Precious Metals – More Than Just A Hedge

Whenever you hear and ad for precious metals, specifically gold, it always seems to hammer the same talking points: (1) Gold has never been worth zero, (2) it’s a good hedge against inflation, and (3) fiat currencies are losing value.  All of those may be true, but there is another reason why precious metals are…

All Roads Lead to Basel

Several weeks ago I promised to explore the real powers of influence exerting control over monetary policy that ultimately impact the rest of the financial world.  Well, here we go…  Before we begin, let me be perfectly clear.  This is not about conspiracy theories.  Although there is a clear consolidation of power at the top,…

Understanding Mutual Funds and ETFs

Our journey this week will contrast the differences between two very popular investment vehicles, while illustrating some potential pitfalls. What are mutual funds and ETFs? Mutual funds and ETFs (exchange traded funds) are pooled investments that allow individual investors the benefit of larger-scale diversification without the capital required to purchase each individual security. The promised…

Understanding the Debt Markets

Before I get started, I want to take a brief moment to encourage our readers to comment on our posts. Your shared insights or questions may prove very helpful for the entire Internet community. As with our discussion of equities, there is far more than meets the eye when addressing debt markets. Instead of focusing…

Understanding Equity Markets

When it comes to equity markets, success is a function of knowing how to operate within the new rules of engagement. From a simplified perspective, a stock certificate represents fractional ownership of the issuing company, but that is where the simplicity ends. There is much more to the markets than simply buying and selling individual…