Skip to comments.Rush To Safety: Americans Buy Nearly Half a Billion Dollars Of Gold and Silver In January
Posted on 01/30/2013 11:06:54 AM PST by blam
Rush To Safety: Americans Buy Nearly Half a Billion Dollars Of Gold and Silver In January
January 30th, 2013
While public officials may be ignoring the continued deterioration of our economy, job losses to the tune of hundreds of thousands of people weekly, and the unprecedented demand for government emergency support services like unemployment insurance and food assistance, Americans who sense uncertainty in the air are flocking to the safety of physical resources.
Our first point of interest is a recent report from the Federal Reserve that indicates some $114 billion dollars in cash was withdrawn from the nations largest banks in the last thirty days. Those holding their money at bailed out financial institutions are understandably concerned because the governments $250,000 deposit insurance guarantee program, originally implemented to restore confidence in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, expired at the end of 2012. That and the US fiscal situation has never been worse, with one Obama official recently having said the solution to the countrys woes is to simply kill the dollar.
This suggests investors and cash savers are no longer confident in the purported safety of the countrys too-big-to-fail institutions.
The next obvious question then is, where did this money go?
Part of the mystery may have been unraveled when the US Mint released its latest sales and inventory report.
According to the mint, investors purchased nearly half a billion dollars in gold and silver in the last 30 days. There was, in fact, so much money shifting into physical precious metals in January that the mint was actually forced to cease operations because they couldnt meet demand.
A massive 7.4 million Silver Eagles were purchased from the U.S. Mint in January, considerably higher than the previous record from early 2011.
After halting Silver coin production/sales for over a week, the Mint re-opened yesterday and demand once again surged.
Having almost doubled from the first week in January, there remains two more days before the book is closed on Januarys sales.
At 140,000 ounces, the Mint has also sold the most ounces of gold in January in almost three years, suggesting the rising currency wars are stoking peoples ongoing rotation from paper-to-physical assets as their wealth slowing loses its value.
With a Silver Eagle trading at around $31 per ounce and the gold spot price at near all time highs of $1650, the US Mint saw some $460 million dollars shift into precious metals in the month of January alone.
Whats equally as interesting, and perhaps a harbinger of the coming chaos, is that the Peoples Republic of China is also shifting a large amount of its cash reserves into physical resource based investments that include agriculture, energy, and precious metals, a move that has caused confusion among experts at the United Nations.
With the political situation in this country rapidly dwindling because of government interference on all levels, a recession for 2013 already baked into the cake, and a global economy on the brink of collapse, there is one primary motivating factor driving money into gold and silver.
As weve seen recently with shortages in emergency food rations and supplies, firearms and magazines, and now gold and silver, Americans are no longer confident in the stability of the system as a whole, and they are diversifying their assets into physical resources that will retain value should the global financial, economic, monetary, and geo-political systems come unhinged.
‘.22 LR’ rounds are right up there with silver & gold, if you can find them.
How much copper, brass, lead and blue steel did they buy?
Considering the waiting lists for guns and ammo, copper, brass, lead, blue steel, gold, and silver are the only parts of the economy that are not performing miserably. I hope the socialists are paying close attention. If they grab for absolute power, they will fail, but I would prefer to avoid a second civil war - if we can have genuine peace rather than surrender to totalitarianism.
How come gold has hardly moved in six months? Plus silver has been mostly flat for year. If demand is so strong..why have the prices stagnated?
I'd say that the risk of having a communist in our White House has already been fully factored into gold and silver prices. There was, as you say, no major increase in the past two years (in fact a slight drop), but the rise under Pelosi and the first couple years of Obama was dramatic. A significant fraction of my investments are now in durable forms appropriate to the economy that Obama is creating.
I suspect people are worried the government is lying about the amount of gold they actually have ... and that 'investment groups' after greasing the hands of Democrats - might be selling paper gold that doesn't exist. Who knows? It's possible...
Serious collapses of infrastructure and society. No food, no fuel, no electricity, no government services.
Was anybody whipping out the gold and silver to buy something that wasn't there?
$2.30 is a pretty good price, BTW...
Current melt value is $2.3155.
Don’t have any gold... but I have a lot of dirt now.
See the charts in post 8. Those are wedge formations that will break to the upside. Whatever the price is at the end of the wedge (e.g. 1650 for gold) will never be seen again, however it might take another year to break the wedge.
The dollar did not collapse then. Once it is no longer the world currency, the dollar will be worth zip.
Yup. I know...he wanted $2.60 each...we bought all he had, about $2,000 worth, worked out to be $2.30 each. (It was at a flea market...he was a snowbird from Wisconsin))
Barter value only. Marginal and questionable intrinsic value. Not a medium of exchange
Dirt is a good investment - to some extent, the more remote the better.
Tulip bubble...... the word on the street is that ammo is worth more than gold