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Cash Out Of Gold And Send Kids To College?

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Cash Out Of Gold And Send Kids To College?

Today's AM fix was USD 1,608.50, EUR 1,310.92, and GBP 1,030.69 per ounce.

Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,612.75, EUR 1,307.46 and GBP 1,029.79 per ounce.

Gold climbed $4.90 or 0.03% in New York yesterday and closed at $1,617.70/oz. Silver fell to $27.86 then rallied and finished with a gain of 0.39%.

Gold appears to in lock down mode this week with prices trapped in an unusually narrow 1% or $15 range between $1,603/oz and $1,618/oz.

Gold Spot $/oz Daily,20 days & 20 minutes - (Bloomberg)

Support is at $1,585/oz to $1,590/oz and at $1,570/oz. Resistance is at last week’s high of $1,628/oz.

Technically, the narrowing wedge pattern suggests that a close below or above these levels could lead to rapid and sharp moves down or up.

Gold was initially flat in Asia but took a dip and has remained weak in European trading.

XAU/GBP Exchange Rate Daily  - (Bloomberg)

Gold is on track for its 2nd weekly gain – possibly due to concerns about the Chinese, US and global economy. Slowdowns in all major economies mean that it’s not really a question of if the central banks will employ fiscal stimulus packages, only when.

An indication of continuing demand, especially institutional, for gold was seen in the data from ETF Securities' which showed gold ETF holdings up a very large 216,000 ounces or 6.7 tons on Thursday.

Cash Out Of Gold And Send Kids To College?

The Financial Times published an interesting article on Wednesday by a Tokyo-based analyst with Arcus Research, Peter Tasker, entitled of 'Cash out of gold and send kids to college'.

The article is interesting as it is an articulate synopsis of those who are either negative on and or bearish on gold. It clearly shows the continuing failure to understand the importance of gold as a diversification and as financial insurance.

Tasker incorrectly states that gold is "just another financial asset, as vulnerable to the shifts of investor sentiment as an emerging market."

He conveniently ignores over 2,000 years of history showing how gold is a store of value. He also ignores recent academic research showing gold to be a hedging instrument and a safe haven asset.

Another fact unacknowledged is how gold has clearly been a store of value since the current financial and economic crisis began in 2007. Since then gold has protected people from depreciating financial assets (such as equities and noncore bonds) and from depreciating fiat currencies such as the dollar, the pound and more recently the euro. 

Further evidence that gold is not just "another financial asset" is seen in the fact that some of the largest buyers of gold bullion bars today are central banks.

They are buying physical gold bullion in order to diversify their foreign exchange holdings and to own a physical hard asset that will protect in the event of currency crises or an international monetary crisis.

That gold remains a store of value is also seen in the fact that the other most important buyers of gold in the world are store of wealth buyers in Asia and the Middle East (particularly China and India but also in Turkey, Iran, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam etc).

Millions of these buyers do not view gold as a risky "financial asset." They know through experience that gold is a store of wealth and are buying near pure gold jewellery and bullion coins and bars in order to protect against currency debasement.  

Were Peter to have a conversation with a few Spanish, Irish or Greek investors he would quickly realize why gold is not just another “risk on” asset.

Japanese, British and American investors would be wise to diversify into assets that have protected periphery European investors in recent months.

He also suggests that gold is a bubble as "the price has simply become too rich".

He makes a comparison with the "great historical bubbles", such as "Japanese stocks in the 1980s" and the "Nasdaq in the 1990s".  This comparison is simplistic and misleading as the percentage price gains in both the Nikkei and Nasdaq bubbles was orders of magnitude greater than gold's gradual rise since in 2000.

Indeed if one looks at gold's performance in an all important long term perspective (see video showing ‘Gold Undervalued From Long Term Perspective’ <3 mins, 20 seconds>), one sees that gold's gains in recent years are very sustainable and gold is merely playing catch up after the massive under performance and bear market of the 1980's and 1990's.

The Financial Times is fairly good in covering the gold market and allowing a plurality of opinion regarding gold. Every so often simplistic, unbalanced articles about gold are published.

XAU/EUR Exchange Rate Daily - (Bloomberg)

Such articles by 'experts' have the effect of confusing and misleading other journalists and the wider public and contribute to weak hands selling their gold holdings. This was seen again in recent days.

What is interesting is that such articles are often a contrarian indicator. They often come at a time of heightened negative sentiment against gold and can often mark an intermediate low in the gold price.

These articles are also a good contrarian indicator as they show that there remains a fundamental lack of knowledge about and appreciation of gold and its importance as a diversification for portfolios.

Incidentally, in the volatile year that has been 2011, gold has still outperformed many assets and seen its wealth preservation attributes shine again.

Gold has risen by 8.7% in euro terms, by 3.1% in US dollar terms and by 2.3% in sterling terms so far in 2011.

Never let the facts get in the way of a good gold bashing article.

Tasker accepts that US equities, despite being in a 12 year bull market, are still not cheap and yet he does not advise people to cash out of US equities.

