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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.
Adam Hopkin - 6 Nov 2019
After 55 years in the gold and bullion industry, Chards is delighted to announce the latest additions to our extensive product range. Our Blackpool showroom and online sites..
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.
Corey McDowell - 15 Oct 2019
The old cliché of millennials being spendthrift with money is well known in today’s world. Is this sweeping generalisation fair?
Emily Phelps - 15 Oct 2019
A brand-new Royal Mint coin commemorating 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
See the history of gold price records from the 1970's through to current 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......
Lawrence Chard - 1 Dec 2018
In 1933, Roosevelt signed an executive order which resulted in the seizure of 1933 American Gold Eagles, making them possibly the most sought after or rare coin.
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
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
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 - 23 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
Ian Davis - 31 Dec 2016
China Leads the Way with Metric Panda Coins
Published - January 2017
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
You can be the first to hear our latest news, offers and what we’re talking about by following CHARD on social media
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. Published - December 2016.
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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