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STORING SILVER & GOLD

BUYING GOLD/SILVER, GOLD & SILVER, GOLD AND MONEY   No comments yet

Protecting your family’s wealth by trading dollars for physical silver/gold is one of the wisest decisions you’ll make. We can debate silver vs. gold but at day’s end both metals are shaping themselves into the last safe-haven currency while all other currencies race toward debasement. This not only means the value of your physical metal will rise but so will the temptation for others to take what you’ve worked diligently to own.

Below are few paragraphs promoting my newest book Storing Silver & Gold. Each chapter is an extended answer to the many storing questions readers like you are asking. Questions like how to insure the PM you have stored at home, what is the best way to discretely buy silver or gold,  or the only time you should store SOME metal within a bank box, and when it’s time to consider storing metal abroad (internationally). I hope you enjoy this tiny taste of my newest book release.

 Storing Silver & Gold: How to Safeguard your Precious Metal.  I believe at least fifty percent of those practicing home storage do so with sub-par safes improperly mounted to the structure’s sub floor or foundation.

Wow, this means half of you should be reading very closely. Now, I’ll be the first to admit I am not a safe or vault expert. (We’ll hear from those who are in the next chapter.)

My goal is to not discourage home storage, but encourage proper protection for the assets you’ve worked so hard for. Storage must be part of our overall PM plan, but you’d be surprised how often it isn’t. If you’re not ninety-nine percent comfortable with your form of home storage, I encourage you to take the money and time to correct this before buying more silver or gold!

Again, in-home theft will most likely never be an issue, but why not provide one last level of security, just in case I’m wrong? Would you be surprised to hear that the number one source of your PM’s security is the one least considered—you!

Let me explain. The best way to defend against bad guys is to beat them at their own game. This starts with a refusal to let anyone take what’s yours. Most robbers try to take something of value from someone unsuspecting and weaker. Their plan is to enter a home full of valuables, and quickly transfer ownership from you to them, unnoticed and un-caught.

Think of it like an offense-defense conflict. The criminal is on the offense and you’re on the defense, trying to keep what’s yours. This usually works out okay, but I propose we change ends of the field.

What if we are the proactive ones? What if we turn this storage plan into an offense success story, leaving bad guys scratching their heads while looking for easier prey? We are about to throw out several proactive ideas; then it’s up to you to determine the best fit for your needs.

I have readers who are so supportive of our Second Amendment rights, they’ll slap NRA stickers on everything in their front yard. I also have isolationist readers who believe the world will soon turn into anarchy. They trust hardly anyone. I also have readers that know nothing about guns, NRA, or personal defense, but see PM as a necessity (and some live under strict gun control laws). Each must find the most appropriate means to store PM, within their beliefs.

I’m hesitant to include the real life story below, because it’s so shocking some readers might elect not to own PM. I want to make this perfectly clear: This is the worst-case scenario and, in all likelihood, will never happen to you or someone you know. It is quite disturbing, I warn you now.  Read more here.

QUESTION:  DC, I read your blog religiously and have been buying silver from Colorado Gold as you recommended. I plan to work another 7 or 8 years and I own my house and land, vehicles, etc. outright. My husband died last year, so I have only my income but I do have a 401k and stocks. Should I plan to get out of the stock market and buy PM? Would you draw the money out of the 401k? I think I’d feel safer putting that money into PM and I could live comfortably on my income. I have a farm and grow a lot of what I eat. Thank you for what you do…you have opened my eyes.

TPS Reply:  Thanks for the email and nice words. It sounds like you’re making wise choices since losing your husband…… I can only imagine how difficult this last year has been. What impresses me most is how you’re utilizing PMs as a foundation for an independent lifestyle, very cool.

As you may know, I’m not a fan of retirement accounts or the stock market. I’m not saying that all stocks are risky or all retirement accounts are in jeopardy but we have certainly entered an age when politicians salivate over exposed pools of cash. My bet is most pensions and retirement accounts will fall under some form of capital controls.

