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Warren Buffett Hates Gold… But Here’s Five Reasons You Need To Own It
Warren Buffett Hates Gold… But Here’s Five Reasons You Need To Own It

In a 1998 speech at Harvard, legendary investor Warren Buffett shared his thoughts on gold:

“[Gold] gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again, and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility.

Buffett is correct—gold doesn’t produce earnings or pay dividends. There are, however, some good reasons gold should be an essential part of every investor’s portfolio.

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Why Even the “Father of Logic” Thought That Gold Makes the Best Money in the World
Why Even the “Father of Logic” Thought That Gold Makes the Best Money in the World

In the wee hours of March 27, plucky thieves stole one of the world’s largest gold coins, a 221-pound colossus named the “Big Maple Leaf” from the Bode Museum in Berlin, Germany.

The coin, which takes two to three strong men to carry, had a face value of $1 million, but at current market prices is worth around $4.5 million.

Despite its weight, which is about the same as a refrigerator or an average-size male red kangaroo, the thieves had no problems carrying the coin through the museum and up at least one flight of stairs to hoist it out of a back window.

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This Event Could Lead To A Collapse Of The Euro… And Send Gold Skyrocketing
This Event Could Lead To A Collapse Of The Euro… And Send Gold Skyrocketing

The first round of the French presidential election takes place this Sunday, April 23… and the future of the European Union depends on the outcome.

Establishment candidate Emanuel Macron leads in the polls, but Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National is trailing him by only 1%. However, the real story of the past month has been the rise of far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

In the latest polls, Mélenchon sits only 4% behind the leader—and if we learned anything from Brexit and the US election, it’s that polls can be “slightly off.”

France has a two-round election process, where the two candidates who receive the most votes make it to a final showdown. It’s quite possible Le Pen and Mélenchon, both of whom are running on an anti-EU platform, could lock up the two spots.

Why should you care about French politics? Here’s why…

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3 Reasons Why “Spring Forward, Fall Back” Also Applies To Gold
3 Reasons Why “Spring Forward, Fall Back” Also Applies To Gold

Year to date, the price of gold is up 12%. This is not unusual: the yellow metal also had a strong start into 2016, rising 18% over the same period.

So is there a seasonal pattern to the gold price? To answer that question, we dissected gold’s performance dating back to 1975 and identified some trends investors can use to their advantage.

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Gold IRAs: How to Lessen or Avoid That Pesky Capital Gains Tax
Gold IRAs: How to Lessen or Avoid That Pesky Capital Gains Tax

Since we just finished tax season, many first-time gold investors might wonder what to do about their precious metals holdings. How are they taxed, and are there any legal ways to lessen those taxes?

Precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum are considered capital assets, so you will have to pay capital gains taxes when you sell them for a profit.

For almost any asset class, the amount of time you hold them plays an important role in how much you pay in taxes.

Short-term capital gains are taxed differently than long-term capital gains—in fact, the difference can be quite substantial.

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The Last Time This Happened, Gold Rallied 20%
The Last Time This Happened, Gold Rallied 20%

With much of the price action in gold driven by sentiment and technical analysis, you should keep an eye on the broader trends, even if you consider yourself a buy-and-hold investor.

Traders use technical analysis to predict future market moves based on recent price action. Most of it sounds complicated, but it really boils down to simple math.

One of the most commonly cited technical indicators is a moving average. Day traders often use moving averages based on very short time frames—sometimes as short as one minute—while longer-term investors refer to 50-day and 200-day moving averages to spot opportunities.

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The 3 Types Of Life-Changing Crisis That Make You Wish You Had Some Gold
The 3 Types Of Life-Changing Crisis That Make You Wish You Had Some Gold

On November 8, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to the airwaves to declare that Rs500 and Rs1,000 banknotes—which made up 86% of the currency in circulation—would be invalid effective from midnight. While the policy created chaos at banks, the real story lies elsewhere.

When rumors of a ban on gold spread two weeks later, Indians began rioting. To quell the panic, the Finance Ministry was forced to release a statement saying there was “no plan to restrict gold holdings.”

So, Indians took demonetization lying down, but rioted on the rumor of a gold ban. The people of India have a deep-rooted affinity for gold. As such, they understand it is a store of wealth and intrinsically valuable. Rupees? They are just paper.

Gold is known as an inflation hedge; however, its role as a crisis hedge is even more important. Gold is antifragile, to use the term coined by risk analyst and bestselling author Nassim Taleb. When currencies collapse and economies falter, gold can ensure your survival—financially and literally.

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The 3 Best Strategies To Survive A Financial Crisis In Your Home Country
The 3 Best Strategies To Survive A Financial Crisis In Your Home Country

Praised be the 17th-century Italian wisecrack who noted that you shouldn’t “keep all your eggs in one basket.” It’s still true today and just as applicable to life as to investing.

If you live and work in the US, bank in the US, invest with a US brokerage, and hold your savings in US dollars—your eggs could use some diversification.

A prudent investor would never put all his money into just one company—no matter how healthy the firm’s balance sheet. So why would anyone put it all in one country, then? If you have all your assets in one place, you are taking a great deal of risk.

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How Investors Can Buy Gold At A 6% Discount Today… Before The Reflation Trade Reverses
How Investors Can Buy Gold At A 6% Discount Today… Before The Reflation Trade Reverses

Since the election, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up over 13% while the S&P 500 is up 11%. One victim of the move into risk assets was gold, which plunged over 13% in the weeks following the election.

Although gold prices have since recovered some of their losses, the yellow metal’s drop has created a buying opportunity for those wanting to add bullion to their portfolios.

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