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Jon Clarke - 23 Nov 2020
Gold dipped under £1,400 for the first time since June, after a new vaccine reports up to 90% efficacy.
Jon Clarke - 20 Nov 2020
As Bitcoin continues on its ascent towards its 2017 record, supporters have dismissed claims of another speculative bubble, while others and as optimistic.
Jon Clarke - 18 Nov 2020
An upcoming vote on the Swiss Responsible Business Initiative (RBI) hopes to place responsibility of supply chains on to its multinationals.
Jon Clarke - 16 Nov 2020
According to some, the COVID pandemic has provided an opportunity to rebuild the economy in a more equitable way. Is a more centralised economy the way forward?
Lawrence Chard - 12 Nov 2020
There has been speculation that a reform to CGT is imminent, so we thought it would be an apt time to republish this 2006 article from taxfreegold.co.uk.
Jon Clarke - 12 Nov 2020
As a way of creating revenue to cover expenditures throughout the COVID lockdown, a government report has suggested that a CGT reform could make up the shortfall.
Jon Clarke - 10 Nov 2020
The “breakthrough” by Pfizer could potentially mean a vaccine is made available in the new year. News of the announcement caused huge swings in asset markets
Jon Clarke - 9 Nov 2020
Stock markets and precious metals have seen gradual increases as news that Joe Biden is set to be President-elect, while the dollar has dipped.
Jon Clarke - 6 Nov 2020
The World Gold Council took a look at the physical gold market in China. Their outlook sees chances for banks to benefit from a bullish gold price.
Jon Clarke - 5 Nov 2020
The refiner has lodged a complaint against NGO Swissaid after it refused to retract allegations that Valcambi were in a “dubious relationship" with a controversial dealer.
Corey McDowell - 4 Nov 2020
A large precious metals bullion dealer in the United States has been the target of a sophisticated hacking operation.
Jon Clarke - 4 Nov 2020
While many in the UK slept, the results for the most contentious election in recent history, came in, with only a handful of states left to call a winner.
Jon Clarke - 2 Nov 2020
Finance and precious metals commentator James Rickards has spoken out about the future of silver following the US election.
Jon Clarke - 30 Oct 2020
The Hubble Telescope has discovered what is believed to be an asteroid so valuable in metals, it could be worth about 10,000 times the global economy in 2019.
Jon Clarke - 28 Oct 2020
Stock and precious metal markets have sunk following growing fears of the rising Covid-19 cases throughout Europe.
The recent publication of the World Bank’s Commodity Markets Outlook report, provides in-depth market analysis and price forecasts for precious metals.
Jon Clarke - 27 Oct 2020
The new that PayPal is now accepting Bitcoin has driven prices over the £10,000 mark. However, the fine print does not seem as positive as some would make out.
Corey McDowell - 26 Oct 2020
The rise in gold, silver and palladium prices is well documented over the last 7 years, but one particular precious metal has been flying underneath the radar.
Jon Clarke - 26 Oct 2020
After charges of spoofing and a record-breaking fine, class action lawsuits are now being brought forward against the multinational bank.
Jon Clarke - 23 Oct 2020
More and more major banks have been making their predictions for precious metals based on the outcome of the U.S. election. Is there a silver, or even a gold lining?
The latest chapter in the Venezuelan gold case sees claims that self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido has failed to make payments ordered by the court.
Jon Clarke - 21 Oct 2020
The multinational bank has made the bold claim that silver will rise to $40/£30.56 within the next 12 months based on growing investment and industrial demand.
With the US election only weeks away, investors are considering the possible direction of precious metal prices following the results.
Jon Clarke - 20 Oct 2020
A recent report by the World Gold Council (WGC) gives an insight into the relationship between Russia and the precious metal.
The iconic trading floor known as “the Ring” closed in March of this year and is not set to reopen at least until early next year.
Jon Clarke - 16 Oct 2020
Gold and silver look to have new support from a controversial figure. That figure is none other than...
The first three quarters of 2020 have seen huge inflows into silver-backed Exchange Traded Products (ETPs), dwarfing a comparable period in the previous year.
With some financial traders found guilty of spoofing and one major bank receiving a record fine. Some doubt whether financial penalties will curb misbehaviour.
Jon Clarke - 15 Oct 2020
Gold lending is an unlikely consideration for many individuals, but it is an integral part of the wholesale gold market.
Jon Clarke - 13 Oct 2020
Stock markets and precious metals slipped throughout Tuesday afternoon as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) gave updates on their latest economic forecasts.
Talks of negative interest rates have taken another step as the UK banking sector are asked if they are prepared to deal with such a proposal.
Jon Clarke - 9 Oct 2020
With prices seemingly stuck in the proverbial mud, a look at the last 6 months shows a silver lining for an often-overshadowed asset.
Jon Clarke - 5 Oct 2020
After the High Court blocked Nicolas Maduro's claim to Venezuela's reserves held by the BofE, The Court of Appeal has overturned the ruling.
Wholesale supermarket, Costco, has begun selling gold and silver bullion, including a 500g gold bar for £24,549.99.
Corey McDowell - 29 Sep 2020
The Royal Mint has unveiled the new 2021 gold Britannia coins, with enhanced anti-counterfeit features to deter criminals.
Jon Clarke - 29 Sep 2020
FCA Chairman Charles Randall has called for further legislation as the lack of progress between the regulator and Google had become “deeply frustrating”.
Jon Clarke - 28 Sep 2020
Following the near-completion of the JP Morgan spoofing trial, 2 former Deutsche Bank AG traders have been convicted of similar charges by a Chicago jury.
Jon Clarke - 25 Sep 2020
Sources familiar with the case said the bank is in advanced talks to resolve market manipulation claims in regard to its metal futures and Treasury securities trading.