Not acknowledged is the fact that only a tiny minority of investors have any allocation to gold whatsoever and therefore are not in a position to “cash out of gold” even if they were imprudent to do so.

Finally, investors and savers who have an allocation to gold will, in the coming years, be the people who can as Tasker concludes "buy a nice house, hire some workers, send your kids to college and eat big breakfasts".

That is gold's value – it is a proven store of wealth that protects people's living standards from government profligacy and financial asset and currency depreciation.

'Cash out of gold and send kids to college' can be read here.

Our video about gold as a store of value versus cash which debunks Tasker’s article can be watched here.

Cross Currency Table – (Bloomberg)



(Bloomberg) -- China Cracks Down on Extortion of Gold Exchange Members: Xinhua

Chinese police caught 10 people on suspicion of hacking computer systems and extorting 14 member companies of Hong Kong’s

Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange Society early this year, Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday, citing police in Hunan province.

?Six of the people were detained, Xinhua said

?The people are suspected of trying to extort 100,000-300,000 yuan from the member companies for allowing the companies’  websites to continue operating, according to Xinhua

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Gold Bulls Strengthen on Outlook for Additional Stimulus - Bloomberg

Gold ticks down, investors still eye China stimulus – Reuters

Gold Little Changed Amid Firm Dollar – RTT News

Gold, corn and oil among top assets in crisis - FT


Gold rush in China could see it sweep past India - Mineweb

ANALYSIS - Waiting for QE3: gold's last hurrah? - Reuters

What Happens to Greece’s Gold when They Exit the Eurozone - GoldSeek


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Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:06 | 2693554 JonNadler
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he forgot to mention that you can't eat gold!

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:09 | 2693560 Popo
Popo's picture be fair:  Gold *is* wildly subject to investor sentiment.   However,  that sentiment is currently very very good.

But I meet plenty of goldbugs who like gold for the wrong reason:  Because they think it always goes up.   That there's crazy talk, and it's the same crazy belief that slaughtered the real-estate sheep.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:11 | 2693564 SGS
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Ponzi goyim lemming continuum endures once again.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:14 | 2693569 Badabing
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Oh I forgot that currency is based on its edibility, good point.





Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:38 | 2693590 strannick
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Once in college they can study Keynsian economics, and then write articles about how bad gold is to pay off their student loans

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:43 | 2693631 francis_sawyer
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Sell your kids & buy gold...

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:48 | 2693633 GetZeeGold
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Hi Johnny.....some advise. Steal as much gold as you can...cause we're totally screwing you over right now.


Forget college.....get gold. When those rocket scientists are working for can borrow one of their degrees.


Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:43 | 2693770 tocointhephrase
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Fri, 08/10/2012 - 11:20 | 2694169 boogerbently
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I LOVE the "Gravity" theory in equity analysis. (What goes up must come down)

" gold is a bubble as "the price has simply become too rich"."

I imagine they've been saying this since gold was $35/oz.

Sat, 08/11/2012 - 01:28 | 2696450 TwoShortPlanks
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Gold must really be a fucked investment if Corn with Pubic Hair has performed better.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:20 | 2693582 Red Heeler
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" be fair: Gold *is* wildly subject to investor sentiment. " be fair: Gold *is* mildly subject to paper manipulation.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 10:33 | 2694012 KK Tipton
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How much is 1oz. of FRN paper money worth compared to gold?


Now there's a left field question....not really responding to your exact comment.


Anybody? Somebody put a stack of $20's on a scale plz.



Fri, 08/10/2012 - 10:45 | 2694056 blunderdog
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FRNs weigh about a gram each.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 11:53 | 2694253 KK Tipton
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I just threw a $20 on an electronic scale and it didn't even register.

A thin gold/diamond ring here weighed 1 gram.

Silver ring was 4 grams.

US nickel is 5 grams.


Though I did toss the gold ring and the $20 on the scale and got 2 grams.
Scale is not very sensitive. FRN might be just under 1gm?


Edit - 1 troy ounce is 31 grams.

Lots of interesting gold info at that site.



Fri, 08/10/2012 - 12:38 | 2694411 blunderdog
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FRNs weigh about a gram each.

That's how the cheap bill counting machines WORK.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 13:11 | 2694484 Red Heeler
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"Anybody? Somebody put a stack of $20's on a scale plz."

The answer is: 29.

29 Jacksons x $20 = $580.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:05 | 2693704 Snidley Whipsnae
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Real estate isn't very portable unless it's a mobile home.

Real estate hasn't been used as money for the last 5 thousand years.

and... most people that own gold know that it's purchasing power does fluctuate but returns to 'normal' once economies stabilize.

Those that believe that gold is a 'get rich quick' scheme are the minority, imo.

Gold is to prevent 'getting poor quickly'.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:24 | 2693734 CH1
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A college diploma is the most insanely over-proced paper on the planet!

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 13:28 | 2694538 aerojet
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I just received the alumni magazine for one of the hoity-toity graduate schools I attended.  It made me a little bit queasy reading about all the various bs awards and honors the faculty bestows on each other.  The amount and dollar value of some of the grants they received was also eye-opening.  The whole thing is a scam--I felt it when I was there, and I still feel the same way, and that's why I'm not working in higher education. 

