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"A Longer-Term Perspective On Gold" And More, From Nomura

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While lately not much, if anything, has changed in our and the broader secular outlook on gold, which has been and continues to remain the only currency equivalent that isolates devaluation risk, and excludes counterparty risk while being an implicit bet on the stupidity of those in charge (the fact that various tenured "Ph.D. economists" hate what it represents for their tenure prospects of course only makes the bullish case far stronger). True, in the past month it has surged from $1520 to $1660 but only Ph.D. economists (indeed, that 200 DMA proved to be a complete non-event) could not have foreseen that year end liquidations in a desperate drive to shore up liquidity (as explained here) by institutions, always end, and the reversion to the above thesis sooner or later reappears. So while it won't say much new, below we present Nomura's just released Gold Sector Initiation, which is a must read for new entrants to the field of physical and paper representations of gold, as well as a timely reminder for everyone else that in the past 3 years nothing has changed with the fundamental thesis, and in fact recent actions have merely reinforced it (and if we indeed have a €1 or €10 trillion LTRO, then watch all resistance levels in the metal get blown off).

From Nomura:

A longer-term perspective on gold

Ineffective global governmental and central bank responses to the financial crisis of 2008 and the related sovereign debt crisis are causing investors to rethink some of the fundamental tenets of fiat currency systems. Associated with this, gold’s historical position of importance has the potential to re-emerge, with many important consequences for gold demand.

Gold has occupied a significant, yet constantly evolving place in the history of financial markets. Gold coins were first minted in ancient times, beginning gold’s tradition as the ultimate store of value. The use of gold coins as a mainstream currency persisted until the 16th century when significant discoveries of silver in Latin America saw a dual system develop; with gold and silver competing for use in international and domestic trade. By the early 18th century gold had re-emerged as the de facto monetary standard when Britain set a gold/silver ratio that eventually relegated silver from significant use. By the end of the 19th century most industrial countries adhered to a gold standard.

World War I and its associated pressures on government expenditures saw the gold standard end when major European countries halted the convertibility of their currencies into gold. The gold standard was generally restored in the post-war years; however, this return was short-lived, as leading economies once again suspended convertibility in order to devalue their currencies in response to the Great Depression. The US remained on a gold standard, although the 1934 Gold Reserve Act nationalised private gold holdings and devalued the gold dollar.

The end of World War II saw the implementation of what came to be known as the Bretton Woods system, a two-tiered gold-exchange system where the US dollar was backed by gold and all other currencies were pegged to the dollar. This lasted until 1971 when a combination of short-term pressures alongside the rise of German and Japanese economic power caused US president Richard Nixon to end the gold standard.

It has only been since 1971 that the world has shifted to a sustained, full-faith, fiat currency system. Between 1980 and 2000 the gold price fell as economic prosperity and contained inflation expectations led private investors, institutional investors and central banks away from gold. The 2000s saw gold demand rebound as lower interest rates and strong growth from Asian economies started a bull market that is ongoing  today.

Nomura’s Quantitative Research report, Why gold is cheap in Asia, dated 16 August 2011, on why Asian nominal income growth and not US CPI has been the driver of the gold bull market. It provides a crucial perspective shift in understanding that gold has become a global commodity with global demand drivers and has been heavily influenced by Asian economic growth.

Gold has moved in and out of vogue many times over the past 100 years. Figure 6 provides perspective to the drop in gold prices that occurred at the end of 2011. A price correction was arguably overdue, especially in the context of the cyclicality of certain demand segments and the above-trend price increases in mid-2011. That said, our analysis suggests that the forces that have pushed gold up by 480% in the past 10 years are still in force and could well be exacerbated over the medium term.

Gold price appreciation has increased exponentially since the market stabilisation following the initial impact of the 2008 financial crisis. Concerns around the stability of fiat monetary systems in conjunction with exceedingly high sovereign debt levels are leading investors to review alternative stores of value, increasing gold investment demand.

Gold certainly has a long and well-established pedigree when placed in the context of its historical role in financial markets. We expect this re-emergence of gold as an asset class to persist over the medium term even as the world emerges from the sovereign debt crisis and continued shifts in the global economic landscape will see further shifts in reserve currency systems.

This is likely to have important implications for the gold producers. Figure 8 shows global P/E multiples for gold equities remain remarkably constrained despite the shift in gold prices seen over the past 10 years.

The practical constraints of re-implementing a gold standard system after the financial innovations of the past 40 years make a return to a Bretton Woods type system unrealistic, especially when we consider the gold standard’s lack of flexibility in implementing Keynesian or monetarist economic policies. However, it is important in the light of the current fragility of the world’s financial system and the ongoing paradigm shift with regard to the value of fiat currencies, to analyse gold from a broader historical perspective. This time might not be different.

In addition to the paradigm shift questioning faith in fiat currencies and longer-term shifts in world reserve currency systems; from a fundamental perspective, various longer-term trends are supportive of the gold price including:

  • secular demand growth from Asia,
  • a lack of flexibility in medium-term mine supply growth potential; and
  • a shift in emerging market central bank attitudes toward gold as part of reserves

Short-term volatility drivers

The exogenous risks are likely to favour gold prices, as well, in the context of a limited response from near-term new mine supply. There are a number of factors that could cause gold to trade above our estimates in the short term. These include:

  • the perceived threat from elevated inflation expectations from potential further quantitative easing,
  • the potential for a lack of alternatives to the eurozone crisis, other than monetisation of debt and
  • an increase in investor activity in an era with expected near-zero real interest rates.

The speed of the changing fundamentals within various sub-segment demand categories will no doubt add volatility to the gold price. Current weakness in the Indian rupee has seen Indian gold imports fall sharply. Financial system deleveraging can place pressure on investment demand for gold, which tends to be a larger proportion of demand than for other commodities.

 Overall, our analysis suggests that the gold price remains well supported over the medium term, albeit with potentially high volatility from the demand perspective causing wide potential swings.

For Nomura's forecasts on future gold prices, supply and  demand trends, and what this means for gold equities, read the full 105 page report below.


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Thu, 01/19/2012 - 19:36 | 2079691 devo
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Gold should be at $3,000. Market forces are strong, eventually it will get there.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 19:52 | 2079730 AUD
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Actually, the $ should not have a bid in gold but it does, such is the ignorance of the human race.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 19:51 | 2079733 Comay Mierda
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been doing some technical analysis on SPX priced in gold, looks like there will be few weeks or so and before SPX crashes in terms of gold. major wedge forming and MACD indicates SPX is way overbought. price SPX in silver and it is EXTREMELY overbought

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:03 | 2079760 The Monkey
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If the Fed launches a massive open market purchase program aimed at agency mortgages and some agreed-upon CPI target, especially CORE CPI, precious metals should be back on track. I woudn't count on it though until it's announced. Ron Paul is stll in the race, and the Fed is not being forthright about their real objective, IMO.

