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INFOGRAPHIC Who Controls The World’s Supply Of Silver

Topics [ buy silver bullion online ]

RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

Part 2 of this silver infographic series examines geology, mining and other supply factors to establish which countries and companies control the world’s silver supply.

Presented by silver.com via Visual Capitalist.



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Elegant New Card Coming For Kangaroo Minted Gold Bars

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BULLION BARS AND COINS

The Perth Mint is in the process of introducing a fresh new look for its Kangaroo Minted Gold Bar packaging.

Gradually replacing the existing green card, the re-styled packaging is charcoal-coloured with a dark, watermark-like image of the Mint’s stylised swan logo.

 

The new packaging offers the same tamper-evident security feature found on the original card. Should the blister pack be opened and an attempt made to reseal it, the word ‘VOID’ will be repeated in orange around the bar.  

This contemporary and stylish new packaging will be fully available once stocks of Kangaroo Minted Gold Bars housed in green cards have been exhausted.

Made from 99.99% pure gold in 1g, 5g, 10g, 20g, 1oz, 50g, 100g and 10oz sizes, Kangaroo Minted Gold Bars are a popular option for precious metal investors and gift-buyers.



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Make Your Own Display Easels For Bullion Coins

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Ever wanted to make a neat display of your bullion coins? Check out this idea from Silverhair Stacker in the US who has perfected the art of making cool coin easels from wire coathangers!



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Top 10 Factors Affecting Gold In 2015

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RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

US-based Gainesville Coins recently asked 15 nominated experts (including our own Bron Suchecki) which way they think the gold market is going.

As you might expect, the responses they received ranged from bearish to bullish - and everything in between!

Rather than attempting to draw any firm conclusions, Gainesville analysed their experts’ viewpoints for the most frequently cited factors affecting the price of gold.

Presented as insights that “may help you formulate your own personal financial strategies”, here are their top 10 factors affecting gold in 2015.

  1. Real interest rates, specifically the Fed raising its key rate
  2. Generally bearish on paper money and central banks
  3. Inflationary (or deflationary) pressures
  4. Geopolitical strife and global economic instability
  5. Strength or weakness of the U.S. dollar
  6. Growth in the developing world and emerging markets
  7. Monetary easing (i.e. currency devaluation) in Europe and Japan
  8. Strong demand from China and India
  9. Performance of the equities market
  10. A boost in mining output from falling energy costs

You can read the full responses from each of the 15 experts involved in Gainesville Coins’ recent survey here.



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Gold Demand Slides In 2014

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RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

Despite a strong end to the year, which saw Q4 demand up 6% on the previous year, annual global gold demand slid backwards in 2014.

According to the World Gold Council’s latest market report, demand was 4% lower at 3,923.7 tonnes, a four-year low.

Chinese consumption was noticeably down in 2014. Purchases of gold bars and coins for investment dropped by 50 per cent and jewellery buying retreated from a record, costing the country its place as the world’s biggest buyer.

 

For the World Gold Council’s full analysis of last year’s gold market, download Gold Demand Trends Full Year 2014 (PDF 1.21 MB)



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Indispensable Silver

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SILVER

As one of the first metals to be used by man, silver has been sought-after for 5,000 years. Archaeological evidence indicates silver was originally mined about 3,000 BC in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey).


Lustrous in appearance, silver is also malleable and ductile. Being both easy to work and pleasing to the eye, it has long been associated with the manufacture of jewellery, art, cutlery and tableware.

Today, silver is also valued for innumerable applications in industry. Unsurpassed as a conductor of heat and electricity and also highly reflective, its uses are continuing to expand in hi-tech areas such as electronics, solar and biotech - to name a few.

Because silver is durable, stable and comparatively rare, it also possesses qualities that make it ideal for use as money.

It was first coined in Lydia around 600 BC. The phrase “rich as Croesus” is derived from the Lydian king famed for his wealth!

Early silver coins spread to regions inhabited by Greeks, and through trade across the entire Mediterranean region. In testament to its historic role as a monetary metal, silver continues to mean ‘money’ in a variety of languages, including ‘shekel’ (Hebrew), ‘argent’ (French), and ‘plata’ (Spanish).

It’s fair to conclude that many aspect of mankind’s economic, cultural and technological progress would have been vastly different were it not for the indispensable benefits of silver.

Indispensable silver



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