Author Archives: Pat Heller

ISIS gold coins?

During the 1972-1973 school year at the University of Michigan Business School, which was my junior year, Marina von Neumann Whitman came to address the students and faculty. Whitman, the daughter of famed mathematician John von Neumann, was then serving … Continue reading

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Swap gold for silver?

There have been several opportunities since the 1979-1980 gold and silver boom where the gold/silver ratio was so distorted that it was possible to trade out of one metal into the other to realize a possible gain when the ratio … Continue reading

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Dollar looks good; how long?

“You cannot have real peace and prosperity unless you can absolutely trust the money.” This is a paraphrase of comment by silver guru David Morgan Oct. 24, at the Silver Summit in Spokane, Washington. For decades I have implicitly understood … Continue reading

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Silver crowd shrinks

This past weekend (Oct. 25-26) there were two major financial conferences for those interested in precious metal – the New Orleans Investment Conference in Louisiana and Silver Summit in Spokane, Wash.. I attended and gave a presentation at the Silver … Continue reading

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Silver demand tops gold

The price of gold is up slightly while prices for silver, platinum and palladium are all down from a month ago. With the U.S. stock market indices down several percent from their recent highs, many people would expect the prices … Continue reading

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No profits for ignorant?

Some of the best advice is simple, short and to the point. The following, I hope, is an example of this. In 1981, I became part owner of Liberty Coin Service in Lansing, Mich., and have been full owner since … Continue reading

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Gold for profit or wealth preservation?

There seems to be some confusion among buyers of bullion-priced precious metals as to their motivation for making such purchases.  Are they buying gold and silver to preserve their wealth indefinitely through diversification (which I refer to as owing precious … Continue reading

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Silver gets cheaper relative to gold

As of morning trading on Sept. 29, the gold/silver ratio exceeded 69:1. In my mind, that makes silver much more attractive for appreciation potential than gold (Even though I still like the intermediate to long-term prospects for gold). The big … Continue reading

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Soft metals weaken U.S. coin prices

The spot price of silver in world market’s yesterday dipped as low as $17.28, its lowest levels since March 2010. Gold declined close to $1,200, but did not fall below that threshold or below the $1,180 intra-day price of Dec. … Continue reading

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Dollar up, gold down; why?

The U.S. Dollar Index closed last Friday at 84.25. For the ninth consecutive week, the Dollar Index has finished higher than the quote from the end of the previous week. This is the longest string of consecutive weekly increases since … Continue reading

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