Let me ask you; does this risk, of a bureaucracy controlling your capital, fit into a life built around self reliance? Your situation is unique in that you have personal wealth stored in both PM and “typical” investments too. I would favor PMs over traditional investments (given the times we live) and here is why.

I don’t have a crystal ball but here is how I see things playing out. Wall Street, the Federal Reserve, US Treasury, and this Administration are too wise to outright steal the wealth from those invested in stocks or bank deposits. Oh, don’t get me wrong, they will take some of it somehow but not as directly as what we’re seeing in Europe.

A more likely scenario is one that presents itself as a “takeover” that protects your wealth compared to flat-out stealing it. Those who understand currency debasement and capital controls realize confiscating wealth (like the retirement account you mentioned) allows a government to pay it back over time and with debased dollars. This also empowers a growing government as millions more rely on trusted politicians for groceries, shelter, healthcare, you name it.

Millions of other folks are asking themselves the same “do I or don’t I” type monetary questions. I wish I could offer more but…… honestly, no one knows how far an overreaching government will go in such a time.

Regardless, you’re miles ahead of most Americans….. good job!! Oh, be sure to read the next question because I’ve purposely combined it with yours. Thanks again.

QUESTION:  Why is it that my financial planner has nothing favorable to say when I bring up relocating some wealth into physical metal? It’s getting a little old.

TPS Reply:  I hear you loud and clear…… and couldn’t agree more. You can’t believe how often I hear this question from readers who are, like you, growing uneasy with the same nonsense. It’s not only monetarily foolish to not consider physical PM; it’s also playing out to be financially catastrophic in some cases.

Equities have benefited from the creation of a currency that can no longer sustain itself. The U.S. can continue to solely print US dollars (causing worldwide tension) but we can’t print jobs. Nor can we fool ourselves into using printed currency to create temporary jobs while simultaneously believing this is our path to a true long-lasting recovery. IT IS NOT.

Financial advisers have little to gain when your cash leaves the status quo and then reinvests into physical silver or gold. Why would an adviser recommend an asset that profits them nothing? The answer is pure and simple, at least from my viewpoint.

QUESTION:  A relative sent over a site that sells junk silver for as low as $24 per ounce. Why should I pay the premium for American Eagles?

TPS Reply: Thanks for the question. Why would anyone sell physical metal when today’s premiums are around 30 to 40% over silver’s spot price? I would be very skeptical since it’s way too good to be true. If true, please send over the info because TPS has several thousand readers who will buy a boatload ASAP. Thanks again.

BERNANKE WATCH:

FED chief Ben Bernanke will be the first chairman to miss Jackson Hole in 25 years. This event is the Super Bowl for central bankers and I’m not buying the conflict in schedule excuse (this would be like Tom Brady too busy for America’s biggest NFL game). It leads me to ask if Bernanke is on his way out as the most abusive banker in world history. Trust me, we will keep a close eye on Bernanke’s exit and whoever fills the position of the next most powerful person on earth.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller 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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SHOULD YOU BE BUYING?

BUYING GOLD/SILVER   No comments yet

Several readers have asked about buying more physical silver or gold since the April decline. My answer today will surprise many and this is why I’ve stepped up my blog posts since the great metal meltdown. It is important for each person to create a level of comfort within PM, regardless the price at any particular spot in time. With that said, let’s dive into the $64,000 question.

QUESTION:  I know what you will recommend but asking anyway. I suppose it is recommended that I buy silver and gold with both hands, correct?

TPS Reply: Thanks for the question; I will answer it with one word. “NO”, this is 100% not what I recommend. In your case, like several others I’ve talked with lately, I’m not an advocate of adding more physical metal until you fully understand what is happening and why.

A lower than yesterday price is not reason alone to run out and join the buying frenzy. Personally, I’ve purchased metal since the meltdown but no more than I had planned to buy anyway. Your decision to buy more must find justification from knowledge over recommendation.

