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Numismatic News: ‘Precious Metals, On Average, Have Outperformed U.S. Stocks Since The End Of 1999’

“Past performance is not indicative of future results.” That being said, I spotted the following over on the Numismatic News website tonight. Pat Heller reported Thursday:

While much attention is now focused on U.S. stock indices reaching record levels, only a handful of people are aware that precious metals, on average, have outperformed U.S. stocks since the end of 1999.

As measured in U.S. dollars, here are how various asset classes have performed from Dec. 31, 1999, to Dec. 30, 2016

Gold +299.0%
Silver +193.5%
Russell 2000 +168.9%
MS-63 $20 Saint-Gaudens +147.9%
MS-63 $20 Liberty +139.8%
Platinum +111.5%
Dow Jones Industrial Average +71.9%
Switzerland Franc +56.4%
MS-65 Morgan dollar +54.4%
Palladium +54.1%
Standard & Poors 500 +52.4%
NASDAQ +32.3%
China yuan +19.2%
Australia dollar +9.8%
Canada dollar +8.2%
Euro +4.5%
Japan yen -12.7%
Great Britain pound -23.6%
Brazil real -44.3%
Mexico peso -54.3%
South Africa rand -55.0%…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Interesting. Note the performance of numismatic coins ($20 Saint-Gaudens, $20 Liberty, Morgan dollar) in that list.

The inclusion of “MS-65 $20 Saint-Gaudens”- popular with numismatic gold investors- in the analysis would have been neat to see.

I just blogged about a MarketWatch piece on rare coin investing this Tuesday, which pointed out:

Between 1979 and 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, coins with a minimum score of 65 posted an average annual return of 11.9%, according to a study by Penn State University. That’s near the average annual return of 13% posted by equities and more than twice the 5.5% average annual gain of gold bullion. Coins with a lower score, between 63 and 65, had an average annual return of 10.1%.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Getting back to that Numismatic News piece, Heller also discussed long-term performance of some major currencies against an ounce of gold and recent demand for precious metals. An informative article, which you can read in its entirety on the publication’s website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. The creator/Editor of this blog is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information contained herein.)

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Friday, February 3rd, 2017 Commodities, Currencies, Investing, Precious Metals, Stocks Comments Off on Numismatic News: ‘Precious Metals, On Average, Have Outperformed U.S. Stocks Since The End Of 1999’

MarketWatch: ‘Rare Coins Could Outperform As Investments This Year’

“Alternative” investments seem to be attracting more attention these days.

On January 19, I pointed out a recent Town & Country magazine article about jewelry investing.

This afternoon, the MarketWatch website (a subsidiary of Dow Jones & Company) published a piece about rare coin investing. Ryan Vlastelica reported:

With inflation expected to rise this year, and a concurrently strengthening U.S. dollar seen eating into any gains that might be made by pure gold, investors may want to consider a niche asset class as a protection against market turbulence: rare coins

Between 1979 and 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, coins with a minimum score of 65 posted an average annual return of 11.9%, according to a study by Penn State University. That’s near the average annual return of 13% posted by equities and more than twice the 5.5% average annual gain of gold bullion. Coins with a lower score, between 63 and 65, had an average annual return of 10.1%.

Coins posted a higher correlation with inflation than other asset classes, according to the study, with the relationship about twice as strong as for gold. The correlation between coins and inflation is 0.58 (perfect correlation would be 1.0). It’s 0.27 for gold bullion and 0.15 for stocks. The higher the correlation, the better it works as a hedge

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

When it comes to rare coins, prospective investors might want to heed an adage made popular by numismatic literature dealer Aaron Feldman in the last century:

“Buy the book before the coin.”

You can read the entire article on the MarketWatch website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. The creator/Editor of this blog is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information contained herein.)

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 Commodities, Currencies, Inflation, Investing, Precious Metals, Stocks Comments Off on MarketWatch: ‘Rare Coins Could Outperform As Investments This Year’

Related Reading: Martin Armstrong Says Old Gold Coins Better Than Bullion Against Confiscation

This evening I published a post entitled “Martin Armstrong: Old Gold Coins Better Than Bullion Against Confiscation” over on my other blog, Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes.

Head on over to that site here if you’re interested in hearing what the economist has to say.