The Fed has stated it wants to help the housing market, going so far as to send a list of suggestions to congress about what they might do to help the housing.  This has become political discourse as Orrin Hatch sent the Fed a strongly worded response to stay out of the realm of fiscal policy. Whatever your feelings are politically on this issue, I do not believe the Fed's stated objective is their primary objective & obfuscates most of their real agenda.  If they have a different motive for their action than what is publically stated, everyone of every political color should be concerned.

What does the Fed have in mind?  Based on my observations, I believe the main goal of QE is to reduce financing costs for the Fed's constituent banks (& others that are marginally credit worthy, including European soveriegns). To be sure, there are other benefits & costs, but I find it somewhat appauling this very obvious goal is hidden under the guise of helping home owners.

Watching credit spreads over the last two cycles of massive QE, which were both dollar dillutive:

-- Yields for low risk securities, treasuries & agencies, ROSE over the duration of the purchases.  At the 30 year duration, yields rose by over 100 basis points in each instance.

-- Over the same term, yields for high risk securities (bonds for financial instituions and lower grade / junk securities), FELL.  

A change in direction and rate of change in interest rates, even one that is transitory, may lure a few new buyers into the market.  This effect occured during QE2, but did not stop the longer-term trend of declining home prices.  Basically, the Fed may have lured a few new buyers into a market that is still in decline.

Banks and nominal GDP may benefit from higher inflation, but for the average Joe, QE means declining real income and higher long-term nominal rates.

Prove me wrong Bernanke. END THE FED.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:46 | 2079880 Comay Mierda
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you're overthinking it.

the goal of the Fed is to control all americans with debt servitude and to continually implode the dollar so less and less people can afford to eat healthy foods and live healthy life styles

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:45 | 2080029 HungrySeagull
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We are working properly in the other direction, paying down debt in a orderly manner, maintaining a positive budget and buying Metals against the eventual collapse of the dollar.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 06:02 | 2080534 MarketTruth
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And yet The State and Country work against you, using your labor as their claim, the US Government uses you to shore up their 'full faith and credit'. In other words, when you hear "the full faith and credit of the United States", what they are really saying is the government's and Fed's ability to endlessly tax US citizens. Obviously the Fed and US Government are akin to a virus (or plague) on society.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 07:59 | 2080587 HungrySeagull
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We are still running down the last few options to cut costs further and still the local, state and US costs increase slowly like a ... warming pot of water on a stove.

But to cut costs even more and lower our acceptable standard of living while meeting our annual goals? No. Not yet. We do wonder sometimes because more and more people in our area fight to hold on to what they have or otherwise prevent a eviction to the forest or street.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 09:13 | 2080685 Thomas
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Does anybody else think the p/e chart in figure 8 looks off? I have trouble finding more than a handful of miners with low double digit p/e's. 

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 06:20 | 2080538 Snidley Whipsnae
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Reuters News Agency: "Chinese Banks Lure Man On The Street To Gold"

"For Chinese shipping executive Ping Bo buying gold is the best way to protect his family's wealth and give his 10-year-old son a headstart into adulthood. 

"For my son, the idea is that he will get a nice stash of gold that he can cash out when he turns 21 or when he gets married," said Ping, one of over 2 million people that have opened accounts in the past two years to accumulate gold at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC).


The ICBC launched the accounts in April 2010. The gold that it has bought to back them is only a fraction of total Chinese demand, but the explosive growth in the number of investors that have signed up is a symptom of the wider demand for the precious metal in the world's most populous country."

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 08:00 | 2080588 HungrySeagull
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When all those people redeem the paper for actual gold after marriage or 21 is going to put a spike in the Gold price as China buys even more... not by backing up the truck but spotting railcars at any price.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 15:56 | 2082070 Lord Koos
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What about supply and demand?  When or if an entire generation of Chinese sells their gold, that sounds like a lower gold price to me.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 08:08 | 2080594 EvlTheCat
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Sounds like a nice tidy way to keep all the Chinese governments gold in one spot.  whooppss, sorry everyone but the bank blew up.  I would rather have the government working against me than with me.  Someday the man on the street in China will figure that out.  Probably ten seconds after there are only zeros in his account.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 09:03 | 2080656 DaBernank
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"Volume on gold derivative trades could be 15 to 20 times physical investment demand, Cheng said."

Only 20 times? Before the ICBC started selling, global physical-to-paper ratios were around 1:100 so, what multi-thousand-ton mine has been discovered in the last few years? It's going to the moon but it will be irrelevant, it will be illegal to own when we really need it... that said, I'm still a buyer, I'll take my chances with the barbarous relic.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:49 | 2080038 riphowardkatz
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The goal of the fed is to look in the rearview mirror to try and control a car going 100 mph on ice while smiling because they took a class in physics and know exactly how the car should react regardless of the hairpin turn 100ft away.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 00:01 | 2080274 Oh regional Indian
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It's what happens when you are blinded by the Light.

Of gold that is.



Fri, 01/20/2012 - 03:52 | 2080490 FinkPloyd
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ORI your perspective on gold belongs in the same category as "The Daily Astrology Stock Market Forecast" at a leading indian financial web-site...

Mumbo-jumbo snakeoil...

"Today, I finally understood, from my perspective, why I’ve felt this sure-ness of the collapse of Gold as a metal of value, in any of it’s forms that it is seen today. 

Silver, the Feminine, Gold the masculine.

Men, we are meant to BE Gold. 

Women, you are meant to BE Silver. "

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 04:02 | 2080497 Oh regional Indian
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It's all good Fink. We each need to hang our belief hats somewhere.

You feel free to keep hoarding gold, I'll spend my time trying to be it.

it's an existential question, not a monetary one.


PS: It's Perspective Vs. Pursepective 


Fri, 01/20/2012 - 04:16 | 2080505 FinkPloyd
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I stopped buying gold , a year and half ago before the MSM "gold is going up/no down" (in india) news really kicked into gear. When the herd starts discussing it, it's probably isn't a good time to enter, they're liable to change direction at any minute.

BTW manged to fast forward through that last boring 55 min video of your's ...  the whole "Industrial Society doesn't let us breathe" thing... is just Future Shock rehashed.



Fri, 01/20/2012 - 04:24 | 2080507 Oh regional Indian
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ah, a fellow Indian, no surprise.

you are clearly a genius. I wish you luck during the coming future Shock.


Thu, 01/19/2012 - 23:05 | 2080189 American34
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Dang straight buddy! Kinda funny how a 2 liter bottle of soda is cheaper than a head of lettuce thanks to all those corn subsidies and lobbyist fighting to keep everyone hooked on corn syrup getting fatter and fatter and needing more and more pills that cost a fortune. I love soda pop but the reality is if you take into account the tax money given to farmers to grow corn it isn't as cheap as the grocery store price makes it seem.

