With the S&P 500 in uncharted territory, mainstream financial media outlets have been busy cherry picking economic statistics to explain away the market's puzzling historic ascent. Like preceding surges, the rally's latest chapter is disconnected from the real economy's fundamentals. Instead, what we are witnessing is the direct result of an unprecedented expansion of the Fed's balance sheet.
Recently, it has become clear just how addicted the stock market is to easy money policies, as even the slightest hint of the Fed tapering its asset-purchasing program sends the markets into a frenzy. When the Fed might actually rein in its money printing is anyone's guess, but if the chart above is any indication, there's only one direction the market is headed once its life support is yanked away. Luckily, there's still time for investors to fortify their wealth against this inevitable correction.
With centuries under its belt as a trusted form of money, gold offers unrivaled protection against the toppling of the fiat money regimes. For those who act now, ownership in the yellow metal—along with other precious metals—will have the ultimate form of wealth insurance.
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