This chart from the World Gold Council may help your investment decisions.
GRAPH: This chart is a very graphic description what happens once nations abolish the gold standard in favor of unbacked fiat currencies. Remember: No fiat currency has existed longer than a human's lifespan and the Federal Reserve Dollar is already a Methusalem at 94 years. Chart courtesy of World Gold CouncilThe accompanying text makes a very important point: In the very long term only gold has proven absolutely inflation proof.
The value of gold, in terms of the real goods and services that it can buy, has remained largely stable for many years. In 1900, the gold price was $20.67/oz, which equates to about $503/oz in today's prices. In the two years to end-December 2006, the actual price of gold averaged $524. So the real price of gold changed very little over a century characterised by sweeping change and repeated geopolitical shocks. In contrast, the purchasing power of many currencies has generally declined.Now put the fact of understated inflation figures in the past 2 decades and the resulting under-valuation of gold into the equation and you arrive at a surefire winner for the coming years until the system has cleared out all credit-fuelled excesses of this speculative past made possible by low interest rates which effectively hurt the interests of that rare species: the net positive saver. Gold has to make it past the $2,000 mark only to catch up to its nominal high in real terms.
Money Supply M3 Now Growing at More Than 14% YoY
If you need more evidence that the future of the current currency system looks bleak, shadowstats.com delivers the horror news. As the Fed does not publish these figures anymore in good old Soviet style (hide bad statistics) shadowstats calculates an appoximative continuation of M3 that shows that money supply is out of control. I wonder if they can do it for less than the Fed.
All those so-called "liquidity" "rescue" operations were nothing else than the creation of new money without a corresponding value. I faintly remember from some textbooks that this is called monetary inflation. Deducting 4% GDP growth from 14% M3 growth results in a true monetary inflation rate of 10%. I think prices at your grocery store align better with this rate than the funny "core" rate.
Do you need any more proof that gold will be a very promising investment in the near future? This bull market is still in its very early stages as the general public has no gold under their mattresses yet. Just imagine what will happen upon the rediscovery of gold as the ultimate currency: 5.5 billion people will bid for some 5 billion ounces of gold. Get yours today.
GRAPH: If you want to fend off inflation, only gold will do the job. M3 growth accelerated to an annual record rate of 14% thanks to the "liquidity" "rescue" operations of the Federal Reserve. According to the rule of thumb 14% M3 growth minus 4% GDP growth result in a true inflation rate of 10%. Chart courtesy of shadowstats.com