You can afford to eat healthy, that is crap. The average American spends far less of a percentage of their income on food than any other developed nation on the planet. The truth is people would rather spend their money on Playstations and big screen Tv's and cars than on good food. Not to mention if you ate well and got off the couch and exercised one in a while most people wouldn't need those crazy expensive pills to fight heart disease and diabetes from being so overweight. Maybe you should add the cost of those medications to your food bill and see how cheap eating all that fast food really is America!

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 00:00 | 2080270 economics1996
Fri, 01/20/2012 - 06:34 | 2080543 Snidley Whipsnae
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America 34...

Giving up soft drinks/soda/pop, or whatever one wishes to call the sugar water, isn't that difficult. I used to drink perhaps 1 or 2 sodas per day. Then one day I decided to stop and after a couple of days I didn't miss sugar water at all.

That was 15 - 20 years ago.

I still drink a few beers per week... maybe a six pack during a week... far less than I used to consume.

Walking has been the key for me. If I walk 3.5 miles per day about 3 -4 times per week I feel really well and my mind functions better (I use the Sunday NY Times crossword puzzle as an informal yard stick).

I used to walk (and jog) higher milage and more often but as one ages everything becomes more difficult and harder on joints, muscles, etc.

It's amazing to me how much better the world looks after/during a nice walk. Perhaps this will not work for all, but there is no way for one to know until it's tried.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 08:03 | 2080589 HungrySeagull
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You may remember the old Fanta Grape soda.



Not anymore.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:59 | 2081374 rosiescenario
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God only knows what they used to flavor that panther was pretty unreal.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 08:40 | 2080614 Pope Clement
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Y'all might also try Earthing or Grounding - a simple but new idea with not much hard research data yet but much anecdotal testamonial on the benefits. Our bodies are essentially electrets that have been pretty much insulated from the negatively charged earth since the demise of leather footwear which also corresponds with the rise of many modern maladies (type II diabetes, heart disease, MS etc,) see the research of bio-electric physicist James Oecshman and researcher Clinton Ober It would be difficult to go bare foot or leather moccasin clad these days but there are bed sheets available now with silver threading that that when grounded would allow your body 7 or 8 hours access for those free electrons to enter. BTW those electrons are natural anti-oxidants....and there are lots of data on their benefits in warding off disease due to inflammation etc. and a lot cheaper than COQ10 and reservatrol.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 09:06 | 2080663 DaBernank
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The only way I can drink coke is with a few shots of rum, not that that makes it any healthier.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 06:41 | 2080544 Snidley Whipsnae
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double post

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:36 | 2081293 Diogenes
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Some years back I decided to go on a healthy diet, hang the cost, even though it was winter and fresh produce was expensive. I filled my grocery cart with lettuce, apples, oranges, strawberries, celery, whatever caught my eye. The total came to $14. When I bought cheap pop, nacho chips, pies, ground beef, and macaroni my grocery bill came to $22.

You can see by the prices that this was a long time ago. But the principle remains true, it is actually cheaper to buy good food than junk food.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:02 | 2081385 rosiescenario
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The reality is that unprocessed food is far, far cheaper. Folks are just too lazy to cook or even learn how.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 08:12 | 2080599 Snidley Whipsnae
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The Fed exists to help Wall St and other Western central banks. Period.

Forget all that bull shit about 'the Fed's dual mandate'... cause it's just bull shit.

To the Fed, the citizens of the US are simply chunks of meat... and the US Main St economy doesn't mean shit to the Fed unless the population gets hungry and threatens the Fed's monopoly on money.

...and, every PHD economist that has wasted money while being indoctrinated into believing the 'bull shit dual mandate' of the Fed is totally out of touch with reality.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:59 | 2079918 zerozulu
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I wanted to weigh how many $100 bill are in one ounce of GOLD bar but have no $bills left to do that.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 09:55 | 2080752 fasTTcar
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Each $100 US bill weighs 1 gram.

There are 31.1035 grams per troy ounce.

You would need a little more than 31 $100 bills to equal the weight of a 1 oz. gold bar.

Seems about right to me.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 19:56 | 2079738 EvlTheCat
EvlTheCat's picture Stormtrooper: Let me see your gold.

Gold-B(ug)-Wan: [with a small wave of his hand] You don't need to see his gold. Stormtrooper: We don't need to see his gold.

Gold-B(ug)-Wan: These aren't the barbarous relics you're looking for. Stormtrooper: These aren't the  barbarous relics we're looking for.

Gold-B(ug)-Wan: He can go about his business. Stormtrooper: You can go about your business.

Gold-B(ug)-Wan: Move along. Stormtrooper: Move along... move along.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:04 | 2079762 smiler03
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The 40-year gold price chart scares the hell out of me. It looks parabolic and looks set for a mighty fall. Having said that I have an ETF Gold investment. It's an ETF because it's held in my UK SIPP (401K - equivalent).

I have tried to comprehend how heavy/light an ounce is. The best I could come up with is the weight of one Weetabix. Those who are familiar with a weetabix ( will know that they are very light, just 18.75 grammes or 0.6614 ounces. 

Using the gold price fix of the 19th January 2012 this is what one weetabix would be worth if it was gold:




Now that scares the hell out of me even more. Arrghhhhh!!!

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:10 | 2079779 Quinvarius
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The price of gold, real money, doubling in 30 years while the money supply created via the national debt is up 37 fold scares you?  You must be really freaked out looking at the stock market which is up 20 fold since 1980.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:18 | 2079801 smiler03
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It's a lot more than doubled.

I'm not making any comparison to your national debt or money supply or stock market but simply making a light hearted analogy of the gold price versus a Weetabix.

I'm sure I'm not the only person who has never had an ounce of gold in my palm.


Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:44 | 2079875 Quinvarius
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So 800 to 1600 isn't a double? 

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:53 | 2079895 smiler03
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Price on Jan 19th 1982 $375

Price on Jan 19th 2012 $1664

No that isn't double, it's a lot more. Try getting your facts even a little bit right.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:06 | 2079936 Quinvarius
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LOL.  I didn't say thirty years from today.  Dude.  Get your facts straight.  Man how did you fall into that trap after such a wicked burn you thought you laid on me by not addressing the issue?

But this isn't' about facts and reality for you is it?  The fact is gold is only a double while the money the US governrnent borrowed into existance is up around 37 fold.  That is the issue that you need to address instead trying to score a rhetorical win that you couldn't even pull off.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:18 | 2079970 Bay of Pigs
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He swung and missed at your correct observation...

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:37 | 2080008 smiler03
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Oh I apologise. When you said "doubling in 30 years" I stupidly thought you meant 30 years.

My mistake.

My facts are right, yours are wrong. You really are a dickhead. 

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 22:09 | 2080089 Bay of Pigs
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Nice try. Gold and silver are severely undervalued by numerous measures. Get a clue and come back with something better than this bullshit.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 23:35 | 2080228 steve from virginia
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An ounce of gold is an ounce of gold.

Don't think in terms of 'dollars per ounce' as it leads people astray. Dollar is meant to be the measure of all things but it isn't a measurement of anything real.

