TFMR Podcast #9 - "Ranting Andy" Hoffman


Yesterday, I had an opportunity to speak with Andy Hoffman of Miles Franklin Precious Metals Investments. If you not already a fan of the daily "Ranting Andy" blogposts from Miles Franklin, you likely become one after you've listened to this forty-minute podcast.

Brash, bold and insightful, Andy combines his expert analysis with a New York, tell-it-like-it-is attitude. The result is some of the consistently best PM analysis on the internet.


Dec 24, 2011 - 6:13pm

Junk silver as a medium of exchange

I dunno…

If it ever comes down to paying a debt to farmer Brown with silver I think he'll be plenty savvy enough to know what's going on with 90%. Odds are most farmers do already.

Personally, if it ever comes to that, I think 90% will be the go-to preferred medium of exchange and it may even get to the point that premiums on it eventually wind up higher than your average round, maple or ASE, simply for the fact that it is such a convenient medium of exchange.

Imagine a situation where you pay for a weeks worth of groceries with one 90% quarter and receive several dollars face value in nickels and pre-1984 pennies (maybe mixed in with a 90% dime) as change. Confusing, but within the realm of possibility.

I ask for all my change in nickels and save them all, plus, I occasionally run a $25 Brinks box of pennies through my copper sorter - I get about $6 face value of copper every time. If it turns out I wasted my time doing all that, fine by me - they're still worth what I paid for 'em!

Merry Christmas all - I'm off to watch "A Christmas Story" with my family.

"Don't Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid!"

Dec 24, 2011 - 6:20pm

We better find a new home,

We better find a new home, ouch,

Check out the Steveo 2012 Telescope Project, not just for Astro-freaks!
Really good Scope, I put up a video collage of moon shots, and some picture of Saturn and Jupiter.
Also, fully $1000 over budget, so any Christmas Kliks are appreciated!!

Monedas rocoach
Dec 24, 2011 - 6:35pm

"Grotty" old quarter ?

Roach Couch ! Give the plumber a choice ! One grotty quarter or a case a butt crack spackle (approx. $40 worth) ! You can't lose ! Monedas 2011 Comedy Jihad WTF Does "Grotty" Mean ?

Dec 24, 2011 - 7:10pm

"Grotty" old quarter ?

grotty [ˈgrɒtɪ]

adj -tier, -tiest Brit slang 1. unpleasant, nasty, or unattractive 2. of poor quality or in bad condition; unsatisfactory or useless [from grotesque]
Dec 24, 2011 - 7:30pm

Merry Christmas

Last post for me this Christmas Eve.

Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year from from Captain Scarlet and the whole Spectrum Family.

Our Traditions - Tonight - Tortellini in chicken broth for dinner; Watching "Give or Take a Million" (1966) (The Thunderbirds Christmas episode), "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and "A Christmas Carol" (1951) with Alistair Sim.

Tomorrow is turkey with all the trimmings along with homemade cavatelli in tomato sauce.

No tree this year since Sasha is still a little too "unreliable".

Dec 24, 2011 - 8:13pm

@ iatrosgk (Wife Wants to Sell)

Let 'ol Santa help you out...

I created this (via KingWorldNews of course) so that you and your wife can listen to Jim Sinclair...hopefully, it will convince her to chill out and let you keep your stack of phyzz in tact. And hopefully you will be able to add more phyzz as well after listening to Santa!

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Jexy Smiddywesson
Dec 24, 2011 - 8:24pm


Thanks Smiddywesson for the take on the probabilities. Happy Holidays.

Dec 24, 2011 - 9:18pm

don't forget the ectasy of gold

Ennio Morricone - a - El Extasis del Oro
Dec 24, 2011 - 9:33pm

contemplating fiat collapse...

while enjoying Christmas Eve at the Lake (Medina across from Seattle)

Dec 24, 2011 - 10:12pm

Turd, Fellow

Turd, Fellow Turdites

Thank-you for a wonderful year and a wonderful site, warmest seasons greetings to you all.

Peace to you all!

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