Identifying US Coins with Bullish Futures

Written by Daniel J. Goevert

Okay, let’s get something straight… I do not advocaterepparttar purchase of United States coins strictly for investment purposes. Like most traditional collectors, I believe coins are to be primarily appreciated for their artistic beauty, historical connections, andrepparttar 139380 joy of pursuing them. However, it should be no secret that a significant number of us do add to our numismatic holdings while simultaneously peeking atrepparttar 139381 payback angle, too.

In truth, there are probably substantial numbers of traditional collectors who prefer to acquire coins destined to increase in esteem and value over time; treasured heirlooms and a source of pride to be passed from one generation torepparttar 139382 next. Onrepparttar 139383 flip side of this equation, it seems implausible that anyone would buy a coin withrepparttar 139384 hope or expectation to see it stagnate or decrease in value. Indeed, any commentator who suggestsrepparttar 139385 words “investment” and “coins” should never appear in close proximity to one another is ignoring a heavily populated segment of our hobby.

Now that we’ve established that it’s not numismatic heresy to seek coins with strong upside possibilities, let’s get down to basics. The guiding principle is simple: Any coin that has demonstrated solid, consistent gains over a long period of time is likely to show continued growth inrepparttar 139386 years ahead. Easily said, but as we shall soon see, not so easily put into practice.

So exactly how does a one identify coins with a potentially bullish future? The best clues are revealed by analyzingrepparttar 139387 retail value trends over a long period of time for a given coin. Observing current prices alone does not yield enough information to correctly evaluate prospective price movements. What wasrepparttar 139388 coin selling for two or three years ago compared to today? Dig deeper, and findrepparttar 139389 market price forrepparttar 139390 same coin 5-10 years ago. While you’re at it, get something from 20-30 years or more inrepparttar 139391 past, too. The more good data researched,repparttar 139392 more reliable will be your final conclusions. Now whip out your spreadsheet and chartrepparttar 139393 numbers, or compute annualized rates of return. Flat or negative trends are bad. Positive trends are good. Steep positive trends are best. Any coin displaying a proven annualized growth pattern of at least 5-10% over a span of many years qualifies as an attractive option forrepparttar 139394 collector desiring coins headed for much higher price levels a few years downrepparttar 139395 road.

Caught in the Camera Eye

Written by Mike Clifford

Caught inrepparttar Camera Eye By: Mike Clifford a Production of: HeartlandOutdoorsman.Com

I recently received an interesting question in a photography email group that I subscribe to, and felt compelled to share it with fellow Notebook readers. It read basically like this: ?I am interested in knowing what purposes all of you feel photography serves. In other words, what place in your heart does photography fill?? A rather simple question at first glance- or so I thought. As I began to sort outrepparttar 139206 reasons I enjoy photographingrepparttar 139207 outdoors, it occurred to me thatrepparttar 139208 camera in itself is one ofrepparttar 139209 most powerful tools we have at our disposal when it comes to preserving our country?s natural heritage. The inspiration that photography provides in people makes it a medium unlike any other. Whether you decide to share your works with friends and family or broadcast them far and wide,repparttar 139210 fact remains that our natural areas are indeed being preserved in one way or another.

In researching for this article, I came across a fascinating story ofrepparttar 139211 Gordon River in Tasmania. A photographer byrepparttar 139212 name of Peter Dombrovskis captured an image of what is known as ?Rock Island Bend? (Check outrepparttar 139213 ?Conservation Corner Online? forum on HeartlandOutdoorsmanCom for a glimpse of this remarkable photo, as it is truly amazing!). Asrepparttar 139214 story goes, it was decided that a dam should be built to harnessrepparttar 139215 power ofrepparttar 139216 river, and public outcry quickly ensued. This one single frame became an important symbol ofrepparttar 139217 fight to saverepparttar 139218 river, because it depictedrepparttar 139219 wild untamed beauty of this ecologically significant waterway and people instantly embraced it while coordinating their efforts. Not everyone goes out withrepparttar 139220 camera to use it as a tool for conservation, obviously?but sometimes we overlook how important sharing these memories can be, andrepparttar 139221 residual benefits that often go unseen. Rememberrepparttar 139222 old adage ?Take only memories...Leave only footprints?? The next time you are out and about,repparttar 139223 focus of this article will become much more evident while keeping that thought in mind.

For yet another reason to bringrepparttar 139224 camera along with you in your outdoors adventures, consider that it?s one ofrepparttar 139225 best things you can have in your possession when scouting for future fishing ?hot spots? on our local rivers and streams. Instead of feeling disgruntled inrepparttar 139226 middle of a major dry period, take advantage ofrepparttar 139227 fact thatrepparttar 139228 water levels are low.

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