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    US has got the largest amount of gold in reserves - if they decide to fix value of dollar then most of other currencies will crash.

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    We got diverted onto gold too. Worth a visit...

    http://forums.contractoruk.com/accou...ml#post1318580
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    Quote Originally Posted by DimPrawn View Post
    Will you ever STFU about gold/zopa/etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtW View Post
    Will you ever STFU about gold/zopa/etc?
    Not when it is making me rich, protecting me from government stupidity and debt, no.

    How's your life slogging for pittance in a devaluating currency?

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    You should have worked for a bank Dim instead of IT contracting: if your IT skills were really worth as much as you claimed to charge, then you'd have your own IT products (you know proper ones, not reselling your skills in a tax efficient (for you) form) that would make proper profits worth talking about.

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    Potential downgrade of US credit rating, money printing and inflation worries are continuing to fuel the gold bubble.
    Just doesn't feel the right time to buy if everyone says you should.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukemg View Post
    Potential downgrade of US credit rating, money printing and inflation worries are continuing to fuel the gold bubble.
    Just doesn't feel the right time to buy if everyone says you should.....
    Stop buying and sell when USA puts up interest rates instead of printing money. Till then, fill yer boots.
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    And another giant leap forward for gold and record high today.

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    On Monday I told you about a fascinating discussion I had with Simon Caufield in Paris recently. We talked about the City. And we talked about the best ways that you, as a private investor, can exploit the City’s greatest flaws.

    Today I want to talk about gold. Both Simon and I are big fans of the yellow metal. Both of us have big holdings. But Simon stumped me with his rationale for buying gold. It came as quite a shock.

    If you’re a gold bug, what he said should go a long way to confirming the importance of gold right now. And if you aren’t, let me just explain how you could be leaving yourself exposed….

    Why I think gold is a great insurance policy

    One of the most important lessons for a long-term investor is a simple one. It may sound trite, but it’s the cornerstone to securing your financial future. And that is: Don’t lose money.

    Now, gold deriders – of whom there are many – may take a gulp at this point. What has owning gold got to do with the idea of never losing money? After all, isn’t gold a volatile investment? Surely you can lose your shirt in the gold market!

    Well yes. But Simon and I play the long game. And we are definitely agreed that holding gold insurance is definitely part of our ‘don’t lose money’ strategy right now.

    The beauty of gold is that she can provide the sort of insurance against financial disaster that simply isn’t available from most other investment classes. And we may be a lot closer to financial disaster than you think….

    Another big bank is close to collapse

    If you read my recent note on dollar demise you’ll have a fair idea about my main reason for holding gold. The dollar is deflating. As more of them are created, each one becomes worth less compared to tangible goods.

    But Simon gets a little punchier on the subject. He reckons something is brewing that will hasten the demise of the dollar...

    Simon tells me he’s been doing some research into the world’s third largest bank. He says that it is very close to collapse. And that could have very grave implications for the dollar. Why?

    Because this bank is the Federal Reserve Bank of the USA.

    According to Simon’s research, it has reached a point where its liabilities far outweigh its assets. “A 2% fall in the value of those assets would wipe out every last dollar of capital. It may already be insolvent…”

    ‘Hang on a minute,’ I said, “The Fed is a government institution – a lever of the state. It can’t go bust!’

    And Simon, cautious as ever, kind of agreed...

    ‘Yes, ok. But the Fed is a separate institution and most importantly it’s a bank like any other. If its liabilities grow larger than its assets, then it is technically insolvent. And that’s regardless of who owns it and how it’s regulated.’

    And he has a point. The Fed’s liabilities are certainly growing while its assets are starting to look a little shaky...

    QE amounts to the Fed printing new money and using it to buy debt mainly issued by government. By doing so, it creates a liability (the amount of money it prints) and it gains an asset (the government bonds).

    But now that this government debt is falling in value, the Fed’s balance sheet is shot.

    ‘If the Fed isn’t already insolvent, it soon will be...’


    So why isn’t everyone running for the hills?

    Now this is big news. And if it’s true, surely it would mark the end of the financial system as we know it.

    But the Fed has a ‘get out of jail card’... and Simon knows it. In fact, it’s a real stinker.

    Because the Fed isn’t like any other bank, it runs its accounts differently too. Unlike any other business, the Fed doesn’t acknowledge losses.

    But of course they’d have to report these losses if they ever sold their bonds. And that’s why (despite what we’re told), the Fed isn’t going to sell. Who would buy US T-bills in that sort of quantity anyway?

    ‘No Sir’ says Simon, what’s likely to happen is this...

    If bonds carry on down, then before long it’ll be obvious to everyone that the Fed is bust. So what can they do?

    Simple: They’ll get a bail-out. The US treasury will have to recapitalise the Fed

    ‘But the treasury has no money’ I venture,

    ‘Exactly’ Simon’s eyes grow wider... ‘So they borrow it by issuing new debt’

    ‘But who will buy these new bonds?’ I say. Already I know what Simon’s going to say...

    ‘The Fed of course!’

    Between the Fed and the Treasury, they’ll simply create some more dollars and bonds. Now there’s a Ponzi scheme to make Madoff green with envy. A veritable merry-go-round of money creation.

    And what’s that going to do to the credibility of the dollar? It could accelerate its downtrend. And as it does it’ll likely drag most Western currencies down with it.

    What do you do when money itself is under threat?

    You need to take out insurance

    Well, I think you know what the answer is. Take out some insurance. And that insurance is gold. Simon advocates 10% to 12% of your portfolio.

    I think that’s quite a bearish stance. I’ve been working on between 5% and 10%. I reckon that’ll provide decent cover if the worst comes to the worst. But then again, if you’re like me and hold quite a commodities centric portfolio, then you’ve already got some cover.

    The key here is to look at the overall balance of your portfolio. If you are reliant on the performance of bonds and other cash-like investments, then arguably you should take out more insurance.

    Sure gold can go down. But if it does, then the likelihood is that financial meltdown has been avoided. The rest of your portfolio is intact. That’s insurance for you, if you don’t claim, you lose the premium.
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