Precious Metals Rising

This is the second week of the month. That means I am headed over to Westpoint, Tennessee on Thursday, May 14th, to join Franklin Sanders, his wife Susan, and their family for dinner at the Sanders homestead down the road from their Top of the World Farm.

Susan is a great cook and their meat is home raised and absolutely delicious. Wanting to do my bit, I try to hold my own by bringing great wine or some unique contribution to the table. Over the month, I travel into the suburbs of Memphis looking for special treats. This week, along with a bottle of Pinot Noir, I have two new favorites – Vidalia Onion Fig Sauce and Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Sorbet.

Needless to say, these are great dinners! A lively dinner discussion will be followed by our monthly precious metals update by bridge call for this week’s Solari Report.

I will start by covering recent news in Money & Markets and your latest questions in Ask Catherine. Then Franklin and I will address developments in the precious metals market and will review Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) – is the gold and silver really in inventory?  Following up on last week’s Derivatives 101: Engineering the Slow Burn, we will discuss derivatives that relate to precious metals. Finally, we will chew on your oft-asked question, “Where can I put my cash?”

In our Let’s Go To the Movies I will be drawing from a scene in Point of No Return to help explain the growing importance of skills at pretending that things are fine even when you know they are not and why it is important to be able to read others skills and have yours available in a pinch.

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  1. Catherine,
    Do you think this is going to affect our ability as the little guy to convert more dollars into GoldMoney’s digital gold? As you know the only way to transfer funds now is through an international wire transfer. I’m just wondering if you have any specific information.

  2. Catherine,
    I am curious as to you comments concerning Microsoft entering the corporate bond market.
    Is MSFT training to operate like a hedge fund leveraging what they can while it’s cheap?

    Microsoft Plans to Sell Debt in Inaugural Offering (Update3)

    By Gabrielle Coppola and Dina Bass

    May 11 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, plans to sell 5-, 10- and 30-year debt in its first bond offering, taking advantage of its top credit ratings to help fund a share buyback and technology investments.

    The sale, to be benchmark in size, may be completed as soon as today, according to a person familiar with the offering who declined to be identified because terms aren’t set. Benchmark size typically means at least $500 million

  3. Catherine,
    I am wanting safety above all and heard 3 month T bills are the safest place to hold cash for the next several months. I am having Fidelity roll over the 3 month bills. What do you think of this strategy?

  4. Catherine,
    My highest regards for your work, accomplishments and dedication in hlelping ordinary folks. In your recent publication you mention a topic “Where Can I Put My Cash.” A serious problem I’ve been trying to solve. Is their anyway you would answer that question for me? I’ts a matter of survival.

    Thanks for your time,

    All the best,


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