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Trump (whocouddaguessed) and Apmex publicity stunt. Move along,people with any brains.
Consider what happens to two people who rent or lease a property for 5 years.
#1: Hands over 96oz of gold as his deposit and receives 96oz of gold back after his lease expires in 5 years. The returned deposit buys just as much or more than when the deposit was made.
#2: Hands over dollars for his deposit and receives the same number of dollars after his lease expires in 5 years. The returned deposit can buy a candy bar.
Hmmmm. I find it extremely difficult (psychologically and rationally) to part with my gold when I buy something. However, a security deposit is another matter entirely as this example shows. While it would intuitively seem easier to give fiat paper for a deposit, the obvious facts show the opposite. Interesting.
There's several other problems: people who have entrusted their gold to other person's keeping already know, or may soon find out, that the metal has been loaned out for someone else to sell. Loan your gold out and 10 things can happen, 9 of them bad.
Yup, the agreement would need to require allocated storage and return of the original bars with the original serial numbers. Otherwise, forget about it.
Even then, the whole point of physical gold is... TRUST NO ONE.
So good point. 1 out of 10 is pretty terrible odds.
Only problem with scenario #1 is that the returned deposit might well be a gold-plated lump of lead or tungsten, "The Donald" didnt get to be a serial bankrupt for nothing.
Sounds like he doesn't understand why it's good; it's just to grandstand over Obama's performance, so I don't think the Reverse Donald applies in this case.
I don't know about anyone else out here, but if someone offered me gold or dollars for my goods or services I'd take the gold. Gold has become fairly liquid these days and one would assume it's going to get even more fluid going forward.
My whole premise right now is storing my monthly savings in either sikver or gold. It makes no sense to just hold cash that your not going to use knowing what the world faces. We have confirmation the oligarchs will print to try to save their dying system. Utah, Trump, people are taking notice.
Comes to about $1833.33/oz of gold, pretty close to spot. As long as gold is priced in dollars, instead of dollars backed with gold, the medium of exchange remains dollars. Nothing happened here except a possible indicator of a short term top in gold. Fade the Donald.
I'll wager you 5 oz gold (to me) v. $9.5K dollars (to you) that gold is not at a top. That's a 4% premium at today's spot.
Taker or talker?
If I thought you were findable/good for it, I would cheerfully take that, as I am already short gold.
Since I gather you are long, let us agree that we are 'virtual counterparties'. I have similar arrangement wtha guy on SA, where we are on either side of my puts on Berkshire hathaway.
And I think the embrace of Anything by The Donald is pretty topy.
You got yer signs mixed...I'm taking the gold in the exchange. If you're short, you cannot partake.
I agree that gold is nowhere near a major top but my point is that it could be ready for a correction. Nothing goes straight up or down and gold is no exception. I'm not selling here, but I'm certainly not buying. Just holding. Gold will go on sale and I think it will happen soon. Are you buying gold at these prices? I would take your wager if I could afford to.
"Top" in traderspeak is a short-term notion. I'm not a trader, but an accumulator. I don't buy gold to sell it back and earn a profit. So my definition of "top" is relative to where it might be anytime in the next, say, five years. It's all about time horizon.
"I would take your wager if I could afford to" is exactly the response I expected.
These are just two entities, doing business, that don't trust fiat anymore. Like...... most holders of Bennie Bucks around the world.
Oh yeah, silver, that other metal that nobody has heard of, well it is in a bubble. :)
Wonder if Trump is taking lease payments in gold, too? I would have loved to written a couple of my commercial building leases (5 year terms) in one oz gold eagle lease payments.
Since most of the population is as stupid as Trump I take this as a good sign. :)
Wait, wait, wait! I thought gold was NOT money!!!!!!!???????
Gold is NOT money!
Gold is WEALTH!
Gold stores the buying power of whatever you converted to it.
Aristotle: money must be durable, portable, divisible, consistent, and intrinsically valuable. As far back as the Sumerians, gold was money.
Trump may or may not be stupid, but I doubt very much that his accepting gold for such a tiny part of his wealth means anything. Poster above said it was publicity for both Trump and APMEX, that would make sense.
Just because Trump took some gold does not mean that any BEAR market in gold has started.
Trump got himself a very good deal -- in a few years, the $$ worth of the same gold bars will at least double.
It's a security deposit, so short of Apmex trashing the place, he won't get any of it. Of course, this does raise the question, how will they calculate any damages to deduct? Dollars, or grams?
Which would probably mean apmex would be in less of a position to be unable to pay its lease... I'm sure it's hedged either way to a certain extent, but still...
If I were apmex, I'd be worried that piece of shit would end up losing the bars to another creditor along the way or that they'll have to duke it out in BK court to get them back...
An Obama-Bot needs to tell Mr. Trump that gold is NOT money......
You're a good man Mariposa. See you over at SHTF plan.
GREEN for the LOL, Mariposa! Yes, indeed.
Au to $0.02
Ag to $0.01
(above attributed to T. Geithner or J. Nadler, I keep forgetting which)
I hate how that fraud Trump is going to take credit for institutions/companies accepting PMs as collateral. What an asshole.
Green for telling an important truth about Trump. He is a businessman who has screwed people and companies that have bought his bonds.
Gold stores wealth Silver is used by the common man in day in day out transactions.
Both are money.
My view exactly. Silver for spending if it comes to that. Gold is to preserve wealth until you get to the other side.
So, yes, both are money. And it is smart to have both. But, the BULK of my PM $ value is in gold.
And when the G/S ratio is favorable, silver can be used to buy gold.
Exactly. Or eventually real estate when its finished tanking.
BEN, YOU'RE FIRED!!
The "supersucker" got creamed with BAC so now he's going for gold instead, hehehe, never ceasing to amaze me! The Don!
One of the basic laws of judging animal spirits is that if a taxi driver starts talking about an asset category, it is time to dump it.
Isn't the Donald in the same category?
Personally, I don't know of any billionaire taxi drivers. You?
If Donald truly is a billionaire, then Ben Bernanke is not a money printer.
I know one (m)illionaire cab driver quite well. I have been enthusiatic about PMs for over a decade, and will hold mine right thru System Collapse. Then, 1 oz. of silver will buy 2-3 days of groceries at a green market. Well and good.
1 oz. will get you A LOT more than 2-3 days worth of food friend.
Gee, he finally did something that wasn't totally stupid. Miracles can happen, after all
This development has far larger implications that meets the eye. If someone as high profile as D Trump gets on the gold train, that will accelerate matters tremendously.
"high profile" - only as a shallow, narcissistic, ego centric moron that nobody takes seriously
An image, which of course, will be used to smear everyone else who dare hold PMs vs. dollars. The lefties will chalk it all up to greed, never attempting to understand why it matters so much.
Scrooge McDuck, FTW!
Why is APMEX giving up bullion instead of Benbacks. Are they bearish gold now?
In the world before Al Gore invented the internet, such a deal was called "barter exchange". It's when one company trades its old inventory for another company's old inventory or in this case, unused real estate space.
Barter exchanges keep track of deals in dollars which the IRS fusses about as being under-reported transfer costs. Ampex exchanges 3 bars which have been kicking around on the books since gold was priced at $89 an oz.
Generally, these barter deals mean both businesses don't have cash and agree to exchange value at their internal costs, so the trade is "fair"
Ultimately there are only two kinds of money: cash and all others. FRNs are part of "all others", not cash. Ampex paid in real cash which is why The Donald accepted it. He is smarter than his hairpiece lets on.
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