My name is Steven Warrenfeltz, I am a Christian, Free-Market Capitalist, and a self-taught investor.
I created the Free-Bullion-Investment-Guide to give you an honest place on the web that provides reliable bullion market information.
This guide is a little unusual to other guides because it not only offers bullion market information, it also advocates for Gold Nanoparticle Cancer Research, and supports individuals who are Battling cancer
A few decades ago, I made a graveside promise to a childhood friend who died of cancer that I would support new and better ways to treat cancer, and the Gold Nanoparticle Cancer Research side of this guide is one of my answers to that promise.
Below, I've written a little more of a description of how I got into investing, my investing background, and why this site is a precious metals bullion guide.
I was around 11 or 12 years old when I found my love for investing
When I was a kid, every summer, I would spend a month with my uncle Paul, who lived in Baltimore.
My uncle was a World War II Veteran and a small businessman, he served in WWII as a B-24 Navigator/Pilot and owned some small businesses in Baltimore.
My uncle was the person who got me fascinated with investing, during one of my visits, he stopped by the bank to cash a check, but before he went inside, he showed the check to me.
The check was a dividend check from Merrill Lynch, he briefly explained that it as a quarterly dividend check and he received it because he owned stock in the company.
After he cashed the check and got back into the car, he told me how dividends worked and that by simply owning a stock you can receive a monthly or quarterly payment.
I was hooked, I loved the concept that you could get paid just because you owned something of that company.
My Uncle was born in 1923, he grew up during the Great Depression, and he understood the power of money.
He often told me to save every penny, and if you see one on the ground "pick it up because they add up," he'd also say "Don't take money for granted, you'll get burned if you do."
He taught me to treat every purchase, large or small, as an investment.
His best piece of advice that he gave was; "Keep Your Eye on the Horizon." He would explain that if you kept your eye on what's ahead of you, you'll be better prepared when you reach it.
After I first got interested with investing, I remember wanting to
learn more about it, but the Fox Business, Bloomberg, and CNBC didn't exist
in those days.
The fact that those networks didn't exist at that time was a blessing in disguise because business media doesn't help you learn about investing, they only teach you how to follow the herd.
I started watching Louis Rukeyser's 'Wall Street Week,' and as I mentioned on the investing guru's page, Sir John Templeton and Peter Lynch were the two professional investors who helped me understand investing.
Peter Lynch had the biggest influence on me. When he spoke about investing he made it easy for me to understand his strategies for investing.
One of the investment strategies that Peter Lynch taught me was that if you want to invest in a stock, first, look at how the sector is doing.
If the sector isn't doing good, then maybe you should look somewhere else or perhaps you needed to do your homework to find out and understand why the stock is standing out to you among its peers.
Peter Lynch always stressed that everyone should "Do Their Own Homework," when it came to investing.
My passion for investing existed mostly in the stock market, although I've always taken my uncle's advice to 'view every purchase as an investment.'
In the summer of 2000, after the dot.com bubble, I opened my first account with an online brokerage.
I believe in having a diversified portfolio, I invested in all the different sectors of the market, but I always seemed to gravitate towards precious metals mining stocks.
I devised my own strategies for picking stocks, and over time I started making a profit.
During those first few years, I learned a lot about myself as an investor from my failures and successes.
Every investor should have a well-diversified stock portfolio, and never invest in just one sector.
I decided to add this section, to this page, because Mining Stocks helped me learn a lot about investing, and they're a good way to diversify a precious metals portfolio.
I still own some of the stocks below, but I don't have a position in most of them.
SLW - Silver Wheaton, which is now WPM - Wheaton Precious Metals
I owned 'Wheaton River Minerals' before it merged with Goldcorp and was spun off to become Silver Wheaton.
SAND - Sandstorm Gold
EXK - Endevor Silver
GGN - Gamco Global Gold, Natural Resources & Income Trust
NGD - New Gold, Inc. (I Originally owned Western Goldfields (WGW) it merged with New Gold in 2009)
NXG - NorthGate Minerals
TGB - Taseko Mining - Sold all of Taseko in 2010 when Properity Mine was rejected by the Canadian Federal Government
The stocks above are the mining stocks that I remember owning, there were others.
In 2005, I bought my first bullion products, originally, I gravitated towards government-issued bullion coins, over other forms of bullion.
I've since learned that each form of precious metals bullion has a particular utility, and it's up to the individual and their needs or wants, as to what kind of bullion will work best for them.
I've had many dreams, one of those dreams has was always been to help people learn about the free market and investing.
I was brought up on Free Market Principles through the teaching of my uncle.
I started to think about starting a site about the Free Market and stock investing in 2007, but all that changed after the Market Crash of 2008.
When the Crash of 2008 happened, everyone panicked, people in the U.S. Government and Wall Street turned into Chicken Little screaming "The Sky is Falling, The Sky is Falling."
The U.S. President of the time, George W. Bush, the 110th Democratic Party held Congress, and the Federal Reserve led by Ben Bernanke destroyed the Free Market through TARP and QE (Quantitative Easing).
The Crash of 2008 didn't change my views of the market, it was the U.S. Government's remedies to the Crash of 2008 that changed my views of the markets, and why this site isn't about stocks.
"To Big to Fail" should have never been uttered. It all should have failed, that's how the Free Market Works.
Free Markets a.k.a. Capitalism works when failed companies either get liquidated or bought up by other successful companies, the bankrupt companies gets washed out of the system and a new free market creates itself out of the old.
The financial system is a smoke and mirrors game, while the stock market is a House of Cards, built mostly on debt and stock buybacks, unfortunately, sooner or later it will crumble under its own weight.
If I wasn't honest with myself, this site would have been a guide for stock investors.
Gold, Silver, and other precious metals are the only real decentralized asset that exists in the world.
Overall, I believe that everyone should have some their savings and/or investments in precious metals bullion.
Stocks are by nature for those who like to take risks, and there is nothing wrong with that, but those risks should be backed up by some investment insurance and precious metals are that 'back-up.'
This bullion guide is my answer to help anyone who is interested in understanding why and how they can protect themselves with physical precious metals bullion.
Thank you for your time,
Take Care & God Bless.
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