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All The Gold In The World - The Definitive Infographic

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In the aftermath of the Chairman's painful waste of time "interactive" session, which addressed precisely zero of the relevant questions, we would like to ground readers with a real, hard, monetary equivalent, which unlike paper money, has retained its worth over the past 2000 years, and one which no central planning committee can create out of thin air at will. Gold. The chart below should put it all into perspective.

and for those who may have forgotten it, here is what happens when one can create paper out of thin air: America's (not even the entire world's) derivative universe. Just a tad more.... diluted.

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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:37 | 3152658 Jendrzejczyk
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Everyone can choose specific timeframes to prove their statistical point.

Many focus on a slightly longer timeframe and draw their conclusions from that.


Tue, 01/15/2013 - 01:11 | 3153313 MeelionDollerBogus
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Every single year taxes went up, food prices went up, gas prices went up, rent went up, wages went down on top which adds to the problem, in the last 5 years. Oil price declines to prior levels did not return gas prices to the same levels.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:57 | 3152707 Deacon Frost
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‘jimmyjames’ needs to post links verifying his claims also. Rather than make ad hominem attacks on ‘akak’.

The US Inflation Calculator uses the latest US government CPI data (which are understated) released on December 14, 2012. The same basket of items that cost $20 in 2005 would be $23.58 or an annual rate of inflation change of 17.9%.


First, low cost Chinese imports and some technology improvements have kept certain prices down.

Secondly, the CPI does not include sales price of homes. Instead, it calculates the monthly equivalent of owning a home, which it derives from rents. Therefore, the CPI gives a false reading. This is why it did not warn of asset inflation during the housing bubble of 2005.

The “core” CPI, which the Fed uses, does not include food and energy costs.


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:11 | 3152722 jimmyjames
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‘jimmyjames’ needs to post links verifying his claims also


Pull up a chart of housing prices and the price of oil or uraninium or wheat-

Wheat was trading at 4.39 in 08-- today its trading at 3.47-

So where is this huge loss in $ purchasing power?


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 22:03 | 3152742 akak
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More disingenuous and flat-out dishonest bullshit.

Are you sure that you don't work for the Fed?

For one thing, taking the short-term price spike in wheat in 2008 as indicative of its overall price in that year is anecdotal and specious cherry-picking at its worst --- just like the ridiculous crap that the gold haters pull when they try to compare the brief price spike in gold in 1980 to its price two or five years later as "proof" that gold is no inflation hedge.  It is the price TREND that matters, and the price trend for wheat, as for almost any commodity, has been UP for the last ten years, and more generally, up for the past 80 post-gold-standard years, inevitably mirroring the depreciation of the US dollar (and fiat currencies overall).

For another thing, none of us go to the grocery store and buy wheat; we buy foods MADE from wheat, and THOSE foods are all curiously MUCH higher in price than they were in 2008 --- by a factor of around 50%, from my own experience.

JimmyJames, why are you so determined to make such a complete and utter fool of yourself?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 22:37 | 3152942 Bohm Squad
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And what was wheat trading for in 2000?  Four times less you say?!?!


Get a job, hippy.



Tue, 01/15/2013 - 01:00 | 3153295 MeelionDollerBogus
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Are you fucking mad? Did you intend /sarc in a way that was meant to be hard to interpret?

EVERYTHING we can measure prices for, including what computers are made from, electronics of all sorts, has gone up in FIAT PRICE showing DE-VALUATION of that fiat currency (all of them). It's just LUCKY that some (not all) of us can leverage up the benefits of various cars, bikes, data-phones & computers to MAKE MONEY, somehow. SOME can do no better than play x-box games & send dirty pictures on over-priced iPhones and they are SEEING NO BENEFIT whatsoever from the "more powerful" electronics abilities.

And while OIL may be 90 now vs 150 in 2008 consider where jobs & wages went: now instead of a person having to work twice as hard to get the same gas with diminished wages, many have the extremely good luck to be so broke as to NEVER afford gas & never have to worry about it ever again. Wow, so lucky.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:57 | 3152567 silverserfer
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sessinpo, hold paper then if you're too lazy to hold that heavy metal. I double dog dare you!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:10 | 3152606 akak
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I hate to present these logical arguments to gold bugs. I hold PMs myself as a percentage. But I'm here to prosper, not get emotionally tied to ANY investment and lose.

It's funny and ironic how all the paperbugs and pro-Establishment sheep (not calling you either, sessinpo) love to level the "emotionally attached to their investment" argument against holders of gold, when it is in fact THEY who are implicitly and explicitly, hysterically, idiotically, monomaniacally attached to their investment of choice, government-issued paper promises.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:19 | 3152619 lasvegaspersona
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I love fiat. I want all me debts to be owed in fiat. I know in the long run it will be easier to pay them off as fiat always depreciates. All gold is good for is saving in.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:51 | 3152826 TheFourthStooge-ing
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sessinpo said:

And if the US should decided to go to a legitimate gold standard, you have the situation where logically, why should I hold pounds of metal (store), when I can carry light papers backed by gold?

In your hypothetical return to a gold standard, you shouldn't, and neither should anyone else placing such complete faith and trust in the honesty and integrity of the US government.

Nevertheless, you are likely to encounter people who don't share that trust. Should you ever wish to engage in commerce with such people, you'd first need to redeem your promise papers for physical gold.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:40 | 3152368 TWSceptic
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There is not that much to invest looking at the infographic.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:43 | 3152381 Sudden Debt
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And that's just all the physical!!!



Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:41 | 3152370 Sudden Debt
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Jeez... next time I throw my gold coins away in the city sewers, I better think twice...