Jon Clarke - 24 Sep 2020
An internal report by the Bank found that they failed to act on warnings of an audio feed allowed traders to listen to press conferences ahead of time.
Jon Clarke - 23 Sep 2020
Metal markets took a hammering in recent days as US optimism boosted dollar demand. The pound also took a dip as new COVID restrictions take effect.
Corey McDowell - 21 Sep 2020
HSBC has been rocked by revelations in the FinCEN files that it allowed fraudsters to transfer millions of pounds around the globe.
Jon Clarke - 18 Sep 2020
Due to the drop in demand and the mountain of coins in storage, the Royal Mint will not produce 2p and £2 coins for the next 10 years.
The Bank of England had followed the Federal Reserve’s lead and held interest rates at near-zero, which led to an immediate dip in the pound.
Jon Clarke - 17 Sep 2020
As Fed critic and gold standard advocate, Judy Shelton is halted in her bid for a Board seat, Powell commits to hold rates at near-zero levels until 2023.
Jon Clarke - 15 Sep 2020
A High Court test case has determined that policyholders should receive payouts due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jon Clarke - 14 Sep 2020
One of the more unusual methods for measuring the purchasing power of a currency is known as the Big Mac Index. A more recent method compares Big Macs to gold.
Corey McDowell - 11 Sep 2020
Recently, an owner of a suspect 1887 double sovereign came to us and asked us to check if his coin was real. He had bought it from a coin dealer in Birmingham.
Jon Clarke - 9 Sep 2020
Eyes turn to the European Central Bank for an indication as to gold’s next move as investors seek to learn if the ECB will join the Federal Reserve in its inflation drive.
Adam Hopkin - 7 Sep 2020
Eight gold bars smuggled into Manchester Airport were sold at auction on behalf of HMRC for an impressive £780,000.
Jon Clarke - 7 Sep 2020
There is little doubting the success of e-commerce. That being said, online sales platforms are not without their pitfalls.
Jon Clarke - 4 Sep 2020
While many investors were fixed on gold, Thursday saw a large uptick in the Palladium price from a low of £1684.00 to 1791.63 by 4pm UK time.
Jon Clarke - 3 Sep 2020
While gold looks to return to its previous highs, analysts have noticed an increasing correlation with Bitcoin.
Jon Clarke - 1 Sep 2020
With ongoing protests in several major US cities and a category-4 hurricane inbound, gold regains some ground.
Jon Clarke - 25 Aug 2020
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is set for a major shake-up when tech giant Apple splits its shares 4-to-1, reducing the Dow’s exposure to the technology sector.
Adam Hopkin - 25 Aug 2020
Members of a voluntary youth group unearthed hundreds of gold coins that had remained undisturbed for over a thousand years.
Amy Billington - 24 Aug 2020
The Perth Mint have unveiled their 2021 bullion coin programme. Released over the next few months, the coins are a staple amongst the bullion world.
Corey McDowell - 21 Aug 2020
As investors continue to stock up on their gold holdings, we have been asked with increasing frequency, about the possibilities of gold confiscation.
Adam Hopkin - 21 Aug 2020
A pair of Australian gold diggers have uncovered two nuggets valued at £190,000, during a time when the yellow metal is seeing a surge in price.
Jon Clarke - 21 Aug 2020
An interesting week for gold with another with the metal taking another brief peek over the $2,000 mark and a long-time aurophobe now becoming a convert. What's next?
As we are about to launch our digital gold and silver brand DigitAul, it’s interesting to see that Amazon have launched a similar product in India? How do they compare?
Jon Clarke - 17 Aug 2020
Turks are rushing to buy gold as the new lira (TRY) drops to its lowest point on record in relation to the British pound and US dollar.
Corey McDowell - 17 Aug 2020
Bullion analysts were taken aback by news on Friday that the famous American business tycoon, Warren Buffett, has acquired shares in Barrick Gold.
Jon Clarke - 14 Aug 2020
The recent peace accord between Israel and the UAE has divided the Middle East as the country becomes only the third Arab nation to recognise the Jewish State.
Corey McDowell - 14 Aug 2020
The US dollar has depreciated against currencies such as the pound sterling, euro and Swiss franc. Could the dollar’s problems be the yuan’s opportunity?
Corey McDowell - 10 Aug 2020
The LBMA will still continue to accredit the Perth Mint, with a recent review finding that there was 'no significant wrongdoing' by the Mint.
Adam Hopkin - 5 Aug 2020
Hundreds of gold bars concealed within a Liechtenstein bank vault have been linked to the former nurse of Venezuela’s socialist reformatory leader, Hugo Chavez.
Jon Clarke - 4 Aug 2020
As gold smashes through the $2,000 threshold, it’s interesting to consider where it will go next. Is it just on the beginning of a big bull run?
Adam Hopkin - 4 Aug 2020
Luke Mahoney, a 40-year-old father of three, has travelled the world over the last decade in search of precious metals lurking just below his feet
Corey McDowell - 3 Aug 2020
Major banks in the People’s Republic of China have taken measures to limit customers from trading in precious metals.
Adam Hopkin - 31 Jul 2020
Following months of aggressive monetary stimulus, “unlimited” Quantitative Easing and the lowest interest rates seen in recent years, the expectations ahead prior to the head
Jon Clarke - 31 Jul 2020
Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, has warned that another swell of COVID-19 infections could impact the US economy further.
Corey McDowell - 29 Jul 2020
Two of the world’s biggest banks, HSBC and JPMorgan, have suspended gold purchases from the Perth Mint.
Adam Hopkin - 27 Jul 2020
Chards Coin & Bullion Dealer Takes On The Silver Stacking Community With 25,000 oz Of The Precious Metal. All Silver Bullion Coins & Bars Displayed In The Silver Stacking...
