Precious Metals News & Trends

Geopolitical, Economic and Precious Metals Market News and Commentary

Could 2020 Rhyme with 1980? -- By Craig R. Smith, Chairman, Swiss America-Forty years ago gold prices spiked up over eight-fold – from $100/oz. in January 1977 to $850/oz. in January 1980. (A 1980 gold price of $850/oz. would equate to an inflation-adjusted gold price of $2,574/oz. today).

What Gold’s Recent Price Rise is Telling You... -- By Craig R. Smith, Swiss America Chairman- Gold's impressive 20% rally in recent months is now spreading to other precious metals, especially silver. What should these rising prices be telling you? After seven years of trading in a tight range, metals have now broken the technical barrier and are ready to continue the climb.

Gold: An Unchangeable Asset For A Changing World -- By Craig R. Smith, Swiss America Chairman- A lot has changed in the world of politics and economics in the 21st century. Who could have imagined that a sitting U.S. president would suggest that our nation start manipulating our currency to stay competitive with the other nations the world?

HyperInflation’s Ominous 100-Year Return -- Craig R. Smith Chairman, Swiss America and Lowell Ponte - This year, 2019, marks the 100th birthday of the Weimar Republic taking over post-World War I Germany. Weimar, dominated by the socialist Social Democratic Party (SPD), was a sharp left turn in German politics.

The Most Seductive Four-Letter Word on Earth -- By Craig R. Smith - Promises, promises. Each passing day seems to bring yet another outlandish promise from yet another 2020 presidential candidate - usually laced with that magical, seductive four-letter word: FREE.

10 Reasons to Double-Up on Gold in 2019 -- A Special Alert From Craig R. Smith, Swiss America Chairman - 2019 represents a golden opportunity to double-up on your precious metals holdings for many fundamental reasons. Perhaps the most obvious reason is that gold has been the single best performing asset since the beginning of the 21st century, with an average return of 19.73%.

2019: What Could Go Wrong? -- By Craig R. Smith - If you thought the U.S. stock market correction of 5% to 9% in October was bad, ‘you ain't seen nothing yet’; according to a growing choir of leading economic voices.

The more you IRA... the less you IRS! -- By Craig R. Smith - When it comes to saving for retirement, slow and steady always wins. Socking away money into a qualified, tax-deferred retirement account is the secret to creating a sizable nest egg.

An Inflation Nightmare in Socialist Venezuela -- By Craig R. Smith - According to the International Monetary Fund, Venezuela's inflation will skyrocket to one million percent by the end of the year as the government continues to print money.

URGENT: Remember Lehman Brothers? -- By James M. Carrillo - We are on the verge of a major world event. The current situation with Europe's banking giant Deutsche Bank is not something to be taken lightly. I have had a close eye on Deutsche Bank's stock over the past year, which now appears to be unraveling rapidly.

The Day That Changed America's Future -- By Craig R. Smith- On March 23, 2018, unbeknownst to most Americans, the course of U.S. history was forever changed by irresponsible government leaders from both parties. On that fateful day, the massive $1.3 trillion, 2,232-page omnibus spending bill (which no one even took the time to read) tossed financial sanity out the window.

2018: Year of the Bubble? -- By Craig R. Smith- Today a growing number of highly respected business leaders, such as Bill Gates and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, are recommending urgent preparation for a major drop in the U.S. stock indexes. In March, Bank of America analysts warned that 13 of 19 Bear Market indicators for stocks have now been triggered.

WHAT NOW? -- By Craig R. Smith, Chairman, Swiss America - We seem to live in a very upside down world to say the least and it’s quickly spinning out of control. World politics and economics are so removed from any sense of normalcy that the average person is holding their breath and wincing at the future. Geopolitically and economically we are one headline away from a serious moment in history.

The Secret Saudi-Dollar Connection -- By Craig R. Smith and Lowell Ponte- President Donald Trump was greeted and treated like a wise and welcome world leader and ally in Saudi Arabia. But the media said almost nothing of the secret connections that for 46 years have kept our two nations linked in a special, mutually-dependent relationship.

FROM THE DESK OF THE CHAIRMAN: April 7, 2017 -- While the details are still very much in flux one thing is certain, President Trump's resolve in asserting America as a force against human atrocities; a resolve absent during the Obama years.

Trump Prepares to “Do a Number” on Dodd-Frank Banking Laws -- By Craig R. Smith- While many in the media lament President Trump's campaign promise to “do a number” on the Dodd-Frank legislation passed after the 2008 financial crisis, not much will happen until the 120 day review has passed and the data is reviewed by the president.

