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  • Is Gold Stored in Fort Knox?

    Some very serious questions are arising regarding whether or not Fort Knox still has all the gold that is supposed to be stored in its vaults. Below is presented some information on the subject by various sources. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.

    June 6, 2012

    James Rickards, author of Currency Wars, believes the U.S. has all the gold it says it does (8,133 tonnes) and explains that the reason why an audit is being denied and downplayed is simply part of their strategy to keep gold’s true importance from being divulged. Furthermore, with all the rehypothecation of gold through swaps and leasing arrangements, they want to “avoid all of the awkward legal title questions that would arise once the physical existence issue was settled.Read the article at US News.

    October 6, 2011

    By broadcasting the documentary below, the History Channel has not only raised public awareness, but has illuminated the fact that the precious metals markets are rigged and have been for a very long time!!!  (Also see America’s Book of Secrets – Fort Knox on Hulu for even more insights.)

     


    At the end of the program, there’s an interesting side-note regarding the 1900 children’s story, “The Wizard of Oz.”  The video below presents an extremely strong case that the story is actually about gold & silver. Dorothy loses her house and teams up with the scarecrow and the tin-man (a farmer and industrialist) along with a timid lion (W.J. Bryan), trying to maintain enough courage to follow the yellow brick road (the gold standard), battling against evil (banking) forces.  Once they finally reach Oz (oz = ounce), they find that the system is being maintained by a corrupt politician manipulating the people through trickery and deceit.  In the original book, written by L. Frank Baum the ruby slippers were actually silver!!  And silver is what brought Dorothy back home – back from a nightmare.

    An excellent education begins with this feature on The Secret of Oz

     


  • Buying & Storing Silver Online

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    Online Purchase & Storage of Precious Metals
     

    The technology available in today’s world certainly makes things more convenient. Using the Internet, everyone can now transact just about anything online. This includes the purchase and storage of precious metals.

    In evaluating the different online precious metals services, one must consider at least the following criteria:

      • The service provider should have a track record that can be verified. Make use of the world-wide-web and search for news about the provider that may indicate financial or fraudulent activity. For providers in the U.S., you can check with the Better Business Bureau to see if anyone has lodged complains or if there are any lawsuits pending. In any case, do the homework and due-diligence necessary prior to investing. (And that is true for any investment.)
      • Geographically speaking, where does the provider store the metal? What are the political environments like in those countries where their vaults are located and what are the chances of government seizure of the precious metals held in those vaults? Some providers offer several different vaulting options, thus providing for geographical diversification and exposure to more than one country-specific market.
      • What are the fees associated with buy and sell transactions? It is normal for companies to charge commissions and fabrication fees, but excessive fees should be guarded against. A combined transaction fee of less than 5% is reasonable. Anything larger, depending on the situation, should be questioned. The fee structure should be understood prior to making any investments.
      • What are the storage fees? And on what basis (monthly or annual) are they charged. What form do the storage fees take? (Do they require a cash deposit to be held, or do they simply deduct a portion of the metal stored in their vaults from your account?
      • How closely to the provider’s spot-rate quotations for the prices of their metal compare with the overall precious metals market? This varies greatly among providers and should be understood prior to investing.
      • Another thing to look for is that the provider should regularly be publishing results of independent audits showing that they do indeed hold the precious metals they claim on behalf of their clients.
      • Finally, and this one is extremely important, there should be some method the provider offers to allow the cutomer to take physical delivery of the metal if desired. Not all providers offer this, which would make them an electronic-only bullion dealer. The terms under which a physical delivery can be requested as well as the fees involved should be completely understood prior to making any investment.

    There may be other considerations depending on the investor’s needs, but this should serve as a necessary first line of thought to be given to this type of investment.

    Below is a table comparing the author’s personal experience with 3 of the more popular and reputable precious metal online storage providers.