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 11:48 | 2694254 ElvisDog
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Real estate also needs constant maintenance and upkeep costs. The only upkeep cost with gold is the cost of storing it, which can be as little as $75-100 a year for a safe deposit box. A house will cost at least $5000-10000 a year to maintain when property taxes and insurace are included.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 15:21 | 2694994 smiler03
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You can live in Real Estate.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:28 | 2693791 adamas
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get a grip.... Real Estate was an appreciating asset for one reason and one only , banks were perpetually loosening lending criteria for 40 years , pumping floods of fresh new fiat into housing , everyone jumped aboard like good little sheep thinking that buying a house on a credit card was the way to retire early and rich. now debt is collapsing , mortgages are unavailable , housing will revert to its true value, the value of its component parts, wood/brick/copper pipes. Gold on the other hand forms the base of Exters pyramid.... the layer above are US treasuries, once the fascination with lending money to banksrupt uncle Sam wanes there is only one place on earth for funds to go in size....GOLD ... hope this helps...

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 11:21 | 2694173 Death and Gravity
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Partially true. Real estate has indeed been appreciating for decades due to, one: reduced credit-giving restraints by banks, second: increased money supply in the western world, and third and most important: The fact that you cannot make more land, but it's easy to make more humans, with associated human needs, ie. a place to live and work.

Mortgages and RE values are falling (not collapsing) due to the fact that the non-propertied wage workers are likewise falling into unemployment and outright poverty, with an inability to service their mortgage payments, simply because there is no money from work income to pay it.

As long as mainstream economics do not acknowledge this fundamental fact in resource scarcity of land, there will be a ever widening cleft between property owners and non-propertied wage workers, which NO amount of welfareist redistribution will solve.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 11:27 | 2694189 Paul Atreides
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LOL fuckin troll at it again, shillin for the're scum!

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 13:30 | 2694546 aerojet
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You can make more humans, but most will live in abject poverty and never purchase real estate.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:14 | 2693572 Colombian Gringo
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Yes you can. You can swallow a small gold coin and it will come out the other end untarnished.

Swallow a fed reserve note, and notice how it reverts to its real nature, crap.


Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:25 | 2693588 Death and Gravity
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FRN by another name:


Fri, 08/10/2012 - 10:05 | 2693923 tabasco71
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He doesn't need to - corn lets its returns do the talking.... duh!!


Case of putting your money where your mouth is

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 10:13 | 2693946 jimod
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But you can eat cattle. The Watusi and the Masai are right! 

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 11:02 | 2694114 DoChenRollingBearing
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Ah!  JonNadler strikes again!  Where's Bravo?  

And thay guy who says it onlt costs $5 to get it out of the ground?

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:07 | 2693556 Aziz
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Drop out of college, cash into gold.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:14 | 2693570 AU5K
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Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:18 | 2693577 malikai
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That thought in 1999/2000 would have been absolutely rediculous!

Nevermind the fact that those who did have that thought are now wondering what to do with their stunning gains.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:32 | 2693601 GMadScientist
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One 1/10 oz coin at a time...Lulz

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:18 | 2693749 youngman
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I get mad when people say a "college" degree is what you need....that is to broad brushed for me.....if you study engineering...write code...medical... will get a job.....if you study AFRICAN LESBIAN will not get a many people do the latter.....they pile up the government loans ..."study" for 8 years...Maybe go to GRAD school....because that is where the dreadlocks really look cool....they have no intention of paying the loans back...they believe that the government will come in and save them off or forgive them..College is a right in their minds....also a should all be supplied by government....see where this is going..

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:48 | 2693848 blunderdog
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    if you study engineering...write code...medical.

That's bullshit, though.  There are plenty of engineers and coders who are working crap jobs, or on the bricks.

Medical stuff's different because it's a government-funded industry.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 13:32 | 2694560 aerojet
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I would only add that while they are doing all that higher educatin' they are getting a near total indoctrination into leftist ideology.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 14:54 | 2694893 blunderdog
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You ever been to a college?

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:09 | 2693557 Badabing
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Cash Out Of Gold And Send Kids To College?

Only if they teach “Gold is real money 101”

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:14 | 2693561 hugovanderbubble
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Gold will suffer from Debt Haircuts But other assets will suffer much more.

So in relative terms yes Long Physical Gold

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:11 | 2693562 TideFighter
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Soon China will have all of our gold and our graduates.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:17 | 2693576 SGS
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no one wants your graduates.  Washed up drunk and cocaine induced 4 year degrees coupled with the clap and a little clymitia is so 90's.  THis education thing is OVER.





Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:24 | 2693587 Death and Gravity
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Sell Corn buy Cannabis.

"Dat ain't corn, boy!"

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:34 | 2693603 GMadScientist
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You didn't smoke that Acapulco gold!

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 11:04 | 2694122 DoChenRollingBearing
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It took a village!

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:54 | 2693670 El Oregonian
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Sell corn by REAL food, instead of Monsanto produced GMO insecticide called corn...

