Visualizing The Five Reasons To Own Gold

Tyler Durden's picture

Following last night's 94-page extravaganza on gold, this infographic, part four in our 2014 Gold Series (part 1, part 2, & part 3 here), covers the five best reasons to own gold: 1) Gold helps investors diversify their portfolios; 2) Gold is a great store of value; 3) Gold helps protect against inflation and other risks; 4) Gold demand is driven by a growing east, while grades are dropping and new discoveries are more scarce; and 5) Gold stocks are as cheap as they have ever been, using the GDX as a proxy. The reasons to own gold have not changed since the peak in 2011.


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Groundhog Day's picture

I can't wait for 1000 gold price

DirtyWilly's picture

Why wouldn't you buy gold?  Everyone knows it goes up in a recession/depression!  It goes up in inflation too!  It's a win-win, always goes up!  And helps support the banks that own most of it, because you know, we'll need them when the dust settles.

SilverIsKing's picture

The best reason to own physical gold is the fact that all currency and savings in the world is debt based fiat worthless paper and digital ones and zeros that are growing exponentially without anything fundamental to support the growth.

So if you want to own real money and not a paper promise of a bankrupt counterparty, you should own some gold.

Bindar Dundat's picture

Bitcoin is right up there as well......if we can only overcome the Russians and their 51% attacks.

J S Bach's picture

It's pathetic that it has to spelled out this way for the plebs.


Look... gold is real money, period.  End of discussion.  Now go get some while you still can.

sleigher's picture

I want to believe ( I do believe ) I want to be safe tomorrow.  Because tomorrow is when all the bad stuff happens.  At least that is what everyone keeps saying.  The morrow will reveal the marrow.  The marrow of the soul.

MeMadMax's picture

This is assumeing that society as we know it survives, and you got the money to burn.

If you are an average joe like me, whom is living paycheck to paycheck, spending what little you may have left on gold seems like a fools erand, and will more than likely be buying non-perishable food, guns/ammo, fuel, etc etc...

That is, if ur a smart average joe, if not so smart then ur buying iPhones and the boxed season set of the kardashians while trying to figure out a way to cover next months payment on that shiny honda that got +1 mpg over last years model that you traded in, but was $5,000 dollars cheaper than the new one...



Pegasus Muse's picture

Excellent discussion/analysis:


June 25, 2014 

Iraq About US Dollar, Hyperinflation Trouble in 2015 - Gordon T. Long

Robot Traders Mom's picture

"I can't wait for 1000 gold price"

I won't be surprised if you get downvoted to eternity with that comment. More people than ever are following swindlers that think they can "chart" or "predict" the price of gold/silver, and thus trying to trade it and profit. If ANYONE ever tries to act like they have a remote clue what will happen in the short-term with gold/silver, RUN. These are not friends to the liberty movement, they are charlatans. They lead people to become discouraged when the price doesn't do what they expect. It is a manipulated market, we all know that. Charts mean absolutely nothing.

We will all be thankful for the days we could buy silver at $20/ounce. Be grateful to the PTB for manipulating it to levels we can afford. If you are pissed off gold isn't at $5,000/oz, you don't get it. It will be there soon enough. Have patience and keep buying. In the meantime, stay away from the crooks that lurk here and the blogs around us...

BLOTTO's picture

Aside from the obvious good reasons to own gold...i think another consideration is because 'they' own/value it and have owned it right from the beginning. That means something.

Zirpedge's picture

Oh Lord, the Flintstones fan waded in with an appeal to "they". hahahahhahaha

quasimodo's picture

Wow, that is the comeback of the day, troll. 

11 weeks old? Did you even pop your cherry yet?


GetZeeGold's picture



Probably didn't even know he had a cherry.

Zirpedge's picture

RTM..He likely thinks it's a strong buy at 1000. Your hollering at one of your own.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

i agree. my mining stocks have been trading sideways, or losing money, but im ok with it. GDXJ will have its day to shine one day, but Im not in a hurry for it to happen. At under 30, im thrilled to be able to buy physical at these prices. i would smile at 1000 gold, or 15 silver. later in life, at some point in the future, they will be worth multiples of what they are now. plus, if gold is 10k/ounce, how much do you thing a loaf of bread is going to cost, or a gallon of gas? Im not saying i don't think its going to happen eventually, im just saying its not going to be pleasant, regardless of the ammount of gold/silver one may hold

schatzi's picture

This... I've been saying it over and over. Be thankful gold is where it is. My average gold portfolio cost 1600$/ounce and I'm glad it's not at 5000. It means I can still buy as income rolls in and I still have a job. It means the financial markets are still in control - which is a good thing. It means we aren't close to armageddon yet. Gold is your insurance for an event YOU DO NOT WANT TO HAPPEN. Fuck the reset. If we can somehow wriggle through without causing total economic collapse, I'll thank our lucky stars.

OceanX's picture

As painful as it will be, we need a reset.