An ounce is a measurement. A gram, a liter, a joule, a Sievert a millimeter. All of these are measurements. Time can be measured and value can be judged outside the demands (which is what they are, a form of indebtedness) of money.

An ounce of gold can be exchanged for what? A house, a yacht? A half-year's labor of a carpenter? What is a small silver coin such as an old dime worth? A meal in a restaurant? A gallon of diesel fuel?

 Now your thinking! Forget that dollar or be enslaved to it.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 07:54 | 2080581 Ricky Bobby
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The going rate for a Roman legionnaire was one Denarius a day. Now the Denarius started out at 6.8 grams, so for that amount of silver you could buy the services of one bad ass. Let's see in terms of today that would amount to 7 dollars. Me thinks silver is under valued! Of course the 6.8 grams over time turned into nothing because debasement has always been a trick of the rulers. Eventually the Denarius was changed to copper and soon after Rome ceased to exist.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 08:04 | 2080591 HungrySeagull
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Oh yes and after the 9th Legion got wiped out and the Senate saw what it will cost to replace it with citizens from the villages all around, they did not want to pay it.


If our Carrier or Carriers are lost in war, it will be 10 years or more before they are replace, provided Norfolk survives.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:47 | 2081334 Temporalist
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Just to point out regular grunts were pretty much slaves that were happy to get paid at all.  Their silver didn't get them very far in life but to have a place to live and some entertainment...if they lived for very long that is.  Seems like the "minimum wage" crowd today working to get nowhere.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 10:45 | 2080912 Payable on Death
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That's 5% compounded. Nice, but not out of control. CPI (I know, I know) went from 94.3 to 225.672, or 3.0% compounded.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:45 | 2079879 nmewn
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What was the fiat price of a single Weetabix ten years ago?

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:54 | 2079900 smiler03
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666 cornflakes.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:07 | 2079938 nmewn
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Well, from what I can tell...2.40-2.70 a box for Weetabits. With 600 boxes of Weetabits (in trade for one coin) you're pretty much set for life.

If you don't mind stale Weetabits toward the end of it ;-)

All kidding aside, what drove you to make a fiat price comparison instead of a value comparison?

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:21 | 2079974 smiler03
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Because it was easy and at todays date and prices it is accurate :O)

I don't think I emphasised properly that I was trying to get the feel of what one ounce in the hand feels like. I used a weetabix because it is quite large and not dense. It was more fun too than say the weight of a coin.

And to emphasise why my money is in an ETF rather than physical, it is because you cannot have physical gold in a UK pension, well not a pension available to ordinary folks. Much like the restriction on a 401K unable to have physical gold in it?

For the record: You can buy a box of 36 Weetabix for 99 pence ($1.53) in the UK, but it's the equivalent of an OEM, the branded label is £2/24.

Cheers nmewn :O)

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:32 | 2080001 nmewn
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"Much like the restriction on a 401K unable to have physical gold in it?"

Very much so, even if they offered it to me I would not have it there. As we have seen, its not "really" yours unless you possess it.

Much better to have a noble cruise ship captain hold it ;-)

"For the record: You can buy a box of 36 Weetabix for 99 pence ($1.53) in the UK, but it's the equivalent of an OEM, the branded label is £2/24."

Thats more than enough Weetabits for

Regards to you sir.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 00:06 | 2080284 Joy on Maui
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You actually can hold hard assets such as gold or real estate in a self-directed IRA in the US.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 06:54 | 2080552 Snidley Whipsnae
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"You actually can hold hard assets such as gold or real estate in a self-directed IRA in the US."


Not without counter party risk. See MF Global for details.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 08:08 | 2080593 HungrySeagull
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No thanks.

We got out of the IRa, 401k's and any employer benefits. Zip, zero nada.

They warned us, begged us, pleaded with us, said they are working on a match etc etc etc

And finally just changed the employee rule book one day to state that all redemptions over 5000 dollars will be converted into Annuity.

And we have the Government pulling on the money stashed by it's own workers now? No thanks.

The penalties that year hurt, we got raped without a lube. But even that heals with time.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:15 | 2079792 EvlTheCat
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I guess when you don't have custody of your investment, and look to charts for comfort instead of the physical metal, scared seems a normal response.

Weetabix?  You may want to fondle the real thing.  Breakfast cereal has to many fillers.  I assure you a gold coin doesn't.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:30 | 2079837 smiler03
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Well if you'll kindly lend me an ounce I'll gladly fondle it.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:42 | 2079869 EvlTheCat
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Me?  Are you kidding?  I don't own any gold!!!  I gifted it all out at Christmas.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:54 | 2079902 nmewn
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I entrusted all mine to a cruise ship captain...someone honorable and beyond reproach!!!

Good choice eh? ;-)

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:00 | 2079921 smiler03
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Nice one! It's a bit suspicious how he tripped into a lifeboat though, probably weighed down with your stash!

At least you have the insurance claim to fall back on ;O)

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:10 | 2079950 nmewn
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lol...there is no end to the ways paper and its fine print can fool you ;-)

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 05:49 | 2080532 StychoKiller
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Blast that Purser and his practical jokes!  He tied the Captain's shoelaces together...

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 22:26 | 2080116 EvlTheCat
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I had a friend, Shelley, who entrusted her gold to a Reverend during her cruise.  The Reverend came back but she didn't.  Go figure.  He gave some lame story about the ship capsizing, and her having a heart attack after bravely saving him.  I been chasing the bastard ever since.  All most finished him off in Islamorada the other day with my pickup!!

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 22:40 | 2080158 nmewn
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I'm thinkin, leave a trail of Weetabits to lure him into your lair ;-)

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 22:55 | 2080177 EvlTheCat
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I am just lucky I gifted all my gold.  You know how easy it is to mistakenly interchange them due to weight similarities. Being as thoughtless as I am, I would probably mix them up.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 02:00 | 2080424 Tyranny is Love
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Gambling Debts.

Never get drunk then play cards.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 07:02 | 2080555 Snidley Whipsnae
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Tyranny is Love... "gambling debts"...

Ah, very interesting this bit... While winnings in gaming must be reported as income and are taxed, losses cannot be deducted from other income.

Nice bit of info to keep in mind. Pick up all those old losing lottery tickets you see lying around... along with race track tickets, etc. After a while you will have proof that you lost all your possessions while gambling but could not claim the losses.

Even better than the boating accident story.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 08:10 | 2080595 HungrySeagull
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The Indian Nations have used Gambling as a means to collect money from the sheep and raise up towns, cities and eventually a united Nation state within our own USA.

Pretty cute way of getting off the reservation eh?

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:01 | 2079925 A Nanny Moose
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Me too. That's my story and I'm sticking to it...


/wink wink, nudge

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:18 | 2079965 Newager23
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The 40-year gold price chart scares the hell out of me

You are looking at the wrong chart. The one to look at is the gold chart overlaid with the US debt chart. They correlate very well. And does anyone think that debt is going to stop growing anytime soon?

