Monthly Archives: February 2019

Study finds 29% of Americans believe the dollar is still backed by gold

CisionPRNewswire/Genesis Mining Survey

Ed Stein cartoon graphic of gold bar flying a dollar kite“We asked respondents ‘what is the dollar backed by?’ 29% said gold, 4% said oil, 5% said bonds, 7% said nothing, 23% said they don’t know and just 30% accurately stated the US government.”

USAGOLD note:  Gold is scarce and a rudimentary understanding of money and finance is even scarcer.


Repost from 11-2-2019

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‘The riskiest thing in the world is to believe that there is no risk’

DAS Interview/Christopher Gisiger

“In our business there is no place for certainty. With that in mind, I like to quote Henry Kaufman, who was the chief economist at Salomon Brothers. He said that two kinds of people lose a lot of money: ‘Those who know nothing and those who know everything.’ So, at best, the future is merely a probability distribution of future events. All you can do is get the odds on your side.”

USAGOLD note:  For those who make no claim to either, i.e. ‘knowing nothing’ or ‘knowing everything’, there is the old expedient of simply diversifying with precious metals and let others spend endless time discussing where the various markets might be headed.

Cartoon of hedge fund manager telling client on phone to buy gold

Repost from 4-26-2019

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Short and Sweet

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Is Buffett wrong about gold?

“While I very often agree with Warren Buffett’s views regarding, for example, the level of cash in portfolio or migration from growth to value stocks,” says Independent Trader for ETF Trends, “I absolutely can not agree with what he wrote in the letter to shareholders about gold, once again showing how badly it performs in comparison to the US shares.” The article goes on from there to do a good job of debunking Buffett’s latest attack on gold  – one of many he has conducted over the years – while drawing on cyclical analysis to lay out a solid longer-term future for the metal. It concludes with the opinion that Buffett’s stance on gold is “part of a deal with the establishment of the United States.”

That could be true, but it could also be little more than an old professional bias on Buffett’s part going back decades combined with a classic talking of one’s book.  We counter with a single chart that refutes his arguments at a glance. It tells the story of gold and stocks in the times in which we live – the historically distinct fiat money era that began in 1971 – not some other timeline that carries little relationship to the present.  To make a very long story short, gold has appreciated 3,399% since January 1971. Stocks have appreciated 2,884%.  What’s more stocks are bumping against all time highs while gold looks like it might be in the early stages of a new bull market run.

Overlay chart of gold and the stock market showing gold outperforming stocks since 1971Chart courtesy of MacroTrends

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