Making America Great Again
Don’t Sit and Watch, Be Prepared!
-- By James M. Carrillo - While growth and making America great again are obviously the goals of all working Americans, the unwinding of massive debt, troubled banks and over a decade of bad policies will prove difficult and may come with severe pain for unprepared citizens - especially retiring baby boomers.

The Gold Bull is Back! -- By Craig R. Smith--Precious metal prices started off 2017 with a bang, amid robust safe-haven buying and falling U.S. dollar. In January, gold prices rose over 5% and silver prices rushed up over 10%.

The Trump Effect Upon Tangible Assets -- by David Bradshaw, Idea Factory Press - With the dollar hitting 2003 highs and the stock market enjoying the "Trump effect" here are a few things to keep in mind when considering asset safety and growth in 2017.

FROM THE DESK OF THE CHAIRMAN -- by Craig Smith-- It was debt that caused the 2008 crisis. Today we have even more debt than we did in 2008. There are many ways to deal with excessive, unmanageable debt.

Trump's Triumphant Capitalist Revolution -- By Lowell Ponte - On election night, at 9:06 pm Eastern Time, veteran journalist and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said in stunned amazement: “It's possible that Donald Trump could be President of the United States.”

Preparation is Preservation: A Reality Check -- By Dean Heskin - You don’t have to flip too many channels or look at Facebook for very long to realize we’re a divided nation. If volatility had a colloquial definition, it would likely include a divisive presidential election between two polarizing candidates who are miles apart on every issue.

Paper is Poverty! -- By Craig R. Smith - Thomas Jefferson once said, "Paper is poverty. It is only the ghost of money, and not money itself." Jefferson was a man of many accomplishments among them Founding Father, author of the Declaration of Independence, Vice-President, President and an early proponent of honest money.

Why the 2016 Election is Economically Volatile -- By Dean Heskin - Presidential elections by their very nature are volatile. They can be contentious and unpredictable. Despite the projection of the pollsters or the predictions of the pundits, no one can really say for certain who will prevail on Election Day.

Brexit Money-Quake -- By Lowell Ponte - The world's ruling elite expected the June 23, 2016 United Kingdom Brexit vote to fail. Investors who believed these elitists were shocked when this referendum won by 52-48 percent, launching a countdown to separation between the UK and European Union.

Will the Brexit Unleash a Global Meltdown? -- By Lowell Ponte - On June 23, the British people voted in a national referendum to declare their independence from the European Union. The ruling political establishment, right and left, had joined to crush this populist uprising with a campaign of fear and authority.

The Great Regression: The Crash of 2016 -- By Dean Heskin, CEO, Swiss America - Is the US economy regressing? We are in the midst of the slowest and most lackluster economic recovery since the end of World War II, and it appears to be weakening.

GOLD’S RISING ROLE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY -- By Craig R. Smith, Chairman, Swiss America - When it comes to a means of trade and exchange, it seems that the world has come full circle. In ancient times men bartered with grain and livestock as a method of payment.

DON'T BANK ON YELLEN'S FED -- By Craig R. Smith, Author/Chairman, Swiss America - After listening to Fed Chairman Janet Yellen's statement justifying the increase in interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, I am convinced her ability to contradict herself rivals that of President Barack Obama.

The Implications of Russian Aggression -- By Lowell Ponte - This is a time for crossing fingers, fingering crosses, and buying gold in this time of soaring political, economic instability and rising global debt defaults.

Stock Market Meltdown Confirmed -- By James M. Carrillo - The overinflated, propped up stock market bull is over. Long term market analysis has signaled that a long term sell off is imminent.

Where retirees should invest today -- By Dennis Miller-- Earlier this summer I cautioned readers to tighten up their stop-losses as the market was flying high and due for a correction.

Fed-Rigged Stock Sell-Off Foretold -- NEWS RELEASE - Global equities saw their sharpest fall since the 2008 financial crisis on what's being referred to as "Black Monday" - as an 8% rout in Chinese shares sparked worldwide panic.

The Obama Economy Is Flatlining -- By Craig R. Smith and Lowell Ponte- “Labor Costs Rise at Slowest Pace in 33 Years” read a New York Times headline on July 31 as this newspaper spun the news frantically to paint lipstick on the pig that is President Barack Obama’s wallowing economy.

The 21st Century Case For Gold -- By David Bradshaw - Being a so-called "gold bug" can be very counterintuitive in today's world of changing economic and monetary values.

The Greek Showdown -- By Craig R. Smith & Lowell Ponte-- The Chaos in Greece Could Severely Impact Your Assets In Many Ways, Unless You Take Wise Actions Now

Prepare for U.S. Dollar Collapse NOW! -- James M. Carrillo-- The U.S. Dollar is currently in the strongest SELL territory of the decade, which means gold is now at the best BUYING point of the decade.

