<!-- / icon and title --> <!-- message --> Been working towards being prepared for what may come and I'm most of the way there. I decided to try to buy a few (20-50) Silver American Eagles round out things and I called two major brokerage houses that the talking heads on the radio suggested. This is what I learned today. 1. I must open an account and place money in it by check or wire transfer. After the money is there they will place an order for me. 2. They won't take checks on bullion. Money must be taken from an account with my social security number connected to this account. It was explained to me that this is a Federal requirement from a 1933 bullion act. I guess if they want it back like good old FDR did they will know right where it is. 3. New Silver Eagles count as bullion, but the older ones don't. I can buy those with a credit card and only pay an extra 6 or 7 bucks per coin each. 4. These brokerages don't keep their stuff on site. I can commit money, they make the deal and take their slice (money changers) and I'll get it when I get it. I decided to go right to the U.S. mint site. 5. Oops, I can't buy from the mint direct. I have to buy through an authorized broker (parasite, homey, whatever) so they get their money for sitting on their fat rear ends and doing nothing. I'll call two more brokerage houses tomorrow and will probably get more of the same smug insider news. It's a bad thing when an honest guy just trying to look out for his family has to fight these obstacles, nepotism, and a corrupt system to try to give them an edge.