly provided by donation of time, money, and effort. They certainly will not work…… long-term speaking, in a country already bulging from never-ending deficit.

Far too many in this great country like to blame the recipient when the blame belongs elsewhere. It’s human nature to take the easy path in life. Of course this country was built on hard work and risk, I certainly won’t argue this fact, but this doesn’t change the rule of human nature. I blame those thirsting for political control far over those working the system.

The future price of physical silver and gold is greatly influenced by the 600 words aforementioned. As our country becomes more dependent on the expansion of government programs this will greatly sway the political influences of the people. Those in power, both fiscally conservative or progressive, will have little choice but to vote according to the pressure of the masses.

If the masses depend on social services then how can we expect those in power to not legislate to appease. We are reaching a point when a politicians very life could be in danger if not.

It is important for those thirsting for political power to swell the nationalization of all things necessary in order to maintain control. What those in power ignore is the long-term effect of printing money to support such recklessness. We, as a nation, have reached the monetarily point of no longer turning back this perpetual necessity of printing currency to appease the masses.

Some of you are still asking what the heck is going on with the price of physical PMs (precious metals) over the last year or two. Your viewpoint is shortsighted, respectively, when we consider the long-term recourse of debasing the US dollar in a nervous globalized world. Precious metal will rise up until the world finds monetary balance….. not a moment sooner.

This isn’t to say we won’t see valleys before then. Nothing of value is unaffected in this monetary ocean of ominous uncertainty and intervention. Precious metal will rise unexpectedly and it will nervously decline too. At day’s end – I know of nothing as protective as storing part of your wealth in physical silver and/or gold.

QUESTION:  Hi there. Last week a friend who works at the Royal Australian Mint (RAM) gave my daughter a 1oz silver proof like coin (lunar series, 2013 year of the snake). My baby girl is 2 months old.

This was good timing as I’ve been researching investment options for her (looking at shares mainly). after receiving this beautiful coin I started researching into gold and silver investments. This is how I came across your site. Very informative site btw. Thank you for sharing your unbiased views.

I’m now considering silver as an option. We don’t have huge amounts of cash but want to start her off and add to it each year for birthdays and Christmas. I was wondering if you could clarify a few things for me as I’m a bit confused. I’m a complete beginner but am a fast learner.

1) What is the difference between proof and proof like coins? Is it good enough to buy proof like quality coins. E.g. A 5oz silver proof Luna snake from Perth mint is $480 where as proof like for the same thing at the RAM is $357.

2) What’s the difference  silver bullion coins and silver proof coins or proof like coins? 1oz silver bullion I can buy from Perth mint for $33 where as the proof like is $80 and the proof is $99.

I do like the pretty shiny finishes of the proof and proof like coins. I have about $1K to start her off with. I saw in one of your blogs that you said you prefer to invest in 1oz silver coins. Is that silver bullion or proof or proof like coins?

Hope you can help me.

TPS Reply:  Congrats……. I’m so glad to hear you’re taking such wise measures for your daughter’s sake (I’ve done the same for my two children). She is fortunate to have been born into such a caring family so focused on her future. Your questions are good and you are wise to question what is the best long-term investment for your hard-earned money.

I agree, the silver proof coins are exceptional. Although all coins made from silver or gold will provide protection the question is which ones will provide the most protection. I recommend waiting to purchase the proof coins until after you have a stack of low-premium silver bullion or rounds (I usually recommend legal tender silver bullion).

BTW, a proof grade coin is one of only the very best of the newly minted coins.

Amassing physical silver, or gold, is the goal. Any price paid in addition to the physical value of a coin is speculative. This is why I usually advise newbies to amass as much silver as possible in exchange for the least amount of currency as possible. Proofs, as you pointed out, cost more therefor they are rarely recommended…… at least when new to PM. This is only my opinion so I encourage, and admire, your diligence.

The same advise goes for rare or numismatic coins. This coin or bar choice almost always comes with an added premium subjective to opinion. This added premium can be volatile, in fact, volatility should be expected especially with rare coins. Paper PM is not recommended either.

Good luck and please stay in touch as your plan progresses. Thanks for the questions and comments.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

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SET FOR LIFE?

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There is an interesting commercial making its rounds where a gentleman travels the world all while shouting, “Set for life” along each stop. Obviously this guy recently won the lottery and is now out enjoying the experiences of only a lucky few. Now, for the record, I’m not a lottery player. In fact, I bought lottery tickets several decades ago when California first introduced a state lottery but never scratched them. Who knows, maybe I missed out on my own “set for life” opportunity – but I doubt it, and here is why.

Each person has their own perception of what it means to be set for life. Unfortunately most perceptions are unrealistic considering the time we live. “Yes” this includes those who store wealth in physical silver or gold, too. Somehow most of us walking God’s green earth falsely associate wealth abundance with a “set for life” situation; not true.

While consulting with those interested in storing wealth in PM (precious metal) I usually ask, “Why”. In other words, what is the goal of making such a nontraditional monetary effort when 99% of the pack is content on striving for the proverbial American Dream?

The answers vary between leveraging PMs as insurance (please see the Q & A below), wealth preservation, or even financial stability – but some flat out admit the goal is to ride gold, or silver, to a point of filthy rich. The ones motivated by the later fail to recognize what a world with $500 per ounce silver means for a society unfamiliar with economic correction yet victimized by decades of monetary intervention or the asset bubbles derived from such unrestricted intervention.

As of October 2013 things are clicking along pretty good, right? Sure we have Capital Hill arguing over Obama Care. Sure we have our national parks closed while the powers in charge battle over how to spend the next record level of borrowed money (currency), too. But all in all most Americans view life as improving somewhat content by the illusion of recovery. For most, they view the future as improving.

