Gold Stuff

Bob Rinear, August 1 2020

There’s a hundred places to buy a safe, and a million prices. But if you’re like me, you want the most value for the money you spend.

Last weekend I wrote an article about the metals. Yes, I still love them, yes I think they’re going higher, and I spelled out some of the reasons for that. Things like the Fed’s taking their balance sheet to 7 trillion in months, things like a new cold war with china, things like the incredible impact of Covid on the world’s economies.

Today it is all about what I think you should have and why. So first off, remember, I’m not a financial planner, I’m not a broker, I have NO license of any kind to tell you all what to do. I am however willing to give my opinion about things and tell you how I interpret things. So just understand that in ANY letter I write, I am not offering investment advice. I can’t do that. I can only share my opinions and what I think makes logical sense.

So let’s start with some basics. Why do we buy gold or silver. Surprisingly a LOT of people, when I ask this question at a seminar for example, will say they are looking for the price appreciation. In other words they want to buy gold at 1500 to see it go to 3000 and sell it for a fat profit.

That is NOT what the metals are for. I have no desire to sell a metal that has risen, for more of the same fiat crap money that forced me to buy gold in the first place!! To begin, let us separate out what is a metal and what is not. Buying shares of the GLD or the SLV is NOT, repeat until you puke, NOT buying metals. You are buying a paper contract with a ton of cross party liabilities. A lot of things have to go right for that lousy piece of paper to survive a true catastrophic situation.

I have NO issue with people using the GLD or SLV as a trading vehicle to try and make money on the ups and downs in the swing prices of the metals. Fine, go right ahead. Just understand you are trading, NOT investing. Same thing with the miners. I love to play with the miners. I’m in 3 of them right now in my short term account and I’m in even more in my long term account. They move well when they’re hot and they make us money. Excellent.

But consider this for just one second. Let’s suppose you think I’m fulla bullcrap. And you think that buying the GLD or SLV or a miner is an investment, a safe investment. And then, the lunatic Antifa crowd finds a way to take out the power grid for a few months. Explain to me exactly how you get to your GLD? How do you take ownership and use it to your advantage through a tough time?

So, buying metals means physical metal. Something that you wander into your local coin shop and exchange fiat currency for, and in return you get a coin, or a bar of “metal” in return. You take it home. It is yours. It has no counter party liability. No on...

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