Dear Reader,

These last few weeks, in our Bleyer Blogs, I’ve been encouraging our readers to seriously consider the investment benefits of Silver, alongside Gold.  This precious metal is uniquely positioned to have great investment potential and has the added advantage of being more affordable. And, this subsequent week, the Silver price went on to hit a 11 month high!  In fact, the lesser metal is really stretching her legs after a quiet extended price plateau. The reasons for this price rise were as stated in my last few blogs:
“Gold steadied on Wednesday as a firmer tone to the U.S. dollar held gains in check, though silver extended gains to an 11-month peak, boosted by technical momentum and perceptions it is undervalued versus gold. Silver prices have climbed 11 percent so far this month, helped by a break through chart resistance at its late October high on Tuesday, and is on track for its biggest monthly rise since June 2014.”  (Reuters, April 2016)  
Both Caroline Peers, Bleyer’s CEO and myself wrote together that often Silver lags behind Gold in price moves but sometimes can lead the way. And true to form, this week it was Silver that got the financial press for “leading” Gold in its own then subsequent price rise.  The Silver price has consolidated just a little since it’s 11 month high and still sits below the price peeks found in 2011 to 2012, so continues to be “undervalued” and in a buying opportunity.

Group of Gold Bullion Investment Bars

Bleyer sells a truly beautiful array of Silver coins in 1oz, 1.5oz, 2oz, 5oz, 10oz and even 1kg size coins.  Each coin is beautifully crafted and the Bleyer selection covers coins from all the major international mints, so that you the customer can choose to either save your favourites or buy some of each national mint to build your investment collection.  We even offer a Monster Box of 500 British Silver 1oz Britannia coins for the larger investor, delivered in a heavy duty storage box for safe keeping and transport.
And what are the indicators of Silver’s price from here?  “The gold/silver ratio, which measures the number of silver ounces needed to buy an ounce of gold, hit its lowest in nearly six months at 73.1. “If you look at the long-term outlook for the gold/silver ratio, it can go a lot lower. That would mean that if you’re optimistic on gold prices, silver can go a lot higher,” ABN Amro analyst Georgette Boele said.”
Enjoy browsing through our Silver Coin selection.  In addition, of course, you may desire to purchase your Silver in the larger Silver bar form.  Slightly less aesthetic on the eye but more a pragmastic investor’s metal, Bleyer offer Silver bars starting at 100g up to 15kg bars.  The choice is yours.
Bleyer also offer a selection of  low / VAT paid Silver coins, in addition to the British coins among them being Capital Gains Tax exempt.  Take a look at the variety of investments on offer starting at incredible prices in this investment precious metal.  The price rise figures themselves are becoming the best voice in asserting that, so far, 2016 has been a good year for Gold and Silver physical investment:
“Celebrate the recent unstoppable rally in both gold and silver where, as has been expected, silver is outperforming gold.  While we have stayed clear of paper futures from the long side, over the past few years, almost each and every week we have continued our mantra of buying and accumulating the physical metal. It is beginning to pay off, especially for purchases made throughout last year and this one. This is not yet a victory lap, for the market remains in its transitioning phase, but the faithful, for what has always been considered the only true form of money: gold and silver, can relax more and shed the deer-in-the-headlights look after seeing both pummeled to the downside so relentlessly over the past several years by the money changers.” (Commodity Trade: Comprehensive Market Intelligence, 26 April 2016)
If you’re new to Bleyer, we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves as believers in holding the Physical Metal. We don’t sell paper certificates, just the real physical “money” of Gold and Silver bars and coins.  In a world increasingly full of fragile paper currencies, digital currency transfers and magician-like conjuring of currency from thin air in bank bail outs and quantitative easing, we believe there is inherent safety in owning the real deal; the historical and physical Gold and Silver metal behind all those economic “promises” out there.
And why do we at Bleyer always believe holding the Physical metal is better than an ETF or investment fund?  It boils down to the difference between a real object one can touch and the illusion or distorted mirror image of that object: 