Corey McDowell - 27 Jul 2020
Gold has finally breached the $1,900 mark, hitting a record $1,944 (£1,510) per troy ounce by 12 noon BST.
Not many people would think gold and silver would be appealing towards younger investors, but research shows millennials are bulking this trend.
Corey McDowell - 23 Jul 2020
It’s been a stellar week for precious metals so far, with gold smashing through record prices in pounds sterling and silver breaking through the £18 mark.
Corey McDowell - 20 Jul 2020
According to the investment bank Citigroup, gold is in line to break the all-time high price records set in 2011. Silver is also expected to rise in price.
Faith in the Chinese banking system is eroding again during the coronavirus outbreak, amplified by rumours circulating on social media.
Corey McDowell - 17 Jul 2020
As the demand for gold rises, mines and refineries are coming under increased scrutiny amid concerns that the precious metal is not being sourced ethically.
Corey McDowell - 14 Jul 2020
Whilst there has been plenty of attention on the record inflow into gold ETFs this year, the situation surrounding silver ETFs has glossed over most analysts.
Corey McDowell - 10 Jul 2020
According to the credit rating agency S&P, the world’s banks are preparing to write off over $2 trillion in the next 2 years as a result of defaults on loans.
Corey McDowell - 9 Jul 2020
With the Chancellor’s stimulus package designed to stimulate consumer spending, it is worthwhile to speculate how gold will fare the coming months and years.
Corey McDowell - 6 Jul 2020
A massive scandal has emerged in China, concerning the issue of fake gold bars as collateral against loans totalling approximately $2.8 billion.
Corey McDowell - 3 Jul 2020
The WGC expects demand for gold from the world’s central banks to hold steady for this year.
The High Court in London has ruled against the Venezuelan Central Bank (BCV) in its attempt to access £800 million worth of gold held by the Bank of England.
Corey McDowell - 29 Jun 2020
Around half of businesses in the UK have cut back on investment spending and are planning to cut jobs when the furlough scheme ends.
Corey McDowell - 25 Jun 2020
The IMF has warned that markets have ‘decoupled’ from economic fundamentals, leaving global stock markets dangerously overvalued.
On Wednesday, gold crept up to a high of $1,779.40 per troy ounce, which is the highest US dollar price for the precious metal since October 2012.
Corey McDowell - 22 Jun 2020
The American multinational investment bank Goldman Sachs has re-evaluated its gold price forecasts over the next 12 months.
The recent expansion of the US Fed’s balance sheet has not gone unnoticed in the People Republic of China, where it has irked some prominent officials.
In news which will come as a complete non-surprise to many, the United Kingdom’s public debt has officially gone over 100% for the first time since 1963.
Corey McDowell - 15 Jun 2020
A report by Fitch Solutions has forecasted that global gold mine production is expected to rebound strongly, averaging 2.5% growth up to 2029.
Corey McDowell - 12 Jun 2020
The chairman of the Fed has warned that the US faces a ‘long road’ to economic recovery, stating it will offer support for ‘as long as it takes’.
Official figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that the British economy has shrunk by an eye-watering 20.4%.
Corey McDowell - 9 Jun 2020
The first five months of 2020 have seen demand for gold and silver bullion rise as much as six times, with several prominent mints reporting bumper sales.
Corey McDowell - 8 Jun 2020
According to the WGC, all gold-backed ETFs added 154 metric tons in May (+4.3%), which means global holdings are at an all-time high of 3,510 metric tons.
Corey McDowell - 5 Jun 2020
The gold price has taken a blow after unexpected news from the US labour market. Figures released today show unemployment in America fell to 13.3%.
Corey McDowell - 1 Jun 2020
According to projections from the Office for Budget Responsibly (OBR), the UK is set to officially tip over the £2 trillion mark for the first time.
Evidence has emerged that a proportion of SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) gold inflows don’t actually belong to the fund. What’s really going on here?
Corey McDowell - 29 May 2020
Initial fears that the physical gold market would dry up have not played out and precious metals have continued to flow within the market.
Adam Hopkin - 26 May 2020
In an attempt to subdue the incredible strain coronavirus has had on the Italian economy, the nation’s treasury has reportedly raised €22.3bn through its BTP Bond.
Corey McDowell - 26 May 2020
The Bank of England is being sued in the High Court by the Venezuelan government for failing to release the country’s gold holdings in the Bank’s vaults.
Two boys in France have made an amazing discovery of two gold bullion bars, potentially worth up to €100,000 (£80,000).
Adam Hopkin - 19 May 2020
Most other bullion dealers had closed their doors during the covid-19 crisis, gold and silver coins and bars can still be purchased online with Chards.
Adam Hopkin - 18 May 2020
COVID19 fears are fuelling a spike in the gold price, which has broken more all-time records this afternoon.
Corey McDowell - 18 May 2020
The World Gold Council (WGC) has published a forecast on how they think gold will fare in the coming months ahead.
The chief economist at the Bank of England, Andrew Haldane, has suggested that negative interest rates could be used to stimulate the UK economy.
Corey McDowell - 11 May 2020
Over 50 days have now passed since Al ‘Boris’ Johnson placed the United Kingdom into lockdown. We look at how precious metals have changed in this time.
The worldwide COVID-19 crisis has shone a light on an area usually overlooked in the bullion industry: the logistics of moving gold across the world.
Corey McDowell - 6 May 2020
Formal restrictions on the possession of gold bullion were enacted in the United Kingdom in 1966 under the then Labour government.
Victoria Toothill - 1 May 2020
Who would have thought when Colonel Thomas Moore first appeared in local news on the 7th April that by the end of the month, he would be a national hero?
Corey McDowell - 1 May 2020
On 1st May 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt's order which placed restrictions on US citizens owning gold came into force.
Lawrence Chard - 1 May 2020
In 1933, the USA banned its citizens from continuing to own gold with limited exceptions. Could it happen again?
