Gold: The collateral of last resort

Singapore Bullion Market Association/Emil Kalinowski/March 2020

Ed Stein cartoon 'In case of emergency break glass', gold bar inside“Gold hasn’t been a cross-cultural monetary standard for millennia just because it is pretty to look at. It has a job – one that it is exceedingly qualified for – and that is to be accepted as money when other financial instruments that were thought to be money are revealed to be credit. That is when gold is sold. Sacrificed.… If this general economic deterioration crosses over into an outright, interbanking liquidity panic, it should not surprise anyone that gold will be sold.”

USAGOLD note:  The gold sold, as we are finding out, is paper gold, and there is a fundamental difference between gold represented on paper and gold as represented by itself. One is eminently more preferrable than the other and as we get deeper into the present crisis it is not difficult to know which is which.  As Alan Greenspan famously put it: “Gold does not require any form of endorsement.”

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