Guide to Gold in Irish Pensions

Pensions allocations to gold are exceptionally low in Ireland and yet gold has an important role to play in preserving and growing pension wealth over the long term. 

Irish pension funds' overexposure to Irish assets and lack of diversification has cost pension holders dearly in recent years. This will almost certainly continue

Mark O'Byrne

Webinar with Dr Marc Faber on Precious Metal and Asset Allocations

Today, Dr Marc Faber gave insights into his strategies for protecting and growing wealth in 2014 and beyond. In the webinar, some of the topics covered with Dr Faber included:

* Why he now believes that gold manipulation is a strong possibility

* Technical risks of bitcoin and assets and money intermediated and dependent on technology?

* Asian investment opportunities and why he likes Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore

* Western stagnation or collapse?

* How to own precious metals?

* Dollar cost average or lump sum?

* Take profits/ re


Gold Is A Safe Haven Asset- Latest Research Shows

There is a significant and growing consensus among academics, independent researchers and asset allocation experts that gold is a hedging instrument and a safe haven asset. Thus, many financial professionals, including GoldCore, now believe that gold should form part of investment and savings portfolios for reasons of diversification and financial insurance. In this ebook you will find out about:

1. What is a safe haven?


Protecting Your Savings In The Coming Bail-In Era

It is now the case that in the event of bank failure, your deposits could be confiscated.

Bail-ins are a risk in the coming years and yet there is a lack of appreciation of this risk as there was a lack of appreciation of the risks posed by recent property bubbles and the global debt crisis

However, the key insight from Cyprus and the coming move from bail-out regimes to bail-in regimes, is that a precedent has now been created in terms of deposit confiscation. Therefore, simply having deposits in a bank is no longer the safest way to save, protect capital and conservatively g


From Bail-Outs to Bail-Ins: Risks and Ramifications

‘From Bail-Outs to Bail-Ins: Risks and Ramifications’ is a research document about one of the most important risks facing investors and savers today - bank and financial institution bail-ins.

The research underpinning this document was carried out by GoldCore in the months immediately after the Cyprus Bail-In was enforced and is a very detailed analysis of the bail-in landscape in the EU and internationally. 

This detailed 50 page report covers a wide range of important and relevant bail-in topics:

  • What are Bail-Ins?


The Direct Economic Impact of Gold


You can read the World Gold Council report on the World Gold Council website here.


Brian M. Lucey

Time Variation in Precious Metal Safe Haven Status – Evidence from the USA

Gold’s role as a safe haven asset has been intensively studied in recent years. This paper extends the precious metal literature and examines the safe haven properties of four precious metals (gold, silver, platinum and palladium) against US stock and bond declines. We also examine how these results change over time. Results suggest that during some periods silver, platinum and palladium act as safe havens when gold does not. In some periods one or more of the other assets acts a stronger safe haven than does gold.


Review Of First Half, 2013 & Outlook

 Introduction With the end of the second quarter it is important to take stock and review how various assets have performed in the first half of 2013 and assess the outlook for the rest of 2013 and, more importantly,  the coming years.


Global stock, bond, commodity and precious metal markets have been highly volatile since Federal R

True Economics

5/1/2013: US Mint December 2012 sales

By Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev

In the previous post, I looked at the annual data for US Mint gold coins sales. Here, let's take a quick look at the shorter-term, monthly trends and dynamics for December 2012.

Following a robust monthly rise in sales of coins by oz (weight) totals to 136,500 oz in November, December sales moderated to 76,000 oz (down 44.32% m/m), still posting a healthy 16.92% increase y/y. Compared to historical average of 56,346 oz the sales are still up, altho

True Economics

5/1/2012: US Mint Gold Coins Sales: 1986-2012 data

By  Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev

The readers of this blog would be familiar with the exclusive time series on US Mint sales of Gold coins that I have maintained for some years now. With December 2012 sales finalised, it is time to update the annual and monthly data analysis on these.

Here is the analysis for January 2012 - to open the year - that predicted 'return to fundamentals' theme for coin sales. And here is my article for Globe & Mail on what fundamentals relate to gold coins sales.

I am happy to note that my prediction of moderating trend in specula


Quarterly Statistics Commentary Q3 2012

You can read the World Gold Council report on the World Gold Council website here.




Q2 2012 Gold Demand Trends Report

 You can read the World Gold Council report on the World Gold Council website here.

True Economics

Gold Coin Demand in H1 2012 Shows Fundamentals Driving Current Demand

By Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev

Based on data from the US Mint we can now update H1 2012 figures for sales of the US-minted gold coins. As the background - new coins issued by the US Mint, in my opinion, represent a much more fundamentals-linked asset as the demand for these coins differs, if only subtly, from the demand for gold as an asset:

* Coins are purchased by long-hold collectors;

* Coins are easier to purchase and store than gold bars, attracting more demand from savers, rather than speculative investors; and

* Coins are used frequently to sto