I'm bullish on gold (and silver) for two reasons: 1) Debt. 2) Oil. If you look at how the western world has come to rely on debt to maintain our standard of living (beginning in the 1980s and steadily increasing), you come to realize we are in an insolvency countdown. Iceland, Ireland, Greece... the dominos are falling and will continue to fall. Eventually the US and Japan will reach their writedowns, and perhaps defaults.

Next, oil is steadily becoming the elephant in the room that nearly everyone is ignoring. I hear high 5's from everyone on Bloomberg lately about the markets, but it is a short term illusion. In the background, oil is steadily shrinking in supply, especially the export market. The amount of crude oil available for export is not growing, instead it it shrinking. We are offsetting this with Natgas, but it is just a matter of time before we have a severe energy crisis and energy shortages because of the declines in crude oil exports. 

Here is a link to a chart of World Oil Exports. We peaked in 2005 and are down about 2 mbd.

If oil is a shrinking commodity, can the US economy grow? And if we can't grow, can the debt be paid back? It seems pretty obvious to me: buy gold and silver related assets.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:44 | 2080027 smiler03
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I'm invested in silver too and am about to triple my holding :O)

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:54 | 2081363 Temporalist
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So why don't you buy an ounce of silver and fondle that? Do it now before you're unable to.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 07:11 | 2080558 Snidley Whipsnae
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Newager 23... Excellent observations.

In addition we should keep in mind that the country/countries that can produce and export the most product from a bbl of crude oil will be the eventual winners in the world trade game.

Labor wages, somewhat like home prices, are 'sticky'. It takes quite a long time for a nation that has/had a vibrant middle class to readjust to living like a normal family in a average emerging market village.

Which all makes for a long period of extreme price swings, radical banking experiments, price controls, excise taxes, import restrictions and duties, wars, etc.

Sound familiar?

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 10:20 | 2080830 Babushka
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What me likes about gold-bugs is the stubbornness and stamina to twist any news in one direction aka stock market goes down - OHHHHH......the free funds are sloshing about - time to buy Gold/Silver as the money would be parked in PM, stock market goes up - AHHHHHHH....this is a sign of inflation- time to load on Gold/Silver as the market so SURE about to crash, Oil production is falling - UHHHHH..time to buy Gold/Silver  - not couple barrels of crude? You sure? It's black and shiny and so soon to be high in price? Gold price falling - buy a dip, Gold price sky rocketing - load some Gold it's just about to blow higher.

For those who is keeping Gold/Silver for emergency aka hyperinflation scenario I am afraid to disappoint you. Accordingly to my personal experience living in Soviet Union in 90s ( having it all, fiat collapse, hyperinflation, US dollar as a black market currency)  gold trading moved very soon under criminal hand. There was a chance to sell a wedding rind 14 -18 K for a 60% of scrap value, but oh boy if you would turn about with the 1 OZ 24K pure stuff chance to get home alive and with the money or gold was about zero. Silver - nobody was interested at all. In most difficult times where after initial blow off in hyperinflation and following hoarding and shortages the most common medium of exchange was Vodka, canned meet (Tushonka), condensed milk (Sgyschenka), cigarettes (Kurevo), petrol/diesel measured in Jerry cans.

I had a chat with a guy from Argentina (memories exchange) he has reconfirmed gold in pure form as coins or bars was useless in  Argentinian hyperinflation or currency collapse. After all staff on his must have List, the gold is about last item and he would rather have a bag of cheap rings (wedding rings are ideal - don't cost much to make plus all look the same).

For those who wants to preserve the value for time to come. Invest in sustainable ways of life, knowledge and self-education, people around you (community).

If the economy was an internal combustion engine gold would be the exhaust and as exhaust it seems to have a power, temperature and pressure but is only a useless byproduct.

Just to consider in 2011 median price of gold extraction was about 620 USD where the average gold price was about  1340 USD if you would follow the curve of extraction cost increase in USD that will give you an idea about inflation( or so I would think considering raw materials, energy and labor involved in extraction) however the curve of gold price increase is much steeper which in my humble opinion is a struggle of the unflexible gold mining output to catch up with temporary increasing demand - the demand is apriory temporary as gold has no use in industrial terms (or let say very little ).
As a speculative asset I would agree Gold and even more Silver do have a huge potentials ahead but as a matter of survival I don't think so.....




Fri, 01/20/2012 - 18:34 | 2082591 akak
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While I value your observations on the hyperinflation and currency collapse(s) you experienced in the Soviet Union, I think it is ignorant in the extreme to blithely claim that gold and silver are "worthless" in such scenarios, for several reasons.

For one thing, holding gold and silver bullion had been ILLEGAL and prohibited in the Soviet Union in the first place, so naturally very few people had any significant amount to trade or sell to begin with.  However, most if not all political jurisdictions today allow the private possession of gold and silver, so the precious metals are much more widely spread and owned than they were in the USSR.  Also, given the effective Soviet prohibition on owning gold and silver, there was no network of precious metals dealers or even a knowledge base to support such a network, but that is NOT the case in most countries today.

For another thing, it always seems to be the average person, fundamentally ignorant of gold and silver (such as you appear to be, or have been) who stupidly claims that gold and silver are "worthless" --- the old "you can't eat it" argument being a classic example of that.  However, just because YOU are ignorant of gold and silver, and their trading possibilities, does not automatically mean that EVERYONE ELSE is in the same ignorant state.  Are gold and silver "worthless" in the USA today merely because the average (utterly ignorant) person would not know what to do with them in a time of crisis, or whom to turn to in order to buy and sell them, or how to even find the spot prices of gold or silver, or knows that a spot price even exists, or understands ANYTHING about trading precious metals under any circumstances at all?

I do not happen to know anything at all about buying, selling or holding commodities futures, nor do most people, I think it is safe to say --- are they therefore automatically "worthless"?

Also, your guy in Argentina (Ferfal) has admitted that he knew NOTHING about gold and silver bullion, or trading precious metals, before or during the financial and monetary crisis there in 2001-2002, and only mentioned the trading of gold rings because he had happened to observe it firsthand.  Naturally he would NOT have been witnessing the higher-level, more informed buying and selling of gold or silver bullion in the informal markets which sprang up in Argentina post-collapse --- just as one would not expect to buy or sell diamonds or fine wines in a flea market.  To claim that "gold and silver were worthless" merely because one is ignorant of the established dealers or networks dealing with them is to display an embarrassing level of not just ignorance, but outright stupidity.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:33 | 2080006 Lord Koos
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It's scary because the chart is in nominal terms.  Adjusted for inflation it's not quite so bad.  We are in phase two of the gold bull market... timing for phase three will be critical if you hold gold.

