It has been over a year in the making but it is finally ready.
So many of you have supported my efforts and you know how grateful I am for each donation and pageview. To recap, after the initial success of the blogspot site, I rather sheepishly began to include Google ads after about a month. (https://tfmetalsreport.blogspot.com/2010/11/very-encouraging-day.html) Almost immediately, it was suggested that I add a "donate" button so that people could freely give money to the site. I thought this was crazy but I did it anyway and hundreds of you have generously donated your hard-earned money in support. It was then also suggested that I establish a bullion and coin affiliation. The thought from several Turdites was: "I buy bullion and coins all the time. With an affiliation, at least TFMR could benefit from my purchases". This sounded like a reasonable idea, too, so I went off in search of the ideal company with which to partner.
Before I go on, let me state this clearly: There are a multitude of very good companies out there. Some, like Provident, advertise on this site and this new partnership should not discourage you from their services. They do a great job and should always be a part of your physical metal purchase process. That said, I had to pick one so, after significant due diligence, I settled upon Gold Bullion International. For background on GBI, you can check them out here: https://www.bullioninternational.com/. You may also recall this FOFOA piece which I first linked back in September of last year: https://fofoa.blogspot.com/2011/08/treasure-chest-2-game-changer.html
But then there was a problem. GBI was working on several other corporate initiatives at the time and was not ready yet for a retail affiliation with little ole Turd. I could have gone the easy route and moved on but that wouldn't have been the honest thing to do. I wanted to work with GBI so I was forced to wait. And wait. And wait. And wait some more.
Along the way, a retail platform emerged. For scale and efficiency, GBI decided to develop what they call the "Hard Assets Alliance". By going this route, GBI was able to offer affiliation services to a whole host of websites similar to TFMR. Today, I'm happy to announce my affiliation with the Hard Assets Alliance and I hope you will give it your consideration.
First things first, however. Please take 15 minutes to listen to the attached podcast. I'm joined by Ed D'Agostino of Hard Assets Alliance and Joe Yasinski of GBI (he's a Turdite, by the way). Hopefully, the podcast will answer many of your initial questions. Then, please head over to the HAA site. You can use this link:
There's also a permanent ad for the service that I'm placing on the right side of the homepage. Clicking either the link or the ad will direct you to HAA and tag you as a referral from TFMR.
Thank you all for your continued support of the site. I hope you find this new service to be beneficial for all your stacking and preparation needs.