Corey McDowell - 28 Apr 2020
There have been calls from the head of the Shanghai Gold Exchange for a new ‘super-sovereign currency’. How does gold fit in?
Corey McDowell - 20 Apr 2020
By popular demand we have made the photographs of our recent delivery available for download at high-resolution desktop backgrounds!
Ian Davis - 15 Apr 2020
Here you will find details of when we received information from our wholesale suppliers and took delivery of bullion items.
Victoria Toothill - 15 Apr 2020
Your favourite Marvel heroes and villains are available to collect in the form of 1oz silver coins from the island nation of Tuvalu.
Lawrence Chard - 31 Mar 2020
Since the UK entered panic mode over the Coronavirus crisis, every bullion dealer in the UK has experience hugely increased demand.
Ian Davis - 30 Mar 2020
Our bullion manager gives some insight into what's been happening with shipments in bullion markets over the last fortnight.
Here are some of the questions Chards has been asked around how we are operating in the lock-down.
Corey McDowell - 25 Mar 2020
The record palladium price was set on 28th February 2020 at £2232.55 per ounce, capping off an astonishing bull run which lasted nearly 6 months.
Corey McDowell - 24 Mar 2020
We have seen huge fluctuations in precious metals, including new records for gold priced in Sterling and a collapse in the price of silver.
Ian Davis - 16 Mar 2020
Our operational update in regard to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We include supply updates and market news on this page to keep customers up to date.
Corey McDowell - 16 Mar 2020
Market Turmoil continues despite interventions by central banks, with trading temporarily suspended again in the US S&P 500.
Corey McDowell - 13 Mar 2020
Some markets analysts and investors have been taken aback by the weakening of precious metals against fiat currencies over the last fortnight.
Corey McDowell - 9 Mar 2020
A disagreement between Russia and Saudi Arabia has sparked an aggressive price war in the oil industry and caused panic in global markets.
Corey McDowell - 7 Mar 2020
The scale of the coronavirus crisis is beginning to be appreciated with stock exchanges suffering their biggest crash since 2008.
Corey McDowell - 6 Mar 2020
US policymakers began intervening in money markets again when a shortage of reserves in banks led to a spike in short-term borrowing rates.
Corey McDowell - 2 Mar 2020
The heads of central banks around the world have pledged to intervene in markets to shore up losses brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.
Corey McDowell - 27 Feb 2020
10-year United States Treasury bond yields have dipped to an all-time low of 0.68%. Might it be time to get hold of gold and silver?
Emily Phelps - 27 Feb 2020
Coin manufacturers have already been busy issuing scores of commemorative coins, fresh entries into the Lunar Series and classic gold Sovereigns.
The British government has threatened to walk away from trade talks with the European Union in June if sufficient progress is not made.
Corey McDowell - 24 Feb 2020
Gold, alongside other precious metals, has seen a spike in price levels over the last week which has broken more all-time price records.
Corey McDowell - 21 Feb 2020
There has been infighting between European leaders over the issue of budget contributions to the EU.
Corey McDowell - 20 Feb 2020
A German court has found three men guilty of the theft of the 100kg Big Maple Leaf gold coin from the Bode Museum in Berlin in March 2017.
Corey McDowell - 17 Feb 2020
Gold has recorded a record price denominated in euros, with a high of €1,479.20 per troy ounce observed on the 18th February!
Corey McDowell - 13 Feb 2020
The US Fed Chairman Jerome Powell addressed Congressional committees and updated politicians on the current state of the US economy.
Corey McDowell - 12 Feb 2020
An offensive in the Idlib province by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has European leaders worried.
Corey McDowell - 10 Feb 2020
The Fed is considering changing the way it measures inflation fundamentally.
Lawrence Chard - 6 Feb 2020
We have known for years that the first 2 or 3 results in most Google searches are paid adverts, and some people do not realise this.
Corey McDowell - 6 Feb 2020
The multinational investment bank JPMorgan Chase has been accused of price manipulation in precious metals markets. Has gold been affected?
Corey McDowell - 3 Feb 2020
The coronavirus crisis in the People’s Republic of China has caused a panic in Chinese stock markets, forcing the central bank to intervene.
Corey McDowell - 31 Jan 2020
The outgoing governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, signed off his last MPC meeting by pouring cold water on future growth expectations.
Corey McDowell - 27 Jan 2020
Low interest rates are the norm for central banks, and there are winners and losers. Who wins, and who loses?
The Brexit Silver 50p and Gold Sovereign coins will be released on the 31st January 2020. We offer them cheaper than the Royal Mint's RRP!
Corey McDowell - 24 Jan 2020
The new governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, has highlighted that investors in the UK are dangerously unprepared for any downturn in the economy.
Corey McDowell - 23 Jan 2020
For only the second time in its history, The ECB has launched a comprehensive review of its monetary policy for the future.
Corey McDowell - 20 Jan 2020
According to Bridgewater Associates, actions by central banks could make the possibility of $2,000 an ounce gold more likely in 2020.
Corey McDowell - 17 Jan 2020
An extremely rare sovereign depicting Edward VIII has sold for a British-record £1 million, surpassing the previous record by nearly half a million pounds.
As expected, there has been a thaw in the trade war between the USA and the China with the signing of the “Phase One” deal last Wednesday.
Corey McDowell - 13 Jan 2020
Gold-backed exchange traded funds (ETFs) reached all-time highs in 2019, growing on average around 14% worldwide.
The Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, has inferred that further interest rate cuts could be necessary to stimulate growth in the British economy.
Corey McDowell - 10 Jan 2020
The New President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has warned the UK it will find it extremely difficult to negotiate a trade deal with the EU.
Corey McDowell - 6 Jan 2020
Just before Christmas, the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, announced that Andrew Bailey will succeed Mark Carney as the Governor of the Bank of England.