But those entrusting PM are not experiencing improvement. Many of you bought gold and silver only to watch it plummet, in dollar terms, well below what most PM experts could imagine. Some of you are to the point of doubting your prudence all while dismayed by a safe haven not looking so safe – I understand. The benefits of wealth stored within the confines of such discretion are yet to be realized, but imminently closer with each passing day.

For you – physical silver or gold is a world away from creating a set for life financial situation.

For you I offer this comfort. Enjoy this temporary era of monetary stability derived from the ability to debase a currency by creating trillions of dollars from thin air. Some, maybe most, trusting hard assets awake each morning thinking today is the day all monetary hell brakes loose sending PMs soaring to the moon. You underestimate the power to print money and the temporary stability it provides.

Looking into our future we see a set for life mentality replaced with the longing for opportunity. The dream of a never-ending retirement portfolio will be replaced with the dream of enough employment just to get by. The home on the beach replaced with a roof over the head along with a warm meal on the table. This new perspective will be the ultimate monetary education most are yet to comprehend.

But for now all those entrusting physical PMs live with the daily love-hate relationship that comes from a global currency yet to find its legs in an age of global monetary intervention. This writer will not pretend to guess when PM will break from the pack but if history is a good indicator then metals rising should be expected. Until then we stay the course realizing most living in the USA live a life well beyond what most of the world could ever dream.

COMMENT: I view precious metal as insurance just like any other “what if” insurance policy used to protect any other asset. Accumulating additional wealth byway of gold is not my expectation as much as protecting what I have. My PM goal is to preserve and my expectation is nothing more.

TPS Reply: Good, and thanks for the comment. I too view PMs as insurance but my opinion is you’re selling PM short by failing to factor the vulnerability of other dollar-based assets or the benefit of a universal currency (physical silver and gold).

Honestly, other assets will not hold today’s “value” in terms of comparable value. We must agree that a currency victimized by debasement blurs true value in a currency sense (cents). This is why hyper-inflated economies of the past used billion-dollar bills to buy loaves of bread. We cannot compare today’s bread value to such an era of debasement and economic calamity, agreed? Nor can we view those holding substantial wealth in hyper-inflated dollars as wealthy or financially protected.

I don’t singularly hold wealth in gold to “insure”  or hedge against the value of my home or other personal assets. I realize gold rising will not support my wealth derived from other assets (insurance) as much as replace it.  This is why PM experts refer to such a time as a transfer of wealth. Wealth transfers to countries, and individuals, holding hard assets. This is nothing new or just my opinion, this is historical monetary fact.

One other point, please. Overgrown governments do not go away without a fight. They first consume the wealth of her people in order to appease the masses (those feeling entitled). Five minutes watching your evening news will validate we are living in such a time as you read this reply. You can call it insurance if you like but I call it financial freedom stored in inconspicuous ounces.

Thanks for the comment.

QUESTION: I read how you store your savings away from traditional banking institutions. Can you expand on this?

TPS Reply: You’re correct, and I would love. The risk of capital controls in today’s age is very real. Some call it a banking “bail-in” – some call it a banking holiday. Regardless the term, the result is a separation of wealth which means a separation of personal freedom. A society separated from their wealth is vulnerable to those controlling it.

I choose to maintain control of my savings by storing most of it in physical silver or gold. This sounds unusual to most but up until the last forty years this is how everyone stored wealth (gold-backed dollars). A twenty dollar bill was easily exchanged for $20 in gold from a bank which means your savings was stored in PM.

Today nearly all savers view their savings as safe thanks to the FDIC. This safety net is less comforting when we consider this insurance will protect savers from an institutional failure but offers no protection from a capital control mandate. The difference should be researched if confusing.

This may come as a surprise but I’m not a gold guy. I own gold for many reasons but much prefer to store wealth in an emerging business properly structured and income producing. It is far easier to generate wealth from a small business than wait for gold/silver to appreciate.

Now, back to your question. If I need to use my “savings” I simply convert a few hunks of gold for dollars. This allows me take a vacation or do whatever anyone else could do with a more traditional bank savings. Email me, or call, to find out exactly how I safely make this PM to dollar exchange. Thanks for the question.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

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DISTRACTED INTO POVERTY

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Atop the cake sits five candles. Each flame represents a year since our lives should have drastically changed, but undeniably didn’t. This September, September 2013 that is, represents the fifth summer/fall season since, for all intensive purposes, our economy experienced a credit crash. This correction should have propelled most Americans closer to poverty but only postponed an imminent lifestyle change unimaginable by most in our middle class.  The next few paragraphs will outline exactly how we didn’t dodge a bullet and, more importantly, what role precious metal will play in an economic undoing. Thanks for joining TPS (The Prospector Site).

Our primary goal at TPS is to justify physical PMs (precious metals) and their role in creating a life of personal independence. The ability to own a worldwide universal currency is precious and, in all likelihood, a road map for freedom. Most folks making the effort to afford silver and gold are most likely not as distracted as the majority of fun loving neighbors.

The art of distraction is nothing new. It works on puppies and kids, it works on students and patients. Access to easy credit is what distracts most Americans into a state of complacency. This lifestyle almost came to a stretching halt in September of 2008.

Our lifestyle will not function “as is” without credit. You will no longer accept the effort of those in power nor will you be as distracted in a world of low to moderate credit. The true state of our economy will surface as markets 95% dependent on easy credit turn nearly dormant. From college debt to low-rate mortgages, to near-zero auto loans to plastic money; all champion the illusion of a healthy economy.