Christopher E. Hill
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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 Banking, Commodities, Crash Prophets, Currencies, Investing, Precious Metals Comments Off on Related Reading: Martin Armstrong Says Old Gold Coins Better Than Bullion Against Confiscation

Advertiser Spotlight: Buy Gold And Silver Coins (BGASC)

Last June, I received an e-mail from an affiliate marketing partner of Survival And Prosperity which said they were terminating the relationship due to “nexus tax implications.” Curse this state (just kidding). Because blog readers were interested in the goods they sold (physical bullion), I searched for another reputable online retailer of gold and silver products to replace (surpass?) them. Enter Buy Gold And Silver Coins (BGASC). From the Calabasas, California-based bullion dealer’s “About Us” page:

Our goal is to be the kind of dealer we’ve always wanted to trade with: to be in stock, ship fast, be fair & reasonable, and operate honestly and efficiently. BGASC is one of the largest coin and bullion dealers in the United States. We are an Official PCGS Dealer, member of the Certified Coin Exchange (CCE), an NGC Collector’s Society Member, and a Bulk Purchaser of United States Mint non-bullion coins. Every single package we ship is sent fully privately insured for its time in transit. Customers all across the country have quickly come to recognize BGASC as one of the largest, fastest, most trusted online precious metals suppliers in the U.S. But you don’t have to take our word for it… Read BGASC Customer Reviews

In addition to being an official PCGS dealer, BGASC is also an American Numismatic Association member and listed in the ANA dealer directory.

Buy Gold And Silver Coins “stock a Large Selection of Gold and Silver Bullion Coins, Bars and Rounds as well as PCGS & NGC Graded Numismatic Coins.” Prices are “ultra-competitive” and they have “NO hidden fees, NO commissioned sales, and we don’t do phone solicitation calls either.” On their website, there’s an “ON SALE” section which routinely features “current sales, price reductions, and specially priced gold and silver bullion.” Right now, there’s a big silver sale going on.

BGASC also sells coins supplies and provides information on precious metals IRAs via their website.


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Orders totaling $250 and up ship FREE (usually next business day). And according to their website, orders less than $250 ship for only $5.95 (no order minimum). Each package carries full shipping insurance (underwritten by Lloyd’s of London) during its time in transit, and is trackable by the customer from the time it’s placed to the time of delivery. BGASC has a 3-day return policy.

When it comes to customer satisfaction, the company is an eBay “Top Rated Seller” and scores 9.4 out of 10 (0-10 scale; 903 reviews) by the Trustpilot review community.

BGASC has a Better Business Bureau rating of “A+” and has a pending accreditation application with the BBB (“it has been found to meet our BBB Code of Business Practices”).

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Christopher E. Hill
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 Advertiser Spotlight, Commodities, Investing, Precious Metals Comments Off on Advertiser Spotlight: Buy Gold And Silver Coins (BGASC)

Gold Taxation Issues

I have a feeling that a number of Survival And Prosperity readers either own gold or might be thinking about acquiring the precious metal in the future.

Tonight, I happened to come across an article on MarketWatch.com entitled “The tax implications of owning gold.” Bill Bischoff wrote yesterday:

In this environment, the idea of investing some taxable money in gold and other precious metal assets could be appealing. But read this to make sure you understand the tax angles…

It’s an insightful read. For example, I thought the sale of physical gold (both bullion and collectible) was subject to the maximum federal income tax rate of 28 percent- at a minimum. However, Bischoff explained:

Here’s how the 28% maximum rate deal works. If you are in the 28%, 33%, 35%, or 39.6% federal income tax bracket, net long-term gains from collectibles, including precious metal assets, are taxed at 28%. However, higher-income folks may also owe the dreaded 3.8% net investment income tax. If so, the maximum effective federal rate on long-term gains from precious metals can be 43.4% (39.6% + 3.8%).

If you are in the 10%, 15%, or 25% bracket, your net long-term gains from collectibles, including precious metal assets, are taxed at your regular rate of 10%, 15%, or 25%. In these brackets, you don’t have to worry about owing the 3.8% net investment income tax…

Interesting. You can read the entire piece over on the MarketWatch website here.

Just remember to consult a competent tax professional regarding such matters rather than relying on something you read on the Internet.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: I am not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented herein)

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Advertiser Spotlight: American Precious Metals Exchange (APMEX)

Last week, I started highlighting the advertisers that appear on the sidebar of Survival And Prosperity. I wrote at that time:

Each of these advertisers were selected because I thought their products might benefit Survival And Prosperity readers and because of their reputations for providing quality products at fair prices, along with friendly customer service. Please note that by clicking on these ads and purchasing a product, I receive a commission from the sale.