Let’s step back a moment and process the PM (precious metal) carnage. Silver, gold, oil, copper, and other commodities rapidly and unsuspectingly declined last week/ first of this week. Not one “expert” warned of such a commodity reversal, not one. This means 99.99% of us singing PM praises missed the boat.

Creditability is at play here, not just mine but everyone else willing to make a stand for PM (each person has their own motivation; some have good intentions and some by profiting from selling PM). In my case, I have an Amazon #1 bestseller (inflation category) that proclaims silver and gold will go higher. It is in my best interest, monetarily, for metal prices to rise, obviously, and I 100% truly believe they will.

But this is not to say the same volatility soon to influence prices higher over the long term won’t push them drastically lower over the short term.

Here is my take on the recent metal meltdown, for what’s worth. I believe someone yelled fire. This was probably a conspired effort to short the paper PM market and the result was a quick price drop that led to panic paper PM selling. It is no secret than most PM investors invest in metal by way of paper; they often trade within the futures market. Once prices dipped to a level most are not comfortable, automatic “stops” triggered even more selling; the rest is history, sort of.

My belief is that metal prices would have dropped lower if not for the bombing in Boston.

Like it or not, the paper market still affects those of us who own physical silver and gold. Until you understand that today’s price offering means nothing, then don’t add to your anxiety by buying more.

We are living in an age of great geopolitical and economic volatility. Politicians and world leaders try to downplay this fact but it is now undeniable. This volatility will lead to historical declines far beyond what we’re living with today, and I’m not just talking about PM. Wait till the DJIA does the same thing. Can you imagine the chaos if today’s DOW suddenly dropped to 7000?

This type of volatility should be expected because this is what happens when a currency based on fiat reaches a breaking point. We cannot print our way into a prosperous economy. We can’t print jobs, we can’t print industry, and we can’t print physical precious metal. Until we accept these economic truths great volatility will become the new normal.

Now, let’s go back to silver and gold as we wrap this up. Soon (nobody truthfully knows when), the same fear that punished PM will reward them. This fear will drive remaining wealth and liquidity into safe havens because, honestly, many folks will have nowhere else to turn. At such time, and not a moment before, metal prices will rapidly rise. Until then I recommend pulling the big boy pants high and tight while understanding we’re in for a wild ride.

If you can wrap your mind around the belief of ounces over the dollar value assigned to metal, then buy more. If not, then please wait. Thank you for following TPS.

QUESTION: How low will metal prices drop before rebounding?

TPS Reply:  Thanks for the question. Silver and gold are limitless. They can rise and fall without limits. This means the same metal that could reach $75,000 per ounce could decline to $.75 per ounce. This is why I store most of my wealth in precious metal and not fiat currency.

Fiat currency has no chance of long-term gain; it always becomes the victim of abuse (over creation) and therefor always declines in value. This decline is hard for most to see because the dollar NUMBER PRINTED ON paper dollars remains the same, regardless a loss of buying power.

I don’t worry about a declining PM market like most do. I’m into PMs for the long term and my goal for 2013 is to acquire more silver while I educate the world on why. I won’t change my plans if precious metal rises or falls. This is why it’s called a long-term financial plan.

Hope this helps and feel free to email over any other questions that come up.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher. 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 SILVER & GOLD ARE PRICELESS

GOLD & SILVER, GOLD AND MONEY, SELLING GOLD/SILVER   No comments yet

Today’s title could sound odd considering gold just had its worst day in 30 years. As I write, and probably as you’re reading, economic prognosticators still relish in repeated “I told you so.”  We will keep this short today because I have what I want to say and nothing more. The last few days were draining for not only those willing to own PM but for the few willing to justify PMs in a published sense. For us, a PM shakedown is twofold when you add credibility into the equation. Nonetheless, let’s dive into why silver & gold are priceless.

