February 20, 2010

Bill Bonner: Investing in Gold is a Move Toward Real Wealth

"...Gold is inert. Lifeless. Incorruptible. But inherently shiftless. It never gets out of bed in the morning. It has never earned a penny in its entire life.

Gold won’t make you rich. It toils not; neither does it spin. Since it doesn’t hustle, it won’t increase your wealth. That’s why, in the Bible, the slave who kept his master’s wealth safe in gold got beaten. Gold won’t earn a profit. It won’t pay you a salary or give you a company car. All it will do is help keep you from getting poor. We’ve never heard of a man who had 100 ounces of gold who was poor. On the other hand, we’ve read about millions of people with stacks of paper money who couldn’t afford a cup of coffee. In our wallet, for example, is a 10 Trillion Dollar bill from Zimbabwe. A dear reader gave it to us. You could have a stack of those a foot high. You still wouldn’t be able to buy a latte at Starbucks. On the other hand, imagine you had a stack of Krugerrands or maple leafs. Well, you still couldn’t buy a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Because the dumb clerk wouldn’t know what it was. And if he did take the gold coin in exchange for coffee, he’d probably rush over to the mall where some sharp dealer offered to take it off his hands in exchange for PAPER MONEY!

You see, the average person has no idea what real money is. One dollar bill looks the same as another to him. And gold? He’s probably never seen gold, unless it was wrapped around his finger..."

To enjoy Bill Bonner's full article on investing and the wealth preservation aspect of owning gold please click HERE

February 18, 2010

Murray Pollitt: Farewell to all the emperors

In his latest market letter, Murray Pollitt of Pollitt & Co. in Toronto, the grand and not that old man of Canadian mine finance, remarks that the world's policy makers lack the courage to accept the discipline necessary to shore up the world's finances. So, Pollitt writes:

"Our best guess is that markets, not policy makers, will determine the next monetary system. And, as much for lack of alternatives as the traditional reasons, gold will be somehow involved. Meanwhile markets will be characterized by volatility, defaults, lots of uncertainty, and a rush for the hard stuff. Before they get around to a monetary system, governments will wake up to the need for wealth creation and, since the quick fix for wealth creation is competitive devaluation, we expect governments to get at it with vigour. Shades of the 1930s."

Pollitt's commentary is headlined "Farewell to All the Emperors" and he has generously consented to GATA's posting it HERE

February 16, 2010

Financial Crisis: The Second Wave

National Inflation Association just released a trailer for its next documentary, tentatively titled "The Second Wave".