Recent events in Iraq have spooked markets around the world and fuelled fears of a direct military confrontation between the United States and Iran.
Corey McDowell - 3 Jan 2020
Gold has had a successful 2019 and further cemented its reputation as a safe haven asset, recording a positive price change of 11.61% in Pounds Sterling.
Adam Hopkin - 24 Dec 2019
Since our inception as R and L Coins back in 1964 we have acted as a free source of guidance and information for those both new and well acquainted with coin collecting...
Corey McDowell - 16 Dec 2019
The Palladium rush shows no sign of stopping with more all-time high prices being recorded. Prices recently hit $2,580.50 / £1,987.40 per ounce!
Corey McDowell - 13 Dec 2019
Christine Lagarde has chaired her first meeting of the European Central Bank’s Governing Council and, as expected, has held the deposit rate steady at -0.5%.
The pre-elections polls were proved correct as the Conservatives secured a landslide majority. Sterling climbed to a 19-month high against the US dollar.
Corey McDowell - 9 Dec 2019
The Swiss-based Bank of International Settlements (BIS) has warned against bullish behaviour in global financial markets in their latest quarterly review.
Corey McDowell - 7 Dec 2019
Forecasts of an oversupply in the global oil market has prompted OPEC to agree to a further cut in the production of crude oil. Where does this leave gold?
Markets and traders are showing increasing confidence in sterling as it strengthens against the US dollar, the euro, gold and silver.
Corey McDowell - 2 Dec 2019
The general election roadshow continues on but plenty of controversy is sticking like mud to the main political parties.
Corey McDowell - 29 Nov 2019
An outgoing executive board member of the European Central Bank has opened the door towards a eurozone electronic currency.
We explore the basic factors which affect the price of gold.
Amy Billington - 26 Nov 2019
It's that time of year again! Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for your nearest and dearest - or even a treat for yourself - we've picked out the best options to ma
Corey McDowell - 25 Nov 2019
The well-publicised events in Hong Kong have led to a deterioration in the prospects of a Sino-American trade deal being signed.
Corey McDowell - 22 Nov 2019
We expect to see in January the release of the 2020 Royal Mint Bullion Sovereigns.
Researching around for the ideal gold investment can be time consuming and daunting for new investors, so we created a concise beginner's guide.
Corey McDowell - 18 Nov 2019
With just over three weeks until polling day, the main political parties are scrambling over each other with fresh promises on spending increases.
Corey McDowell - 15 Nov 2019
Germany, the most powerful economy in the European Union, has defied expectations and avoided entering a recession according to the latest figures.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released the latest official CPI figures for inflation levels in Britain.
Corey McDowell - 11 Nov 2019
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of England has voted by a 7-2 majority to hold its base interest rate at 0.75%.
Corey McDowell - 7 Nov 2019
The International Monetary Fund has published its latest World Economic Outlook report which warns of a downturn in global economic growth.
The Finance Minister of Germany, Olaf Scholz, has added momentum to the idea of greater fiscal union between eurozone countries.
Amy Billington - 6 Nov 2019
The Royal Mint are celebrating 30 years since we welcomed Wallace and Gromit into our lives with A Grand Day Out. This cracking duo will be making their first appearance on si
Corey McDowell - 4 Nov 2019
The United States Treasury announced very quietly recently that US gross national debt is now over $23 trillion.
Corey McDowell - 2 Nov 2019
The WTO has given the People’s Republic of China permission to impose trade tariffs to the value of nearly $3.6 billion on the United States.
The United States Federal Reserve has cut interest rates for the third time in 2019 with the intention that this new rate will be maintained for the foreseeable future.
Corey McDowell - 31 Oct 2019
The bumper year for palladium shows no sign of stopping with another record high price level of $1824.50 per troy ounce, an increase of 42.8%.
Corey McDowell - 28 Oct 2019
The European Council President Donald Tusk announced the European Union has agreed to a delay to UK withdrawal from the EU to the 31st January 2020.
Corey McDowell - 25 Oct 2019
Public sector debt levels in Britain are still rising as the government commits to “ending austerity”.
Corey McDowell - 21 Oct 2019
The Pound Sterling continued its revival despite all the twists and turns of recent political events.
Corey McDowell - 18 Oct 2019
Money is constantly evolving. Terms like “cryptocurrency”, “e-cash” and “digital currency” are now part of regular discourse in current affairs. But what are they?
The IMF has reiterated that the levels of corporate debt are unsustainable which could exacerbate another global financial crisis.
Emily Phelps - 15 Oct 2019
The latest collectable coin from The Royal Mint commemorates 20 years of The Gruffalo.
Corey McDowell - 14 Oct 2019
Pressure is growing on Prime Minister Alexander “Boris” Johnson to give more ground in order to secure a deal with the European Union.
The American President, Donald Trump, is coming under increasing pressure to act over Turkey’s recent offensive into Northern Syria.
Corey McDowell - 9 Oct 2019
Central Banks around the world continue to buy up gold at unprecedented rates - we examine the implications of this.
Lawrence Chard - 9 Oct 2019
The official Brexit fifty pence coin is finally set to be released on 31st October 2019. Her Majesty’s Treasury and the Privy Council gave the official go-ahead....
Corey McDowell - 7 Oct 2019
A massive issue for Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is repo rates between American banks: these rates have hit levels not seen since 2008.
Time is running out for the Prime Minister Alexander “Boris” Johnson to get his proposed EU withdrawal deal approved by European leaders and the UK Parliament.
Lawrence Chard - 4 Oct 2019
With 2020 fast approaching we thought we'd have a look at some of the coins you might find in your change next year.
Adam Hopkin - 1 Oct 2019
Established in 1964 Chards gold and bullion dealers of Blackpool value of your gold, silver and other precious metals, helping you buy/sell coins bars or scrap.