    SilverSaver(R) - Save Physical Silver and Gold
    Positives:SilverSaver® is unique in that it offers its customers Rewards, which is a program that pays people for signing up friends and family.

    • Every time a referred client makes a purchase, the SilverSaver® Rewards program ensures that the referrer gets a small ‘kick-back’ (in gold or silver).
    • SilverSaver® stores it’s metal at First State Depository located in Wilmington, Delaware.
    • Easy sign-up. Adding bank accounts for transfers is easy too!
    • Customers can purchase either gold or silver on a one-time basis or on a recurring schedule.
    • Customers can sell their precious metals for cash at the daily SilverSaver® Base Rate without any fees or commissions. This is much better than other providers & dealers, which typically take 3-10% of the final sales amount!
    • Customers can take delivery of their gold or silver in many different forms (each having their own associated fabrication fees).

     

    Disclaimer: The author of this article is using the SilverSaver® Rewards program and if you click through these links provided to SilverSaver® and create an account there, the author will benefit, but there is no extended cost to you.

    Negatives:

    • SilverSaver® seems to be only available to U.S. and Canadian customers.
    • The storage fees seem reasonable (0.02%/month), but their premium (the amount the customers pay on top of the price of the physical metal in order to cover expenses and commissions) is based upon a graduated scheme, currently ranging from 2.99% to as much as 7.49%. But this amount is a combined amount over a two month period, so the more the customer buys, the premium rate gets better.
    • The SilverSaver® Base Price changes every business day according to the real physical market. SilverSaver® indicates that it is “historically comparable to internationally recognized silver prices such as the London Daily Fixed and the Handy & Harman Daily Fixed prices.” When a customer places an order, he/she only has an approximation of the Base Price they will end up paying for the metal. This is due to the fact that when an order is submitted, the actual Base Price for the date of purchase hasn’t been established yet. This may not be suitable for all investors, but for those wishing to utilize Dollar Cost Averaging during this precious metal bull run, it is a good investment mechanism.

    GoldMoney. The best way to buy gold & silver
    Positives:Once past the initial hassle of getting a GoldMoneyaccount set up (see below), the investor is rewarded with a vast array of investment options.

    • It is possible to invest in gold, silver, platinum & palladium.
    • Trading markets and vaults are globally dispersed – located in London, Zurich & Hong Kong.
    • Two different vault depository companies are used – VIA MAT and G4S.
    • Metals can be moved from one geographic location to another or from one type of metal to another (for a fee, of course).
    • Buying and selling metals can be done with a wide assortment of currencies – USD, CAD, GBP, EUR, CHF, JPY, AUD, HKD, NZD.
    • Premiums charged for precious metals depend on the geographical location of the market as well as the amount of metal being purchased. Most are reasonable expectations, given the variety of options.
    • Physical delivery is possible and in multiple forms.
    • Storage fees are mostly reasonable, but note that they vary according to geographic location and vault.
    Negatives:

    • Setting up the intial account requires verification steps, which include creating photo copies of two forms of identification and submitting to GoldMoney prior to funding the account. This could also be viewed as a positive feature as it serves to protect both the investor and GoldMoney, but it is a bit time consuming.
    • GoldMoney is headquartered in the British Channel Islands (UK). So for most investors outside the UK, it is necessary to initiate an international wire transfer prior to purchasing any precious metals.
    • Since this is considered a “foreign financial account” by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, if the account has a value of $10,000 or more during the year, US investors must file form TD F 90-22.1 (FBAR), which is separate from the federal income taxes filed to the IRS. (More accurately, the $10,000 is an aggregate amount for the total sum of all foreign accounts the U.S. investor may own. If the total is $10,000 or more, every foreign account will need to be listed on the form above.)

    Bullion Vault
    Positives:Again, after the initial account set-up, Bullion Vaultoffers the investor a unique precious metals trading platform.

