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Relationship between silver and gold prices historically

Can anyone tell me, or point me to documentation that shows the historic relationship between gold and silver prices? Or, better yet, can anyone point me to a source that shows monthly or weekly gold ...
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Buying gold / silver as a hedge against hyperinflation

I'm becoming more interested in buying gold / silver coins as a hedge against inflation and especially hyperinflation. I know very little about this, and there are thousands of sites on the internet ...
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Effect of home country inflation vs. resident country inflation on immigrant's assets?

Let's assume that there is an immigrant whose resident/host country is US which has low inflation while his home country has high inflation. The immigrant invests in his home country using his ...
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How do you model future income when doing long term planning?

One of the things I do that allows me to really get into investments, budgeting, saving money, is spreadsheeting it all out and forcasting the returns I might reap based on a given set of assumptions. ...
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Why is a Vanguard fund based on U.S. treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS) returning more than the rate of inflation?

VIPSX says it has returns of >= 5% over 5 years and almost 9% in the last year. It appears to be based on U.S. inflation-protected securities. However, U.S. treasuries are returning near zero, and ...
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Are short-term bond funds subject to the same risk as long-term bond funds?

So much in the news about inflation, and interest appreciation dooming long-term bond funds. Are short-term bond funds affected by the same risk? Does this make investing a portion of your portfolio ...
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Does high inflation help or hurt companies with huge cash reserves?

I've been told that high inflation rates lead to high cost of capital for businesses (in one of the answers here - High Leverage Inflation Hedges for Personal Investors). My question is: Consider a ...
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High Leverage Inflation Hedges for Personal Investors

I'm looking for an investment that will appreciate against inflation in the US Dollar. I want to be leveraged 10:1 or more. For the sake of argument, let's say I have only $10,000 to invest, which ...
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Should I stockpile nickels?

As the US dollar continues to be devauled the metal content value of US coins will eventually be worth more than the face value of the coins. There use to be silver in US coins but due to the ...
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Are you preparing for a possible dollar (USD) collapse? (How?)

After the last crisis it was easy for many to look back and say all the signs were there to indicate an impending crisis. Super-low interest rates from the FED, no down-payment loans, interest-only ...
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How can I protect my savings against inflation? [UK]

How can I ensure that my savings keep up with inflation, even after any tax due is taken off the returns?
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Is inflation a good or bad thing? Why do governments want some inflation?

Is inflation a good or bad thing? Why do governments want some inflation?
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Why do governments borrow money instead of printing it?

This question is raised in the movie Money as Debt (at time index 29:00). The answer that immediately pops to my head is "because printing money causes inflation". However, according to this movie, ...
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Is there any way to know how much new money the US is printing?

There is a lot of talk about the Fed printing money. Is there any way to know how much new money is being printed and when?
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How much is inflation?

I'm sure it's different every year (and may even differ by country?), but surely there must be a minimum increase salaried workers would have to earn in order to simply break-even, relative to the ...
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