This is an excellent report, overall IMO... more conservatively realistic and less sensational than 90% of the gold bug crap you read online

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:47 | 2080032 smiler03
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Thanks for that, I hadn't considered that the chart wasn't adjusted for inflation, that makes it much less scary :O)

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 07:19 | 2080561 Snidley Whipsnae
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"We are in phase two of the gold bull market... timing for phase three will be critical if you hold gold."


...and, you figured out what 'phase of the gold bull mkt we are in' by what method?

Crystal ball? You know the Oracle of Delphi? You had a vision?

Truth is, no one knows if we are in a 'phase' of a gold bull mkt or if gold is going to rise to some new, very high plateau and remain there.

Unless a new commodities backed currency is introduced and people believe that central bankers will not devalue this new currency gold could continue to climb indefinitely against the current crop of fiat currencies. This is a fact that few of the 'old time' gold bugs fail to realize. The 'old time' gold bugs are really thinking too small when they estimate the possibilities of price rises in gold vs fiats that are being printed beyond belief.

Got physical PMs?

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 11:08 | 2080969 Bay of Pigs
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Well said Snidley. Some here are thinking way too small...and then criticizing those who don't.

Measure gold against cereal as trillions are being printed? WTF?

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 00:30 | 2080331 The trend is yo...
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how about aapl from 90 to 430 in 2.5 years

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 10:16 | 2080822 Comay Mierda
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"The 40-year gold price chart scares the hell out of me"


adjust it for inflation.  real inflation, not bullshit cpi changed since 1980.  see for the real inflation data.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:28 | 2079828 defencev
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This report somehow presented here as a confirmation of hyperbullish views on gold price promoted on this website. In reality

(see p. 11) the report suggests that the Gold price peaks around 2000 US per ounce in 2013 and then go down to around 1300

level. This forecast definitely does not fit the Armaggedon picture portrayed over here by various (false) homegrown prophets... but seems pretty realistic to me...

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:55 | 2079908 JohnG
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Gold is not a commodity, it IS money.

In case you didn;t get that, I shall repeat:

Gold is not a commodity, it IS money.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:10 | 2079943 smiler03
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You're right. The report has this to say:

"Our gold price forecasts remain near 2012 consensus at USD 1,788/oz, and slightly above 2013 consensus at USD 2,063/oz. Importantly for the gold equities, we expect the gold price to stay above 2010 levels through 2015 and expect long-term equilibrium prices of USD 1,200/oz".

Some people seem to think I'm anti gold because of my weetabix analogy above. They don't seem to comprehend that I am invested in gold.


Fri, 01/20/2012 - 04:39 | 2080509 _underscore
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This really puzzles me.  If they expect 'long term' prices of  USD ~1,200 toz, the 'real' inflation adjusted price must be alot lower (what do you think actual $ inflation will be 10 years from now as compared with its buying power today?)

I'll guess - (barring a hyperinflationary event) let's say 6-9% pa - that's an effective halving of ~1,200 USD real value to $600 (or less) after/around 2020

Do they think the P.A.G.E. & Chinese/Indian gold buyers will stil value the $ so highly over their gold with such a reduced buying power? Do they think the US & other declining Western economies will have so grown GDP & paid back debt (in a world with 'cheap' oil of course!) that the US$ & nu-euro will represent such value as to make the 'barbarous relic' obsolete as real money?

- which at $600 per toz (inflation aadjusted to today's price)  would be  barely worth mining @ extraction cost.

Nonsense in my view.  Latching on to a near/medium price of ~$2000 is easy - I could do that, it's the conclusion (and implications) long term that look daft to me, with all due respect.



Fri, 01/20/2012 - 07:37 | 2080567 Snidley Whipsnae
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"Some people seem to think I'm anti gold because of my weetabix analogy above."


I think you are simply one more troll on this site...and, your weetabix analogy has nothing to do with my conclusion.

The only reason that citizens around the world use their government's fiat currencies is that they are forced to use them.

The only reason that the prices of all commodities has not risen sky high is that all commodities mkts are manipulated by paper commodities mkts.

The manipulation of commodities is in it's death throes and is being destroyed by the transfer of PMs from West to East. Once the West cannot meet physical delivery (see MF Global), the jig is up for the paper traders.

New commodities exchanges are being set up right now in the East and will be available as competitors to the Crimex and London scams.

Take your trolling ass into your bosses office and take a copy of this response with you.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 23:11 | 2080198 ffart
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World War I and its associated pressures on government expenditures saw the gold standard end when major European countries halted the convertibility of their currencies into gold. 

I don't think they've established the correct causal relationship...

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 19:35 | 2079692 slewie the pi-rat
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who are nomura's counterparties?

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 06:48 | 2080550 UP Forester
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Hmm.  Good question.

OT, watched Rollover tonight, this was the top link on the sidebar:

Only 3 minutes, well worth it.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 19:37 | 2079696 Long-John-Silver
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GOLD Bitchez!

Sorry, I just had to do that.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:54 | 2079901 Hulk
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Every time someone writes GOLD Bitchez!, an angel gets its wings...

Carry on Bitchez! Its a Wonderful Life !!!

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:11 | 2079954 pakled
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that made me laugh.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:37 | 2080016 DoChenRollingBearing
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It is indeed Hulk, a wonderful life.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 19:44 | 2079708 vegas
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Like all the other brokerage house research on gold, take the paper and line the kitty box. Gold = money; it's as simple as that.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 19:46 | 2079712 The Deleuzian
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If everything goes up...Gold will go up more

If everything goes down...Gold will go down but a lot less

Either way...Clearly the best thing to hold...Short, Medium, or Longterm...Simple as that

We all know this!!!!

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:17 | 2079799 pakled
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Agreed. We do know this. And of course the occasional article like this one helps the choir keep the faith. Not that I was up for all 100+ pages though. Personally, I have given up on short to medium term speculation, simply because we can't be sure what order major deflation and major inflation are coming in. Both likely arriving, but too many moving parts to how/when.

So you take advantage of the lengthening time frame to keep accumulating and burying in back yard.... wherever your backyard is.

BTW - For those of you who actually bury your booty - I recently had the opportunity to go hunting for buried treasure. Went looking for 1oz gold coins buried at unknown depth in mother earth. Learned that the newer detectors can detect quite deeeeep. If burying dablooms it is wise to place them in a PVC pipe with endcaps, and bury VERTICAL... not HORIZONTAL. Makes a big difference to easy the stash is to detect.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:22 | 2079817 The Deleuzian
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I'm with ya...I'm about ready to shelf the Inflation/Deflation debate/debacle/mind-bender myself...Thanks for the advice...Hope the stormtroppers don't have gold-sonar detectors or something........

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:36 | 2080010 ali-ali-al-qomfri
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False Positives from metal detectors will slow them to frustration, as I have mentioned to other clients, bury some chain in the yard at varying depths along with some forming stakes (really hard to find) :)

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 00:22 | 2080310 mayhem_korner
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Problem is, if they've invested enough time searching to get frustrated, they might just decide that the easier way to your loot is via asking you while holding your family member at gunpoint.