Corey McDowell - 1 Oct 2019
There is a certain amount of unease around the European Central Bank’s (ECB) decision to accelerate quantitative easing and cut interest rates on deposits.
The Prime Minister Alexander “Boris” Johnson has had a fortnight to forget...
Corey McDowell - 26 Sep 2019
A quick primer on the choice between precious metals and cryptocurrency, looking at gold and bitcoin in particular.
Corey McDowell - 25 Sep 2019
Mark Zuckerberg unveiled his new “Libra” cryptocurrency, backed by a basket of traditional reserve currencies. Should we be worried?
Amy Billington - 2 Sep 2019
It's that time of year again! The 2020 Perth Mint bullion coins have been unveiled, and we have to say, we're very impressed with this year's designs!
Corey McDowell - 30 Aug 2019
Amid all the noise from markets and the press Mark Carney the BoE governor, quietly delivered a rather interesting speech...
Ian Davis - 23 Aug 2019
It is with regret that we can no longer offer a foreign exchange walk in service to the public unless certain criteria are met.
Ian Davis - 22 Aug 2019
Gold hit a new sterling intra-day high of £1271.05 yesterday, before dropping some 2.91% when the US announced a delay to their trade tariffs on some Chinese goods.
Ian Davis - 2 Aug 2019
With gold prices topping all time highs would you buy or sell?
Ian Davis - 30 Jul 2019
Gold reaches a new price high in pounds sterling, beating the price of £1078 set back in 2011.
Ian Davis - 24 Jul 2019
The lowest sterling gold price of recent times was £712.03 set in December 2015 following a correction or bearish market after 2011....
The all-time high price for silver was hit on 18th January 1980 at $49.45 (£21.65) per troy ounce fuelled by Nelson Bunker Hunt's cornering of the market.
Ian Davis - 23 Jul 2019
Tuesday morning brought to a conclusion the Conservative Leadership race, with Boris Johnson comfortably defeating Jeremy Hunt in the ballot of Tory party members
Corey McDowell - 23 Jul 2019
See the history of gold price records from the 1830s through to the present day.
Ian Davis - 22 Jul 2019
Gold price rockets up beyond £1150 per ounce amidst ongoing trade and war tensions.
Juliana Chard - 19 Jul 2019
Paddington Bear is back with two new fifty pence coins! The coins in the 2019 Paddington Bear Series show the famous bear at two iconic British landmarks...
Ian Davis - 16 Jul 2019
Sterling sufferred a set back following an increase risk of a disorderly and damaging Brexit outcome and gold has its sights set on £1140!
Ian Davis - 10 Jul 2019
Jay Powell, Federal Reserve Chief today warned of a slowdown to the US economy, on the back of foreign economies already experiencing reductions in growth.
Ian Davis - 18 Jun 2019
The looming US interest rate cuts are expected to lead to a further rise in gold prices, experts have announced.
Ian Davis - 13 Jun 2019
Whilst Western central banks dumped their gold reserves 20 years ago, the central banks of emerging nations have been purchasing gold at rates not seen in over 50 years.
A deal was struck to curb migration, bringing an end to President Trump’s threat to impose widescale tariffs on Mexican imports. The deal followed several tense days of negoti
Ian Davis - 23 May 2019
Wednesday began with a muted response in the markets to the dispute, as reports broke of possible further restrictions on other Chinese technology companies
Despite the ongoing trade war and Trump’s war mongering tweets against Iran, gold has been pushed to a 2 week low against the dollar
The new definitive weight of one kilogram has been announced and came in to immediate force on Monday May 20th, a momentous change within the scientific community.
Ian Davis - 22 May 2019
US foreign policy is becoming more and more aggressive right across the globe in part to the risk that the dollar loses top seat as the world currency reserve.
A growing wave of populism enters the EU elections with anti-EU sentiment at an all time high.
Ian Davis - 21 May 2019
The cold trade war gains more momentum as China retaliates imposing 25% tariffs on $60bn of US imports
Ian Davis - 16 Apr 2019
It has been well reported that the Chinese economy has been sluggish and experiencing a slowdown as we entered 2019.
Recent minutes from the Fed indicate that future policy should not to be assumed linear and that dovish or hawkish shifts are both still on the table.
Any downturn in the global economy is likely to be made worse by high levels of corporate debt.
Mario Draghi of the ECB recently announced a round of fresh low interest loans to banks in the EU but there has been very limited take up.
Rochelle Garrad - 12 Apr 2019
Did you hear about the one where Judy Murray went into a shop in London? She tried to pay for Doughnuts with a Scottish note and the cashier refused to accept payment.
Ian Davis - 26 Mar 2019
Russia has applied a ban on palladium exports between May until November adding to the existing supply issues of the precious metal.
On 22nd March the this spread inverted for the first time to minus 1 basis point which could indicate a looming recession timed nicely to the halt of further FED interest ra
“One of last year’s best-performing hedge funds says the “trade of the century” is to buy gold and sell stocks as risk assets are due for another meltdown. “
UK Inflation Rises to 1.9% up from 1.8% in January and above expectations which were set at a steady 1.8%.
The BoE and FED keep interest rates at 0.75 and 2.25% respectively.....
Ian Davis - 15 Mar 2019
Following the announcement by Theresa May to put no-deal to a vote in Parliament the pound rallied to a 9-month high of just over $1.33 .....
The recent injection of cheap loans by the European Central Bank has pushed the dollar to a 21 month high.
Growth in Q4 2018 contracted by 2.4% and in Q3 2018 by 1.6% creating an economic landscape not seen since 2008 and the first recession in a decade for Ergdogan
US Corporate debt has swollen by 260% from June 2007.....
China added 32 tonnes to its holdings, continuing the buying streak by central banks.