We only accept the recovery lie because of the ability to leverage ourselves deeper in debt, both as a country and as a society.

Today’s media appears to fall lockstep into this dependency trap but is actually nothing more than a mirror of our society. Social networking fills precious time with personal and professional drama all while distracting intelligent individuals with wasted time and effort. Even today’s world of entertainment is nothing more than a Miley Cyrus report or another example of intellectual compromise. From the latest smartphone to tablet — Americans will stop at nothing in order to be entertained.

The cost to distract us is getting expensive. No longer will American’s accept lower-than-historically-normal mortgage rates. If you want us to buy, or leverage, then near zero rates is what it will take. The same goes for new car buyers as they grow annoyed with anything but zero interest auto loan offerings.

We view credit as an ability to further strive for an American Dream not realizing the puppet master changed the rules sometime ago. You may view easy credit as an avenue to live beyond your means (whether you realize it or not) but Wall Street now depends on this ocean of debit as a primary source of investing. Think about it– your retirement future is now dependent on a derivative of never-ending debt creation.

Physical silver and gold can’t compete in today’s world of paper wealth.  Metal’s smash-mouth method of wealth preservation is not fulfilling, nor is it entertaining, nor is it a viable distraction in 2013. Why “invest” in PMs when we can drive a new car or buy a bigger home?

Too few view the last five years in proper context. Less take advantage of this temporary reprieve to re-channel savings or wealth into physical silver or gold. The great distraction worked because so few understand a power committed to borrow at all costs jeopardizes her currency to do so. The end result is investors worth millions, probably billions (dollars), but still living a life in poverty.

We can no longer deny worldwide tensions that grow with each passing day. Syria is yet another example of an economic symptom as countries around the globe look for a justifiable reason to print money and further distract citizens. Americans grow tired of nonstop war drumming but fail to realize war is the ultimate political distraction. After all, how unpatriotic are those who fail to support our freedom, right?

As you can see the one commonality is the need to borrow and create more currency. Sure taxation and capital controls will find a seat within the first few rows but the big nut is credit/currency creation. I have no doubt physical metal will rise from the ashes as the world awakens from our great distraction. I also have little faith wages and lifestyles can keep pace with this next leg of monetary debasement.

Historically speaking the value of physical PM will rise in times of economic uncertainty and currency debasement. Folks, you don’t need me to point out that we are at the very intersection of economic uncertainty and currency debasement. The need to hyper-print our currency will only improve the wealth status of those safely holding physical silver or gold.

Reality will eventually snap us from our state of distraction. A hungry stomach, eviction, repossession, and foreclosure are hard to ignore. You have time to make a change; I strongly encourage each person to take advantage of this closing window.

QUESTION:  With the threat of war growing can you offer some insight on how this could affect rising PM. You didn’t mention war in Why Silver & Gold Will Go Higher, any reason why? Loving TPS, thanks for your effort.

TPS Reply:  Thank you for your support and questions. You’re right, I didn’t mention war in my book. In fact, lots of other PM influences didn’t make the cut either. Today’s book editors realize the attention span of most readers is retreating. We live in an age of constant information so her advice was to keep it simple, and she did.

But this shouldn’t undermine the effect of war costs that always lead to deficit spending and currency debasement. The belief that war is an economic stimulator is not true. Sure war spending will temporarily stimulate the economy but the long-term effect compromises a country’s national security and stability.

My opinion is that America is looking for another war. Look how many families now depend on a large military for employment, benefits, and retirement. I look for regional wars to expand into major conflicts as inflation/debasement tensions arise from currencies trying to keep their economies competitive. This type of conflict offers a green light for currencies to ramp up the printing process.

War legislation always carries pork in some fashion. Politicians realize few constituents actually follow the pork and most voters digest their news in tiny sound bites just before watching their favorite program.

Over printing a currency always leads to higher silver and gold prices. Values may not change but prices do just to keep par with inflation. This is the beauty of physical PM. This is why it is so necessary to trade fiat for real money while the option still exists. Did I mention the discretionary benefits of storing wealth in physical silver or gold? Thanks for the questions.

QUESTION:  My local coin shop is making a good argument for pre-65 silver over the new bullion recommended on TPS. Any thoughts?

TPS Reply:  I’m all for low-premium pre-65/64……. better known as junk silver.  My question for you is what premium are they charging for junk? How does this premium compare to American Eagles, rounds or bars? I personally own both (junk and new bullion) but favor one-ounce legal tender coins most of all.

I realize you, like most readers, are focused on silver but please don’t forget gold. Gold is historically less volatile and definitely worthy of diversification. A 1/10 ounce gold bullion coin is not much more than five silver bullion ounces. Many TPS readers hold wealth in gold as a long-term method of storage and hold junk silver for when we reach a time of underground barter and trade.

I’m glad to hear you are trading at a local coin shop since it is important to support local trade. The ability to exchange some silver, or gold, for cash could become useful considering the age we live. Plus, most coin shop owners have short memories and little to say.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

 

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What a DOW decline means for GOLD

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At times you can feel “change” in the air. After years of war, it was likely a young Senator from Illinois was a frontrunner for a 2008 presidential election months before a November opportunity. Why, because change was in the air even if this change was nothing more than a flashy campaign slogan? Flashing forward, another “change” swirls but this change is less opportunistic for most but profitable for those holding wealth in physical silver or gold.  My only advice is to brace yourself for this monetary change.

I can think of nothing as financially devastating, to most Americans at least, as the 2008 DJIA disastrous decline. Within months the DOW promised 15,000 only to tumble, and then tumbled even more, until a 6000ish DOW left nervous investors asking just how low can a modern-day DOW decline. The wealth and future of America was nothing short of in peril.