The Cyber-Terror Bank Bailout -- Bloomberg, 9.2.14 - Bankers and U.S. officials have warned that cyber-terrorists will try to wreck the financial system's computer networks. What they aren't saying publicly is that taxpayers will probably have to cover much of the damage.
Craig R. Smith comment: I firmly believe the biggest threat American citizens faces today is a cyber attack upon U.S. financial institutions and banks. More...

Will The New EU Strategy Backfire? -- By Craig R. Smith, 6.6.14-- Today Europe joined America in abandoning austerity by lowering interest rates to below zero. This move forces depositors to withdraw assets from banks and move them into assets with more growth potential; such as stocks, real estate or commodities such as gold.

Is The Constitution Being Replaced? -- By Lowell Ponte, 5.27.14-- President Barack Obama is unhappy with the U.S. Constitution and wants to change it. America's Founding Fathers, Mr. Obama has said, had “an enormous blind spot” and produced a “deeply flawed” document as the cornerstone of our republic.

U.S Citizens Must Take Bold Action -- By Craig R. Smith, 3.4.14 - There is a great deal of similarity between what is going on today and what happened 35 years ago that is very important to consider. In 1979, several events simultaneously occurred that had a profound impact on the markets as well as world history.

Urgent Memo from Our Chairman -- By Craig R. Smith, 1.29.14 - Imagine waking up one morning to find your bank locked and access to your money via ATM denied. Your ability to pay bills or buy food – and your boss's ability to pay you – all gone in an instant, without warning. If your bank accounts and credit cards were suddenly out of reach for days, for months, or forever, what would you do?

Americans the Real Losers -- By Craig R. Smith, 10.20.13 - The latest crisis in D.C. was just the opening act in the unfortunate last chapter of Obama's America, one that will have a very tragic end for all hard-working Americans.

Stop the Debt Ceiling Scare Tactics -- By Craig R. Smith, 10.11.13- To quote the famous Yogi Berra, “it's like déjà vu all over again” with the battle over ceremonially raising the debt ceiling. According to the elected officials of our great nation, we must saddle our children and grandchildren with another couple trillion dollars of debt in order to protect them. This logic seems flawed.

Fed Delays 'Day of Reckoning' -- By Craig R. Smith, 9.25.2013--For many months I have taken the position that the Federal Reserve would not taper any time soon. Mr. Bernanke did not disappoint on September 18th when he announced his foot is firmly on the gas pedal of printing and pumping.

Fed Plans to Sacrifice the Dollar -- By Craig R. Smith, Chairman, Swiss America- 7.15.13-- Last week our Fed Chairman admitted he is willing to sacrifice the U.S. dollar in order to "save the economy". Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke called for maintaining accommodation, saying, "highly accommodative monetary policy for the foreseeable future is what's needed in the U.S. economy," reports Bloomberg.

The Bernanke Legacy will be told -- By James M. Carrillo - 7.1.13 -- Forward thinking is critical when looking at where we should park our money. With Ben Bernanke's tenure coming to an end, we should take a look not at what he has done but instead at what he is leaving behind. Starting with a brief look in the rear view mirror.

Gold Near Bargain Basement Levels -- By James M. Carrillo, 5.15.13--On March 1st I suggested that gold had broken its all too sharp long term angle of ascent and would pull back to its more sustainable long term trend line on a technical basis. Today I believe gold is now nearing bargain basement levels that offer an immense opportunity.

Gold Still the Buy of a Generation! -- By Craig R. Smith - 4.18.13--Although we live in an era of instant information and communication; true wisdom, perspective and insight have never been more scarce. Recent gold news headlines again declaring gold is "dead" ranged from absurd to laughable to downright foolish.

Is the Gold Bull over? -- By James M. Carrillo- 4.16.13-- In my most recent article (March 1, 2013), I wrote "The Ultimate Precious Metals test is here. You believe or be prepared to panic."

The Wisdom Of Buying Gold Now! -- 4.15.13-- Gold prices, which have been at the mercy of technical selling since 2012, are today witnessing a flood of "paper" market sell orders as short-term speculators take profits. Swiss America CEO Dean Heskin reminds gold owners that the physical gold market is still alive and well...

2013 What's in your portfolio? -- By: James M. Carrillo-- 1.29.13--Stocks have rebounded back to pre-crash territory, the question beckons, now what? As the Capital One commercials ask, what's in your wallet? Or in this case, portfolio.

2013: Doomed To Repeat History? -- Investors should never forget the lessons of the 2008 financial meltdown. But have they already? Who can forget the anguish of watching the U.S. Fed and Treasury stretching the limits of fiat money creation (and laws of economic gravity) by throwing $1 trillion dollars at the 2008 banking crisis and the failure of Lehman Brothers, a Wall Street giant?

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