Good day to all and thanks for joining TPS. If you’re new to PM (precious metal) then you picked a great day to join us, congratulations by the way. It appears the smoke is starting to clear from the PM arena and it’s looking like both silver and gold took a real beating, at least at first glance.

Every situation is a learning experience, do you agree? Personally, I have but one question left to answer. It’s not why PM prices fell so suddenly or quickly.  Nor is my primary question one that asks who is behind such PM brutality and volatility. The above questions will twist and turn themselves into history and certainly don’t need my help.

My only question is “Why?” Why did so many paper PM holders sell because of fear while the majority holding physical PM line up to buy more? The answer to this question is the very foundation of precious metal. A truer understanding to this question is the cornerstone.

Paper PM investors proved over the last few days their inability to think for themselves. If precious metals have taught me anything over the last decade it is the ability to tap into my own mind to make prudent monetary decisions for my family. We are nearing a point when this is the most valuable asset (ability to think for yourself) a person can claim.

TPS doesn’t sell PM, but we keep a close eye on those who do. All PM sources are reporting record sells of both gold and silver all while the paper PM market experiences the biggest paper liquidation in history, why?

How can two sides sharing the same asset be so far apart? How is one side, paper PM, so disconnected from the true benefit of PM while the other end stills view PM as the last asset to go?

This next statement will sound odd but I’m going to roll it out anyway. For me at least, PM has served its purpose and if both metals dropped to zero tomorrow they still provided this owner with a lifetime of knowldege. If I’ve learned anything from physical PM it is the ability to question what so many take as factual.

Precious metals have taught me the difference between money and currency, the difference between real wealth and the illusion of wealth, between fiscal restraint and a politically motivated smoke screen, and, most importantly……. the difference between building a life of independence over a compromise of freedom and liberty.

A person willing to make the effort to buy physical PM is the same person equipped with the ability to think on their own feet without input from an overreaching bureaucracy. If silver or gold dropped to worthlessness tomorrow this gift will sustain us forever. There is nothing more valuable than the combination of knowledge and effort.

SILVER & GOLD’S FUTURE:

Many of you are silently asking, “What’s next for PM?” First, I’m 100% convinced silver and gold will skyrocket beyond the belief of even the most skeptical. I’m also convinced that the last few days of volatility are nothing but a taste of the future, here is why.

Think how nerve racking it was to watch silver drop from $30ish to $20ish, like April 2013. Can you imagine the confusion when silver, valued in dollars, dips from $180ish to $150ish? What about a dip in gold from $3200ish to $2400ish? My point is each person breathing air should expect economic volatility from here forward as “normal”. Yes this includes, especially includes, precious metals.

I believe the paper PM market will separate from the physical market. In fact, we’re seeing this already but this doesn’t mean we should expect a steady incline. Our fiat currency age will not transform itself to real money without huge spikes, dips, valleys, and everything in between.

No one can accurately tell you when to buy more precious metal no more than when to sell it. Personally, I believe we’ll reach an age when it just makes sense (according to our ability to think for ourselves) to trade silver or gold for something else. I’m not so sure today’s dollar value perception will play part of such a day.

 

DC Carlton is founder of The Prospector Site and author of the Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher. 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 I RECOMMEND BOTH SILVER & CASH

BUYING GOLD/SILVER, GOLD & REAL ESTATE, GOLD & SILVER, GOLD AND MONEY, GOLD OR SILVER BUBBLE   No comments yet

In all likelihood your home or apartment has an inconspicuous looking device attached to the ceiling, probably more than one. This device has saved untold lives and is a priceless addition to your family; by law each new home or new renovation must include this device. By now you realize the item I’m describing today is a smoke detector.  The primary goal of a smoke detector is not to detect smoke; it is to sound alarm of eminent danger. Unfortunately, few can hear the harmonic sound of an economy in correction, even less realize where there’s smoke there’s usually fire.

Not a day passes without a reader emailing, or calling, TPS to ask what PM I’m buying. The answer is “silver” and the reason is nothing more than the primal desire to survive and preserve. Why so few Americans fail to react to this internal beacon is beyond me. I’m so very glad you’re excluded from this clueless trend sweeping our nation but what if I said physical silver alone is not enough?

