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3 Customer Stories That Prove Gold Is a Time-Tested Store of Value
3 Customer Stories That Prove Gold Is a Time-Tested Store of Value

A while ago, I wrote a couple of stories about how gold had come into my life at an early age. 

The first story was about my Swiss grandfather during WWII. The other one was an account of refugees from Cambodia that became friends of my family when I was in my teens in France.

My belief was that many of our customers have similar life stories about gold that are worth sharing with our Hard Assets Alliance community. As such, I invited you to share your stories.

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David Rosenberg: Mean Reversion in Equities Is Coming
David Rosenberg: Mean Reversion in Equities Is Coming

At the Strategic Investment Conference 2018, David Rosenberg of Gluskin Sheff warned investors of the coming mean reversion in the stock market, which can push down equity prices by 20% or more.

Rosenberg also admitted that this is one of the strangest rallies of all time. That’s because all asset classes went up, even the ones that are inversely correlated:

Whether it was bank stocks, emerging market bonds, Ant stocks, the CRB, oil—every single market, even global bonds. Barkley's Bond Index globally generated a 7.5% return. The least-risky asset class in a risk-on year generated an equity-like return of 7.5%.

He thinks that a breaking point is a year away and so investors should start taking precautions.

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How Gold Helped Cambodian Refugees Escape the War
How Gold Helped Cambodian Refugees Escape the War

It was 1974, and I was a young teenager, when I had a defining experience that I remember to this day.

I grew up in a little medieval town in France, and my parents were very involved in our community of about fifteen thousand people. When a small group of Cambodian refugees arrived in France, my parents immediately agreed to “adopt” a family named Huu.  

Adopting refugees meant helping them with their basic needs: find accommodation they could afford, a first job, clothes, and all the other necessities to survive.

We also welcomed the Huus into our home on a regular basis. It happened so many times that the kids from both families became like stepbrothers and sisters.

To me, the story of this refugee family who became our good friends has always been an example of human courage and determination.

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8 Reasons Your Portfolio Needs Crisis Insurance Right Now
8 Reasons Your Portfolio Needs Crisis Insurance Right Now

We’ve witnessed what I consider to be a turning point for the stock market.

Just when many predicted another growth year for the markets, on Monday, February 5, the Dow plunged by 1,600 points—its greatest point drop in history.

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If You Want to Be Short Bitcoin, Be Long Gold
If You Want to Be Short Bitcoin, Be Long Gold

Jared Dillian is a former Wall Street trader and the editor of Mauldin Economics’ investment advisories Street Freak and The Daily Dirtnap, a newsletter for sophisticated investors that is published about 225 days per year.

Like us here at the Hard Assets Alliance, Jared believes cryptocurrencies could one day be successful, but is skeptical about the raging bitcoin bull stampeding through today’s investment landscape.

Here’s a snippet from The Daily Dirtnap issue of Jan. 4, 2018, that we thought you may find entertaining and enlightening. Enjoy!

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Podcast: The Role of Gold in Your Portfolio
Podcast: The Role of Gold in Your Portfolio

The beginning of the year is a good time to take a step back, reflect on both our personal and professional lives, and maybe re-evaluate some decisions we made in the past year.

All too often, influential forces like the mass media and social networks—which are driven by sensationalism and glamor—distract us from what is important. That’s especially true in the investment world.

For this reason, I’d like to share with you a recent podcast from Peak Prosperity in which my business partner Ed D’Agostino breaks down the key principles of investing in precious metals and their role in every investor’s portfolio.

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The Moment I Discovered the True Value of Gold
The Moment I Discovered the True Value of Gold

I grew up in a little town in Northern France that, from 1939 to 1945, was occupied by the Nazis. I hadn’t been born yet at the time, but my mother and her family were forced to live for five long years with two German officers as “guests” in their own home.

As a result, my childhood was colored by first-hand stories of life in a town where even in my youth, physical reminders of World War II still lurked around every corner.

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All the Reasons Cryptocurrencies Will Never Replace Gold as Your Financial Hedge
All the Reasons Cryptocurrencies Will Never Replace Gold as Your Financial Hedge

The cryptocurrency craze continues.

Having seen the astounding rise in Bitcoin’s value, those who remained on the sidelines are now kicking themselves for not buying it when it was first released. Surely, they’d be millionaires by now.

But is the meteoric rise of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies really an indication of true value?

It seems that more and more people justify investing in cryptocurrencies—even at current record prices—by claiming that they’re an effective hedge against the instability of fiat currencies.

But is it true?

Sure, a fiat money system where central banks can and do literally print money at will has its weaknesses. That’s why hard assets like gold are so popular among smart investors: as real stores of value, they provide a safety net against currency depreciation.

However, it’s doubtful that the same applies to cryptocurrencies. Despite what the crypto-evangelists will tell you, digital tokens will never and can never replace gold as your financial hedge.

Here are six reasons why.

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Why MarketWatch’s “Seven Reasons To Sell Gold Now” Aren’t Good Reasons At All
Why MarketWatch’s “Seven Reasons To Sell Gold Now” Aren’t Good Reasons At All

Last week, MarketWatch ran an article written by InvestorPlace editor Jeff Reeves and titled, “Seven Reasons to Sell Gold Now.”

It offered the usual cookie-cutter reasons that gold supposedly is not a good investment right now: lack of inflation, tighter monetary policy in the US, and a “risk-on” market environment, just to mention a few.

All in all, I think the article missed the mark, so here’s a rebuttal for each argument.

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Is This the Top for the Cryptocurrency Craze? Introducing Jesus Coin
Is This the Top for the Cryptocurrency Craze? Introducing Jesus Coin

Question: How do you recognize a bubble that’s ready to burst?

The answer is twofold:

a. When people start going crazy over a certain asset—even the ones who couldn’t have cared less a year earlier.

b. When people start doing insane things with that particular asset.

For example, in 2006, I read that some homeowners were taking out home equity loans to purchase Super Bowl tickets.

Using your house as an ATM was just fine, because everybody knew that home prices would always go up. It was almost a natural law, like the sun rising in the East.

When I read the Super Bowl story, I remember thinking: This is going to crash.

That people were willing to risk the roof over their head to buy tickets for a football game (yes, even that football game) seemed to be the epitome of irrational exuberance.

This week, I had a similar A-ha moment when I first heard about Jesus Coin.

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