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Investors Should Think of Gold as Life Insurance

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By John McDonald Many precious metals investors take offense when others suggest that gold is not a “real investment.” After all, gold tends to appreciate over time, is never “worth zero” (not many things you can say that about), and can be bought, sold, and traded on multiple exchanges for multiple other assets. That certainly looks a lot like an investment vehicle from here! For investors who do not fully appreciate how gold can work as an effective, productive investment, usually, the issue is that they look at the yellow metal in an oversimplified way.  They tend to think that...

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Head of Largest Hedge Fund in the World: “Paradigm Shift” Coming, Bet on Gold

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By John McDonald When Ray Dalio, founder of the largest hedge fund in the world, posts on LinkedIn, people read every word – even if there are more than 7,000 of them. Dalio, who is co-chief investment officer and co-chairman of the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, observed in the post that he has spent “roughly 50 years being a global macro investor” and, as a result, is perfectly positioned to identify pending shifts in the global markets and structure a portfolio so as to be “largely immune to them.” Given the fund has nearly $125 billion under management and has...

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Presidential Criticism of European Central Bank President Raises Fear of Currency Wars

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By John McDonald Despite suggesting earlier this summer that European Central Bank President Mario Draghi would be better in charge of the Federal Reserve than sitting chairman, Jerome Powell, President Trump has recently criticized Draghi for aggressive monetary tightening in Europe.  Draghi had signaled that the ECB could lower interest rates as early as July while speaking at a central-banking forum in Portugal. The euro responded by plummeting in value while global equity markets reacted positively to the news that the ECB might restart its bond-buying program to support the Eurozone economy. President Trump’s issue with Draghi’s policies came in...

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Fed Skeptical of Presidential Threats to Remove Chairman Jerome Powell

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By John McDonald President Trump is not shy about voicing his displeasure when other federal entities appear to fall short of supporting his goals for the U.S. economy. One individual who has routinely received public presidential criticism for fiscal policy is, not surprisingly, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.  In fact, the two have held such divergent opinions in some instances that the White House reviewed the legality of removing Powell from his position.  This, also not surprisingly, set off a firestorm. While the White House legal team allegedly established a possible blueprint for demoting Powell instead of removing him, the...

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Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager: “Gold Has Everything Going For It”

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By John McDonald Paul Tudor Jones, billionaire founder and manager of hedge fund Tudor Investment Corp., said in mid-June that gold is his “favorite trade” right now and will likely remain so for the next 1-2 years.  “[Gold] has everything going for it,” he told Bloomberg, adding that if the precious metal reached $1,400, it would “push to $1,700 rather quickly.” That particular insight is likely extremely exciting to gold investors looking to buy the metal in July, given gold prices have been hovering right around $1,400 since the beginning of July.  Thanks to easing tensions on the world geopolitical...

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