“In the battle being waged between Truth [physical gold and silver] and Lies [all paper contracts], the indestructible precious metals will always prevail, and the time is nearing. On Thursday, “someone” dumped over $2 billion in paper gold onto the market.  That is 16,000 paper contracts, with emphasis on paper contracts for it sure was not physical gold that was being dumped.  For silver, around 7,500 contracts were sold at the same time. How much more blatant can the central bankers be?  Holders of the physical know very well what is being “sold” is useless paper, not the real metal, and as with QE-to-infinity, bankers have pretty much run out of “fixes.”  These are definite signs of the end game for precious metals suppression.  The relative few who have always held to the Truth of intrinsic value in physical gold and silver will not only survive the slings and arrows aimed at them, over the years, but will actually prosper when prices rise to reflect the reality of the lies lived by central bankers and their ilk regarding gold.  Silver has been considered money for much longer than gold. Now the bad news.  The worse it gets, the better it is for silver and gold prices.  The elites have created an untenable financial crises on a global scale.  This will not end well for the people, and we have seen exactly how for those in Greece, the Middle East and elsewhere as financial stability has been replaced with IMF-directed instability.  The lap-dog European Union…has been a massive failure, especially for everyday people, a tapeworm consuming the previously sovereign individual European nations under a single umbrella.”  (Commodity Trade: Comprehensive Market Intelligence, 26 April 2016)
I hope our readers were not beguiled by the Obama visit.  I didn’t watch it.  Many will not realise that the U.S. desperately needs the E.U. to succeed, because of it’s own currently negotiated T.T.I.P. deal between the E.U. and the U.S. administration. If Britain exercises her sovereign right to leave the Euro project, there is a very vested opposing interest from the U.S. administration, as they will be investing in a fiscal continent that is going downhill fast, and faster with Britain deciding to escape it.  Obama wasn’t speaking for the best interests of us, he was speaking for the best interests of the U.S.!  I have rarely glanced such an abuse of political platform, both from an external head of state and very sadly, our own central government, as they use their financial and media advantage to saturate their constituents with a “Remain” campaign. Meanwhile, the majority of people in Britain who’d rather like to get out of the sinking ship of Europe do not have access to the vast sums of money that the government do for campaigning  or the phone numbers on speed dial of international celebrities or heads of state!  Here’s a little of what is really going on behind the scenes with such force-fed publicity stunts; this extract is taken from a clear-headed article from The Independent called, “What is T.T.I.P? And six reasons why the answer should scare you” published in October 2015.
“Have you heard about TTIP? If your answer is no, don’t get too worried; you’re not meant to have.  The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a series of trade negotiations being carried out mostly in secret between the EU and US. As a bi-lateral trade agreement, TTIP is about reducing the regulatory barriers to trade for big business, things like food safety law, environmental legislation, banking regulations and the sovereign powers of individual nations. It is, as John Hilary, Executive Director of campaign group War on Want, said: “An assault on European and US societies by transnational corporations.” Since before TTIP negotiations began last February, the process has been secretive and undemocratic. This secrecy is on-going, with nearly all information on negotiations coming from leaked documents and Freedom of Information requests. But worryingly, the covert nature of the talks may well be the least of our problems. Here are six other reasons why we should be scared of TTIP, very scared indeed:

1 The NHS: Public services, especially the NHS, are in the firing line. One of the main aims of TTIP is to open up Europe’s public health, education and water services to US companies. This could essentially mean the privatisation of the NHS.

2 Food and environmental safety: TTIP’s ‘regulatory convergence’ agenda will seek to bring EU standards on food safety and the environment closer to those of the US. But US regulations are much less strict, with 70 per cent of all processed foods sold in US supermarkets now containing genetically modified ingredients. The US also has far laxer restrictions on the use of pesticides. It also uses growth hormones in its beef which are restricted in Europe due to links to cancer.

3 Banking regulations: [Financial rules] were put into place after the financial crisis to directly curb the powers of bankers and avoid a similar crisis happening again. TTIP, it is feared, will remove those restrictions, effectively handing all those powers back to the bankers.

4 Privacy: Remember ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement)? It was thrown out by a massive majority in the European Parliament in 2012 after a huge public backlash against what was rightly seen as an attack on individual privacy where internet service providers would be required to monitor people’s online activity.  Well, it’s feared that TTIP could be bringing back ACTA’s central elements, proving that if the democratic approach doesn’t work, there’s always the back door. An easing of data privacy laws and a restriction of public access to pharmaceutical companies’ clinical trials are also thought to be on the cards.

