International Economic News
To the shock of many, the financial news reported this week that gold dealers in Iran are being executed by the government for hoarding gold, which authorities are claiming is detrimental to the country's broader financial health.
South Africa, once home to the world's top-producing gold mines, has seen a virtual collapse of the industry. New gold mining projects around the world are on the decline, as well.
The production of solar power has been increasing dramatically. Because silver is a key component of solar panels, this trend should lift silver demand.
A petition in Australia seeks to change the name of the country's currency, based on a joke appearing in a 1995 episode of The Simpsons.
The Royal Dutch Mint is honoring the 400th anniversary of the classic leeunwendaalder design with new silver and gold proof coins.
The Rand Refinery (South Africa) is expanding its bullion coin program to include one-ounce Silver Krugerrands and Proof Platinum Krugerrands.
An almost total breakdown in the electrical grid is causing scarce food supplies to spoil, making an unbearable life worse as the Venezuelan crisis deepens.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is using Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to commit more agents and resources to pursue overseas fraud cases.