Bells and whistles are blaring all around us even as your read these words. Few hear the ringing because most folks view danger based on the reaction of others. It is a proven fact that if enough folks take flight others will follow without knowing why. Unfortunately, the opposite is true too. On a 1-10 scale, I would gauge the flight to precious metals slightly above 1, as of April 2013.

This lack of urgency spawns inaction by business owners, college students, wage earners and retirees. All the above are on the cusps of no longer controlling their monetary future because they fail to recognize how quickly technology can separate our wealth from our control; the video below is but one real-time example.

Economists often compare the Great Depression with today even though this is impossible. The Great Depression was a slow burn that consumed untold wealth over several years. The US economy was primarily “local” in nature unlike today’s global age we’re living. At such time, silver, gold, and the US dollar were all real money.

A monetary life in 2013 is much different. Almost instantly our financial world can be contained by a banking lockout, this usually happens on a Friday afternoon. The video above accurately describes the challenges of every individual who still trusts, therefor stores, personal wealth within a banking system. The powers in control realize the best way to control your wealth…..not to mention preserve their power, is to quickly lock the exits before you can transfer personal capital (savings).

NOTE:  Cyprus bank depositors are allowed to withdraw no more than a few hundred euros per day; this came after an eight day bank holiday.

The political machine realizes the best way to keep the village distracted is to pipe in the soothing sounds of recovery, stability, and economic opportunity. It matters little if true, it only matters that you believe it because if you don’t the powers in control will enforce control. Reminds this writer of an abusive spouse who punishes but only because the victim deserves it.

I’ll say it loud and clear, I’m not a good victim. Since you’re reading today I’m guessing neither are you. The thought of an overreaching bureaucracy divvying out my wealth byway of an ATM ration doesn’t resonate well. I refuse to allow a bank to control how much I spend, where I spend, and on what I spend. This reason alone is why I recommend storing cash as well as physical PM.

Precious metals are in my opinion the best long-term store of wealth. The problem is the only way PM can convert to cash is by selling. We don’t want to sell our silver, or gold; this is why it’s important to understand a world accustom to trading in dollars, a.k.a. cash, will confuse real money with physical dollars, especially in times of banking volatility or unsuspected bank holidays. A Cyprus glimpse proves my point better than I can.

This is why cold hard cash is king, short-term speaking, as shown at the 3:00 minute segment in the above video. A loss of faith within the banking industry will lead to a run on cash.

The play of the day is twofold. I strongly encourage each reader to consider physical silver, while still available, along with a couple thousand dollars in cash and, as always, 1/3 STORED WITHIN ARM’S REACH. If you’re finding this confusing please email or call TPS for assistance in formulating a personal plan that best fits your need.

QUESTION:  I made my first gold purchase a few months ago and ever since it has done nothing but decline. I realize this is all part of the risk but it is a little discouraging. Any words of encouragement?

TPS Reply:  Thanks for reading TPS and taking the time to send over your question. It is always somewhat disheartening when metal prices decline like they have over the last few weeks. For what it’s worth……I too bought physical gold only to watch it decline 23%. The only difference is this was back in 2008 when I paid somewhere around $980 per gold ounce. I recall feeling a little foolish with my “investment” but today my only regret is that I didn’t buy more at the time.

The key word just mentioned is time. We can’t ignore the great economic or monetary challenges of our day. A rising, and soon to bubble over, DJIA is not a sign of an improving economy, neither is a low interest rate infused housing market. Both the DOW and housing are responding to the benefits of currency creation, the cash must go somewhere, right?

Since you’re taking the time to read unbiased PM sources then you must also realize precious metal is a long-term play. Don’t confuse month to month PM movements with validation. Safe havens and real assets are still the best options for realistically minded individuals; regardless how they measure up in dollars (by the way, gold is rising in other currencies. This is why it’s impossible to validate PM gauged in just one currency OR over one moment in time).