5 Jobs: The EU has admitted that TTIP will probably cause unemployment as jobs switch to the US, where labour standards and trade union rights are lower. It has even advised EU members to draw on European support funds to compensate for the expected unemployment.

6 Democracy: TTIP’s biggest threat to society is its inherent assault on democracy. One of the main aims of TTIP is the introduction of Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS), which allow companies to sue governments if those governments’ policies cause a loss of profits. In effect it means unelected transnational corporations can dictate the policies of democratically elected governments.”

Why would Britain want to be a signatory to this deal?  But, if we remain in the EU we will have no choice but to have to be a signatory to this deal, worryingly, with both the US and all other countries in the EU.  These countries will also shortly include Turkey, a country in which almost half of its cities have no female political representation! (Figures taken from “Beyond the Headscarf: Turkey’s Women Struggle for Equality, BBC, June 2015.) Therefore, it is logical and clear that, the Obama administration’s desire to push this deal through with the EU colours Obama’s views on whether Britain should be in the EU or not! It means I cannot trust his motivation when he says Britain would be better off in the EU. What is clear to many, however, is that the EU would be better off with our British economy in it, which would in turn be more profitable for the U.S.  He was here to protect the interests of the T.T.I.P. deal going through with the E.U. but the youth of this country are unlikely to know that. What would it mean for their deal if Britain graciously bowed out of being in the E.U.?   But, our referendum is not about putting a US president’s trade deal first but asking ourselves, “What do we, Britain, want? What is best for us?”  The irony is, when would our Prime Minister ever go over to the States and appear ubiquitously on national media, telling the American people that it would be better for them to be in a fiscal and political union with South America, while secretly negotiating with South America for an unilateral trade deal for greater trade profits? Almost instinctively, as if sensing something wasn’t quite right, private investors pushed the price of Silver up to it’s 11 month high in the same period.

Thankfully, we are a feisty and independent-thinking little nation and many headlines reflected this immediately after the Obama talks, with commentators from the British right and left joining together to express a stunned incredulity. But looking at it either way, if Britain wakes up to find herself still in the E.U. on the morning of June 24th, the economic collapse of the eurozone will be our big problem too and so Gold and Silver offer a safe haven. And if we leave and thrive, or leave and have a period of uncertainty before we thrive, both are also good for the price of Gold and Silver as a protector of family wealth from the collapsing international and european banking system.

Incidentally, if your financial curiosity has been piqued regarding finding out more about the T.T.I.P. deal, here is an informative and discursive article that concludes; “Simply put, by it’s inherent design, T.T.I.P. cannot raise standards. It can only reduce them.” The beautiful irony is the piece is called, “The Fatal Flaw in T.T.I.P.’s Gold Standard.” 

By contrast, the real Gold (and Silver!) Standard is gently looking at us straight in the face. There are many things in life that are uncertain. But, holding your own Physical Gold and Silver is a time-honoured and historical way to protect you and your family’s wealth – the Real Gold Standard throughout economic history, international trade ambitions and political Machiavellian exposure.

So, it is of no surprise that Money Morning produced a timely piece only yesterday on Top Tips for Buying Gold. Their first point was to focus on owning Physical Gold (and of course here I would again draw our readers attention to owning Silver also).

“Buying Gold should be on most investors’ “to do” lists, if it hasn’t been done already. Gold has long been hailed as the best way to hedge investments over the long haul. It’s a tangible metal that is able to retain its value over time and endure the volatility of economic downturns. Gold is meant to be a long-term investment. Gold bars and coins offer investors something tangible to hold onto. Many investors like the idea of investing in physical Gold bullion bars and coins because it protects them from credit risks that are often associated with other types of gold investing. Of course, along with owning physical gold comes the task of storing it whether it’s in a safe at home or in a bank vault.” 

If you’d like to learn more of the Secure Storage offered by Bleyer, either for Gold and Silver you purchase from us, or for your precious metals which you are currently holding at home but would like to store securely elsewhere, or to view our range of industry approval home safes, contact one of our team now on 01769 618618.

We wish you a very good week and look forward to hearing from you soon.

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