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:20 | 2693751 youngman
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"sittin on my sack of seeds"...remember that song

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 11:33 | 2694202 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Smokin' them wildwood flowers got to be a habit
We never seen no harm
We thought it was kind-a handy
Take a trip and never leave the farm

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:12 | 2693563 Death and Gravity
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Ahhh.... in short: "drop your financial safety, and pump money into the education bubble, and indebt your kids for life".

Such a shill for the status quo, that author is. Sigh.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:34 | 2693604 GMadScientist
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Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:49 | 2693811 oddjob
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How much is a G.E.D. these days?

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 10:00 | 2693899 GMadScientist
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Don't you worry your little head about that, precious.

Did you know you can work while you get a degree? Apparently this is news.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 10:09 | 2693936 oddjob
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Work 2 jobs to pay for some pseudo educated acedemic's tenure. Fuck That. These people were supposed to be the educated conscience of the people and instead sold out for bankers confetti and a 2 hour workday.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 13:36 | 2694574 aerojet
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To be clear--the professors didn't do that.  They have their own foibles, but the people who sold out to the bankers are the administrators.  Your typical college prof doesn't exactly live the high life.  A handful work up to a decent salary.  At the big research universities, there's a handful of high-flyers who pay themselves a percentage of each grant, but even then, they make like $250K/yr. before taxes and they work like hell.  Contrast that with how much football and basketball coaches earn, or the higher ups at the university--that's where the priorities are all out of whack.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 10:16 | 2693954 TGR
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Eureka! I do believe you've just solved the woes of the world. Just round up all the unwashed unemployed, under-employed and benefit-leaching masses, send them to college and presto, they can all be gainfully employed AND pay off their degrees at the same time!

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 13:37 | 2694582 aerojet
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You make light of it, but if those ignorant people could somehow become educated, hell, even just exercise some common sense, they could go very far.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 22:16 | 2696017 TGR
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Well I agree, I am certainly not against education in most forms, and whether it's a trade skill or degree/diploma, all the better for the individual and the economy, in theory, to a degree. The comment that people can work to pay off their exhorbitant college fees while actually studying just struck me as a little ironic in this economic quagmire we are in, that's all!


Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:47 | 2693646 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Death and Gravity said:

Ahhh.... in short: "drop your financial safety, and pump money into the education bubble, and indebt your kids for life".

Well, yes, you are correct. However, you really can't expect the status quo shills to come right out and tell you what to do in a straightforward manner. For maximum effectiveness, it must be cloaked in marketingspeak and public relations puffery.

They will get a boatload of suckers to take the bait by extolling the virtues and necessity of a college education as an "investment in the future". Some of the suckers might get a little suspicious if the message was "throw away your savings and sell your children into slavery in exchange for accredited credentials which will have ceased to be relevant by the time they are awarded."

Such a shill for the status quo, that author is. Sigh.

Slithering snake oil shill does indeed slither.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 11:30 | 2694195 Paul Atreides
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Hypocrite bullshitter right there folks, defends a tyranical govnerment that murders 3000 of its own citizens on 9/11 yet calls the author a shill for the status quo on gold and student debt. I can handle Robotrader and MDB, at least they're good for a laugh its the trolls like D&G that are the malicious, devious pieces of shit that need to be put up against a wall and shot in the coming revolution.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 11:42 | 2694233 Harbanger
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There is no such thing as an education bubble, loans and subsidies created a tuition bubble. 

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 11:57 | 2694281 Death and Gravity
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Point taken; by "education" I meant tuition, as you write.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 13:40 | 2694592 aerojet
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Have you toured many large campuses lately?  I think it's clear that the bubble represents a lot of different things, especially tuition and real-estate, but overall, it is not wrong to portray it as a "higher education bubble" because when the bubble bursts, a lot of schools are simply going to cease to exist completely.  The rest will be consierably downsized.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:12 | 2693568 malikai
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Here's how gold looked as of this morning:

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:14 | 2693571 Red Heeler
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Send kids to college where critcal thinking is an elective?

Gold never has to think.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:41 | 2693627 azzhatter
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and brainwashing is mandatory

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:21 | 2693756 kill switch
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Critical thinking?,,,Critical thinking? Are you mad? You my friend should be inserted on the no fly list and renditioned under the NDAA,,, ASAP!!! Oh wait,,Obummer wouldn't go that far would he? You are a terrorist non the less. And you are now in grave danger...


Critical thinking INDEED.

/With extreme /sarc


On a serious note, WE ARE FUCKED!! Old news...

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:15 | 2693574 vertexa
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Don't get into debt!

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:18 | 2693578 RockyRacoon
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I welcome articles like his at FT because one must see the absurdity of the position in order to bolster one's own.   It's the ultimate form of hyperbole and exaggeration.   It's almost as if the article were planted by the gold-bugs!   How better to illustrate the sanity of holding gold than to wrap it in buffoonery?

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:18 | 2693747 CH1
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one must see the absurdity of the position in order to bolster one's own

Sometime, yes. But it should not be continual... that goes to an ugly place.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:21 | 2693757 Sean7k
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I couldn't agree more and have to add, why would anyone want people entering and crowding the market that is soooo very underpriced? 