I’m not a good gambler; this is why I continue to invest my dollars into PM while watching other investment foolishness from the sidelines. Your decision to buy gold cannot be validated by a rise no more than vilified by a decline soon after (purchasing). My advice is to keep an eye on the long-term goal of wealth preservation realizing what is “real” is real and what is “not” isn’t.

If the price of gold drops to $1300 an ounce tomorrow, so be it. If it jumps to $2200 next week, so be it too. The dollar (number) next to gold means nothing since all markets are affected, either positively or negatively, by forces well beyond our control. Historically speaking, such market interventions rarely last longer than a season. This is why I view my PM as a long-term safe haven.

COMMENT:  Couldn’t agree more with your book’s chapter on real estate. Thanks for keeping it real in an age of confusion.

TPS Reply:  Thank you for taking the time to self-educate. It really comes down to knowledge, doesn’t it? Too many are rushing back to real estate with an improper mindset. Housing is a place to raise families and extinguish birthday candles. It’s always great when it appreciates but the primary goal of home ownership is not an avenue of saving or wealth building.

Here is the question each potential home buyer must ask PRIOR to inking an offer. How much of the home’s value derives from nothing more than the ability to borrow currency at a low rate of interest. This portion, or percentage, of the home’s value is susceptible to market volatility beyond the realm of short-term fluctuations.

It is only because of those who benefit from lending, building, or selling real estate that so many have a false belief in real estate as a good investment. The cheap money used to buy today’s real estate is nothing more than a byproduct of a government in perpetual money creation mode. Cheap interest rates only punish the savers of the world and blur true housing values.

My opinion is we’ll see a day when 20 ounces of gold will buy more homes than not.

QUESTION:  What is causing gold and silver to drop so suddenly today?

TPS Reply:  Great question. The only words I can think of to describe such PM brutality are manipulation, intervention, greed, fear, and corruption. It is impossible to believe a free unrestricted market is the cause of our recent PM correction.  The games happening within the PM market are nothing short of criminal and here’s why.

Gold or silver are nowhere near bubble territory, the charts below clearly show how quickly an asset, like housing, will climb just before correcting or bursting. It is understood that when a particular asset raises too quickly that eventually it will become prone to correct.

Now, let’s look at the bigger picture here since it’s becoming extremely obvious that PMs are under full assault. With the threat of war (both militarily and monetarily), economic uncertainty, and perpetual currency printing, precious metals priced in dollars should be steadily climbing. But this is not the case.

What is not declining is the demand for physical metal. This demand is quickly depleting metal inventories as buyers like you, I hope, take advantage of cheap silver or gold. Such a demand will continue to disconnect physical metal prices from paper price manipulation. At such a time no one selling physical PM will give an ounce of attention to the paper PM market.

Speaking of a gold bubble, it could help to show what a true asset bubble bursting looks like. Below is a chart showing how quickly housing values rose just before the housing bubble burst back in 2005-06. Then compare the next chart showing the Dot-com build and bust back in 2000-01.

 

And now, does the last six months in gold look anything close to a bubble?

 

Below is one last chart I want to add just before posting. It shows the virtual currency Bitcoin just days before it recently corrected. If gold were as vertical as this last chart then “yes” I would have to say PMs have reached a dangerous level in need of correction, but not the case.

 

BERNANKE WATCH:

FED chief Bernanke is the most powerful man on earth. Unfortunately, his ability to accurately gauge how money printing and market manipulations lead to asset bubble’s bursting should be of great concern. Dr. Paul Craig Roberts offered a commonsense approach to why precious metals are under FED assault.

“The exchange value of the dollar is threatened, and if that collapses the FED loses control over interest rates. Then the bond market blows up, the stock market blows up, and the banks that are too big to fail, fail. So it’s an act of desperation because they’ve got to establish in people’s minds that the dollar is the only safe place, it is the only safe haven, not gold, not silver, and not other currencies.” -Dr. Paul Craig Roberts.

