Articles by Ryan Watkins, Op-Ed Contributor

Articles by Ryan Watkins, Op-Ed Contributor

The Great “Not a Recession” of 2022

The Great “Not a Recession” of 2022

August 2, 2022
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A traditional definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth. The U.S. suffered two consecutive quarters of negative growth.
Stocks Feel Sting as Consumer Spending Slows

Stocks Feel Sting as Consumer Spending Slows

July 27, 2022
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Did you know? Consumer spending makes up approximately 70% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product)
Understanding Inflation | How Precious Metals Can Help

Understanding Inflation

July 27, 2022
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The media uses many different terms for inflation. What's the difference? This article will briefly overview inflation and some of the different terms to describe it.
Will Higher Interest Rates Solve Inflation or Break the Economy?

Will Higher Interest Rates Solve Inflation or Break the Economy?

July 21, 2022
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The inflation data just came out at 9.1%, and wage growth isn't anywhere near inflation.
No More Paper Promises

No More Paper Promises

July 19, 2022
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Most advisors recommend bonds as people age. Traditionally, rebalancing into bonds has been considered a safe and conservative portfolio allocation.
Is BRICS a Threat to the Dollar?

Is BRICS a Threat to the Dollar?

July 13, 2022
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In 2021, the BRICS countries contributed 24.44T to the world economy, representing 24% of the total world GDP.
The Yen Continues to Fall. Is the System Solvent?

The Yen Continues to Fall. Is the System Solvent?

April 26, 2022
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Multiple issues for the Yen, but Russian energy supply chain challenges and raising U.S. Treasury rates are putting significant pressure on the G7 currency.
What Is Diversification and Why Is It Important?

What Is Diversification Within Precious Metals and Why Is It Important?

April 22, 2022
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Diversification is a time-tested strategy of investing in different assets to mitigate (reduce) risk. Some assets have less risk than others. Learn more here.
U.S. Mint Sells the Most Gold American Eagles Since 1999

U.S. Mint Sells the Most Gold American Eagles Since 1999

April 7, 2022
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The latest sales figures from the United States Mint show the highest Gold American Eagle sales in the last 23 years
Saudi Arabia Considers Accepting Chinese Yuan for Oil

Saudi Arabia Considers Accepting Chinese Yuan for Oil

March 21, 2022
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Saudi Arabia has been in negotiations with China about allowing China to buy oil with Chinese yuan instead of the U.S. dollar.