The CB's have to continue expanding the monetary supply. Someone will buy or take that paper- until they don't. 

Thusly, please continue to keep a lid on the price US government, please hold that short position JPM. Someday, I will need capital for the black markets which will control goods in the marketplace and they won't be taking dollars. As more and more goods are only secured on black markets, the dollar will cease to have any value. 


Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:18 | 2693580 BlackMagician
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“Gold is the money of kings; silver is the money of gentlemen; barter is the money of peasants; but debt is the money of slaves.”

There is no going back to the 90's...

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:23 | 2693586 Hayek FA
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you didn't make that gold

all your gold is belong to us

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:27 | 2693591 Peter Pan
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Sell the gold and send the kids to college? For what? To burden them with debt and without a guarantee for a decent paying job? Spare me. Had parents invested in $30000 of gold in 2000, that gold would be worth around $180,000 today or the value of a decent house for which a college graduate would have to work a lifetime to pay off.

With a fully paid off house plus whatever savings a young person could save from age 18 to 25, they could end up going to college at a slightly more mature stage of their life and still have a family.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:19 | 2693750 CH1
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If you want education, READ BOOKS!!

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:28 | 2693787 sessinpo
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"Sell the gold and send the kids to college? For what? To burden them with debt and without a guarantee for a decent paying job? Spare me. Had parents invested in $30000 of gold in 2000, that gold would be worth around $180,000 today or the value of a decent house for which a college graduate would have to work a lifetime to pay off."


This is tripe.  One could use that same argument for any bull market of any asset. Why didn't you invest in corn last year, you would have had great returns that would fit the statement above. What about all those RE investers before housing collapsed? They were saying and thinking the same thing. And what about this sentence? "To burden them with debt and without a guarantee for a decent paying job?". Where on earth is anything guaranteed? I don't know you economic or political values, but anyone that thinks something should be guaranteed in life is full of liberal BS with or without knowing it. Nothing is guaranteed in life including gold and life itself.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 13:52 | 2694653 aerojet
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I don't think you people appreciate intellectual pursuits very much.  You don't go to college because of "jobs" you go there because you want to learn about particular subjects.  The whole vocational aspect is really a side issue.  So what are you clinging to gold for if you don't have any better understanding of the world than when you started?  Also, how do expect to obtain that gold unless you have something worthwhile to trade for?  I guess you can be a whore and just take it up the ass, but that's not exactly contributing to mankind's knowledge.  You get out of college what you put into it and far too many people put nothing into it and so they get nothing back out except debt.  They're stupid to do that, they didn't think it through.  But it isn't my problem.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 15:38 | 2695052 TheFourthStooge-ing
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aerojet said:

I don't think you people appreciate intellectual pursuits very much.  You don't go to college because of "jobs" you go there because you want to learn about particular subjects.

That's why some people go to college. If all you want to do is learn about particular subjects, college may help some, but it isn't necessary.

The whole vocational aspect is really a side issue.

You're somewhat correct, but not in the way that you expected. For most American college students these days, the vocational aspect is secondary to the primary reason they are attending college: credential attainment. It's just a way to spend four or five years drinking, getting high, having sex, and playing video games, interspersed with cramming for tests and navigating a maze of bureaucratic red tape.

It's nice to think that they're being educated along the way, and a few of them are, but for many, intellectual pursuits are tertiary at best.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:30 | 2693596 EvlTheCat
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Your first mistake is worrying what a, doushy, Financial Times writer "thinks".

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:36 | 2693609 GMadScientist
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I believe you mean 'douchey'...'doushy' is how Sean Connery feels after a night of doing shots.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 10:01 | 2693911 EvlTheCat
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LOL.  I stand corrected.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:31 | 2693597 Ted Baker
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Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:34 | 2693605 Levadiakos
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GB was a teenager when gold was $245/oz. An impressive feat for a teen.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:39 | 2693621 GMadScientist
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Man does he look shitty for someone who is supposedly only 30 years old now.


Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:37 | 2693611 disabledvet
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But he still got the cob...

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:38 | 2693613 disabledvet
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"What's the matter Colonel Sanders...chicken?!!"

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:41 | 2693626 GMadScientist
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The Colonel does not bow to pressure, from peers or Yankees; that is why he is fit for command.


Fri, 08/10/2012 - 14:22 | 2694781 Harbanger
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You may like this video the Colonel made in response to Chick fil-a.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:38 | 2693614 ivars
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Gold, silver are coming out of one of the bull run triangle corrections. As long as USA debt increases exponentially , which is guaranteed, there is nothing to stop the exponential trend of the 2001->onwards  bull run. Absolutely nothing, so, as many times during this run, it will just move one back into exponetial corridor, and it will happen very, very soon. Silver will further benefit from downwards oscillation of GSR, and will grow superexponetially which will cause for it to correct first at 60-70 USD in february-April 2013.

Here are pictures/charts:



Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:46 | 2693639 GMadScientist
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Gold and silver are contango with the constellation of Virgo.