The winds of change today, late summer-early fall, are reminiscent of 2008. Far too many hold faith in a DJIA supported only by trust and the ability to overpopulate a currency. Also, far too many forget how quickly asset bubbles burst and investment dreams vanish.

Today we’ll compare rising gold/silver to a vanishing DOW. I’m certain both will happen, in tandem, but have no idea when. I suspect soon.

In my opinion, the most likely short-term scenario to double silver and gold’s worth is a DOW collapse. For this reason I would like to compare a DOW decline similar to 2008s to today. In return, let’s compare the effects of such a DOW decline to silver and gold accordingly.

The 2008 DOW lost over 55% of its value in the fall of 2008. This wave of uncertainty challenged gold and it, too, fell around 20%. But gold rebounded nearly 90% over the next few months leaving physical gold holders not only confident but monetarily rewarded for their good stewardship.

GOLD:

Percentages can be a little blurring so let’s put dollar numbers in their place. If today’s DOW dropped 55%, like in 2008, this would nestle our favorite blue chip stock average somewhere in the neighborhood of 6930. If gold, too, followed 2008′s pattern this would put gold around $1064 per ounce.

But as mentioned gold didn’t drop long, or far, until nervous investors found the one historically proven hard asset worthy of investing, and investing they did. This time will be no different, in fact, this time nervous investors will “double-down” as they realize adverse monetary effects are the new common.

After a brief decline (gold declined around 20% September 2008), gold found footing and I suspect this time will be no different. Accordingly, this would leave paper gold at $1436 (six months), at $1862 (12 months), and $2128 (18 months). I would think the physical market (premium) for gold could easily add another $200 +, per ounce, to the aforementioned dollar values. Now, this leaves silver.

SILVER:

The 2008 DOW meltdown pushed silver’s paper value down 50% (from $18 to $9 per ounce). But this discounting didn’t last long, nor did physical metal supplies, as new silver investors found great reward for their monetary prudence. Now, let’s plug today’s silver price into such a 2008 scenario.

If silver dropped 50% today it would leave paper silver selling at $10.75 per ounce. Within six months silver would reach $16.12 (50%), and then $20.42 (12 months), and then $21.50 (18 months)…….. according to our 2008 comparison.

But these values fail to account for rising premiums, like in 2008-09. By example, October (2008) 100-ounce silver bars carried an additional 50% +premium on the secondary market, silver Eagles even more. This pushes our $20.42 paper silver to just under $31 for physical silver ounces, at least.

Remember, the secondary PM market doesn’t care about long-term customer creation, satisfaction, or service.

The secondary market is the future of how physical gold and silver exchanges – but don’t expect bargains from those willing to sell. Typically, secondary markets grab as much as possible by taking advantage of those late to the investment party (this information, although thought provoking, is nothing more than proof how one asset correction will temporarily influence precious metals. The one long-term monetary constant is value stored in sound money via hard assets).

QUESTION: DC, I’d like to ask about safe deposit box (storage). How safe is it, actually? What will happen to stuff inside the boxes if the bank shuts down? Love your blog, anyway. It helps me to focus on long-term protection instead of short-term volatility. Thank you.

TPS Reply: I’ve waited for this question….. so thanks for asking. Make no mistake; we are nearing a point in which wealth stored in banks is at risk. This includes assets stored within bank security boxes, as well. The question is which method of storage carries more risk. Many of my readers choose bank storage because they’re not comfortable defending metal stored at home or business, this I understand.

If we must pick between the lesser of two evils I have a suggestion. Why not diversify and insure your physical metal? Insurance is available for both home and bank vault stored PM. This insurance also covers the risk of transporting the metal to and from. I’m not sure if Indonesians are eligible for this insurance so contact me if you’d like my assistance.

So far this year 18 banks have closed here in the US. All reopened, to my knowledge, under a new flag and all box contents transferred along with bank ownership. This change didn’t affect those renting deposit boxes. But we live in an age of great volatility and greater uncertainty. This means all exposed wealth will eventually be challenged by creative governments looking to find a fresh means for new taxation and wealth accumulation.

I’ve personally only used bank box storage while away on extended travel, like internationally. I weigh the risk at the time and pick between the lesser of two evils. The bottom line, I know of no 100% secure or full-proof means to store physical precious metal. This is why I recommend diversification and insurance. Thanks for the great questions and comment.

By the way, your long-term comment is spot on…… good way of approaching PMs.

COMMENT:  Metals are rising!!!!!!

TPS Reply: They are, and this is a good confidence boost for those new to PM. I can’t tell you how many emails TPS has received from new readers who bought discounted PM only because of this last PM correction. I know many readers are frustrated but the opportunity to buy discounted metal truly allowed more to join the PM table.

Gold and silver rising is great but pale when compared to the advantages of discretely storing wealth out of sight. All exposed wealth is now under threat of taxation, confiscation, and blame. Why not take advantage of this temporary opportunity to trade dollars for unregistered wealth (physical silver or gold)? Not to mention the opportunity to store this wealth in many different countries, and outside the banking system.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

 

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Signs of a REAL RECOVERY

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Signs are a forewarning that something important is soon to happen. Arm numbness could be a sign of a heart attack. Night sweats could be an early sign of diabetes. Lately I’ve been searching for signs of a real economic recovery. How else can we explain the latest gold/silver decline, all while the DOW posts another new high, other than a true recovery, right? After all, the great metal sell-off of 2013 can only be attributed to a new found level of economic faith.