 

DC Carlton is the founder of The Prospector Site and author of Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher. 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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WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?

BUYING GOLD/SILVER, GOLD & SILVER, GOLD AND MONEY, SECURING GOLD & SILVER   No comments yet

Actually, who doesn’t want to be a millionaire?  As founder of The Prospector Site I have the opportunity to work/consult with many hardworking millionaires. I’m guessing many of you reading today are on the millionaire list……. congratulations. If your name isn’t on the list, yet, then please read today’s post closely because many preconceived wealth notions are false. In fact, by post’s end you may rethink your wealth goal well beyond joining the elite list of millionaires. Welcome aboard and thanks for joining our precious metal discussion.

This could come as a surprise but I can say with 100% certainty that millionaires worry about money just like those living check to check, it’s true. Could this be why the same millionaire who worries while building wealth then worries how to keep it? Just as surprisingly, I’ve heard a few actually compare wealth to a ball and chain as they cautiously maneuver wealth away from taxation and into safe havens (some have actually said they enjoyed life best when worth less!).

Nearly all millionaires still live on a budget. I’m estimating over 50% are self employed and somewhere around 20% have a master’s degree. You would be shocked how many have nothing more than a high school diploma. Over 80% are self-made and fewer than 20% inherited the wealth that adds their name to the millionaire’s list.

The question must be asked, “Are today’s millionaires nothing but a bunch of whiners?” I personally have my doubts. My opinion is that today’s millionaires are scared, tired, and frustrated by the economic challenges of the day. Their (millionaires) despair only validates my belief in faith, self-fulfillment and independence (freedom) as the truest source of happiness.

What nearly all millionaires have in common, at least up to the point of trading dollars for PM (precious metal), is the mistake of building personal wealth in dollars or dollar related assets. Actually, it all comes down to a loss of confidence in the US dollar and the realization that those with exposed wealth will pay for their entrepreneurial sins.

Taxation, fees, penalties, and capital controls are words the wealthy will become all too familiar with, at least those not protected by PMs.

The problem actually goes beyond the aforementioned as millionaires realize, in their own time I should add, that dollar wealth is much different from “money” wealth. Wealth stored in dollars may appear to offer stability but recent asset bubbles, then bursts (i.e. Dot-com, real estate, DOW, and soon bond, dollar, ?), remind those invested in dollars how quickly this wealth can disappear.

It is at this time we must compare a dollar millionaire to a PM (precious metal) millionaire. I seriously doubt few traditional millionaires give the difference a second thought. This is most evident by how few actually own physical silver or gold even as currencies worldwide constantly spew warnings of a great fiat demise.

The few who do “own” PM only own a few ounces of gold or, worse yet, own paper precious metal; paper silver or gold may appear protective but realistically are nothing more than speculative. Even our country’s millionaires suffer from monetary normalcy bias as their wealth falls under attack or, at least, subject to historic debasement.

I like to compare dollar to gold wealth with today’s spirited world of innovation. Innovation has forever touched our lives by making information the new industrial revolution. Anyone living within 200 miles of California’s Silicon Valley will attest our age of technology has only reached the tip of the iceberg. If not for the decline of the US dollar, I would have to compare today’s age of technological innovation to the implementation of fire, penicillin, telephone, or the combustion engine.

The problem isn’t innovation; the problem is our means of monetary exchange. The US dollar is the only component that will stifle our growing age of innovation. The reason I believe this is because all new innovations are built around capital and the availability to invest dollars in R & D. Today’s disruption of capital (dollars) will eventually devastate, or at least disrupt, the wealth of those investing in tomorrow’s innovation.

Now, please give the next sentence or two your full attention. The same folks at the tip of innovation are also the same folks invested in an outdated source of wealth storage and saving! Saving in dollars is no different than attempting to forward an email through a manual typewriter. Even our wealthy fail to compare old innovations to a dying currency; ironic isn’t it?