Love the crystall ball.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:14 | 2693735 Badabing
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After doing a thorough analysis using OHLC charts overlaying Elliott wave principle, Fabonacci ratios, momentum rate, the 200 and 50 DMA, and resistance break out trending I have come to the conclusion that the in-depth analyses just preformed is for SHIT because the market is counterfeit!


Buy physical PMs

And fuck you banks!     

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:31 | 2693795 GMadScientist
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You've timed the ovulation perfectly.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:48 | 2693846 Hayek FA
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Charting Gold or Silver against fairy paper is like trying to nail jello to drywall.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 10:51 | 2694076 azusgm
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"As long as USA debt increases exponentially , which is guaranteed, there is nothing to stop the exponential trend of the 2001->onwards  bull run. Absolutely nothing, so, as many times during this run, it will just move one back into exponetial corridor, and it will happen very, very soon."


Trade with gold will go underground

Makes you a terrorist

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:39 | 2693622 BeetleBailey
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If someone does cash out of gold to send their kids to college, it better be an AG college; farming, technical or bio-tech.

NOT fucking liberal arts, or some such useless shit.


Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:42 | 2693630 GMadScientist
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You have the attitude of the beaten serf; too dumb to even know there's life outside the cave and angry with anyone who isn't as willing a slave as yourself.

Amusing, truly.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:21 | 2693758 CH1
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Damn, you're awfully harsh on Beetle.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:29 | 2693790 GMadScientist
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Just tired of the "you should only go to school to be a cog" meme...people who think that their personal values should be projected onto the rest of society (if I don't like it, it's "useless shit") are no better than communists and they completely fail to understand what makes capitalism a better (not perfect, just better) system for satisfying our invididual needs, whatever they may be. Since I know Beetle is a 2/20 hustler, he gets zero slack when trying to pull rank on people who do the stuff that makes life worth living in a world full of paper-pushing pussies like him.


Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:51 | 2693862 blunderdog
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Big fascist crowd here, yo.  It's not like this is news.  Society will be perfect just as soon as everyone on Earth thinks the same way these guys do.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 12:47 | 2694434 Panafrican Funk...
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Agreed 100% and just to further this for people that might be a bit slow on the uptake, if you work 8 hours a day, and sleep 8 hours a day, that still leaves 8 hours of time to fill.  What to do with that time?  Even if you're completely fucked in the head and think it's normal to work 12 hours a day, that's still 4 hours, every single solitary day, of time that has nothing to do with working at a job.  Consider an even more extreme scenario, where you work 12 hours, sleep 8 hours, and do chores 3 hours.  Yep, there's still that pesky hour with nothing in particular to do.  What to do with that time?  Certainly not interact with your family, that's hippie bullshit.  Prostitutes and blow?  Don't need college do do those professions.  Eat $500 a plate dinners?  Cooked and served by liberal arts degreed people.  Sorry for your inconvenience, Beetle, but we liberal arts "dipshits" unfortunately play at least some role in your illusiary "master of the universe" lifestyle.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:43 | 2693629 Getting Old Sucks
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Leave all your physical gold to grandchildren. 

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:47 | 2693644 GMadScientist
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Drop the last two words and become a buddhist.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:01 | 2693692 Northeaster
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"Leave all your physical gold to grandchildren." -

This is what I was thinking, or at least my children, and it won't be taxed either. I don't have a lot, I think "all in" anything is dumb, but it's an asset that won't be taken or taxed when I'm gone. I don't believe I'll need it for what's left in my lifetime, but it's a good feeling knowing I won't be leaving a burden to my children when I go in the ground.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:48 | 2693649 MFLTucson
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Sell Gold and get your kids an education so they are prepared for the depression with no jobs.  Brilliant!

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:50 | 2693655 JPMorgan
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The FT is just PM bashing for their pay masters.

They just don't want the public investing in tangible asset classes that don't promote the continuation of the fiat system.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:52 | 2693660 Scalaris
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Cash kids out of college to buy gold > Cash kids to buy gold > Cash gold to buy cocaine and llamas > Win 

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:53 | 2693667 HardAssets
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Stack gold . . . . and corn, cob loads of the stuff.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:09 | 2693679 sessinpo
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I post the following while acknowledging that I hold some PMs in my portfolio, physical.

"Tasker incorrectly states that gold is "just another financial asset, as vulnerable to the shifts of investor sentiment as an emerging market."

This is purely opinion, not fact.


"He conveniently ignores over 2,000 years of history showing how gold is a store of value."

This is true, gold has not historically gone to zero as other investments have such as a particular stock.


"Another fact unacknowledged is how gold has clearly been a store of value since the current financial and economic crisis began in 2007."

Several investments or sectors have risen in that time period. Why isn't the same logic used there? The truth is that many of those bull markets are liquidity driven and PMs are subject to those same rules of the market. It is unfortunate to have goldbugs like goldcore try to ignore supply and demand fundamentals to justify a certain opinion.  The basis for goldcore's entire argument is a hedge against fiat currencies gone bad. Well until goldcore or someone else can tell us all definitively when the the world's reserve currency, the US Dollar, will be defunct, such arguments and statements made are pure speculation and often wrong because the analysis is so blatantly biased.


