Basic Reports

Is Bitcoin a Commodity, Gold & Silver Report 24 Sep 2017

Carl Menger, father of the Austrian School of Economics, showed the world that money is not the product of the state. He did not mean that government is intrinsically incapable of decreeing something to be money while other groups, organized for different purposes, could do it. He described how money emerges as the commodity which […]

Yellen Said Something, Gold & Silver Update 20 Sep 2017

Fed Char Janet Yellen said maintain rate, support job market, blah blah. Well, that set off an avalanche of selling. Copper, crude, the Australian dollar, even the euro fell almost 2 cents. Oh yeah, and da boyz in da cartel manipulated gold and silver down. For those hoping to trade their metal for more of […]

Bitcoin is Precise but not Accurate, Gold & Silver Report 17 Sep 2017

Previously, we have discussed the issue of a currency’s backing. From comments and emails, we realize this topic could use a bit more illumination. And there are some related concepts that should be addressed at the same time. Let’s start with an analogy, the engineering concepts of accuracy and precision. These related words are oft-confused, […]

Tragedy of the Speculations, Gold & Silver Report 10 Sep 2017

Bitcoin is often promoted as the antidote to the madness of fiat irredeemable currencies. It is also promoted as the replacement. Bitcoin is promoted not only as money, but the future money, and our monetary future. In fact, it is not. Why not? To answer, let us start with a look at the incentives offered […]

The Forking Paradise, Gold & Silver Report 3 Sep 2017

A month ago, we wrote about the bitcoin fork. We described the fork: Picture a bank, the old-fashioned kind. Call it Acme (sorry, we watched too much Coyote and Road Runner growing up). A group of disgruntled employees leave. They take a copy of the book of accounts. They set up a new bank across […]