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Saturday, February 25, 2017

As Bitcoin and gold converge at $1250, which asset is the best to buy with your money?

On Friday Feb. 24 we saw the price of gold end the week over $1250, and bitcoin near its own all-time high of nearly $1230 begging the question of which asset of the two is the best to buy if you have the money.

Followers of either gold or bitcoin have strong arguments both for and against each asset, while there are also a number of investors who are in favor of owning both as a means of wealth protection.  However, if an individual only had $1250 to spend on one or the other, what parameters would separate the two to make one stand out more than the other.


Bitcoin has the potential for much bigger growth, and in this it acts as both a form of currency and type of investment.  But Bitcoin relies upon many factors such as widespread public acceptance to function in commerce, and the hope that governments do not criminalize the crypto-currency as being a threat to their monetary systems.

Additionally however, Bitcoin is completely portable and transferable, and can be taken across borders without anyone having knowledge of its existence.

But perhaps it's biggest failing is that it is not tangible in the physical sense, and has as much emotional value to an individual as their plastic debit card, or even as poker chips do while gambling in a casino.

Live New York Gold Chart [Kitco Inc.]

Gold on the other hand has a history stretching back to the beginning of mankind, and has been both money and a store of wealth of over 5000 years.  And while it is much more difficult to store in larger quantities than Bitcoin, and much more difficult to transfer across borders and customs than if someone simply carried a pen drive with them in their carry-on luggage, gold is easily the most recognizable form of money and could be used for commerce in just about every city, nation, or village on the planet.

As fiat currencies show their age and their accelerating decline in value, assets like gold and Bitcoin will both reign as strong alternatives for people to transfer their wealth into for the distant future.  And the question of which one to choose will become a real issue in the days ahead now that both have reached virtual equilibrium in both price and desirability.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Wall Street fund manager who hated gold suddenly telling clients to buy the metal due to inflation expectations

With both the Fed and the government continuously putting out false data reports to support the political establishment, it is sometimes difficult to find out the true state of the economy and the myriad of indicators that drive the markets.  For example, last Friday the August jobs reports came in much lower than expected, and manufacturing declined to its lowest levels in six months, but an analyst from Goldman Sachs went on CNBC and stated their bank had raised the odds of a rate hike from 40% to 55%.

So quite often the best way to gauge the true condition of markets and the economy is to watch what the rich are doing, especially if they engage in a trend that is counter to what they have done previously for months or years at a time.  ie... when several hedge funds and billionaire investors went long into gold starting back in February as a counter to negative interest rates in the bond markets.

And on Sept. 9, a former Chief Investment Strategist for Merrill Lynch, and long-time hater of gold as an investment did a 180 and is now advocating his clients to purchase gold primarily out of expectations that higher inflation is right around the corner.

Rising inflation expectations have attracted an unlikely investor to gold. 
Richard Bernstein, who has spent more than 35 years on Wall Street, is buying gold for his clients' portfolios for the first time. 
"My firm and I are not gold bugs," said Bernstein, a former chief investment strategist for Merrill Lynch who started his eponymous firm in 2009, at the Morningstar ETF conference on Thursday. "Most of the people who tell you stories about gold are people trying to sell you gold funds and gold ETFs, and those stories are not based on reality at all." 
But when Bernstein quizzed conference attendees on the right time to buy real assets, like metals, he revealed the reasoning behind a gold buy for a guy who thinks it's 'wampum.' 
The answer: "You buy real assets when inflation expectations are starting to go up," he said. 
"For a long time, gold was really not a diversifier," Bernstein said. When gold prices hit new highs earlier this decade, gold had a positive correlation to stocks, meaning when stocks rose, so did gold prices. 
Gold has become slightly negatively correlated to the stock market, Bernstein said, and so gold adds extra ballast in a portfolio to hedge against volatility. "It's a change in the way we look at the world," Bernstein said. - CNBC