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Investment News and Research / Blanchard Economic Research Unit

Knowledge is power, particularly when it comes to investments. From leading numismatists to economic and trend analysts, Blanchard’s experts provide clear, compelling gold investing research and analysis.

Coin Investing: The $5 Billion Elephant In The Room

Though many investors recognize the long-term value that gold-bullion assets can bring to a diversified portfolio, the Blanchard and Company team encourages consumers to consider what rare coins can add in value.
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Latest Research From BERU

Collecting rare and commemorative coins often starts out as a hobby, but with the right focus, numismatics can evolve into a smart investment strategy. Hobbies are expressions of personal interests that help us pleasantly pass the time, and they also can confer psychological benefits. Hobbies like coin collecting can alleviate stress and provide relief for overworked and overwhelmed people. Hobbies also can help keep us mentally fit, stretch our creativity, and provide a unique sense of fulfillment. Blanchard and Company, Inc. can help collectors turn that interest into a more "rewarding" hobby. Read more… ]
December 2, 2013
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"It is perhaps a good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanized world." That's what China's state-owned Xinhua news agency wrote Oct. 13 in expressing frustration over the U.S. government shutdown and debt-ceiling gridlock. Read more… ]
October 18, 2013
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The last two years have been disappointing for gold investors, and what happened [the week of Sept. 16-20] to the yellow metal epitomized the frustrating price movement. After the Fed startled the markets by announcing that it was going to continue with its current rate of bond purchases, gold shot up from just under $1,300 an ounce to $1,370. But late Thursday, it started to back off somewhat from those gains before falling sharply on Friday. It ended the week at $1,325, virtually unchanged from the prior week. Read more… ]
October 1, 2013
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With Ben Bernanke's term as Federal Reserve chief expiring in January, rumors are swirling about who his successor will be. Though dark-horse candidates can't be ruled out, two contenders appear to be finalists: current Fed Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen and former Treasury Secretary (and current Harvard economist) Lawrence Summers. Although the White House doesn't plan to announce President Obama's nominee until after Congress returns from recess Sept. 9, camps loyal to both hopefuls have been making vigorous cases in the media. Read more… ]
September 2, 2013
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Talk of the Federal Reserve eventually tapering its stimulus program has many observers concerned about how monetary tightening might affect equities, bonds, commodities, and international securities. But at least inflation remains in check. That's one thing we don't have to worry about, right? Read more… ]
July 31, 2013
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In late June, China's seven-day repo rate -- a benchmark used to gauge the rate at which Chinese banks lend to each other -- spiked to as high as 28%, down from as low as 2.78% in May. Interbank rates in China are more volatile than in the U.S. or western Europe; however, this spike was so extreme that some observers compared it to the Lehman Bros. bankruptcy that set off the worldwide credit crunch in September 2008. Read more… ]
July 1, 2013
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Do you believe everything you hear or see? Of course not. And you hope most people don't. Unfortunately, that's not the case regarding gold. You'd be surprised how many U.S. citizens believe gold is finished. History. Read more… ]
June 3, 2013
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Widely expected to make record highs in 2013, gold instead was largely rangebound between $1,550 and $1,650 in the first quarter before declining by more than $200 in mid-April. Understandably, many market watchers are asking: What's going on with gold? Read more… ]
May 7, 2013
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Gold exchange-traded funds became widely available about 10 years ago. How has this securitized investment option affected the gold market over the past decade? Read more… ]
April 1, 2013
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Money is at the root of all inflations. Whenever there are no effective brakes on the creation of money, the creation of too much money and credit eventually follows. Government would always like to see interest rates a little lower and the economic environment more supportive in financing its deficits so it can spend more money. Certainly, this is the case with the Obama administration. Read more… ]
March 1, 2013
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Before the presidential election, Blanchard and Company, Inc., predicted gold would reach $3,000 within the next four years regardless of who was elected, but that it would do so even faster under President Obama, whose principal appeal to the electorate is based on the concept of redistributing wealth from rich to poor, creditor to debtor. Obama can accomplish that redistribution in three ways: 1) higher income taxes, 2) expansion of entitlement programs, and 3) monetary devaluation and inflation. So far we have seen higher income taxes and expansion of entitlement programs. However, how will that devaluation and inflation take place? Read more… ]
February 1, 2013
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