Hard Asset Alliance

Articles by Hard Asset Alliance

It all started pretty harmlessly: in December 2016, after about 12 months of deliberations, the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and the World Gold Council announced a new “Shari’ah Standard...
On May 7, Marine Le Pen's defeat in France's presidential election secured an integrated EU and had many investors breathing a sigh of relief. Had the election gone her way, French workers could have seen the devaluation of their euro-...
Since we just finished tax season, many first-time gold investors might wonder what to do about their precious metals holdings. How are they taxed, and are there any legal ways to lessen those taxes?
Looking to diversify your portfolio? Choose investments with a low correlation to stocks and bonds. Hard assets like oil, real estate, natural gas, and other commodities fit the bill. But seasoned investors usually go for physical precious...
105 years ago, American financier J.P. Morgan testified before Congress. When asked if the control of credit involved a control of money, Morgan responded by saying, “Not always. [Credit] is an evidence of banking, but [credit] is not the...
In 1978, one year after taking control of impoverished China, Deng Xiaoping declared “to get rich is glorious.” Since Deng’s declaration, China’s per-capita GDP has grown by over 5,000%.
Consumers of financial news will hear the word “risk” thrown around a lot. We hear of “risk-off” moves and “risk-on” days. Although used amply, it’s rarely—if ever—quantified. As understanding risk is crucial to making informed investment...
An often cited negative about gold is the inability for investors to value it, unlike traditional investments such as stocks and bonds. A company’s revenues and earnings can be forecast to arrive at a valuation multiple. A bond’s cash...
The Fed finally raised its target interest rate and issued guidance for 2017. Trump shocked the political world and stocks seem to be making new highs daily. Investor sentiment is at two-year highs, fueled by optimism for renewed economic...
With the bull market in US stocks approaching its seventh anniversary in March 2017 and the indexes just hitting all-time highs, many investors are wondering how long the party can continue. The chart below shows how the Dow Jones, Russell...

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