For the last 30 years, everywhere I lived:  Detroit Metro, Houston, Austin and now Melbourne, Florida, I have seen strip malls left empty, while a few blocks away, bulldoze and building ... such a flagrant waste of resources.  Your grandchildern are literally going to mine the garbage dump for their natural resources!

TeethVillage88s's picture

Thanks for link:

These two stories seem to have a connection: UN (Detroit & Iraq) (Armored UN Trucks on US Highway)

RaceToTheBottom's picture

"I can't wait for 1000 gold price"

I don't go too much over 50% of my assets till it reaches 1000....

You the same?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

This is old news, old argument.  Even if 100% true and correct.

Wake me when it hits $1000 (BTFD) or > $2000 (sell bullion).  Until then, it's all "noise" from shills, agents and brokers, looking to make their commission.

p.s. When price keeps falling, you get... gold mining industry consolidation.  Weak miners have to sell.  Big whoop!

deflator's picture

And it makes a really nice chinking sound when the coins are stacked one on top of another.

kliguy38's picture

Give all the reasons you want ......the peeps won't buy it until its too late

DirkDiggler11's picture

Gold - you had me at my first AGE coin.... Still stackin' ...

Zirpedge's picture

Thank god for the visual sids, gold bugs can't read.

bigdumbnugly's picture

surprisingly, i got all that except the sids part.

NoDebt's picture

Spelling Immune Deficiency Syndrome?

Help Is Not Coming's picture

Suddenly Inflating Dollar Syndrome?

Zirpedge's picture

"Visual Aids" spelling nazi....pathetic.

greatbeard's picture

>> gold bugs can't read.

>> spelling nazi.

Bro, is it that you can dish it out but not take it, or are you a raging hypocrtie, or both?



MsCreant's picture

<--can lamely dish it out but not take it.

<--raging hypocrite

MsCreant's picture


<--one of the lamest most uninspired trolls to ever perform on ZH.

ebworthen's picture

Sure we can; every Dollar says "Federal Reserve Note" - as in promissory note.

I don't trust the government's promises, do you?

Zirpedge's picture

I don't trust nobody. Especially gold bug freaks who can't see that the shiny metal is a historic tool of oppression.  Your being played chum. I can't imaginge a scenario that I would trade water or food or security for some shiny trinkets.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

gold is just a tool. sometimes it has been used to oppress. Sometimes to liberate.

At points in history when paper wealth is being forcibly exaggerated, gold liberates.

Get on board, dude. Jump off again once the correction phase has been completed

Zirpedge's picture

Following this line of reasoning (frankly thank god someone here can stay on topic) what makes you think those who control the supply of paper will give up their strangle hold? Have the fiat creators given any indication that this bust out cycle is close to ending? I see a boom and bust cycle as very rewarding for parasitic  (labor averse) class. Divide and conquer "they" say.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

i think its important to bear in mind that the 'controllers' you refer to only provide a united front in times of control and stability. When they lose control some turn on others - by competitivity or necessity. Their stranglehold will not be surrendered voluntarily but it may come undone by the same fear and greed they use on the masses

Pegasus Muse's picture



Betting against gold is the same as betting on governments." –Gary North

"Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper money." -Daniel Webster

oddjob's picture

I don't trust nobody.

So you trust everybody, risky plan but I hope that works out for you.

Zirpedge's picture

Grammar nazi..just a figure of speech. When you come out of your infotainment induced stupor let us know.

oddjob's picture

I think you mean figurine of speech.

sleigher's picture

It's badass that a common insult today is to tell someone that they are asleep at the wheel.  "When you wake up let us know".  That has to be a good sign, even though you guys were arguing with each other.  

Help Is Not Coming's picture

I don't think it is "Asleep at the wheel" as much as it is "Controlled Flight Into Terrain". The difference being that with the former one is actually asleep where as with the latter the pilot thinks he is completely aware of the status of his aircraft and remains completely confident and relaxed all the way to the scene of the crash at which point he learns too late that things weren't the way he thought they were.

Rubbish's picture

It makes me just want to grab a wench by the hair and drag her to my cabin..................



Then show her my Treasure :)

flowerguy's picture

The best reason is that the banksters can't print it!

The best they can do is certificates, ETF's and ' storing' it for you.

He who has the gold makes the rules who really has it?
That answer is terrifying

Squid Viscous's picture

sold some oz back to gainesville today, sick of this shit,  

greatbeard's picture

>> sold some

Hard to blame anyone for that.  I'm not throwing in the towel just yet.  Although I'm a might bit tired of the steady, and obvious, ass kickin', I see no better place.  Best of luck to you.

Decolat's picture

Endure, if only for your kids future. You know whats coming. 

greatbeard's picture

>> for your kids future.

I haven't got any.  Mine is for my present.  I'm not bailing.  I'm following a plan I made a long time ago.  But I don't blame anyone who does.