Ian Davis - 11 Mar 2019
Barrick currently have a $18 billion all stock offer for Newmont on the table which would combine two of the worlds largest gold mining companies.
Ian Davis - 8 Mar 2019
Investors are feeling optimism that no-deal could be voted off the table leading to the biggest sell off for UK bonds since September 2017.
Confirmed slowdown in trade came as China released its export data proving a 21% drop in exports and a 5.1% decrease in imports.
The European Central Bank announces a fresh round of stimulus packages which essentially amounts to giving cash stripped EU governments extra liquidity...
Germany and Italy come under attack from the recent downgrade in economic activity announced by the OECD
Gold is currently trading under £1000 per ounce but how long will this last for.....we discuss why geo-political events might change this.
Ian Davis - 26 Feb 2019
Experts and critics claimed Palladium was already in a bubble when its price was still below $1000 per ounce.....now its over $1400
Gold continues to roar upwards hitting a recent high of £1032.89 up some 8.25% over the past 6 months and $1346.70 which is the highest level since April 2018
The IMF steps in to help Ecuador and its struggling economy....
Ian Davis - 16 Feb 2019
Will Italy follow the UK and sell central bank gold in the name of public spending?
The Dollar index (DXY), which is an index of the USD against a weighted number of other currencies, reached a 2019 high, peaking at 97.13 on 13th February.
Round 2 of the Sino–American trade talks begin and markets respond positively to what has been a long drawn out process
To kick off the week the UK missed December’s GDP forecasts pushing the pound weaker to $1.2860 (0.7%).
Ian Davis - 8 Feb 2019
There is a potential for a run on gold in 2019 as institutional investors have been piling in for months via physical and ETF purchases....
The federal reserve keeps rates at 2.5% and the BofE keeps our current rate at 0.75%.....
Ian Davis - 25 Jan 2019
Brexit and the ongoing political fall out has a direct effect on sterling and business confidence. Gold price often responds accordingly......
January 2019 - Gold hits the highest price within a 12 month period! Will the bull run continue.........we hope so!
January 2019 has seen the highest ever palladium price even higher than that of gold!
Ian Davis - 10 Jan 2019
The Chards February Sale starts on Monday 4th February 2019, at 10am. We’ll be offering some amazing savings on bullion and commemorative products.
Politco-economic coverage and events stimulating and stifling gold and silver prices.
Ian Davis - 5 Dec 2018
A summary of key events that influence gold and silver price......
Ian Davis - 21 Nov 2018
Key events shaping the price of these precious metals....
Ian Davis - 31 Oct 2018
A brief outline of our thoughts on Phillip Hammond's Autumn Budget.
Ian Davis - 15 Oct 2018
The 2019 Perth Mint bullion coin designs were unveiled on 3rd September, and with them came a brand new obverse portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
Ian Davis - 28 Sep 2018
Trump is threatening to impose a further $200 billion worth of tariffs to Chinese imports and it would appear that the US is "winning" if we use the Chinese stock market as an
Ian Davis - 26 Sep 2018
Ian Davis - 4 Sep 2018
We summarise key political and economic events that have influenced gold and silver prices over this quarter.
Ian Davis - 31 Aug 2018
We take a look at recent events that influenced gold and silver prices...
Lawrence Chard - 13 Aug 2018
Our first annual bonanza where we offer our excess stocks at amazing prices and premiums. Includes bullion coins, proof sets, medallions and much much more!
Ian Davis - 31 Jul 2018
Which politico-economic events shaped gold and silver price this month....
Lawrence Chard - 6 Jul 2018
Our current best deals on our website with low premium gold and silver products
Ian Davis - 30 Jun 2018
We take a look at the main events to influence gold and silver prices this month.
Ian Davis - 28 Jun 2018
We take a look at what happened to gold in Q2 2018
Lawrence Chard - 22 Jun 2018
Chards is giving you a chance to invest in collector coins at bullion prices. Click to find out which gold proof coins we have on offer at 1.75-3% premium.
Lawrence Chard - 15 Jun 2018
Introducing the 2018 Paddington Bear fifty pence coins.
Ian Davis - 15 Jun 2018
Discover more about the man behind the UK's Bullion Dealer of the Year and meet the team.
Lawrence Chard - 4 Jun 2018
Our current best deals on our website with low premium gold and silver products.
Lawrence Chard - 2 Jun 2018
What would happen if we become a cashless society? Are you ready?
Lawrence Chard - 24 May 2018
Discover more about the UK Gold Coin Bullion Market since 1964. Chards have been in business for over 55 years!
Lawrence Chard - 30 Apr 2018
Lawrence Chard - 12 Mar 2018
Against all odds, Blackpool business, Chard, have secured their fourth title as the UK's Bullion Dealer of the Year!
Lawrence Chard - 21 Feb 2018
Could Chard of Blackpool do the impossible and win the 2018 UK Bullion Dealer of the Year award for the fourth time running?
Lawrence Chard - 19 Feb 2018
Introducing the latest Beatrix Potter fifty pence coins in the series. The tale continues in 2018 with four new coin designs.
Lawrence Chard - 16 Feb 2018
New for 2018! The iconic Blackpool Tower will feature on a £5 crown in 2018!
Ian Davis - 8 Dec 2017
As Theresa May strikes a deal with the EU and the first step of the Brexit negotiations are agreed. We take a look at how this has effected the live prices of gold and silver.
Lawrence Chard - 23 Oct 2017
When we heard the announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement, our first thought was whether there would be a new coin to mark the occasion?
Lawrence Chard - 10 Sep 2017
New! The 2018 Year of the Dog coin from The Royal Mint is the latest in the British lunar series – the Shēngxiào Collection.
Lawrence Chard - 2 Sep 2017
Every year The Royal Mint produce coins to commemorate historic and current events. These coins often feature in the annual coin sets and then are released individually later.
