More Thoughts on Gold's Massive Bull Market
I am very bullish on gold. This is no surprise. I have written on the subject of gold many times.
The main reason why I am bullish on gold is that it is in a massive bull market in comparison to fiat money. Gold is a currency. Like any currency, you don't own it because it has intrinsic value, you hold it because it is a store of wealth. So when I say gold is in a massive bull market in comparison to fiat money, I mean exactly that. Gold will hold its value while fiat money is devalued in comparison.
As Gary says: Gold is not about price, gold is about value
We have one of the final possible bubbles at it's apex: A Sovereign Debt Bubble. Economies all over the world are suffering and are trying to solve a debt related crisis with more debt. It was *never* going to work and will end badly.
So when ranking currencies relative to each other, and all the major currencies are engaging in some form of Devaluation / Quantitative Easing, they are all fighting debt with more debt.
The problem is debt.
And the Fed has made it very clear that monetizing as much debt as is necessary to keep the system going, at the direct expense to the Dollar, is not only a course of action that is open to them, but THE course of action that they are taking and will take. This plan will continue until there is no longer a Federal Reserve.
Yet the market is trying to purge excesses, and the Fed and the Treasury is not allowing it to happen.
This makes the outcome both simultaneously deflationary and inflationary. The market wants to, and desperately desires to save, but the Fed is directly hurting savers behind the backdrop of *extreme* monetary inflation.
The result is and will be stagflation. It is really the worst of all possible outcomes. The economy needs savers and the Fed will not allow savers to be compensated for their risks. This will ultimately result in the collapse of the bond bubble as there is no longer any faith in Sovereign Debt. And the world will turn to real assets as a store of value.
And this sets up the final bubble ... the Gold Bubble.
Now I don't mean this pejoratively. And I am not casting a negative connotation on it. Bubbles are what they are. When Central Bank monetary policy forces all of us to become speculators by not rewarding savers, then bubbles are formed.
Gold doesn't care that it is in a bubble. It is quietly and quiescently preserving wealth. Again Gold is NOT about price, gold is about value.
I don't hold gold because I like shiny objects. I don't hold it because it makes the world go round. I hold it because it will be the last currency standing that preserves wealth as the world's economy goes through this painful deleveraging process.
No fiat currency will preserve wealth. Certainly not when this crisis has run its course. Some will fare better than others (many will fare much better than the US Dollar), but all will pale in comparison to gold.
The current trend of piling debt on top of debt is unsustainable: Debt Saturation - http://caps.fool.com/Blogs/ViewPost.aspx?bpid=357428. And neo-economists and politicians have to get their collective heads out of their collective assess and not allow a vampire industry (financials) hijack the real economy. But since that won't happen willingly, then the market will force a crisis that will fundamentally change how we view politics and the economy. Crony capitalism will go away. Good laws like Glass-Steagall will become reinstated. Too big to fail will be abolished. Grass roots companies will grow like a new forest. The Mittelstand companies of Germany (small/medium firms, mostly family owned) is exactly the economic model that most of the western world should be following, and I believe will in the future.
And when the crisis nears a real bottom, I will be the first person to dump my gold and invest in the new world economy. One that produces goods, and solves problems, and increases the quality of life for humanity.
Gold is not an end in and of itself. It is a means to an end, a way to preserve value as the economy purges excesses so that the new economy can be invested in.
It is a way to save. And since the Fed is not allowing us to save in the Dollar or Treasury debt, people will turn to saving in real money.
I don't care if you don't agree with me. I don't care if you think gold is a useless shiny rock (it is, just like the Dollar is a useless piece of green paper). I am not here to convince anybody of anything. I am just stating my opinions and why I have them.
I have complied a long list of posts that I have written discussing my macroeconomic views on the Dollar, Inflation/Deflation/Stagflation, and Gold. These might be useful in understanding why I have come to these opinions:
--- Debt Saturation - LINK
--- Moving Some Macroeconomic Deck Chairs: The Dollar, Dollar Swaps, Bonds and LIBOR - LINK
--- What the Bond Market is Trying to Tell the Stock Market: A Look at the Yield Curve and Expectations - LINK
--- Thoughts on the Euro, the Dollar, and a Long Term EUR/USD Count - LINK
--- Something Very Strange Is Happening With Treasuries - LINK
--- The Long View - LINK
--- The Gold Blog. Gold/Silver/GSMs (and a little Oil for good measure) - LINK
--- Thoughts on the US Dollar, Analysis of the USDX Long Term, Follow up on the Gold Blog - LINK
--- The Dow / Gold Ratio - LINK
--- The Gold / Silver Ratio - LINK
--- Gold Miner Performance Relative to Gold - LINK
--- Gold Miner Performance: A Look At Miner Cost Inputs vs. Gold Price - LINK
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