The Political Tug-of-War and Higher Gold Prices: Russia, Ukraine, Europe & the US

March 7 2014

The recent upheaval in Ukraine and the subsequent intervention by Russia almost escalated into a whopping international conflict, after Obama threatened president Putin with “economic isolation” (trade sanctions). It was yet another clash between the US and Russia on the political stage, after Putin earlier outsmarted Obama on Syria with a rarely seen publicity stunt — Putin wrot... »

Olav Dirkmaat

When Will Pension Funds Buy Gold?

February 28 2014

Between 2000 and 2014 the gold price has risen from US$300 per troy ounce to over US$1,300. However, this run-up in prices has been driven mostly by demand from retail investors, especially from China and India. So far, institutional investors — especially pension funds — haven’t been very eager to jump on the bandwagon. Pension funds invest less than 1% of their assets in gold o... »

Olav Dirkmaat

How the German Court Grants Gold a Free Pass to $2.000 and Beyond

February 21 2014

The past two years have been a slam-dunk for Eurocrats. Yields have come down to pre-recession levels and headlines in mainstream media point at an economic recovery in the euro zone. While nobody paid attention, however, something major happened in Europe. A very important piece of information... »

Olav Dirkmaat

Gold or Bitcoins? A Real, Non Black-and-White Comparison

February 14 2014

Many gold pundits have dismissed Bitcoin as simply inferior to physical gold. “Gold is everything that Bitcoin is, and even more,” they tell us, “so why use Bitcoin?” Their analysis seems superficial, focusing on things such as (the lack of) physical-backing and the sheer limits of the quantity of gold or Bitcoins that can ever be mined.... »

Olav Dirkmaat

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