Jeff Clark

12 gold bugs bring Christmas cheer

Here's a sampling of this year's "gold bugs" and what they've been doing about precious metals recently.

The solar silver thrust

In early July, Japan set a premium price for solar energy that was three times the rate of conventional power. This meant utility companies would be paid three times more for electricity sourced from solar.

Does central-bank gold-buying signal the top is near?

When it comes to buying gold, central banks have such a poor timing record that they're frequently joked about as a contrary indicator. Recently, they have been buying, quite literally, tonnes of it.

Gold stocks prognosis: catalyst, please

It’s probably the #1 question on every gold investor’s mind right now: Why are gold stocks underperforming gold? Aren’t they supposed to bring us leverage to the gold price?

The lesson from Japan for PM investors

It feels a little callous writing about Japan with respect to precious metals after the country suffered such a terrible tragedy. However, I think it’s worth discussing because there’s a lesson in it for all of us. In fact, I think the moral could be couched in terms of a warning.

The driver for gold you’re not watching

You already know the basic reasons for owning gold – currency protection, inflation hedge, store of value, calamity insurance – many of which are becoming clichés even in mainstream articles.

How safe is your physical gold?

One of my best friends recently discovered, to his shock and dismay, that five one-ounce gold coins had been stolen from his home. I feel especially bad because I had encouraged him to buy some physical metal, giving him some tips and pointing him to the better dealers.

What you need to know about buying silver today

It’s hard to believe that less than three years ago, silver was $8.80 an ounce. Since then it has nearly quadrupled in value (up 385%) and more than doubled in the last 12 months alone.

Why I'm Buying Silver at $30

The silver price has bounced 27% since January 28, a huge advance for a measly 16 trading days

Bottleneck or supply deficit?

There have been numerous reports of bullion shortages in many parts around the world, along with rising premiums. And the two explanations – we’re running out of gold! and, it’s just a manufacturing bottleneck – are at odds with one another. So, who’s right?

How much more demand can silver handle?

The numbers for silver demand are starting to make some market-watchers nervous.

Are gold pool accounts safe?

One of the cheapest ways to buy and store physical gold and silver is with unallocated (or pool) storage. With unallocated storage, a dealer holds metal that is owned by its customers, but without identifying any particular piece of metal belonging to any particular customer.

Some Big Gold Resolutions For The Next 12 Months

It's exciting to think we may be nearing a mania in gold. The price will likely double or more within a 12-month period not too far in the future (it rose 125.7% in 1979). And […]

How High Will Gold Go in 2011?

After stellar years for both gold and silver, what prices will precious metals hit in 2011? Here's an analysis based strictly on their price behavior in the current bull market.

For the last time, is Gold in a bubble?

While a few mainstream outlets are coming around to at least acknowledging gold’s stellar run, most remain skeptical or outright bearish. And the blasphemy they purport is that gold is in a bubble. Let’s settle […]