Is the city of Detroit a sign of economic recovery? Detroit dropped from a circa 1950ish population of just under two million to less than 700k today. No one counting can be surprised by the bankruptcy of a city when it loses over half of its middle class and industry all while simultaneously growing the state’s pension obligations. Detroit is certainly not a sign of recovery as we watch poverty overtake what was once declared the city of great opportunity.

Nearly half of the wealth of American is stored in real estate. The lion’s share of this wealth rests in single-family homes known as a principal residence. But just as we’re led to believe the great housing recovery is unstoppable (housing bubble 2.0) news of a recent major decline in new mortgage applications say otherwise. Is it possible our great housing recovery could be upended by a 1% increase in mortgage rates?

The signs of a housing recovery are few and far between when the three denominators holding RE values together are cheap money, faith, and leverage.

What is a house worth, in municipalities like Detroit, after stigmatized by bankruptcy? The value of your home is directly affected by the health, and obligation, of your state and local economy.

The anti-recovery list grows longer. The new-found affordability of the Affordable Care Act has to be a sign of recovery, yes? Cities collapsing under the strain of long-term debt and unfunded liabilities have to be a sign of recovery, too. The fact we’ve reached the point of unbridled QE must be the truest sign of real economic recovery.

Why Silver & Gold will rise!!

The positive signs of economic recovery presented by today’s media are nothing more than a monetary distraction. Most individuals have reached a point of no longer willing to think for themselves, not to mention the ability to question those who put motive over principle. If the media or internet says so then it must be true.

I know my stack of PMs will take care of my family’s future for one reason only; what most folks view as financially stable is supported by the ability to create (borrow, print, or tax) currency. Everything from social programs, pensions, real estate values, stocks, banks, etc have reached the point of fiat dependency. This recovery is as real as any structure built upon a foundation of debt leaving no other choice but print of die.

Only the minority now buck this trend of nonstop quantitative easing. The rest, the majority, only argue over how to spend it. Think about this for a moment, please. Can you imagine the Detroit inferno if the evening news reported a significant reduction in social services, section 8 housing, food stamps, disability, etc.? What if a politician announced a monetary commitment to stop deficit spending altogether? The clip below answers it best.

Not only would city streets in every major city burn but the outcry from those invested in paper assets would be so great that the very life of the one proposing such a foolish plan would be in jeopardy.

This “jeopardy” is why your stack of physical silver and gold must rise just to keep a natural order of monetary balance and buying power. The United States, most countries too, have reached the point of no other option than print to appease, both politically and economically speaking.

I know TPS has mentioned this before but we are long past the point of arguing if metal will rise. It must rise, and will rise, as our nation accepts we are to the point of print or burn.  TPS recently posted how debt has become a threat to our national security. I’ll go as far to say the domestic threat outweighs the foreign threat when we calculate the growing number of our entitled.

COMMENT:  I personally believe the gold bugs are about to be squashed – maybe less than $1000 an ounce!!

TPS Reply:  Thanks for the comment. If every prudent person sitting on physical gold had to sell now then “yes”, the gold bugs are soon to be squashed, at least the most recent buyers. But your theory has one giant hole in it when we consider that few bugs are sellers. In fact, many are out buying discounted precious metal.

Let me guess, the DOW is your suggested new opportunity of safe haven? If so, what happens to the value of today’s DJIA if not for perpetual QE? What happens when the DOW has to stand on its own monetary merit? Will the 2008 DOW meltdown pale in comparison when those with wealth realize it’s nothing more than a paper promise?

Bernanke’s pile of printed money supports Wall Street because the lion’s share of this fiat rests on Wall Street. Of course investors in return support WS because they have little choice other than follow the next bubble; can’t you see this? I, for one, will side with the gold bugs by taking my chances with sound money (according to our US Constitution & 5000 years of history).

QUESTION:  In your last post, Fake Money Threatens our National Security, you mention the word “printing” but this is inaccurate. The money is nothing more than a digit, not only is it fiat but it doesn’t exist at all…. literally. Your point is noted but you should clarify. Thanks for what you do!!

TPS Reply:  Great point, thanks. You’re correct, less than 1/2% of cash deposited actually exists. This number can vary but never anywhere close to a percentage that would make most depositors comfortable. This is why the banking world is deathly afraid of a bank run similar to what happened in Cyprus.

This is also why I recommend keeping most liquidity in cash, silver, or gold form. In my opinion, at least 1/3 of this wealth should be within arm’s reach safely stored in-house or with someone trusted. I wish more folks understood the fragile nature of today’s banking world, fractional reserve lending (banking), fiat currency, and, of course, real money.

Good for you and thanks for the reminder!!  By the way to all readers, if this sounds like an overreaction just research the words “bail-in” as it relates to today’s banking institutions. Why not take a proactive stance while this option still exists?

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

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WHY PRECIOUS METAL HAS ME WORRIED

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Our physical silver and gold market is in a precarious position…… and this worries me. The great paper PM (precious metal) sell-off of 2013 started in April and showing little signs of reprieve as June fades into July. The hard asset faithful patiently wait for a bottom all while questioning the wisdom of owning physical silver or gold. All this while today’s media wastes little time casting disparaging remarks for those practicing sound money practices and prudence. Even with all the aforementioned, this is not why precious metal has me worried.

Thank you so much for joining TPS (The Prospector Site). This post, like the hundreds before, is all about translating monetary fact from fiction, sound money from paper promises. I have no doubt our world of financial rhetoric confuses many, maybe most. Hopefully we can clear the air of confusion that clouds the judgments of so many.

Even though the US Mint will sell more Silver Eagles in 2013 than any year prior, our physical silver market is on the ropes. Demand for silver is great but nowhere near equal to today’s level of economic turbulence and fiat uncertainty.  The great alternative currency experiment is nearing an end.

