17 Reasons To Avoid Gold

Market Analyst, Author, and Founder of The Deviant Investor
May 11, 2017

(Warning: Satire And Sarcasm Alert!)

Central bankers are managing paper currencies for the benefit of the people, not the financial and political elite. Consequently consumer prices are stable and there is no reason to own gold as protection from currency devaluations.

Time Magazine confirmed that Greenspan, Rubin and Summers saved the world in 1998. Bernanke did it again after the last crisis. In 2012 he was called “The Hero” by The Atlantic.

Our economic world is now stable and secure and central bankers will not need to “save” it again. Because we live in a safe world, there is no need for gold.

China, India and Russia have acquired a massive stockpile of gold bullion, (not the paper stuff) while the western world has sold gold to them. Frankly, who cares why the Chinese are buying gold or what they anticipate?

Gold will trade under $700 because it is a useless commodity.

The U.S. official debt is $20 trillion and unfunded but promised liabilities are $100 – $200 trillion, but not to worry… (Devaluation and default are viable options but officials don’t discuss either in polite company.)

Central banks have created, from “thin air,” about $10 trillion since the financial crisis, but that was “necessary.” Believe what central bankers announce and trust their good intentions…

Per James Rickards, “The Chinese credit bubble is a ticking time bomb. That bubble is primed to explode with or without anything Trump does.” As long as China exports telephones and TVs to us, who cares about their credit bubble? Why would their bubble impact the western world? Not to worry…

Politicians and central bankers have told us our paper currencies are strong and well managed so we should ignore gold. Would they lie to us?

Per Adam Taggart: “… we now live under a captive system. From our retirement accounts, to our homes, to the laws we live under – the banks control it all. And they run the system for their benefit, not ours.” But the “official story” is that banks are helpful, good for the economy, “doing God’s work” and are anxious to increase our indebtedness. Probably it’s true… Best to ignore Taggart and trust the banking cartel…

Politicians work for the benefit of the voters, not the corporations who own them. Those promised but unfunded benefits, global wars, ever-increasing medical costs, and depreciating currencies will sort themselves out, for the ultimate benefit of the voters. Probably…

From Future Money Trends (Dan Ameduri): “What a total Ponzi scheme it is with central banks buying each other’s bonds, buying their own government bonds, and buying stocks…It’s pure lunacy – what a total scam.” Create currency from “thin air” and buy stocks with it. Sounds fantastic! The Swiss National Bank owns over $60 billion in stocks, but that is a good thing, right? No downside, I’m pretty sure…

U.S. government spending increases every year, faster than revenues. The national debt increases more rapidly. Pretend the U.S. economy can survive $20 trillion in official government debt in 2017. Will it survive $40 trillion in debt in 2025? How about $80 trillion in debt in 2033-34? (9% increase each year for over a century) Not to worry! Greenspan, Rubin, Summers and Yellen will save us…

Given the successes of the War on Poverty, War on Drugs, War on Terror, Vietnam War, Afghanistan War, and other wars, we should expect great things from the Syrian War, expanded Middle East Wars, Korean War 2.0, and any other wars created as distractions and justifications for massive spending.

Hope And Change Will Make War Great Again!

Fortunately we know the financial and political elite have implemented effective fiscal and monetary policies to maintain high employment, no inflation, and strong moral values. Our economies are intelligently managed for the benefit of everyone. With no hints of oncoming catastrophes, currency crashes, corrections in over-valued stocks, or other disturbances … we should feel financially safe and secure.

Student loan and sub-prime auto loans total less than $3 trillion, so not to worry… Real estate, currency, and bond bubbles are no big deal, and the U.S. pension crisis is well under $10 trillion, so nothing to see here…

A crisis/crash can occur at any time but might be delayed indefinitely:

1977: Inflation ramping up, American prestige and bonds flopping.

1987: Stock market crash

1998: Long Term Capital Management crash

2008: Mortgage, derivatives and stock markets crash

2017-2018: Something ugly this way comes!

Conclusions: (Sarcasm alert!)

  • Things are not just good, they’re GREAT!
  • There is no need for gold (or silver) as insurance against financial and currency destruction. Everything is great – review this article if not entirely convinced.
  • Paper currencies, over valued stock markets, multi-century lows in most interest rates, negative interest rates on sovereign bonds, and excessive debts have created disastrous consequences in the past, but this time will be different … I’m pretty sure.

Forget gold, sound economic principles, balanced budgets, sane economies, and skepticism about the motives of politicians and central banks. It will turn out peachy … really!


Gary ChristensonGary Christenson is the owner and writer for the popular and contrarian investment site Deviant Investor and the author of the book, “Gold Value and Gold Prices 1971 – 2021.” He is a retired accountant and business manager with 30 years of experience studying markets, investing, and trading. He writes about investing, gold, silver, the economy and central banking.

The term “carat” comes from “carob seed,” which was standard for weighing small quantities in the Middle East.
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