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In 2005 a New Jersey car dealer named Chris Duane started questioning the system that let his customers borrow ridiculous amounts of money to buy the frivolous things he was selling. He studied a little monetary history and concluded that fiat currency was a doomed concept and that sound money, especially silver, would soar in […]


Solar power has been the next big thing in energy for as long as most people have been alive. But it was always too expensive to be anything more than a niche technology, attractive more for its coolness than its efficiency. That has changed, in a big way. According to a report by Deutsche Bank, […]


That’s a Lot of Silver…

by John Rubino on November 5, 2013 · 14 comments

The Indian government has restricted the importation of gold. So Indians have switched to silver: Starved of gold, Indians may import record volumes of silver(Reuters) – Indian silver imports are on pace to hit a record high this year as the wedding and festival season drives up buying of the precious metal instead of the […]


A Quick Way To Buy The Silver Juniors

by John Rubino on February 8, 2013 · 11 comments

There are several ways to time the launch of a new exchange traded fund (ETF). One is to strike while a sector is hot, pull in a lot of trend-following money and accept that the fund’s performance might be mediocre, since the hotter the sector the more due it is for a correction. That’s how […]


The Stealth Hoodie: Another Reason to Like Silver

by John Rubino on February 6, 2013 · 14 comments

One of the compelling (and lately, reassuring) things about the silver investment thesis is that it works pretty much no matter what happens. If the financial system spins out of control capital will flow into precious metals as the last form of stable money. And if “normal” growth resumes, then tight silver supplies will run […]


Hedge fund manager Eric Sprott’s speech at this week’s Silver Summit turned a room full of nervous precious metals owners into pumped-up silver buyers. Some of the highlights are posted below, and here’s a link to a recent Financial Sense interview where he makes many of the same points. The US Mint sells about the […]


How You Store It

by John Rubino on August 20, 2010 · 23 comments

Everyone with any sense wants to keep some physical gold and silver at home, but no one with any sense wants to keep too much of it there. So as your holdings grow, so does your need for safe storage. Solari’s Catherine Austin Fitts and Carolyn Betts have published a guide to precious metals storage […]


Deeply Disturbing, For Different Reasons

by John Rubino on June 16, 2010 · 20 comments

A couple of articles appeared today that couldn’t be more different in tone, content, or point of view, but dovetail in a really disturbing way. The first is from University of Texas economist James Galbraith on how we’re rich enough to afford pretty much whatever we want: The national security shell game Deficit hawks are […]


Classic Videos: Meltup

by John Rubino on May 14, 2010 · 12 comments

The National Inflation Association is back with another long, well-made, apocalyptic video. The subject is the “recovery” and its inflationary implications: “The truth is, our economy is not recovering. Prices are only rising because of inflation. Our economy is currently experiencing a melt-up…Government spending is so far out of control that if Americans were taxed […]


The Long Wave Versus the Printing Press

by John Rubino on May 2, 2010 · 68 comments

The fascinating thing about “long wave” analysis (broadly defined to include Kondratieff waves,  Elliott waves, and William Strauss and Neil Howe’s Fourth Turning) is that while each theory uses its own indicators and terminology to show how societies move through recurring cultural/psychological/financial stages, they’ve all reached the same conclusion: we’re toast. 2000 marked the theoretical […]


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