Author Archives: Pat Heller

New path for silver?

Will this be the week that the price of silver breaks upward to stay? By the history of the past five years, that should not happen. However, if silver and gold prices are not knocked down this week, you could … Continue reading

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Biggest silver story of year?

The alarm bells started going off on April 7. The share price of Deutsche Bank fell sharply that day. This bank is one of the U.S. government’s primary trading partners. It holds a larger portfolio ($70 trillion) of derivatives contracts … Continue reading

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Small coin shop: Thing of the past?

More than 10 years ago, I served for two years as the only coin dealer on the American Numismatic Association Future of the Hobby Committee. Former ANA president John Wilson chaired it. David Harper of Numismatic News was one of … Continue reading

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Hidden scarcity in modern U.S. gold

At the huge Baltimore show this past weekend, a new reference catalog titled “American Gold And Silver:  U.S. Mint Collector And Investor Coins And Medals, Bicentennial To Date” debuted. Authored by Dennis Tucker, this 374-page hardbound book is published by … Continue reading

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Trumping hard money

In the late 1970s, Conrad Braun started a company named the Gold Standard Corporation. In the years it operated, it issued a variety of gold, silver and platinum pieces containing stated amounts of metal content. For some of the designs, … Continue reading

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No Fed hike boosts gold

At the conclusion of its March 16 meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee announced that it was leaving the federal funds interest rate unchanged. This followed the announcement six days earlier by the European Central Bank that the eurozone economy … Continue reading

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Dollar falls

Much has been discussed about the strength of the U.S. dollar over the past year. Yes, it has been stronger than other currencies over that time. However, I may be among the first to report that the dollar has been … Continue reading

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Repeal sales taxes

The Michigan state government subjected coins and precious metals bullion to state sales tax until mid-1999. I can’t tell you how many times before then that incredulous would-be customers asked, “You mean there is sales tax on money?” Before Michigan … Continue reading

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Gold gains look likely to last

Unusual market volatility in financial markets worldwide has spilled over into precious metals trading as well. At the G-20 Group of Nations meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in late February in Shanghai, China, there was no consensus … Continue reading

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Are currency devaluations imminent?

Eight days ago, the New York Federal Reserve warned that asset managers are vulnerable to runs on their funds that could cause “significant negative spillovers” across financial markets. The prime minister of Japan, president of the European Central Bank, and … Continue reading

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