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:41 | 3152374 clagr
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Interesting that the US Treasury portion is worth less than a half trillion $. So 1/32 of our debt.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:42 | 3152375 Hobbleknee
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How come all the ones and zeroes on my computer aren't worth as much as the ones and zeros on the bank's computer?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:03 | 3152452 Poor Grogman
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Them's the rules old chap

Someone has to hold all those assets safe and sound from those criminals now don't they?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:41 | 3152376 sessinpo
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So I ask, as I have asked many times before, why isn't gold much, much higher? I hold some PM's and I think everyone should. But considering what has been printed (trillions that we know of and how much do we not know of) and what will likely be printed, why isn't gold over $3k/oz. Logically it should be but it isn't.  Is that a message the market is telling people that most are missing?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:43 | 3152387 Racer
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Message = Terrified

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:54 | 3152426 mumbo.jumbo
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"Is that a message the market is telling people that most are missing?"

what market?

oh, you mean the liebor bunch?

or the soon to default COMEX?


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:39 | 3152530 BlueCheeseBandit
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Markets only do the logical as a last resort.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 00:55 | 3153282 MeelionDollerBogus
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Markets are in disbelief about the devaluation of currencies & legal tender laws FORCE people to stick with currency which by nature removes some immediate-use trade-value of non-fiat currencies.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:43 | 3152378 Seasmoke
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$10,000 oz. Bitchez !

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:43 | 3152386 ricky2
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Of course, this is what is "reported" that the US has. I WANT PROOF DAMMIT!!!!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:05 | 3152456 Jendrzejczyk
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If the truth ever comes out, that bitch will freefall like WTC 7.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:44 | 3152390 sitenine
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As a side note: platinum within $5 of reaching parody again with gold. Would like to see ZH or SD discuss what this means.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:52 | 3152418 Mr. Hudson
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Gold was always $30 less an ounce than platinum.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:59 | 3152437 walküre
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petty. means nothing. FIAT is worth less and less over time and eventually completely worth less.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:06 | 3152458 Mr. Hudson
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It "means nothing"? I was talking about platinum (a PM); not FIAT.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:40 | 3152672 walküre
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When gold is worth North of $10,000 / oz and platinum is worth $12,000 / oz your $30 difference theory goes out the door.

Just an example.

From my pov this whole debate about the dollar value of the most precious asset is completely irrelevant.

The current paper dollar is just a figment of someone's imagination and will go down in history as just another attempt at creating currency on paper.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 23:57 | 3153155 Acidtest Dummy
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Mr. Hudson,

     My theory of why Pt has declined against Au: Au is much more easily recognized than Pt. People who handle Au can identify it with their teeth, they are very familiar with Au's appearence and properties. Whereas Pt is another white metal, how does one know (on the street) that it is not Ag, Pd or even a cheeper white metal? And a big draw of Au is avoiding counterparty risk.

      So, when an easy assay test for Pt is developed, Pt conversion ratio will again excede Au's. (Freegold NOT withstanding) After all Pt is like 16 times less common than Au in the eath's crust.

    Anyway, the USA is toast until they/we PROSECUTE THE WAR CRIMINALS!

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 00:53 | 3153280 MeelionDollerBogus
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For all the catalytic industrial uses for platinum, much more valuable over-all intrinsically than gold scraped & melted into various shapes & mixtures, platinum is far less useful as a coin & far more useful as a powder, wires or already pre-mixed or put into the machines we need it for. So little gold is used in each item that leaves plenty behind for coin-storage format.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:59 | 3152434 krispkritter
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Freudian slip? Parody vs. parity? Good for a chuckle...

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:03 | 3152447 sitenine
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Ha! Victim of spell check. Freudian indeed - thanks for laugh :-)

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:06 | 3152459 I need more cowbell
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Not much of a Freudian slip. Reminds me of a friend though. He overheard the term and turned and asked me what was a Fredian slip. I said, " you know, A slip of the tongue in which something that the speaker was subconsciously thinking about is substituted for the one that he or she meant to say."

He said, " Oh, yeah, I did that myself this morning. I was going to ask my wife to pass the salt, but said You fucking bitch, you've ruined my life".

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:58 | 3152575 Ookspay
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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:27 | 3152642 Rusty Shorts
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Tue, 01/15/2013 - 03:26 | 3153427 resurger
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hahaha! +1

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:56 | 3152568 Moe Howard
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Automobile production up?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:06 | 3152391 FreeMktFisherMN
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"Do you think gold is money?"- RP

"No" -Bernanke

"Why do central banks hold gold? Why don't they hold diamonds?"-RP

" It's tradition" -Bernanke

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:16 | 3152723 akak
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" It's tradition" -Bernanke

So is the pathological dishonesty, and generally sociopathic nature, of central banksters.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:46 | 3152394 Dre4dwolf
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WoW gold and silver are under-valued.... currency must be in a bubble.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:48 | 3152400 Mine Is Bigger
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What I want to know is how much gold is lost due to "boating accidents."

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:50 | 3152412 Sudden Debt
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Let's ask those who where on Titanic....strange that after that incident.... the economy wen down...

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:48 | 3152401 q99x2
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The "Romney sucks," star of the Obamaphone video, lady is on the Alex Jones show today.

What kind of world is this? I'm certain it isn't the result of my imagination.

She's really pretty alright.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:49 | 3152403 Mr. Hudson
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What proof is there that the U.S. has 8,133 tonnes of gold?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:49 | 3152404 Meat Hammer
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I hides my gold in my teef

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:09 | 3152463 Jendrzejczyk
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Kind of negates the whole reason for getting a "grill" in the first place.


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:49 | 3152409 Bansters-in-my-...
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Wheres the Rothschilds Gold Mountain Image...?


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