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How Gold Helped Cambodian Refugees Escape the War

It was 1974, and I was a young teenager, when I had a defining experience that I remember to this day.

I grew up in a little medieval town in France, and my parents were very involved in our community of about fifteen thousand people. When a small group of Cambodian refugees arrived in France, my parents immediately agreed to “adopt” a family named Huu.  

Adopting refugees meant helping them with their basic needs: find accommodation they could afford, a first job, clothes, and all the other necessities to survive.

We also welcomed the Huus into our home on a regular basis. It happened so many times that the kids from both families became like stepbrothers and sisters.

To me, the story of this refugee family who became our good friends has always been an example of human courage and determination.

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8 Reasons Your Portfolio Needs Crisis Insurance Right Now

We’ve witnessed what I consider to be a turning point for the stock market.

Just when many predicted another growth year for the markets, on Monday, February 5, the Dow plunged by 1,600 points—its greatest point drop in history.

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If You Want to Be Short Bitcoin, Be Long Gold

Jared Dillian is a former Wall Street trader and the editor of Mauldin Economics’ investment advisories Street Freak and The Daily Dirtnap, a newsletter for sophisticated investors that is published about 225 days per year.

Like us here at the Hard Assets Alliance, Jared believes cryptocurrencies could one day be successful, but is skeptical about the raging bitcoin bull stampeding through today’s investment landscape.

Here’s a snippet from The Daily Dirtnap issue of Jan. 4, 2018, that we thought you may find entertaining and enlightening. Enjoy!

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Podcast: The Role of Gold in Your Portfolio

The beginning of the year is a good time to take a step back, reflect on both our personal and professional lives, and maybe re-evaluate some decisions we made in the past year.

All too often, influential forces like the mass media and social networks—which are driven by sensationalism and glamor—distract us from what is important. That’s especially true in the investment world.

For this reason, I’d like to share with you a recent podcast from Peak Prosperity in which my business partner Ed D’Agostino breaks down the key principles of investing in precious metals and their role in every investor’s portfolio.

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Gold American Eagle vs. Canadian Maple Leaf vs. Other Gold Coins

Precious metals such as gold and silver have many attractions from an investment point of view.

Both metals are viewed as a long-term store of value. They are durable, portable, and easily valued. As a result, civilizations across the world have used both gold and silver to protect their wealth for thousands of years.

Gold and silver also offer excellent portfolio diversification benefits. Their price movements are uncorrelated to the movements of other asset prices, such as shares and property. Adding precious metals to an investment portfolio can increase the diversification of the portfolio and reduce the overall portfolio risk.

Furthermore, precious metals offer protection against financial system risk. Gold in particular is viewed as a “safe haven” asset. This means that during times of financial uncertainty or stock market panic, investors often buy large amounts of gold, pushing its price up.

However, gold and silver each have unique investment features. If you are considering adding precious metals to your portfolio, it’s important to understand the difference between the two metals.

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The Moment I Discovered the True Value of Gold

I grew up in a little town in Northern France that, from 1939 to 1945, was occupied by the Nazis. I hadn’t been born yet at the time, but my mother and her family were forced to live for five long years with two German officers as “guests” in their own home.

As a result, my childhood was colored by first-hand stories of life in a town where even in my youth, physical reminders of World War II still lurked around every corner.

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Buying Gold? All of Your Questions Are Answered Here

As CEO of the Hard Assets Alliance, I regularly receive questions from people looking to buy gold as an investment—and for a good reason.

Buying gold as an investment is not as straightforward as it sounds. Novice investors often get lost in a variety of options to buy gold: “Should I buy minted bars or sovereign coins?” “Maybe that limited edition coin would be a good investment?”

In this article, I’ll be answering some of the most frequently asked questions that I receive in relation to buying gold. I hope that after reading this, you’ll invest in gold with more confidence.

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Silver Eagle Coins vs. Silver Maple Leaf Coins vs. Silver Bullion Bars

People invest in precious metals for a variety of different reasons. Not only do precious metals offer important portfolio diversification benefits, but they can also offer a store of value, an inflation hedge, and protection in the event of a financial system crisis.

When we talk about precious metals, gold is often the metal that comes to mind. That’s understandable, as gold has been used as a store of value for thousands of years. However, for those looking to invest in precious metals, silver offers an excellent alternative to gold. 

Let’s take a look at the key features of silver and explore some of the best ways of gaining exposure to this precious metal.

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All the Reasons Cryptocurrencies Will Never Replace Gold as Your Financial Hedge

The cryptocurrency craze continues.

Having seen the astounding rise in Bitcoin’s value, those who remained on the sidelines are now kicking themselves for not buying it when it was first released. Surely, they’d be millionaires by now.

But is the meteoric rise of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies really an indication of true value?

It seems that more and more people justify investing in cryptocurrencies—even at current record prices—by claiming that they’re an effective hedge against the instability of fiat currencies.

But is it true?

Sure, a fiat money system where central banks can and do literally print money at will has its weaknesses. That’s why hard assets like gold are so popular among smart investors: as real stores of value, they provide a safety net against currency depreciation.

However, it’s doubtful that the same applies to cryptocurrencies. Despite what the crypto-evangelists will tell you, digital tokens will never and can never replace gold as your financial hedge.

Here are six reasons why.

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You can’t print it, you can’t burn it, it is beautiful, it’s magic Serially successful mine finder, geologist, and precious metals entrepreneur Ross Beaty talks about what brought him into the mining business, why gold and silver have timeless value (unlike other currency types), and how to determine if the gold price… Read More

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