    • Trades can be made for either gold or silver.
    • Exposure to London, Zurich & Hong Kong markets.
    • The Bullion Vault web platform allows the investor to see live streaming markets in each geography. Bid & offer prices as well as market depth are visually displayed.
    • The investor is able to easily make trades instantly or may even place bid or sell offers, which is something other providers lack.
    • Storage fees are reasonable and are transacted using the available cash in the account.
    Negatives:

    • Initial account set-up is time consuming and involves making copies of at least two forms of identification and submitting them to Bullion Vault.
    • Bullion Vault is headquarted in London, so an international wire transfer is necessary for most investors prior to purchasing any metal.
    • The same foreign account U.S. regulations apply as already mentioned above using form TD F 90-22.1 (FBAR).
    • Changing a funding bank account is not convenient. One must basically go back through the account set-up process again. Supposedly, this is to fight against money-laundering and to protect the customer as well as Bullion Vault.
    • Taking delivery of the precious metal is only possible if it becomes absolutely necessary due to bank insolvency or some similar catastrophe.
    Information as of September 7, 2011

     


  • Buying Physical Silver

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    Taking Delivery & Storing Your Own Physical Metal
    It is wise to have at least some percentage of your investment portfolio held in physical precious metals – metal that you can get your hands on easily in case of economic collapse. What over-all percentage is allocated to holding your own physical metal will be dependant on individual preference and circumstance.

    The investor should be fully aware of the reasons why he/she is investing in the physical metal. The most obvious reason is that physical ownership protects the investor against the continuous debasement of paper money. So, it is probably best to have the physical metal in a form widely recognized & accepted among the citizens of the world. It is advisable to stick with internationally recognized bullion bars and coins such as the American Eagle, American Buffalo, Canadian Maple Leaf, Austrian Philharmonic, South African Krugerrand, Australian Kangaroo/Nugget, Chinese Panda & the Mexican Libertad. The reasoning here is that all these brands have well-known gold content and weight-to-size specifications that can easily be verified. Additionally, it is best to stay away from antique, specialized numismatic and commemorative coins unless the investor has extensive knowledge in those areas.

    Basically, there are three steps involved in obtaining physical precious metals. All steps should be researched to the investor’s satisfaction before taking any action.

    • How much physical metal will be purchased?
    • From where will the metal be purchased?
    • Where will the metal be safely stored?

    All of these decisions are closely tied together. It is advisable not to take any action until all three decisions have been made.

    How much metal to purchase is a decision that depends on individual circumstances. But if one has a target quantity of metal they ultimately want to own, it is not always a good idea to buy it all in one big chunk. It is a fool’s game to try and time the market by trying pick the absolute bottom, so one shouldn’t even try. Instead, Dollar Cost Averaging is a good way to play the physical metals market. Buying in little tranches during the bigger dips along the way has been a successful strategy during the past decade, especially so over the past 2 years.

    Once the quantity of metal has been decided, it must be determined from where, or from whom, the metal will be purchased. Significant amounts can be achieved by the average investor via bullion dealers or brokers. (See our links page for some recommendations.) For smaller quantities, especially spread out over time, it is also possible for the buyer to obtain some good deals on Ebay, provided the buyer does so with patience and a strict adherence to a sound bidding strategy.

    Finally, one needs to decide what they’re going to do with the metal once it’s delivered. There have been horror stories regarding home burglary, which may scare some people away from having their metal stored in their own homes. And for some, the home-storage option is simply not possible. A safety-deposit box at a bank is one choice. Though, given the economic uncertainty of the banking system these days, some argue that private wealth should be kept out of the banking system entirely. Therefore, an alternative would be storing the metal with a firms such as Gold Silver Vault or First State.

    In any event, having some physical metal which you can easily access if the need arises will be a blessing. Once the fiat currencies around the world have reached their intrinsic value (=zero), having something of tangible value in your hands becomes paramount to success, and may even make the difference between financial survival and complete loss.




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