As a citizen you really only have two choices: believe what your government tells you, or be a skeptic. Believing the government does have certain advantages, as it requires less thinking, helps you get along with your neighbors, and generally simplifies your life.
Personally, I’ve never been a “go along to get along” kind of guy; it’s just not in my nature to toe the line and kowtow to the system. If you’re like me, then you view everything the government tells you through the lens of skepticism, regardless of who’s in power.
It’s not the simplest or easiest path to take, but I believe it’s the most rewarding and truthfully, I can’t imagine myself ever taking the path of least resistance and just going along with the program. The powers that be have lied to me too many times to ever earn my trust again.
Courtesy: Pew Research Center, U.S. Global Investors
I can only speak as an American, but I’m fairly confident that you can relate to what I’m saying irrespective of where you hang your hat. What I know about the U.S. is that the government reports unemployment numbers that bear little resemblance to reality; suppress bond yields, thereby forcing retirees to invest in a risky and overpriced stock market; and print dollars to the point that our money is worth a small fraction of what it ought to be.
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Not that U.S. dollars were always subject to such relentless devaluation: prior to 1971, dollars were backed by real physical gold and could be redeemed for gold upon request. Today, in the fiat era, exchanging up your “precious” dollars for gold is, in essence, a subtle form of rebellion against the government.
Besides, gold ownership is a secure long-term investment. Since it’s not government-backed, gold is inflation-resistant and unlike government bonds, gold doesn’t rely on their promise to repay their debts. Plus, with 6,000 years as a form of money, you’d have a tough time finding an asset class with as rich a history as gold.
Granted, the price of gold has struggled in recent years when measured against the dollar, but in other world regions it’s been doing just fine. Gold versus the Canadian dollar provides a case in point:
Every single dip has been followed by a quick recovery, and the overall trend has been decidedly to the upside. In case you need more examples, here’s gold versus the Australian dollar on the same time frame:
If anything, I’m seeing gold’s relatively low price versus the U.S. dollar as a terrific buying opportunity. Those of us who have been investing in gold for a while should recall the time from 2009 to 2011, when gold experience a spectacular run and attained its record high of $1,895 per ounce on September 5, 2011.
It’s okay if you missed out on that run, as now the market’s giving you another chance to accumulate physical gold as well as carefully selected gold mining shares as a deep discount. It’s a perfect way to express your distrust of the government’s promises, while at the same time setting yourself up for solid gains as the dollar declines and gold shines.
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