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Whatablessing Reports….Silver is the new gold.

Investors have plenty to worry about. Inflation, a slow recovery of job growth in the U.S. and competition from foreign economies just to name a few factors giving investors that sick feeling in their stomachs. And for many investors, the perfect answer to all these woes is owning precious metals.

The prices of gold and silver have been on a tear since, most recently, 2007 when the stock market peaked. Investors look to precious metals, namely gold and silver, as stores of value to preserve their assets if paper currency depreciates. The price of the iShares Silver Trust (SLV), which tracks the price of silver, has nearly doubled from its low to its high price the past 52 weeks.

Silver has done even better than gold, which isn’t easy to do. The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) are up 36% from their low to their high over the past 52 weeks. While silver’s gains are impressive, it’s important to note that gold’s bull market started earlier than silver’s.

But all this doesn’t help you much looking forward. Remember that precious metals like gold and silver aren’t stock. With stock you get pieces of ownership of companies that produce revenue, earnings and dividends. When you buy precious metals, you’re speculating. In other words, you’re betting that you’ll be able to sell the metal to someone else, in the future, for more than what you paid.

Let’s be clear about what you’re asking in your question. You’re not asking about whether you should put a small amount of your portfolio, say 5%, in silver in order to diversify risk against inflation. What you’re asking about is shifting a bulk of your portfolio into silver on the fear the economy is going to get a whole lot worse. That’s a much different question.

If you fear economic catastrophe, then you can build a case for owning silver. In 2007, when investors are panicked about the financial crisis, gold jumped 30% and silver soared 14% as both metals were viewed as safe havens, says Ken Winans a market historian and money manager at Winans International. “Silver does well when stocks have a bad run,” he says. Meanwhile since 1999, when the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was flat, both gold and silver have beaten stocks by a wide margin, Winans says. If you think stocks are in for another disappointing decade, then history would say, precious metals will be a good place to be, he says.

But you’d have to be extremely pessimistic about the future to place a big bet on silver now, especially given its recent run. Silver’s 80% gain in 2010 was its best year since 1989, Winans says. Buying assets coming off their best year in recent memory doesn’t usually pan out all that well.

And when precious metals suffer, they really suffer. Silver has posted annual declines 43% of the time going back to 1990. So if you think the economy will break out of its troubles, “it’s hard to make a case gold and silver can continue to outperform,” Winans says.

Consider what happened in the wake of the inflation scare of the 70s. Gold rocketed 165% and silver 361% in 1979, Winans says. Silver ended up falling 45%, 45% and 18% in 1980, 1981 and 1983 respectively with gold losing 32% in 1981 and 16% in 1983. Silver ended up losing 90% from the 1980 high and the 1982 low and gold fell 65%.
If you’re going to bet on silver, it’s best to treat the bet like you would a position in a very volatile individual stock. Make sure you know what price at which you’d sell. And if the price falls to that level, don’t ask questions and get out.

I know this is kind of a non-committal answer to your question. However, the answer is unknowable because it’s based on whether or not the economy will recover. If the economy gets better, then silver won’t be a good investment, but if the economy continues to stagnate, then silver will likely do well.

You just need to make your call on the economy’s future, decide if it’s worth speculating on a risky asset, and then proceed.

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Whatablessing…. To Help You Build Your Gold And Silver Home Business Opportunity

A gold and silver home business opportunity, in the current global economic climate, is an appealing prospect for many people. With the global economy in turmoil, bank foreclosures all over the place, job losses and inflation on the rise, gold and silver is your best bet to hedge your savings and wealth against inflation. A gold and silver home business opportunity provides you with the opportunity to build reserve in gold and silver, and to build residual.

Utah Gold Standard | Why Everyone Should Care

The Utah gold standard or currency was introduced in May 2011; that’s not news right now. By introducing this legislation, Utah legalized the use of American government-issued gold and silver coins as currency.

This piece of legislation is more-or-less a sign that Americans in general are losing faith in their paper currency. Other states are following similar routes as well, with Idaho, North Carolina and Minnesota exploring their options. Now that one state in the United States recognizes gold and silver coins as currency, why should you care, and what does this mean to you?

Gold And Silver | The Big Picture
The Utah gold standard should not be a surprise to you. Historically, paper money (currency), was “as good as gold”, since it was backed by physical gold. This is not the case anymore.

The current economic uncertainties, mounting debt problems and bankruptcies among other factors, have all let to a weakening of global currencies. This has resulted in the general cost of living increasing, and inflation going up.

