Thought Leadership

Marbles and Treasure

Marbles and Treasure

By Kenneth E. Lee on April 11, 2018

“Don’t lose your marbles,” I said to my seven-year-old son as he joyfully played with his two newly acquired glass marbles.  He and I were sitting together at bustling Nomad Pizza in Hopewell, NJ.  Although my admonition clearly registered as relevant to him in light of his enthusiastic play, he was having too much fun …

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Tocqueville Gold Strategy First Quarter 2018 Investor Letter

By John Hathaway on April 4, 2018

Gold’s Dot Plot The Fed dot plot, published after every Fed meeting, shows where each of the 16 members of the FOMC (Fed Open Market Committee) expect interest rates to be at the end of the various calendar years displayed, as well as the peak level of rates upon completion of the tightening cycle.  From …

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Tocqueville Gold Strategy Fourth Quarter 2017 Investor Letter

By John Hathaway on January 3, 2018

Gold: Connecting the Dots Gold rose 11.63% in US dollar terms in 2017, an excellent year for the metal.  More important, it has been the top-performing asset since the dawn of radical monetary experimentation by world central banks in 2000 (better than equities, bonds, and other key commodities).  The US dollar, anointed “King Dollar” by …

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Reflections on the Past as Prologue

By Joseph Piropato on January 3, 2018

At the beginning of a New Year there is a tendency, particularly among Wall Street prognosticators, to review the recent past and extrapolate its trends into the near future. At this time twelve months ago  many were projecting a continuation of slow but steady growth for the economy, perhaps a little better than that due …

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Fortifications

By Kenneth E. Lee on December 1, 2017

San Antonio, Texas, was the site of a thirteen day siege of the Alamo Mission by Mexican troops in 1836. The men defending the Alamo fought for independence from Mexico. In the months prior to this siege, Texian (Texan) soldiers had successfully driven Mexican troops out of Texas, creating great hope and enthusiasm for the independence cause. Thus, the Battle of the Alamo was a shock: the few Texan combatants who surrendered on …

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