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  • It’s Official: Bitcoin was the Top Performing Currency of 2015 (Infographic)

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    For most investors, the major story of 2015 was the expectation and eventual fulfillment of a rate hike, signalling the start of tightening monetary policy in the United States. This policy is divergent to those of other major central banks, and this has translated into considerable strength and momentum for the U.S. dollar.

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  • The World’s Strangest Currencies (Infographic)

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    For centuries, humans from all around the world have tried to use different things as money. Some forms, which most people are familiar with today, have been effective catalysts for trade over thousands of years. Other currencies, from squirrel pelts to parmesan cheese, have had their time or place in human history, but were ultimately unsuccessful or made obsolete.

    The path to finding the best money has been long and riddled with trial and error. Here are just some of the world’s strangest currencies that we discovered in our research.

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  • All of the World’s Money and Markets in One Visualization

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    How much money exists in the world?

    Strangely enough, there are multiple answers to this question, and the amount of money that exists changes depending on how we define it. The more abstract definition of money we use, the higher the number is.

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  • What is Money? (Infographic)

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    At first glance, the concept of “money” seems extremely straightforward.

    For example: the cost of a loaf of bread in New York City at a grocery store may be $3.50. We don’t think about it much, and we pull out our wallets to pay with cash or a credit card.

    But money is actually more complex.

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  • The Properties of Money (Infographic)

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    While a deeper look at money did raise many questions, there are at least some foundational truths that can be discerned about money.

    For example, many economists and experts in the field agree that money must be a medium of exchange, a unit of account, and a store of value:

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  • Janet Yellen Busy in the Fed Workshop (Humor)

    In advance of the FED announcement, the TPM marketing team had some fun analyzing the type of data Janet Yellen and the FED really care about and a little more insight into how Yellen and her "elves" evaluate that data.

  • Why is the U.S. Mint Running Out of Silver? (Infographic)

    It was reported yesterday that the US Mint has run out of silver coins. Some have interpreted this as an indication that the US Mint has run out of silver. That is false. The constraint is not a raw supply shortage, but a manufacturing bottleneck.

    By no means does this exonerate the US Mint from culpability for their habitual "shortages".
    The mint carries relatively little stock, and even in boom times annually produces only about 1 (one!) silver coin for every 9 people in the United States. (See attached infographic). Consider those numbers for a moment. The entire annual silver production from the US Mint can be purchased for ~$750M! (2014 statistics), which is a rounding error in the equity markets, let alone the bond markets.
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  • Texas Precious Metals Reports 2014 Gross Revenue of $153.2M

    Company posts record gold coin sales, record Texas Silver Round sales, and increased market share

    PREWEB (Shiner, TX): Texas Precious Metals (TPM) closed 2014 with revenue of $153.2M, down 15% year over year due to weaker demand in the precious metals market and lower commodities prices. The company sold 75,998 ounces of gold (up from 75,112 in 2014), and 2.55M ounces of silver (down from 2.86M ounces in 2013). Sales of the company's one ounce "Texas Silver Round” set a new annual record with sales of over 560,341 ounces.
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  • Market share increases, but sales down 11% from 2H13 and 17% annualized on weaker precious metals demand

    (Shiner, TX): Texas Precious Metals (TPM) suffered the effects of weaker demand in the precious metals market in the first two quarters of 2014, posting sales of $74.9M for 1H14, down from $85M in 2H13. The company sold 36,738 ounces of gold (up from 32,855 in 2H13), and 1.16M ounces of silver (down from 1.48M in 2H13). Sales of the company’s 1 oz “Texas Silver Round” remained strong at 283,063 ounces.

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  • Dear TexMetals customers:

    We have decided to publicize our 2013 sales statistics.

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