Skip to comments.Donít Look Now, but Gold Just Finished Its Best Year Since 2011
Posted on 01/05/2018 6:55:48 AM PST by blam
Metals investors may have missed it given the gloomy sentiment that plagued markets for much of 2017, but gold just finished its best year since 2011.
Perhaps in a year like the one just passed, 13% gains are simply not inspiring. U.S. stocks finished about 25% higher for the year, and crypto-currencies including Bitcoin left all other asset classes in the dust. Bitcoin gained roughly 1,400%.
Die hard gold bugs enter 2018 waiting for crypto-bugs and stock bulls to see the value of precious metals. Fortunately, precious metals have served reliably both as an inflation hedge and as a safe haven for most of recorded history. It looks less and less probable investors will get through another 12 months while ignoring both inflation and market risk simultaneously.
While other markets were finishing 2017 strong, the U.S. dollar ended the year with a whimper. The dollar fell 10%, its worst performance in more than a decade.
That weakness has yet to manifest itself as price inflation in consumer goods and services. It has instead shown up in asset prices.
Consumers have yet to feel their dollars getting weaker, which may explain much about why a traditional inflation hedge like gold isnt getting a lot of attention. That may change in the months ahead, particularly if President Donald Trump can add his debt-financed infrastructure spending program to the tax cuts recently passed. Both initiatives represent fiscal stimulus for Main Street, and a shift from Wall Street oriented monetary policy including Quantitative Easing.
Fiscal stimulus programs should contribute to more weakness in the dollar, as deficits and borrowing increase. Yes, the Republican led Congress could insist on spending reductions elsewhere to compensate for tax reduction and infrastructure spending, but only the most naive would consider that a genuine likelihood.
(Excerpt) Read more at marketoracle.co.uk ...
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Is that supposed to happen?
Bitcoin is not crypto and it’s not currency. It has no value until converted into money. Potential value is not value.
So what? You want everybody to run out and buy gold?
Consider this: If you paid $28,000 for 20 ounces of gold in Jan. of 2011, today your 20 oz. would be worth $26,360.
If you had bought 151 shares of Amazon on the same day in 2011 for approx. $28,000, today your stock would be worth approx. $184,043.
Gold and other precious metals might be good for long term investment if you can wait 50-100 years for a decent ROI.
Still looks like a bargain
Gold is not an investment
Its a wealth preserver
Yes its for the long term
In 2011 you could choose from thousands of stocks and bonds and funds
It was certainly possible to choose wisely
And also possible to choose... poorly
Gold prospers when there is fear in the market. I thought things were going well.
That could be bad. Remember, gold prospers when there is fear in the market.
I don't want you to do anything....I don't care what you do. I posted the article FYI.
People are buying gold due to inflationary fears driven by an improving economy?
for some reason, inflation has been downplayed and even denied in some instances.
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