Economics, as a branch of the more general theory of human action, deals with all human action, i.e., with mans purposive aiming at the attainment of ends chosen, whatever these ends may be.--Ludwig von Mises
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Investing in Gold
Bill Bonner writes:
The only reliable bull market of the last ten years has been in gold. The yellow metal lost $2 yesterday, closing at $1,248. That is only $14 below its all-time high. Which means, while we’ve been watching Bernanke, Jackson Hole, and stocks – gold has been quietly creeping up…
…stocks go down; stocks go up – and gold keeps moving up…
Yes, gold is in a bull market. It moves up on bad news. It moves up on good news. It moves up on no news at all...
But here’s the important thing. Gold is money. You can use it to buy things. In terms of what gold will buy, it does not seem undervalued to us. Much has been written on the subject. But as near as we can tell, gold is now fairly priced.
Go ahead; buy all you want. It is a good way to maintain your wealth and protect it against the monetary and economic calamities that are doubtless coming. And if you expect to make a lot of money on it, you’ll probably succeed. When the Bernanke Fed loses its grip – which it will – and when the public gets on board the gold bull market – which it will – gold speculators will probably make a lot of money.
We’ve been a gold bug for the last 30 years. Two thirds of that time was miserable, punishing and humiliating. Only the last 10 years have been rewarding. We expect the next 10 years to be even more rewarding.
But the reward now is different. It is speculative…not inherent. When we bought gold in ’99, we were buying an undervalued asset. We were buying real money, cheap. We made our money when we bought.
Now, gold is fully priced. It is a still a good way to save money. But we cannot expect to make money by waiting for the metal to revert to the mean. It’s already at the mean. Gold is now a speculation.
A warning: we still have not had the sell-off in the financial markets that we expect. The Dow has still not sunk down to 5,000. The lights are still on at banks that should have been put out of business months ago. The public still believes another “stimulus” effort might do the trick. Leading economists still believe they can manage the economy back to growth and prosperity.
We have not hit bottom yet. Far from it.
When we do, the price of gold could be substantially lower. Which is okay with us. We bought years ago. We’re happy with our gold holdings and don’t really care if the price drops. Heck, we’d be happy to see the price back below $1,000; we’d buy more.