Tag Archive: purchasing power

Focus on the Long Haul Buying Opportunities

The gold market is seeing some solid selling pressure today after the latest non-farm payrolls data cast some doubt on a Fed rate cut this month. Prices have dipped back down to the $1400 per-ounce area and the selling appears to have run its course. Sharp dips like that being seen today can potentially provide excellent buying opportunities. A dip of $20, $50, even $100 per-ounce is inconsequential over the long run and may provide investors with an opportunity to dollar-cost average. The bigger picture... Continue Reading

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An Expanding Danger

As was anticipated, the Federal Reserve raised the key benchmark rate 25 bps to 1.75-2.00%. The central bank appeared to have a slightly more hawkish tone in its statement, and has made clear that it will hike rates twice more in 2018. The central bank did, however, stick with its previous forecast for three rate hikes next year. Although rates are not likely to get anywhere near levels seen in previous tightening cycles, they are expected to continue to rise gradually. The idea of higher... Continue Reading

Why Investors Must Watch the Dollar

After seeing months of lower prices, the dollar index has been on the rebound lately, trading at a 4.5 month high in recent sessions. The upside in the dollar has kept a bit of a lid on gold prices-for now anyway-and the relationship between the metal and the currency is a very important one to understand. Like many other commodities, gold is denominated in dollars. This means that when the dollar is higher in value, gold becomes relatively more expensive for buyers in other currencies.... Continue Reading

Three Reasons Physical Gold is the Ultimate Investment

Unlike paper assets such as stocks or bonds, physical gold brings a lot more to the table than the potential for higher prices or dividends.  If you do not already own physical gold, here are three major reasons you need to consider an allocation right now. Gold is the only real form of money: The problems associated with fiat, or paper currencies, are nothing new. Paper money has shown a strong tendency to lose value over time. As paper money declines in value, so does... Continue Reading

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Don’t Fear Higher Rates, Welcome Them

The U.S. Federal Reserve elected to hold rates steady at its latest policy meeting on Wednesday. This move came as no surprise. The Fed also discussed how it sees the need for gradual hikes going forward, which is also not very newsworthy. Many investors, however, seem to misinterpret what higher rates really mean for the markets. Gold is a common object of discussion when it comes to higher interest rates. The theory, among some investors and some financial “experts” goes something like this: Higher rates... Continue Reading

Is the Dollar a Sinking Ship?

The shutdown of the U.S. Government over the weekend is likely to dominate the headlines this week. Although it seemed late Friday that a deal could potentially be reached in time, Republicans and Democrats appear to be far from an agreement at this point. Stock investors didn’t seem to be fazed by the potential shutdown on Friday, but that could change in a hurry if both sides of the aisle are not able to make progress quickly. Although the shutdown is not likely to have... Continue Reading

3 Reasons to Add Gold to Your Portfolio Right Now

When many investors think of investments in gold, they think of higher gold prices. Investors have been thoroughly trained to think of investments in terms of if I buy XXX at $10 and sell it later at $20, I have made a 100% return. Now, let’s be clear. There is nothing wrong with buying low and selling high. And who wouldn’t want to make a profit on an investment. Gold, however, offers numerous intangible benefits in addition to the possibility of higher prices. Many of... Continue Reading

No End in Sight for QE

With or without a December interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve, global easing measures thus far show no signs of slowing. The European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan and the Bank of England could all potentially engage in further quantitative easing measures in an attempt to boost economic activity and spur inflation. Concerns appeared to be on the rise recently about the possibility of the ECB stepping back from its QE, although ECB President Mario Draghi put such concerns to bed this past... Continue Reading

The Elephant in the Room

China’s currency reserves are not what they used to be. According to some estimates, the dollar’s share of China’s reserves has been slashed to a record low, as the world’s second largest economy looks to diversify away from the greenback. Not only that, but China has reportedly been selling U.S. securities. Thu far, this has not caused any type of panic and doesn’t even appear to be on the radar for most investors. You could certainly make the argument that a pullback in buying by... Continue Reading

What's Next From Central Banks?

Although the Federal Reserve has recently abandoned its policy of zero interest rates and has put an end to (at least for now) its quantitative easing program, the era of QE and ultralow interest rates around the globe may be far from over. This past week, the Fed announced it would hold interest rates at current levels although a hike or two still remains on the table for June and possibly December. In a surprising move, the Bank of Japan elected this week to do... Continue Reading