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The best thing that could happen to us is a higher silver price. Hopefully that's around the corner.

over 8 years ago
OT ~ Record high silver coin sales in 2013

Silver Bullion Coin Sales Rose to Record High in 2013



Tuesday, February 18th



(Washington, DC – February 18, 2014) Strong investment demand for silver drove global sales of one-ounce silver bullion coins to an all-time record high in 2013, while early indications suggest that investors’ interest in acquiring silver coins is healthy in the opening weeks of 2014.


The U.S. Mint sold 42,675,000 American Eagle Silver Bullion coins in 2013; 26 percent more than the 33,700,000 coins sold in 2012, hitting a new single-year record for the most purchased since the U.S. Mint began producing the one-ounce silver coin in 1986.


Interest in silver bullion coins was similarly robust in other areas of the world too. Sales of the Austrian Silver Philharmonic increased 62 percent in 2013. The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf saw a 60 percent increase, and sales of the Perth Mint’s Silver Kookaburra bullion coin rose by 41 percent last year.


And the buying continues. Already this year, over 6,500,000 American Eagle Silver Bullion coins have been sold. Precious metals investors favor obtaining newly dated coins and traditionally drive high initial demand early in the year. Michael DiRienzo, Executive Director of the Silver Institute, said, “Bullion dealers are reporting a strong appetite from investors in acquiring physical silver products including silver bars as well as silver coins.”


Further evidence of investors’ interest in holding silver can be seen in the substantial interest in silver-backed Exchange Traded Funds (ETF). Through February 14 of this year, 631 million ounces (Moz) of silver were held in major silver-backed ETF products, compared with 314 Moz at year end 2008, an impressive 100.9 percent increase for the period.


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Silver has historically been the most affordable precious metal available to investors. “One could point to several reasons for silver’s continuing appeal. It is a store of value, an indispensable component to industry, and cherished for its beauty by fashion-conscious consumers. This enduring versatility has helped sustain investor confidence in silver today as in years past,” DiRienzo concluded.


almost 9 years ago
OT ~ Goodbye Dollar, Hello Yuan

Goodbye Dollar, Hello Yuan



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Submitted by Pivotfarm on 02/19/2014 19:16 -0500




You know what’s it like, the driver stands there in front of the car that has just hit you up the back while looking at something happening down the street rather than checking on you hitting your breaks…and yet, he says “sorry, but you stopped too quickly, it wasn’t my bad driving”. Why is it that people just refuse to admit the truth even where it comes up and slaps them in the face? It’s exactly the same with the Death of the Dollar. Denial is the first stage in the mourning process that people go through when they have lost a loved one. Yes, just the mere fact that there is many an American out there who is actually denying this means that the Dollar is lying feet up on its back, six feet under already today. They are simply, in denying the fact, espousing the 7 stages of bereavement. The Dollar is dead. Today it’s Australia that will be sending flowers to the Americans.


ASX, the Australian Stock-Exchange operator and the Bank of China announced today that they are going to provide a Yuan settlement service between the two countries by the end of the first half-year 2014. China represents the biggest trading partner for the Australian market and trading in Dollars has no sense today. Transactions have been increasingly made in Yuan rather than the Dollar over the past few years. This new agreement comes just after last October’s agreement between the Eurozone and China and the currency-swap deal.


For all of those out there that will be screaming from the rooftops that China is slowing down, that the economy is under-performing (incidentally, they are still performing way better than any of us in the western world) the Chinese currency is one of the top traded currencies today in the world, and Australia has just said they don’t care if the economy is slowing down. The reason why the deal has been struck is because they are looking at China in the long-term view.


Since September 2013, the Yuan has been in the top ten of tradable currencies, according to research carried out by the Bank of International Settlements. The Yuan saw a jump from 17th position in 2010 to 9th place in 2013. There may be a slow-down in the economy and there may be problems with the structural reforms undertaken by the government, but in the long-term the Yuan will be traded more and more. The Australians are proving that today.


The financial market reforms have been centered on liberalization of the capital account and the convertibility of the Yuan. The only countries that offer complete convertibility at the moment are the USA, Japan and Australia.


Certainly the shadow-banking problems are far from over. There will be more that come out of the woodwork in the coming weeks. It is estimated that 40% of the 10 trillion Yuan in trust products that are used in shadow banking will mature in 2014. That means that we could be in for a lot more examples of the $126 million-worth of products issued by Jilin Province Trust that defaulted on the repayment to investors over the past couple of weeks after having made loans to the failing coal company Shanxi Liansheng Energy (at the same time as 6 other trusts also made loans of up to 5 billion Yuan to this company that was already bankrupt and dead). 80%of trust-product principal is going to be repaid to investors between 2014 and 2016. That could spell trouble.


Bailing out trust investors continually will bring about problems of financial stability of the country. But, in the long-term there is the belief that the Yuan will succeed. All of that is true, but the Dollar may well be dead completely, and buried, before the Yuan fails.
In the process of acceptance of bereavement, the next stage after denial will be anger. Then the US will enter the period of bargaining with the rest of the world to try to save its place somehow on the international scene. Once it has been through the penultimate stage of depression (oh, no! Not again!), it will finally accept. But, for the moment, they shall just keep on denying lock, stock and barrel. The rest of the world, like the Australians, are seeing to it that the Dollar dies a quicker death than it would perhaps have normally done.


Remember it’s not the value of the Dollar that is important or whether or not the Yuan can be a valued asset in the world to trade with, it’s the perception that we, as consumers and countries, actually have of that currency. The Australians are showing that the Yuan has just been perceived as possibly of greater value than the Dollar.


Tissue to dry your eyes?



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