Ian Davis - 29 Aug 2017
The 2018 Australian Lunar Year of the Dog designs have been unveiled and we're sure that you are going to love them! Read about the new designs...
Ian Davis - 28 Aug 2017
Discover the latest designs and release dates for the Perth Mint's 2018 Australian Bullion Programme in our blog.
Juliana Chard - 23 Aug 2017
Every year we take a look at which special events and anniversaries may be marked with a commemorative coin in the next year. Have we missed any out?
Juliana Chard - 5 Aug 2017
Could this rare £2 error coin be the most exciting find this decade? Check your coins to see if you have a similar error coin.
Lawrence Chard - 27 Jul 2017
Harrowside Bridge has been closed due to a structural emergency. However, there's no need to worry, you can still drive to the showroom...
Lawrence Chard - 11 Jul 2017
Register your interest in the new 2017 Prince Philip £5 coin to be released this summer.
Juliana Chard - 2 Jul 2017
The 2017 Aviation £2 is the fourth coin in a five year series to commemorate the First World War, from the outbreak of war to the armistice.
Juliana Chard - 1 Jul 2017
2017 marks the 200th anniversary since the death of one of the UK’s most famous authors, Jane Austen.
Lawrence Chard - 10 Jun 2017
With the 2017 General Election over, we take a look at how the results will affect gold and sterling.
Lawrence Chard - 28 Apr 2017
We take a look at Trump's first 100 days in office; his achievements, failures and how it has affected gold, silver and sterling.
Lawrence Chard - 22 Apr 2017
Introducing the 100th Anniversary of the House of Windsor Crown.
Lawrence Chard - 12 Apr 2017
Introducing new Beatrix Potter characters on the 2017 fifty pence coins.
Lawrence Chard - 2 Apr 2017
Peter Rabbit Is Back Again for 2017! This naughty little bunny makes a second appearance on the fifty pence coin.
Lawrence Chard - 31 Mar 2017
It wasn't easy, but we've cracked the secret code of the world's most secure coin, the new 12 sided £1 coin. Published on 1 April 2017!
Lawrence Chard - 30 Mar 2017
Are you wondering why they made 2016 12 sided £1 coins? Here are some of the answers
Juliana Chard - 29 Mar 2017
As you may be aware the twelve sided one pound coin entered circulation yesterday – we knew that this would pique the media’s interest...
Lawrence Chard - 5 Mar 2017
Chard are voted the 2017 UK Bullion Dealer of the Year! Blackpool Coin & Bullion Dealer wins the hat-trick!
Ian Davis - 21 Feb 2017
Chard are in the final of the 2017 Bullion Dealer of the Year competition. We're reaching out to you - we need your help, and your vote.
Lawrence Chard - 27 Jan 2017
Find out everything you wanted to know about the new 2017 £1 coin.
Ian Davis - 22 Jan 2017
Celebrate the 2017 Chinese New Year with Year of the Rooster Lunar Coins.
Lawrence Chard - 16 Jan 2017
As President Trump is sworn into office, we take a look at his policies and the effect they could have on precious metals. Published - January 2017.
Lawrence Chard - 4 Jan 2017
Vote for Chard to become the UK Bullion Dealer of the Year 2017. Published - January 2016
Lawrence Chard - 31 Dec 2016
Coins are a lasting gift for those special occasions that will be celebrated in 2017. Published - January 2016
Juliana Chard - 27 Dec 2016
The Last Round Pound was issued in 2016. We say goodbye to this popular coin and welcome the new design set for circulation in 2017.
Ian Davis - 26 Dec 2016
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Lawrence Chard - 14 Dec 2016
We have experienced first-hand many changes in the gold and silver bullion markets in the United Kingdom, find out more here.
Ian Davis - 9 Nov 2016
Trump has been elected President of the USA. Find out what this means for Gold. Published - November 2016.
Juliana Chard - 29 Oct 2016
Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is celebrated by Hindus based all over the world. Published - October 2016.
Juliana Chard - 17 Oct 2016
Every year we await the release of the Chinese Lunar Calendar coins with baited breath. Find out more about this year's coins. Published - October 2016.
Lawrence Chard - 29 Sep 2016
We love guessing which anniversaries and events will be commemorated next year. Read our blog and see if you think we've missed any out. Published - October 2016.
Ian Davis - 27 Aug 2016
The Australian bullion menagerie is growing! Find out more about the 2017 Australian Gold & Silver Bullion Launch. Published - August 2016.
Lawrence Chard - 30 Jun 2016
This year, for the first time ever, Chard was represented by a two-woman team at The Berlin World Money Fair. Published - June 2016.
Lawrence Chard - 29 Jun 2016
The news has been awash this week with the possibility, and some say probability, of Britain’s penny being withdrawn. Published - June 2016.
Ian Davis - 1 Mar 2010
Are we in a bull market for gold? Prices have risen from lows of $252.80 and £157.033 to recent highs of over $725.75 and £
Lawrence Chard - 16 Oct 2007
Writing this at the height of election speculation in Oct 2007, we would advise Prime Minister Gordon Brown to call an early election before things get worse...
Lawrence Chard - 3 Feb 2005
UK Chancellor Gordon Brown said in Parliament on 3rd February 2005, that he hoped the IMF would revalue its gold reserves & all G7 to sell gold to help reduce world debt...
Lawrence Chard - 16 Feb 2004
The Swiss National Bank is selling 1300 tonnes of gold, ...
Lawrence Chard - 16 Feb 2002
The last Bank of England gold auction sale took place March 2002, which we predicted would push gold prices up...
Lawrence Chard - 16 Jan 2000
UK Chancellor Gordon Brown has acquired the ironic nickname Golden Brown after his disastrous half price sale of Britain's gold reserves between 1999 and 2002...
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