The best contingency plan, if you can swing it, is to have "stuff" stored in more than one location.  If they come lootin' around and you don't think you can ward them off, you're going to find that leaving is the best option (if it's still available).

Again, I'm just starting from the premise that you've "slowed them to frustration..."

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 07:44 | 2080571 Snidley Whipsnae
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... pieces of old rebar, 16 penny nails or a handfull of smaller nails, almost anything will do...

Then bury your valuables off your property and deep enough so the average metal detector wont register it.

Seldom used state/federal parks, a river bed, under an oyster bar (tidal estuary)... lots of places.

What little gold I owned was lost in a boating accident when I was digging up an oyster bar... bit of bad luck, that.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 10:44 | 2080907 Babushka
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The most annoying things for metal detector are aluminum foil, as it could be rolled in a little balls and tossed around everywhere. Those bustards are ringing exactly like a silver/gold due to zero magnetism and high conductivity. Hell  was I cursing while being on the digging duty as mate of mine was on the search and marking.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 00:14 | 2080295 trav7777
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are you people stupid enough to bury your gold coins?  How idiotic is that?

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 00:40 | 2080337 The Deleuzian
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Ya...I buried my dozen or so 1/10 oz. mint tubes and I was stupid enough to forget exactly where...Had a map but lost that...It was a bad day Trav!!!...But you know the saying...

It's only gold...


I still have my health!!

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 06:53 | 2080551 BigDuke6
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do you remember the guy here who buried his gold in the garden and then buried several dildoes so that when 'they' came to get the said gold, 'they' would dig up the dildoes...'and they would know that you thought they were dildoes' 

that made me chuckle.

its true this guy said that.   i think it was nmwen....


Fri, 01/20/2012 - 07:48 | 2080572 Snidley Whipsnae
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The ARE dildoes. Did ja ever see a dildo thats been hit with a 30-06? Forshortened, as Hemingway put it... :)

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 18:16 | 2082580 BigDuke6
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you are typing with a glass of single malt in your hand.

give it to me!


Fri, 01/20/2012 - 00:00 | 2080272 mayhem_korner
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If everything goes up...Gold will go up more

If everything goes down...Gold will go down but a lot less


Translation: things are getting cheaper in REAL MONEY terms. 

Some of the above posts discuss gold "doubling" in price.  Let's just invert the denomination so the more insightful truth can be seen clearly - that the dollar's purchasing power was halved.  If that deeply-engrained paradigm was broken, the dollar would be dead in 14 minutes (one minute shy of Ben's ability to control inflation). 

Stack on, Garth.  :D 

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 07:58 | 2080586 Snidley Whipsnae
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Mayhem korner... You are right of course. But, it's the only way fiats that are backed by nothing can be devalued.

When currencies were backed by PMs they could be devalued against PMs.

Now, Ben has to print ever more of the worthless paper to cause it to lose purchasing power against the other fiats... meanwhile, the other soverign nations are doing the same... thus, the race to the bottom.

We will see if von Mises was right, and I believe he was... 'at some point the people will lose faith in the currency when they see that the inflation will continue and not end, then they rush to purchase any asset as soon as they get the fiat in their hands'... paraphrased... and, that is how hyper inflation works.

At that point the banks will have to issue new currencies backed by something other than 'full faith and credit'... and we will move back to a society where savings matters and consumption is seen as a semi vice...and banks will return to operations that resemble those banks of the pre unbacked fiat model... We live in interesting times.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:02 | 2079752 zerozulu
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Even the price of a dream has gone up.,0,227...


Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:13 | 2079783 The Deleuzian
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Never understood why people buy lottery tickets...Don't you have a better chance of being eaten alive by a shark on-land than winning?  But that's just me...I'd like to believe in miracles but......

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:20 | 2079807 pakled
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The odds of winning the lottery are roughly the same.... whether you play or not.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:42 | 2079871 smiler03
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The EuroMillions lottery regularly has a jackpot of over £100 million ($154 million)

Tax free, in one immediate lump sum.

For a £2 stake it's hardly going to break the bank.

But of course your government makes it illegal for you to play foreign lotteries.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 06:44 | 2080547 Colonial Intent
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Lottery tickets are just a tax on stupidity.

Virgin bid to run the uk one as a non profit.

Camelot take 70% of the ticket price for processing costs and the money goes to poor charities like opera societies and brass bands, keeping royal gardens maintained etc.

So none goes to poor people or even middle class, the profits go to the upper class over here.

They started a new healthcare lottery over here as well, profit goes to NHS, apparently admin costs are 88% of the ticket pricet.



Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:32 | 2079840 Haole
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Lotteries are just a tax on people that can't do math...

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:47 | 2079883 smiler03
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The UK National Lottery has raised over £27 billion ($41 billion) for good causes. Call that a tax if you like. 

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:53 | 2079898 Long-John-Silver
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$41 billion for poor people who spend all their money on the national lottery is not a good cause.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 00:14 | 2080291 mayhem_korner
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The UK statist lottery has transferred over $41 billion from those that couldn't really afford to part with it to crony beaurocrats who didn't deserve to be on a public payroll.

That sounds better...but maybe that's just me because I can't reconcile the notion of any tax raised "for good causes."

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 06:55 | 2080553 BigDuke6
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John Major , the uk pm who introduced the lottery knew well it was a tax on the poor and the stupid.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:50 | 2079890 Acidtest Dummy
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And casinos are for losers. *not bitter*

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:57 | 2079914 DCFusor
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I always thought lotteries were a tax on stupid.  But one day the light came on -

Look who buys the tickets. While a lottery has a near zero chance of a payoff - for these folks it's still not zero - and without the lottery their chance of a big payoff is truly zero - so in fact, they're smart - it's their only chance, tiny as it is.

Which miight lead one to reflect how we managed to get there as a society.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:36 | 2080011 Lord Koos
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Statiscally you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than you do winning the lottery.  Long odds.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 22:09 | 2080095 smiler03
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Ah ha! But I have a cunning plan to increase my odds of winning the lottery. I go to a golf club and wave a golf club over my head during thunderstorms.

I've not been struck by lightning yet so I must have improved my chances of winning the lottery.



Fri, 01/20/2012 - 00:25 | 2080319 EvlTheCat
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I think you may have hit on something there smiler03, but I would hate to see your handicap on that day your lottery chances exponentially diminish!!

Remind me never to golf with you! :)

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:50 | 2080041 HungrySeagull
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There were a few scratch offs. I have a 100 in so far and won 300 some change these last 6 months.


So I am somewhat ahead of the game. I prefer the Tables in the casino, at least you have a fighting chance against a 4 deck shuffling machine.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 00:07 | 2080278 mayhem_korner
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I used to refer to the lottery as a voluntary tax, but my more compassionate side relabeled it as a predatory tax, because of how it is marketed to gambler's weakness and flowered over with the fallacious do-good sound-bites about supporting statist schools.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 00:47 | 2080349 chindit13
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So with the lottery is the government a predator because it preys on the poor's weakness, or would it be patronizing if they kept matches away from society's children by having no lottery?

