Peter Schiff lays an iPod-sized bar valued at about $40,000 on the sun room floor of his Connecticut mansion, and calculates it would cost about $250,000 for each floor tile to pave the room with gold.
In short, the easy money and bail-outs which got us here – from the Fed's rescue of Goldman Sachs during the early '80s Tequila Crisis in Mexican debt, through LTCM in the late '90s and then the Tech Stock boom and bust – have had serious consequences.
After three decades of tremendous expansion, the new generation of Chinese leaders will have to carefully maneuver the country into the next decade, towing the line between maintaining stability and continuing the political and economic reform.
It is often said that silver bullion has no counter-party risk, and in a monetary sense, this is indeed true. Although silver bullion requires no counter-party to sustain its value, there is and always remains the very real threat of theft.
China has kept investors on the edge of their seats, as we wait for some monetary or fiscal action. Every day that goes by with no significant policy decisions from the Asian giant causes the market to lose confidence in its ability to steer its ship.
Precious metals headed a bit lower early this morning while noble metals headed in the opposite direction and built on yesterday’s hefty gains. Spot gold was quoted at $1,612 per ounce while spot silver was indicated at $28.05 in early trading.