"Further evidence that gold is not just "another financial asset" is seen in the fact that some of the largest buyers of gold bullion bars today are central banks."

Central banks and governments have always held, bought and sold gold. Various transfers have risen and gotten more publicity. Again, the manipulation of information to justify a bullish argument.


I do find value in hold some PMs, but I think goldcore's nonsense post, arguments and logic do more harm then good. Finally I will add one more thing. Goldcore doesn't seem to see one important thing regarding the thread topic: "Selling gold to pay for kids college". Why is that? Why aren't those people using gold to pay for college instead of having to convert it to a fiat currency first? Because for some reason, goldcore hasn't accepted that fiat currency is still the preferred and accepted asset to pay for debts, not gold, not yet. This is my basis for suggesting that PMs will may decline relative to the US dollar in a deflationary environment. PMs may rise in value relative to other assets, but until the dollar is killed, people will have to convert ALL assets to dollars to pay for things, including gold.


Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:23 | 2693766 CH1
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Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:32 | 2693803 PatientZero
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"This is true, gold has not historically gone to zero as other investments have such as a particular stock."

What the hell kind of glue are you sniffing? "has not historically gone to zero"??? It is IMPOSSIBLE for gold to hit zero.

You know how gold is made? It is the result of a fusion reaction at the primal core of the Sun BEFORE our solar system took proper form. In other words, it was formed roughly 4 billion years ago when the Earth took form. You will never see that kind of raw fusion power again. EVER. Unless we get off this planet and start space exploring. That ain't happening any time soon.


Now -- not only is gold a store of value but it has insane numbers of industrial, technological and scientific uses. The same goes for Silver.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:51 | 2693859 aka Gil
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Thank you, and might I add "gold has not historically gone to zero" what?

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 11:49 | 2694259 ParkAveFlasher
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Fri, 08/10/2012 - 15:47 | 2695089 smiler03
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 "You know how gold is made? It is the result of a fusion reaction at the primal core of the Sun BEFORE our solar system took proper form. In other words, it was formed roughly 4 billion years ago when the Earth took form."

Apart from a few simple  errors in this statement, the same applies to every other element in the universe other than Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium and Beryllium.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:35 | 2693809 Sean7k
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You conveniently ignore the effect of manipulation by bullion banks and governments in the price of gold and silver. First, the question of why manipulate it in the first place: to protect the price of currency. Second, to manage the perception of gold and silver as assets by the general public. This has a definite effect on the market demand for PM's. 

Goldcore is merely making a counter argument to Tasker's. It doesn't attempt to measure all assets classes, as Tasker doesn't. Tasker's argument is against gold. 

I agree that currency is the preferred method, but that just might be because it is the ONLY LEGAL METHOD. Did you forget about legal tender laws? 

Finally, pricng or attempting to determine value in a fiat currency is only useful if you're going to buy or sell. If you hold wealth, the price of a dollar is meaningless- unless you hold dollar denominated assets. 

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 10:08 | 2693934 blunderdog
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You're getting a bit TOO Austrian there.  It's important to understand that all commodities/resources/services/etc are ultimately only valued by human beings, BUT....'re on a goldbug thread, where it's not really acceptable to question the magical wonderfulness of gold's inherent and eternal value.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 12:59 | 2694462 Panafrican Funk...
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"It's important to understand that all commodities/resources/services/etc are ultimately only valued by human beings"  

Sorry, didn't realize we were considering non-humans in the discussion of currency, though it's important to note that reptilians also seem to value it as a substance.

All kidding aside, gold is currency.  It's an important hedge against fiat.  I agree that 100% allocation in gold doesn't make sense, but at least 30% seems very reasonable.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 13:12 | 2694488 blunderdog
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I detect some sarcasm, but if you read the posts here, you should've long ago realized that there's a very LOUD goldbug contingent that truly seems to believe that gold's value is not *arbitrary.*

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 14:26 | 2694794 Panafrican Funk...
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"gold's value is not *arbitrary.*"

It's fiat price is arbitrary.  That's the important distinction.  It's actual value is not, both as a undilutable medium of exchange, and as an industrial metal.  If that makes me a "goldbug", fine, but keep in mind that using that term is either wittingly or unwittingly advancing underlying motives.

"Once you label me, you negate me."  Why are you negating people that hold the opinion that it's a good idea to hold gold as a store of value?  What (or whose) purpose are you serving?  I'm just a person trying to do what I can to protect my family.  Why don't you want me to protect my family?

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 14:48 | 2694877 blunderdog
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Gold's value is PRECISELY arbitrary.  It is a rare element, and that's *all* it is.  There are other rare elements as well, and any one of them can potentially be used as a form of "wealth preservation" or "sound money."

That's the first critical realization of the Austrian school of economics: ALL valulations are based on human psychology.  There's no external source of information about what make something "valuable."