Think back 10 years ago; consider the price you would pay for a loaf of bread, and compare that to now.
Anywhere you go in the world, the following is true:
2,000 years ago, an ounce of gold would fully clothe a person.
100 years ago, an ounce of gold was equivalent to approximately US$20, and you could still be fully clothed with both an ounce of gold and a single ounce of gold.
Today, you can clothe yourself using one ounce of gold, but what can you do with US$20?
As another example, consider that:
2,000 years ago, an ounce of silver could buy you a meal.
100 years ago, an ounce of silver was equivalent to US$50 and that could still buy you a meal.
Today, an ounce of silver can still buy you a meal, but what can you do with that US$50?
Inflation is real, and it eats away at the value of your hard-earned currency. As prices go up, does your currency go up in value at the same rate?

As Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve Bank said in 1967, “In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value.”

As the supply of currency increases relative to the supply of tangible assets in the economy, prices must eventually rise. In the last 3 years alone, nearly US$2 trillion has been issued into the reserve currency of the world; this money has been printed into existence.

Just how massive is US $2 trillion? To put the magnitude into perspective, let us consider time:
1 million seconds = 11 ½ days.
1 billion seconds = 32 years
1 trillion seconds = 32,000 years.
These are approximate values, but one thing is clear….when you hear that US$2 trillion was printed into existence in the last 3 years, you should be worried.
The debasement or destruction of value in their money has led to the decline and collapse of at least 6 major empires throughout history.

A few financial certainties can be drawn from this. We all know these facts consciously or sub-consciously, but most people seldom do anything about them:
All paper currencies lose value. This is a historic fact.
For the last 6,000 years, gold and silver has been the only true storehouse of wealth. It may go up and down in value occasionally, but on the grand scale, its value increases.
Your financial results and all your financial decisions (what you invest in and spend money on), are expressions of your financial awareness.

Utah Gold Standard | Why You Should Learn From It
With each piece of bad financial news that we hear, gold and silver move up in price. Everywhere you look, there are signs of gold buyers in Utah (and everywhere else in the world). WHY do people want to buy your gold and why are they offering you so much cash for your gold?

J. P. Morgan Chase has said it would allow some of its clients to use gold as collateral for some loans. Central banks the world over are increasing their gold holdings substantially; they are basically taking the same paper currency that they themselves create, and turning that into something of intrinsic value.

Countries, corporations and individuals with high levels of debt, and low levels of savings are in crisis right now. If you understand that cycles come and go, and you position yourself correctly in the right asset at the right time, then you wouldn’t see the current situation as a crisis, but as a great opportunity.

So as you debate as to whether the Utah gold currency is a good thing for you or not, realize where gold and silver sit in the grand scheme of things, and position yourself to prosper.

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To Your Success,

Whatablessing Reports……..The Bible, Gold and Silver

I get into many discussions in regards to what real money is. Many people don’t realize that what we call our “dollars” (The term dollar is actually derived from a minted silver coin), are actually Federal Reserve Notes. Many people ask me, “What is the Federal Reserve?” Well, I’ll tell what you it ISN’T: It ain’t Federal (It’s a privately owned entity), and there AIN’T no reserves. Our dollars (Federal Reserve Notes), come into existence through debt so in actuality our dollars are instruments of debt.

So what does this have to do with what the Bible says about gold & silver? I’ve come to a very simple conclusion in regards to where I want to store my wealth/savings. I have come to a better understanding of our banking/financial system in the last few years and when I compare our ‘dollars’ to physical precious metals it’s an easy decision for me to place the majority of my wealth in precious metals. Yes, I still have a bank account and understand that I have to use dollars to transact business, but I also hold a percentage of my savings in physical precious metals.

Many of you know that gold and silver have been around since early times. Gold is mentioned in the first(Genesis), & last(Revelation), books of the Bible. Please see Genesis Chapter 2 verses 11 & 12 for the first reference of gold in the Bible. In my studies I have come to realize that according to the Bible-God’s word, gold and silver are considered real money since the beginning of recorded human history.

I intend to list various Bible verses and at times might add some commentary so that we might gain some insight on what God has to say about money, what it’s uses are and how we are to handle this very important part of our lives.

Many people live their lives for the increase of money (Wealth), and as I mentioned money is an integral part of our lives (We all need it to function in society), but it is NOT the most important thing in life:

In the Hebrew Scriptures (Also known as the Old Testament), The Book of Proverbs, Chapter 3, verses 13 & 14:

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

Wisdom, (The beginning of which is to FEAR THE LORD), is far more important than silver & gold and several times in the Bible we will see wisdom mentioned as a comparison to them. From ancient times silver and gold have been considered real money and a place to store & transport wealth but again most importantly is the VALUE of wisdom which is the knowledge from and about God that PRODUCES right living.

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