The PM volatility we’re experiencing as you read this is beyond the expectation of this writer. Honestly, I expected to see paper silver, and gold, dip but did not expect physical PMs would follow in such waterfall fashion. It’s easy for me to say prices will stabilize, then rise, because I understand the equilibrium between inflation (consumer prices) and physical PM.

After all, it was only after abandoning the gold standard we realized a rapid rise in consumer prices. The many decades before realized little, or only slight, inflation because the ability to print fiat did not exist. From Egypt to Brazil, the conflicts we see today are all a derivative of fiat currencies out of control.

Why I’m concerned:

Let’s take a closer look at this from a businessman’s viewpoint. A business expands as demand generates profit. This includes leasing or buying more equipment and space, growing a workforce, and so on. The goal is to generate enough product or service to match the market’s pace and trend. Simple enough I’m sure you will agree?

Today’s companies in the PM exploration and mining industry are in great trouble. Mining stock is in far greater decline than paper or physical PMs, even with rising worldwide demand. Why you ask? Because an ounce of real metal sells for less than the tangible cost to extract PM from the ground.

A company in the mining business doesn’t view silver or gold as a safe haven. They view PM as an avenue of business growth and profitability. The problem is we have reached a price point to where the return is not worth the investment, not to mention risk.

Each person considering owning physical silver or gold should expect to see an interruption in precious metal availability sometime in the near future.

The mining industry has yet another problem, as well. Today’s environmental challenges are complex and litigation is extremely expensive. Each passing day brings the threat of yet another environmental related regulation that requires new or updated compliance. It is only worth fighting through such regulation if the trouble equals profitability.

This tandem threat, environmentally motivated regulation and lack of profitability, is far more concerning than a temporary waterfall drop in PM prices. A mining bust will not return to a boom overnight, regardless if PM prices rise in the meantime.

TORONTO, June 24 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp will lay off about 30 percent of corporate staff at its headquarters in Toronto and in other offices in a downsizing plan triggered by problems at major mines and a drop in the price of gold. Read it here.

So what does this mean for those of us living outside the complex world of PM mining? It means a growing market of PM buyers will soon compete for smaller piece of the pie. If current PM physical demand weren’t as great I would say declining output is in nature order, but this is not the case.

The collapse within the paper silver and gold market has caused adverse effects far beyond what most comprehend. Please take a moment to read the Q & A segment if you’re contemplating adding more metal to your PM stack.

QUESTION: DC, are you buying now?

TPS Reply: Thanks for the tiny question. My answer is “no”. I’ve suspended my purchasing plan until prices stabilize because I refuse to buy new metal only to watch prices free-fall soon after. Remember, this is all about ounces….. not price. If I can buy more ounces tomorrow with the same amount of money then why buy now?

I’m not a financial adviser, this means I’m speaking for myself and each reader can take it for what’s worth. I do offer consultation for those who’ve made their mind up to buy metal but want to make sure they’re buying the best metal possible, at the lowest price, but from a reputable source.

It’s easy for me to suspend my purchasing plan because I’m already PM protected. I own both physical gold and silver; my PM plan is on cruise control. Please don’t confuse my temporary action as a loss of PM faith, far from it.

If I were yet to own physical silver or gold I would buy immediately, regardless of today’s PM market volatility. Who knows when the economic shoe could drop leading to an overnight depletion of an already thin inventory of PM?

I will resume buying physical PM when prices stabilize, not before. Thanks for the question.

QUESTION: After reading Storing Silver & Gold I would like to add my two cents. I’m looking to purchase a standup style safe but a little conflicted over investing money for a block of iron when I could invest the same money into PMs. Right now a $1000 will buy a couple rolls of silver bullion!!! What about a compact safe instead? What is your opinion on PVC storage?(edited)

TPS Reply:  Thanks for the comment and question, as well as making the effort to properly store your PM. You’re correct, a thousand bucks will buy a substantial amount of bullion these days, but. Someday soon this silver will rise in value and your ability to safely store this stash is imperative in order to protect your family’s financial future (this is the goal, right?).

I’m not against using a compact style safe, depending on the situation, but prefer something weightier and less mobile. The important issue here is how it’s mounted more than size itself. Regardless, insure the safe’s contents just in case the unlikely worst-case scenario happens to you (the book’s last chapter provides private PM insurance information).

Also, you must consider that money spent on a good safe is also an investment; investing a $1000 bucks for peace of mind sounds very reasonable to me when we view such an expenditure as an asset, too. Since you read my book then you also realize safe manufactures, like Liberty Safe, can’t keep pace with consumer demand. I doubt this trend will do anything but compound – especially when we have an administration taunting gun control.

Now let’s discuss PVC storage. For those who are unfamiliar, storing PM inside a buried section of large diameter PVC pipe is extremely effective. This process includes capping each end to ensure all contents stay dry and airtight. The PVC section is usually buried vertically just long and deep enough to allow access as needed. My only concern with storing metal buried in the ground is who will know where to look if something were to happen to you? Be sure to let someone trusted know of your PVC storage plan.

Thanks for the comment and questions.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

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IS SILVER WORTH IT?

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The truth is only the precious metal faithful are still buying silver or gold……. at least here in the US. Those who aren’t continue to irresponsibly invest, directionally speaking, thanks to the greatest wealth intervention in history. Far too many weigh PM (precious metal) up against other investments without considering the monetary difference, challenge, and purpose. Today’s DOW explosion is the purest example of such intervention. If we are to compare the two assets, DOW vs. PM, intervention gives the DOW a half track head start over precious metal all while spectators ask, “what’s up with precious metal and why is it pacing so far back?”

