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Why Uncle Sam is Hoarding Gold
October 17, 2013
Many people are skeptical about gold these days. Its value dropped by $500 an ounce in the past year and by $100 just in the past month.
So why won’t the United States Treasury consider selling some of the country’s gold reserves to pay the bills if the budget crisis escalates?
According to a recent article by Brett Arends (a self-proclaimed “gold agnostic) published on marketwatch.com, “the Treasury itself considers U.S. gold holdings to be a key element in maintaining confidence in the country’s soundness – and the stability of the international financial system.”
June 12, 2013
Excerpted from Roland's 2008 book, "Manarin on Money":
Those of us who understand the way money works and use gold as a buffer against calamity are often regarded with skepticism. Just as in the late 1970s, around 2000 – when gold was setting record lows – my colleagues in the investment world and the media ridiculed me for loading up on gold investments. The media wrote about people like me as “gold bugs,” as though we were a bunch of wild-eyed survivalists and hucksters.
The more I was criticized in the press, the more gold assets I bought. To me, the negative coverage was as sure as sign as any that gold was cheap, and the shares of gold-mining companies were even cheaper historically.
By 2007, gold-mining shares had risen by 500 percent and more, and then the business writers and the callers into my office changed their tune, asking me if it was a good time to buy gold. It is a ceaseless wonder how so many otherwise intelligent people can get something so basic so wrong with such consistency.
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April 29, 2013
The Precious Metal Purchasing Act (SB 3144) is the latest development in our country’s never-ending hold on gold.
The new act introduced in Illinois, discussed recently on The Santelli Exchange would require an audit trail by all retail or wholesalers for any precious metals.
This isn’t the first time the government has tried to put restrictions or monitors on gold ownership. On April 5, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed it illegal for Americans to own any significant quantity of gold with Executive Order 6102, compelling citizens to sell their gold to the Treasury at the exchange rate of $20.67 per ounce. The Gold Reserve Act of 1934 halted the minting of all gold coins and raised the price of gold to $35 per ounce. In 1971, President Nixon took the U.S. dollar off the gold standard, and in 1974, President Ford permitted gold ownership.
More information on gold and its mark throughout the ages is in this timeline.
It will be interesting to see how this latest chapter from Illinois plays out.
October 1, 2012
Q: The marketplace is saturated by commercials begging folks to buy gold and to invest. What are the risks? Rewards?
A: In 1999, gold was selling for around $250/oz. There were no infomercials, billboards, full page newspaper ads, or radio ads offering to buy or sell gold. Some commentators were telling folks to not buy gold because it would go lower. Gold has had a great 5-year run and that attracts attention. Unfortunately, the American public has a history of chasing the latest hot thing and most lose the game. I can make an argument on a technical basis that gold should be between $1,000 & $1,200. At the same time, if we find ourselves in a period of rapid inflation, the price of gold could easily double. I do not see rapid inflation in the near term, probably a year out.
Generally speaking, gold is not a good investment; it is a great hedge against inflation or monetary collapse.
The information provided here is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered an individualized recommendation or personalized investment advice. The type of securities and investment strategies mentioned may not be suitable for everyone.
September 18, 2012
I was recently interviewed by Crash Davis on Omaha’s 1110 KFAB about trends in investing, gold as an investment, and emerging markets.
Click here to listen to the interview!
June 20, 2012
Until early in the 20th century, gold played a central role in the world of money. Gold had an incredible run — almost three thousand years. And why not? After all, Professor Roy Jastram convincingly documents in The Golden Constant just how gold maintains its purchasing power over long periods of time.
April 16, 2012
If we don’t like a product one company offers, we can instead choose to use the product of another company. This competition forces accountability for both companies. The federal government allows no such competition for currency. We’re stuck using the dollar and stuck with its value being tied to the whims of bureaucrats who manipulate it to achieve their own goals.
February 19, 2012
Sound familiar? I’ve been saying this for 35 years!
January 30, 2012
Please enjoy this letter from the portfolio manager of one of the gold funds that we recommend. Some intriguing thoughts here about the structural issues in the global economy today. We maintain our use of gold as a hedge position in our portfolios, not as a speculation or investment.
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August 21, 2011
The Wall Street Journal has a good piece running right now showing how abandoning the gold standard has destroyed our purchasing power over time.