One reader recently asked why I’m so convinced the dollar is on its deathbed. My opinion; why else is it we have to inject perpetual transfusions of blood, QE1, QE2, QE3, QE?, if not for a terminally ill currency? This is not about economic recovery; this is nothing more than not letting the dying die. This, my friends, is why each person walking God’s green earth must understand the difference between dollar wealth and PM wealth.

QUESTION:  Precious metal prices have fallen far below the expectations of nearly all PM experts. Have we reached a bottom in your opinion? I’ll never hear the end of it from my family if I buy now and the PM market dumps lower!

TPS Reply: Thank you for asking such a timely question and congrats for at least considering PM. Let me put your mind at rest by mentioning the one fact all PM owners must grasp. Precious metals will rise/ fall and not one person, expert or otherwise, has a clue when either will happen next.

Most “experts” get paid when you spend your cash on their offering of precious metal. I’m not insinuating that today’s PM experts don’t know what they’re talking about, I’m only exposing fact. Truthfully, it really doesn’t matter how PMs perform over the short term since it’s only short-term minded PM investors who worry over volatility.

Please keep your eye on the larger picture by not over thinking physical silver or gold. Here is what I do for what it’s worth. I buy silver or gold each month, store them over three locations and sources, and then look forward to my next monetary chess move. Why would I worry about something I did yesterday when yesterday is already in the books?

Oh, by the way, you’ll never live up to all family expectations…… so quit trying.

QUESTION: Okay DC, you know my situation and you know I store my gold in a local bank. Cyprus has me worried sick and I’m not sure what the heck to do. What if a bank holiday traps my PM and I can’t get them when I need them? Sorry to be a weekly burden but I’m worried. As always, thanks for being patient.

TPS Reply: Man, no softballs today. I understand your situation and, honestly, there is no easy answer. Living in a large city complicates in-home PM storage. The risk of being burglarized must be compared to the risk of storing PM in a bank box. The question is not what the safest way to store PM is; the question is what the best way is considering your situation.

As you know, I’m not against using bank boxes for short-term storage that includes traveling or winter escape. I’m far more hesitant to recommend such storage options as part of a permanent storage plan. Regardless, you must diversify your storage in such a manner that includes keeping at least 1/3 within arm’s reach (this could be in home or with someone trusted).

I hate to say this but it must be mentioned. There is not, to my knowledge, a 100% safe way to store/own physical silver or gold. In fact, there is nothing in this world 100% secure or safe. This is a challenge we must accept and then move forward with the best plan possible.

With the risk of sounding commercial like; Storing Silver & Gold will hit Amazon.com the week of April 8th, in digital format. The book does offer a source, affordable source to boot, who will insure all PM stored at home OR in a bank box. I highly recommend taking the extra effort to insure all PM, especially in your situation.

COMMENT:  A friend recommended your book and I want pass along how much I enjoyed reading it. The simple manner in which you explain silver and gold to our current economic plight was just the motivation I needed to make a monetary change. Record levels of debt will not fix our economy and it angers me that more educated individuals can’t see the overall picture. Anyway, we started our plan by committing to buy silver bullion at the first of each month. Thank you for what you do.

TPS Reply: You made my day, thank you.

 

BERNANKE WATCH:

FED chair Ben Bernanke is the most powerful man on earth but other central bankers are quickly becoming powerful in their own right. The Bank of Japan just doubled down on its latest version of QE by devaluing the yen and, unfortunately, punishing currency savers. Once again, the banks win, exclusively, as Japan outpaces Mr. Bernanke with a fresh commitment to print currency.

The world is awash in printed currency and today’s video only proves the level of desperation among today’s central bankers. This fact cannot be overstressed when we compare a rising supply of currency to precious metal. Please add worldwide quantitative easing to the growing list of reasons to own real money like silver or gold.

 

DC Carlton is the founder of The Prospector Site and author of Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher. 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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