I see just two types of investors these days. The first type chooses to remain clueless as long as “experts” drum a rising DJIA and housing market. This type cares not to question “why” and too busy living life to question manipulation, intervention, record borrowing, or anything else for that matter. The second type is as concerning because these folks perfectly understand why the DOW and housing are rising but don’t care as long as they’re getting theirs.

The tiny sliver (sliver not silver) nestled between the two types aforementioned is you, the PM holder. You discretely stack discounted metal realizing the law of economics will soon and suddenly forever change this generation’s view of investing. I congratulate you for your tenacity.

It’s hard to get up each morning and then tell ourselves to stick to the plan. Metal experts sound like a broken record each time they predict a PM breakout that never seems to happen. Are these experts wrong? Is it possible the days of rising silver or gold are over? We both know the answer is “no way”.

Once wealthy countries like the US can no longer afford our current fiscal path. Our job market will no longer support the costs of everything from education to mortgages, pensions to property taxes. This tension causes a fiscal conflict that adversely affects nearly all aspects of our lives. This tension is also the reason politicians and governments have stepped beyond our constitutional rights of privacy and capital control.  Neither form of overreach will change anytime soon.

The word selfish surfaces in my mind this morning as I try to explain today’s complexity while living in a 21st century world. Investors succumb to selfishness as they watch a debt derived DOW add inflationary dollars to a bottom line. Politicians practice selfishness as they print dollars in order to maintain another round of power therefor appeasing a growing class of dependency.

Someone recently asked, “Where does it all end?” This is a good question but one far beyond my pay scale, sorry. My guess, it ends right where it all started some time ago. Was it that long ago when folks relied on each other and not a gov’t program? Was it that long ago families, churches, and other private organizations took care of those in temporary need? Was it that long ago we traded effort (cash) for healthcare, cars, houses, meals, etc. - not debt?

Could the end actually be a beginning? Is it possible the end is nothing more than a recurrence built from sound money and limited government? Can monetary intervention last forever without true growth within the economy? Maybe I’ll keep stacking silver and gold just in the off chance I’m right!!

I heard several great questions this week but two in particular really caught my ear and eye. I’m guessing if someone is willing to ask then others are quietly doing the same. As always, thanks for sharing your time with TPS.

QUESTION:  I’m new to precious metal and have a simple question, thanks. What will keep silver from someday dropping to a point of no value? It appears headed in that direction now.

TPS Reply:  Boy, no kidding. What a great question so thanks for sharing. Although highly unlikely, silver could decline to a point well below today’s offering. Such a scenario is, in my opinion, a short-term possibility when we consider today’s economic climate of accumulative fiat debasement and devaluation. The fiat currency experiment is building toward a climatic end that won’t bode well for most investors.

The majority of those considering silver, maybe you too, are judging the worthiness of physical metal on past performance. In other words, we buy or don’t according to today’s price far over the overall economic picture. Falling silver prices must mean silver is no longer a worthy investment, right?

Here is my recommendation to you and all those considering physical silver. Ask yourself if you truly internally believe economic recovery is real. Is the DOW rising because corporations are profitable or is the DOW rising because everyone is blindly jumping in? Is US housing in recovery or too-cheap-to-be-true mortgages spurring the next real estate bubble?

And the most important question to ask; what would the economic picture look like if not for the trillions of FED/US Treasury created dollars supporting everything from food stamps, healthcare, housing, military, banks, DJIA, pensions, Social Security, foreign banking, foreign government, etc? Because if you believe an economy 100% dependent on printed money is sustainable, please don’t buy physical silver.

Regardless, thanks for the question and following TPS.

QUESTION:  Although your book (Storing Silver & Gold) is interesting – I have a better plan. I’ve owned, and personally store, gold jewelry and bullion at home without a floor, wall, or standup style safe. It makes more sense to keep something of value in places a thief would never consider. To me, a safe communicates storage of wealth but something hidden says the opposite. Am I off base with my storage plan?

TPS Reply: No, not necessarily. A storage plan is extremely personal for obvious reasons. I wrote Storing Silver & Gold to make one huge significant point for those practicing the independent voyage into PM. Each person storing wealth within PMs must spread the risk among two to three storage options and methods. Simultaneously, it is recommend to keep at least 1/3 of your physical metal within arm’s reach or with someone trusted and close by.

TPS has other readers who also store bullion and jewelry in fake drawers, cabinets, tubes, walls, rooms, toilets, fireplaces, firewalls, etc. My opinion is if hiding PM outside a safe is what makes you most comfortable – then so be it, but. I encourage all readers to consider the possibility of fire damage along with the risk of theft. Gold will melt, as most know, and such a risk is as real as the odds of your home or office burning down (by the way, the PM insurance often mentioned at TPS will not cover PM improperly stored outside a safe, to my knowledge).

For what it’s worth, here is what my book research proved. The right safe, as part of a complete storage plan, sends a signal to a would-be thief that this family is prepared and protected from such an intrusion. Maybe the best plan for you is a combination of my recommendations and your existing plan? Thanks for the comment, reading my book, and question too.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ARE 100 oz. SILVER BARS IN YOUR FUTURE?

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By nature most folks willing to trade dollars for physical silver or gold do so secretively.  No fan fair, no cocktail party announcements either. The monetarily prudent simply trade fiat for the hardest asset – all while discretely living the day to day routine of life. The choice to buy large silver bars, or not, is one worth considering especially as we near an imminent point of silver rationing and pending internet trade taxation. Both rationing and the inevitable taxation on all e-commerce will change the what, where, and why of physical silver.