The first “Advertiser Spotlight” focused on Nitro-Pak Preparedness Center, Incorporated, out of Heber City, Utah. Nitro-Pak is the largest mail-order company in the nation specializing in freeze-dried food and emergency preparedness supplies. This week, the spotlight falls on American Precious Metals Exchange, or APMEX, which is based out of Oklahoma City. From their website:

Who Is APMEX?

The American Precious Metals Exchange is a leading national provider of precious metal bullion and collectible numismatic items. Our customers can purchase precious metals or collectible numismatics by placing their orders on the APMEX website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As a leading national precious metals dealer, APMEX provides you with the best possible combination of Price, Selection, Service, Security, Convenience and a Money Back Guarantee!

At APMEX, you will find an extensive selection of silver and gold bullion, platinum, palladium and fine collectible coins to choose from. We also stock a wide variety of coin supplies to help you protect and display your collections. You will find it easy and secure to place your order with us, and will discover a brand new world of investment and collecting opportunities.

At the present time, products offered by the company include:

• Bullion: platinum, gold, palladium, silver, IRA products, clearance, gift ideas
• Coins: Perfect 70 Coins, ELITE $2,500+, pre-1933 U.S. gold, dollars, commemoratives, coin supplies
• Currency: $500s and $1,000s
• Other: All other items, Lunar Coins

APMEX Home Page

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Reasons to consider American Precious Metals Exchange as your source for precious metal bullion and collectible numismatic items include the following. From the site:

Why Buy From APMEX?

Our customer service reputation is unmatched by any other dealer. In a recent survey of APMEX customers, we achieved a 98% Customer Satisfaction Rating.

At APMEX, we focus on six key areas to satisfy YOUR needs:

Price – You will consistently find that our prices are among the lowest in the industry. We display both our buying and selling prices for most products. This transparency is unique within the precious metal field.
Selection – You will find an unmatched assortment of silver and gold coins, bars, and rounds. We also offer a wide variety of platinum and palladium coins and bars on our website. Our inventory selection is second to none!
Service – APMEX promises that you will receive prompt, helpful and courteous customer service – every time!
Security – APMEX believes that you deserve the highest levels of security when you make your purchase. You can rest assured that your private data is safe and secure. From the moment you place your order to the time your order is delivered to your door, your personal data is safe with APMEX.
Convenience – Our website allows you to make a purchase 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you prefer to call, our APMEX Qualified Representatives are happy to assist you from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST), Monday through Friday.
Satisfaction Guarantee – Your satisfaction is of paramount importance to us. We guarantee your satisfaction with a refund, return and/or exchange policy. At APMEX, you can purchase with confidence.

Other reasons for considering APMEX include:

• They offer numerous forms of payment, including credit card (domestic orders only), bank wire, certified check, cashier’s check, money order, and personal check
• When you place an order over the telephone or online, you are given a confirmation number that locks in your price
• APMEX provides a 3 percent cash discount off their list/retail price to customers that pay for their orders by check, money order, cashier’s check, bank wire, cash, or trade. The prices shown for each product on the website include the 3 percent cash discount unless you choose to pay by credit card.
• The company extends additional discounts when possible on orders more than $100,000 (U.S.) or large orders of individual items
• They are active members of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Industry Council on Tangible Assets (ICTA)
• They’ve been a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business since April 2004. Like Nitro-Pak, they’ve achieved an “A+” in their BBB Business Review.

Even if you’re not ready to purchase a product from APMEX right now, it still could be worth your while to stop by their website and sign up for a free account. By doing so, you are automatically entered to win a free 1 ounce gold American Eagle coin (one registered user is randomly-selected to receive this prize once a month). And once you’ve signed up, you’re given additional chances to win a gold coin. From the site:

If you are an existing customer with APMEX then you are already eligible to win a 1 oz Gold Eagle!*

Simply login to your account and you will be entered!

Come back and enter every month!

Registered APMEX users are also given the opportunity to receive the following:

• Free exclusive discounts and promo codes
• Free unlimited market alerts from your account
• Free precious metals market news

Click on the banner ad below and see what American Precious Metals Exchange, a leading national provider of precious metal bullion and collectible numismatic items, can do for you. Once again, please note that by clicking on the ad and purchasing a product, I receive a commission from the sale.

(Editor’s note: APMEX has decided to end its affiliate program. Please visit one of the other partners whose ads appear on the sidebar to purchase similar products)

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