My purpose is to point out failures in *reasoning.*  I don't particularly care what anyone does based on anything I say.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 14:58 | 2694903 Precious
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The value of anything is arbitrary until you have a market.  Once you have a functioning market, with participants, arbitrariness disappears.

So if you have a market, especially one with liquidity in a baseline currency instead of barter, then the value of an arbitrary thing becomes completely non-arbitrary.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 15:06 | 2694940 blunderdog
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You can create a market for anything, though, and a market can disappear as quickly as it appeared.

Markets don't determine "values."  Markets determine PRICES.  Things that cannot be sold still have value, regardless of a market-determined price.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:57 | 2693682 GMadScientist
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Educate your kids yourselves early and often, then they can get a scholarship, and you can make them buy their own damn gold.


Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:57 | 2693683 tradewithdave
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If there is no link between human consciousness and the perceived value of precious metals as measured against that human consciousness rather than as against fiat, then Tasker's thesis would be correct, no?  However, if you agree with that assessment (gold consciousness link) then you are subject to Gensler's most recent naked Libor treatise and how his continuing move towards near frictionless money (electronic rather than paper money) leads to a reverse of Gresham's law.  Unfortunately for FOFOA the prisoner's dilemma doesn't work as a single player game theory.  As a matter of fact, game theory only works with two people and the same can be said of conspiracies. 

Raise your hand if you would be willing to go to jail for not using your assigned electronic money to satisfy your double coincidence of needs.  Not sure how to answer.  Then ask Fekete or Jaitly.  I don't think you will get an answer because if you did they (and their sponsors) would be out of business.  Freegold is free alright in the same way you can imprison a man but you can't imprison his mind.  Who needs habeas corpus when you have habeas mentis?  Time for SecTreas to re-write the Magna Carta.  Confidence in the U.S. dollar... a Guantanimo of confidence for the mind and a feedback loop of distraint for the Fed.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:21 | 2693759 GMadScientist
Fri, 08/10/2012 - 08:58 | 2693684 Crispy
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Keep the gold and if the kids dont get a full ride they dont deserve college.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:03 | 2693695 1000yrdstare
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Another desperate act, ladies and gentleman, Please do the opposite of what these shills want or suggest...seems to work for me....


Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:11 | 2693725 sessinpo
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Yep, and I've been correct so far. I love the down arrows because I need them to take the opposite position of me so I can profit off their loss. THANK YOU!!

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 11:49 | 2694255 Bay of Pigs
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Funny no one brings up the issue of negative interest rates when talking about golds value.

ZIRP is gasoline on the fire for the Golden Bull. 

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:10 | 2693720 1000yrdstare
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He also suggests that gold is a bubble as "the price has simply become too rich".

Ha!, and about to be richer!

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:13 | 2693730 Vendetta
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tasker is feeding the muppets their daily dose of propaganda

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:22 | 2693763 Goatboy
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You enjoyed common prosperity under unperfect fiat currencies, accumulated some reserves and now when times are tough you prefer not to be part of the common? Its natural, do buy some gold.. if it will make you feel better. Whole idea (of gold as a savior) is retarded and most people will not profit on this bubble of desperation. As usual.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 14:37 | 2694838 Panafrican Funk...
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Got to there and realized they're substantially underpaying their shills.  Quality suffers.  You get what you pay for.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:23 | 2693769 serog
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Good headline, anyway.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:26 | 2693780 Gideon Gono
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My kids are 10 years out from college.  Years ago I sold mutual funds, and... each kid has 10 Eagles and 500 oz of Ag in their college fund.  I'm the fund manager.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:35 | 2693807 GMadScientist
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Good man. I would just "rehypothecate" it into a Porsche.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:42 | 2693825 PatientZero
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I hear you, sir. My kids are still young, but I've been saving Aurum and Argentum for my kids so when we come of age and understand finances, they'll be surprised with their very own literal treasure chest of shiny booty.

Aren't I a great dad?

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 09:50 | 2693852 DavosSherman
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The Financial Times is owned by whom?  GS isn't the only gang that calls 'em muppets. 

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 10:06 | 2693924 Boxed Merlot
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Cash Out Of Gold And Send Kids To College?...

Tell that to the University of Texas' Endowment Fund.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 10:40 | 2694038 GOLDTEETHSILVER...


Follow the yellow brick road...

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 10:46 | 2694060 Bangers
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Gold's soooo last millenium. Bitcoin's soooo this millenium.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 11:02 | 2694106 jaygould
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must be fun being a gold bug??? ok, ok 8/1999 250 --> 9/2011 1900; the perfect short --> 1623 8/10/2012 --> ?? my continuing bet, lower, of course

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 11:07 | 2694134 azusgm
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Suck it in, work hard, pay the kid's college and teach him/her the importance of being debt-free. Worked for us. Very appreciative daughter who is free to work for herself instead of a corporate master.

I started buying PMs while she was in college. Gave bullion rounds to niece and nephew for birthdays/Christmas/graduation. Nice to see gifts appreciate so much for them. Could have bought some itoy or edoodad, but don't think it would have worked out so well after a period of time.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 13:49 | 2694636 Missiondweller
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This is from 2011????

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