Today’s physical silver world remains a great maze of mystic confusion for those new to precious metal. By far, most newbies entrust what they buy, silver speaking, to a complete stranger who just happens to be a person selling PM (precious metal) and next in line. The conversations vary but the result is always the same. The precious metal illiterate (no disrespect intended) buy whatever the PM sales representative recommends.

TPS doesn’t “tell” folks what to buy, nor do I offer pinpoint financial advice either. My goal is one of monetary education because someone educated rarely fall victim to manipulation or bias opinion. Honestly, I can tell this annoys some of my readers by proof of emails asking for more specific advice on what to buy and how much. My opinion is that no one person walking the earth today can accurately predict the how much and when of precious metal, especially considering the monetary intervention that clouds all assets.

For this reason alone I recommend we stick to the facts. The fact is silver’s value will rise (sorry, I don’t know when) as more individuals realize printing dollars only benefits the super wealthy and political psychopaths of the world. This inevitable awakening is one we often discuss here at TPS. Combine such an awakening to a truly limited supply of precious metal and it’s easy to see why metal values can do nothing but rise beyond the expectations of most who understand some, or nothing, about monetary truths.

A larger than typical hunk of silver is an interesting storage of wealth. It is much more than a bar of silver. Some view bars of silver as bulky and heavy when actually such a formation of money is nothing more than a huge stack of $100 bills repellant against the ills of a fiat age. Those willing to buy large bars of silver enjoy the fulfillment of buying physical silver within 5% of spot. For comparison’s sake, a legal tender one ounce bullion coin will cost its owner a premium 20 to 35% beyond silver’s spot value.

This savings is undeniable, but not reason enough to exclusively own large silver bars. Such a large hunk of silver has its benefits but still might not be the right silver for you.

It’s a natural tendency for humans to picture the future in now terms. By example, my son graduates from high school today and merely weeks away from leaving home for the first time. But in my mind I can’t grasp a future with him living anywhere but where he’s always lived. Some of us view silver similarly not realizing someday silver’s value could rise hundreds of dollars beyond today’s dollar assessment. The divisibility issue in such an age will complicate trading such a large hunk of real currency.

For this reason alone I offer this PM advice. Consider storing some silver in smaller denominations; like one ounce bars, rounds, or bullion, exactly as you would a $20, $50, or $100 bill. Then, view a larger bar of silver (like a 100 oz. bar) as you would a savings account or long-term storage of wealth. Silver is a true source of liquidity but not necessary a divisible source simultaneously.

Please consider bar size just another thing to keep in mind as folks consider adding physical silver as part of self-reliant lifestyle.

QUESTION:  An acquaintance used your consulting service and something you recommended for them to consider I find confusing. You recommended they purchase one ounce silver bullion even though they will pay far more than a larger bar premium. Why would you recommend something that will land them less silver by paying more money?

TPS Reply:  Great question so thanks for asking. There are many folks who receive the same recommendation, from me, to buy silver ounce offerings over larger bars. This recommendation is 100% based on an individual’s financial situation and long-term monetary plan far more than my personal preference.

I don’t like the idea of acquiring large silver or gold bars until after securing one-ounce legal tender coins or rounds. We live in an age of great monetary volatility and uncertainty…… even though few are willing to admit it. If September of 2008 proved anything it was just how quickly a life dependent on a fragile banking/Wall Street world can turn upside down. Your ability to store real wealth within arm’s reach is not only prudent but necessary. Small silver, in physical form, will always be a universal source of money.

The truth is the majority of folks new to silver will never afford anything but single ounce form of precious metal. As silver rises, some will find themselves limited to 1/2 silver offerings as they struggle just to make ends meet. There will always be a market for large silver bars but nothing close to the secondary demand for one ounce silver. With that said, the option to melt larger bars into smaller ones will always exist as a way to divide such a large store of wealth.

I have no crystal ball but if I had to guess here it is. My bet is large bars will be the last to go as demand erases silver inventory. The first to vanish will be recognizable single ounce bullion or rounds even though the additional premium when compared to larger bars. Why not buy one ounce form while the option still sits on the table? Thanks for the question.

COMMENT: Silver prices are taking a beating lately all while the stock market roars to new highs. This only proves most Americans will trust the US dollar over silver when times are tough.

TPS Reply:  Thanks for sharing your comment. The DOW is on fire, this is undeniable even to those religiously respectful of silver and gold’s future as real money. Short-term speaking, a rising DOW along with declining silver puts PM writers in the far corner of credibility. This writer loses not one minute’s sleep since the long-term outlook for PM is stronger than ever before. The crowd is not an indicator of prudent monetary action.

You’re also correct with your analysis of Americans running toward the USD when time are tough, but. Long investor lines are not reason alone to join the dollar bandwagon. Do you recall the long lines during the Dot.com bubble burst? What about the long line of suckers waiting to buy overpriced housing just before the bubble burst, too?

The one word in your comment that jumps out most to me is trust. Folks continue to trust the US dollar because it is the world’s most overproduced currency. The FED camouflages the dollar’s weakness by printing record levels of supporting currency. This illusion tricks those trusting the dollar to spend, borrow, and fail to recognize such a way of life has a temporary shelf life. I hate to imagine the chaos when dollar investors around the world realize its very existence is in the hands of a government trillions of dollars in debt.

I think I’ll keep stacking silver regardless how low it drops or how high it soars, thanks.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestsellers Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher and Storing Silver & Gold. If you’re looking for trustworthy PM assistance feel free to contact DC regarding his personalized consulting service. TPS doesn’t sell silver or gold; we represent you, the buyer, looking for affordable precious metal from honest trustworthy sources. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources.

 

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