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If you ask me, ‘Ian, if you like to start investing in precious metals today, which of the two would you consider buying first? Is it gold or silver?’ My answer is silver. Why? Is it because it is cheaper than gold? Yes. But, it is not the main reason. Personally, I’ve learnt that silver has better investment qualities than gold today. Similar to gold, the investment potential of silver is assessed based on understanding the relationship between demand, supply and its prices. Thus, a good time to buy silverRead More
You may ask: – Is this a good time to buy gold? – Or, is this a good time to sell gold? – How do I assess the gold market today? For a start, I believe we must understand the relationship between demand, supply and prices of gold. They are interrelated. For instance, high demand and low supply of gold would lead to an increase in gold prices over the long-term. The opposite is true. It is just basic economics. Thus, a good time to buy is usually when: –Read More
In 2008, we had the Global Financial Crisis. Stocks tanked. Gold rose rapidly. It has ignited a global rush to get the yellow metal. This includes central banks, billionaires, and millions of individual investors worldwide. After all, gold is regarded as a safe haven against a plausible economic disaster in the near future. This rush has also caught up in Malaysia. New establishments sprung up to capitalize on the growing appetite of gold among the locals. Evidently, we have more choices of dealers and brokers of precious metals and haveRead More
Today, we are living in challenging times. Gone are the days when job security brings financial security. Millions realized that it now takes more than a fixed salary to get ahead financially. Thus, many begin to seek for investment opportunities to create additional sources of income and to build wealth. Regrettably, there is an emergence of con artists to deceive sincere investors of their capital. They appear in most, if not all, investment markets such as stocks, properties, private businesses, forex trading and gold. It is unfortunate that these opportunistsRead More

Posted On June 14, 2017By Ian TaiIn Featured Writers

Is Silver Undervalued?

Today, Warren Buffett is acclaimed to be one of the greatest investors in the world. He has inspired millions around the globe to adopt value investing as the core principle of investing. Many are profiting and have built long-lasting wealth investing in the stock market through this principle.   I’m included. Personally, beyond stocks, I believe value investing is a principle that is applicable to investing in all asset classes. This includes private businesses, properties and commodities. This is because, in general, value investing focuses on three things: Finding QualityRead More

Posted On May 5, 2017By Ian TaiIn Featured Writers

Positioned for Gold

To all Malaysians, This is unprecedented. We are experiencing the greatest wealth transfer the world has ever seen. Interestingly, would you believe, if I say, our country is situated right at the heartbeat where this epic shift of wealth is taking place? Malaysia? Yes. Am I kidding? Nope. Today, as I write, gold is flowing in our direction. It is heading our way. Yet, surprisingly, most of us are still not aware of it. Consequently, we are missing a golden opportunity to prosper as a nation as gold is slippingRead More
Hi, I’m Ian. I’m a Malaysian. And my mom is a Singaporean. Last week, we took a trip down to Singapore for Cheng Beng. It’s a Chinese Memorial Day where families get together to pay their respects to the deceased. To my knowledge, there is a ritual to ‘somewhat’ comfort the soul of the deceased. It includes joystick lightings, food offerings, burnings of countless of artificials such as notes, Rolex Watches, iPhones, Houses, BMWs, aeroplanes, and of course, Gold and Silver. It’s usually performed by Buddhists and Taoists practitioners. Personally,Read More

Posted On April 3, 2017By Mohd Faizal Mohd NorIn Featured Writers

Islamic banks; are we discussing the real issue?

This week alone, I came across a few articles and tutorial videos from prominent figures in our country. One side was arguing that the aqad of specific transactions practiced by most Islamic banks are prohibited or haram, while the other side is advocating the current practice of Islamic banking. Unfortunately, none of the scholars ever mentioned the problem lies with the banking system itself. In one of the tutorial videos I have watched, this famous scholar explained how banks (including Islamic banks) function as financial intermediaries to fill the gapRead More

Posted On March 31, 2017By Ahmed Razman Abdul LatiffIn Featured Writers

The Unnatural Nature of Fiat Money

Imagine if you are doing this experiment; walk along the mall’s corridor while holding a packet of rice and approach the first shop assistant you see. Take out a piece of RM10 from your wallet and ask him or her which one is money; the rice or the RM10 note? Most of the time there is a good chance that they will choose the note. Now, imagine if you are repeating this experiment with someone who lives in the rural area but in another country. This time the outcome mightRead More

Posted On March 14, 2017By Datin Dr Izlin IsmailIn Featured Writers

GOLD as a Safeguard to Wealth in Asia

Sir William Petty, an English economist, scientist and philosopher, who served under Oliver Cromwell, as well as King Charles II and King James II, narrated that gold as wealth “…all the times at all the places” (Petty, 1690) It is 1979 and Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, the hero of John Updike’s series of novels, is explaining to his wife why he has just spent more than $11,000 on 30 gold krugerrands… “The beauty of gold is, it loves bad news,” he says (Economist, 26th Feb 2009) The global financial crisis ofRead More