Golden egg in nest protected by hands

Wealth Insurance

There is a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of physical gold in a balanced financial portfolio. The bull market of the 2000s has led many to think of gold as another way to increase wealth through price appreciation. This is mistaken. First and foremost, physical gold is insurance. When you think about buying insurance, you don’t think about a return on your investment. You think about protection against the unexpected. Gold’s core value proposition is as wealth protection when the rest of your portfolio is going down the tubes. Price appreciation in good times, if and when it occurs, is a bonus.

Doom and gloom signs against a stormy background

Doom, Gloom and Gold

I was in New York last week to meet with reporters who cover the gold market. Twice I was asked about the “doom and gloom” messages commonly used to sell physical gold. I have two thoughts on that question. Gold sellers know that many of their most reliable buyers view gold as the only secure…

Gold bars stacked on an array of one hundred dollar bills

On Gold and Precious Metals

I’m starting this blog during interesting and often confusing times for gold buyers and those considering the purchase of precious metals. My goal is to clear up that confusion by sorting through what’s happening in the gold market, explaining why it’s happening and what is likely to happen. I take a mid- to long-term perspective…