Heaven forbid anyone in society should be forced to accept personal responsibility.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:08 | 2079770 Quinvarius
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None of the M numbers should be used to measure the real US money supply.  They only cover what is in the US banking system.  The smallest number you should use is the national debt.  

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:17 | 2079796 Uber Vandal
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Actually, the M3 was a very good measure of the US money supply.

However, it was abandoned on March 23, 2006 due to the fact that the Board judged that the costs of collecting the underlying data and publishing M3 outweigh the benefits.

In the article above, this quote is quite telling from March 31, 2006: Fed kills M3, decides money supply doesn't count: Move raises risk of higher long-term inflation and new asset bubble.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:42 | 2079870 Quinvarius
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You are missing my point.  What is in the US banking system is a fraction of the US money supply.  The M numbers don't take any of that money held by foreigners into account.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:10 | 2079777 Jerry Maguire
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How about $30,000/oz, once it is re-monetized in the US?


Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:16 | 2079794 balz
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Is it me or the author does not understand anything to silver?

He says: "The use of gold coins as a mainstream currency persisted until the 16th century when significant discoveries of silver in Latin America saw a dual system develop"

This is complete nonsense. Silver coins were minted with gold coins in electrum form milleniums ago and silver coins were even more mainstream then gold for thousands of years.

The only thing the 16th century silver bonanza created was raising the GSR. Bimetallism existed long before that time.


Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:24 | 2079822 pakled
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Bimetallism existed long before that time.


Bimetallism been around almost as long as bisexuals.  But longer than bifocals.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:53 | 2080051 akak
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Or bicarbonate of sodium.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:49 | 2079886 Blank Reg
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Wasn't Judas paid in silver?

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:59 | 2080064 akak
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Yes, and therefore anybody who thereafter used silver coins as money was implicitly a Judas-loving Jesus-hater.

Sound ridiculous, and devoid of any semblance of logic?  Well it is ---- but that is the kind of spurious "logic" used by those who attempt to smear Ron Paul for his acceptance of donations from a handful of unpopular or politically incorrect groups, or who attempt to discredit him by his finding common political cause with persons or groups with whom he does not in the main agree.  And funny how these aspersions, which could be cast at ANY political candidate (more so, in fact, at most others), somehow do NOT seem to be relevant in regards to all the others.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 00:23 | 2080314 trav7777
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you idiot...silver was used as money for 2000 years after Jesus.

But also used have been copper and lots of other metals during the same period

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 00:26 | 2080322 mayhem_korner
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30 pieces.  Which he returned out of remorse. (Matt 27)

Also, Joseph (OT patriarch, not the Nazarene carpenter) was sold for 20 pieces of silver by his brothers. (Gen 37)

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 00:21 | 2080312 JOYFUL
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Read that whole paragraph again.

The use of gold coins as a mainstream currency persisted until the 16th century when significant discoveries of silver in Latin America saw a dual system develop; with gold and silver competing for use in international and domestic trade. By the early 18th century gold had re-emerged as the de facto monetary standard when Britain set a gold/silver ratio that eventually relegated silver from significant use.

Cherrypick just the first sentence and the context of what the writer said is lost. Their point is actually an excellent one, and I would beg to dispute that "The only thing the 16th century silver bonanza created was raising the GSR"....

The silver discoveries in the America's gave the Spanish leverage to use against their Venetian bankster cartel oppressors, who up to that time had been able to dictate economic policy to all of the European states by manipulating supplies of silver&gold through means of their monoply of eastern and african supplies of silver

This temporarily allowed the return of COMPETITION in the use of gold&silver, breaking the Venetian cartel and allowing for a powerful expansion of free trade in both the east and western directions.  Boom time for European nation states. Now consider the rest of the full quote: when Britain set a gold/silver ratio that eventually relegated silver from significant use....

no accident that the early C18th was when the transplanted Venetian banking cartel moved across from Amsterdam to London and took control of the emerging British Empire. The hated dual useage of gold and silver which impeded their monopolistic schemes was quickly suppressed by their compliant Germano-Dutch imposter regime...

fast forward to today....and nothing has changed from that time...which is why T Mosley in his ravings about potential shocking changes in the GSR is actually right, for mostly the wrong reasons, like the idiot savant who gets the big picture but can't tie his shoelaces...surprised he didn't jump all over this story...which in my opinion is an excellent piece of historical analysis.


Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:20 | 2079806 slewie the pi-rat
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 <=== yes!  ~~i read the 105-page report!

 <=== are you shitting me?

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:35 | 2079851 zerozulu
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Most probably author of this report is paid in ETF's. In PM, no way.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:51 | 2079892 The Deleuzian
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Slewie...I always give you greenies...LOL

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:52 | 2080046 DoChenRollingBearing
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Consider my red a green!

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 23:18 | 2080208 fuu
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It was all wordy and stuff.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 00:29 | 2080329 EvlTheCat
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Barbie says, "Reading class is tough! Can't I just give you a blowjob for a passing grade?"

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:24 | 2079821 847328_3527
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The CBs have no choice but to devalue their currencies for one reason or another. For example, the debt-riddled USA does it to pay back its massive debt with cheaper dollars.

Whereas China devalues to keep its currency competitve with the USD.

Each nation has its own reasons but most nations have the one common goal to devalue.

These reports are  nice but I just look at all the Chinese and Indians lining up outside the gold stores there in China and India and I don't need any analyst telling me what the weather is like outside; I just look outside my window. I am an "oil bug" but the PMs move in tandem with oil....


Thu, 01/19/2012 - 20:40 | 2079863 Blank Reg
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Ooo I know! When gold hits $10,000 lets have a party. We can have a convention or something in..... Las Vegas, yea. We can celebrate with hookers and blow and see the faces behind the avatars! Kewl dood.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 21:53 | 2080047 HungrySeagull
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No party here, just quietly eliminating the student loans and other debt.

And then using what is left to get the home off the grid as far as Sun etc is concerned. And continue what our neighbors are doing, upgrading and replacing obselete shit. Those Pella 750 triple argon storm windows are much better than a 40 year old single pane in a metal frame.


I am even evaluating Hardie boards for fire resistance and ballistic protection as it is primarily used in storms like hurricanes. I am leaning towards using it to harden the home.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 22:15 | 2080110 Blank Reg
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Yur not a party animal, are you?

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 23:02 | 2080184 RobD
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Hardie board is excellent for fire resistance but will do nothing for ballistic protection. The stuff is really just a thin layer of cement with some fiber for stability. An air gun pellet will penetrate it. My retreat cabin is covered in hardie board, should have gone with the full logs like may neighbors but had already almost completed it when I realized the what was going on with the world. I've loaded up with sandbag bags and have a supply of sand nearby for when the SHTF.

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