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China could have an unprecedented response to Pelosi’s potential Taiwan visit

Last week, US House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi would like to have a Taiwan visit to show support for Taiwan. China immediately gives a warning against a potential high-stakes trip and vowed to take “resolute and forceful measures” of the trip goes ahead.

However, Chinese government has not specified in public what “forceful measures” it is planning to take. Some Chinese experts say Beijing’s reaction could involve a military component and the situation between China and the US will be very tense.

Pelosi’s potential trip wouldn’t be the first time a sitting US House speaker has visited Taiwan. In 1997, Newt Gingrich met Taiwan first democratically elected President Lee Teng-hui. At that time, China’s response was limited to rhetoric. Twenty-five years on, it is a completely different regime in Beijing with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. China is stronger, more powerful, and confident, and its leader XI, Jinping has made it clear that Beijing will no longer tolerate any perceived slights or challenge to its interests. China is in a position to be more assertive, to impose costs and consequences to countries that don’t take China’s interest into consideration in their policy or actions.

Last Wednesday, US president Joe Biden told reporters the US military thinks a Taiwan visit by Pelosi is “not a good idea right now.” 

On this Monday, Gingrich wrote on the social media about his comment on the potential visit and raise out the concern about political timidity.

The potential Taiwan visit by Pelosi would come at a sensitive time for China. The PLA is celebrating its founding anniversary on August 1, while Xi, the country’s most powerful leader in decades, is preparing to seek a third term at the ruling Communist Party this fall.

But with Pelosi’s potential visit is now playing out in public, any decision to delay or cancel, risks being seen as a concession. 

 

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My Collections

The design for American Eagle Gold Coin – in God we trust. And in Gold we trust

The American Eagle Gold Coin is an officeal gold bullion coins of United States starting from 1986. It was produced by United States Mint. The composition of the gold coins included 91.67% gold, 3% silver and 5.33% Copper. Therefore, the fineness of this gold coin is just 22K.

The obverse of the gold coin depicts the figure of Lady Liberty. And the reverse design features a male eagle carrying an olive branch flying above a female eagle and her baby.

Let me tell you something special about American Eagle Gold Coins.

For the Eagle minted in 1986-1991, they are dated with Roman Numerals. And starting from 1992, US mint changed to use Arabic numerals for dating Gold American Eagle Coins. 

Here is the gold coin in 1990 with dated with Roman Numerals “MCMXC”.

And starting mid 2021, the reserve design of American Eagle Gold Coin changes again! It features a side profile of a Bald ealge.

The new design is stunning!                    

As the the new design is launching in mid of 2021, the collectors around the world will definitely collect the old designs of American Eagle Gold Coins especially the old design dated year 2021 and the those dated with Roman Numerals.

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The Story Behind The 1933 Double Eagle

The 1933 Double Eagle Coin.

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The change of design for American Eagle gold coin triggers me to study the history or development of the American gold coins. And there is a fascinated story about the Amercian gold coins development in 1933 – The most famous gold coin – The 1933 Double Eagle Gold Coin.

I believe that most people will remember that in 1930s, US was in the bank crisis. In 1933, in order to end the 1930s general bank crisis, US president Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an important executive order – Executive Order 6102.

This Executive order 6102 was about:

  • All persons are required to deliver all gold coins and all gold bullion products which owned by them to Federal Reserve Bank.

It made:

The 1933 Double Eagle: America’s last gold coin struck for circulation and the last gold coin that can be legally owned by an individual.

However, a number of 1933 Double Eagle Gold Coins were stolen or rescured before melting and those stolen coins found their way into the hands of collectors before later being recovered. Some of the 1933 Double Eagle Gold Coins were acquired by King Farouk of Egypt who was a professional collector of many things.

In 2002, one of the 1933 Double eagle was sold to an anonymous bidder at a Stacks Bowers action in New York for USD 6.6 million.

In 2021, the coins was sold for more than USD 18 million.

If one day, you discover this 1933 Double Eagle Gold Coin, remember its story behind this gold coin.

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Robert Kiyosaki suggested: Buy silver bullion now to prepare for the next decade

Silver Bullions


The famous author of RICH DAD POOR DAD as well as a famous investor indicated the importance of buying silver bullion. In his opinion, silver is the most undervalued, lowest risk, and best investment of all assets classes. He said that he would invest in silver U.S. Eagles today, not tomorrow. However, he would stop accumulating silver when silver spot get over USD 40 per troy ounce.

Robert Kiyosaki believe that globel pensions collapase will be one of the biggest threats that we will see the next 10 years. He does not think the governments and central banks will know a clear perspective to respond to this massive multi-trillion-USD global crisis. 

He suggested that “If you have no gold or Silver, start accumulating today, and do not worry about price.” “I believe that when the panic hits, gold and silver will disappear from markets as prices climb.” He also pointed out.

Physical bullion products like gold and silver are very traditional investment tools and people use it for long long time. Let wait and see whether the wisdom and experience of older people will win the monetary games.

Let me know you thought.

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Transitory Inflation Sparks the Fears of Economic Slowdown

The Federal Reserve left interest rate and monetery policy unchanged. This indicates that the US is incomplete economic recovery until now.

Some economic experts believe that Federal Reserve will be wrong on inflation being temporary. From my point of view, it is quite difficult to predict inflation at this moment. Fears about the highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19 leading to another round of economic slowdown. However, rising infection cases will cause more supply chain interruptions leading to more inflation. 

Meanwhile, some leading companies expressed that they are passing rising costs along to consumers which point out that some inflation will stick around.

As there are industry raw material inflation and higher transportation costs, implementing additional prices increases become necessary.

Another concern is that it is stagflation instead of transitory inflation. That toxic combination of slowing growth and rising prices is a real risk and a dangerous signal of stagflation.

Theoretically, stagflation will trigger bullish markets for commodity and bullions. If there is rising inflation, investors will look at hard assets including bullion markets, like Gold, Silver, Platinum.

Do you believe that bullions prices are starting to rise again?

Let me know your thought.

1 oz gold Canadian Maple Leaf Coin