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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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Pitbull And 2 Other Signs That Canadians Should Buy Some Gold In A Hurry
Pitbull And 2 Other Signs That Canadians Should Buy Some Gold In A Hurry

For centuries, physical gold has served as an effective crisis hedge. When economies take a severe downturn and paper money gets devalued, a stash of gold can save you from losing your shirt.

Our friendly neighbors to the north would do well to remember that wisdom—because they’ve been experiencing the mother of all housing bubbles.

“At this point,” says Jared Dillian, a former Wall Street trader and contrarian analyst who predicted Canada's looming economic crash early on, “you’d have to live under a rock to not realize what’s going on. Three years ago, I got laughed at when I said Canadian real estate was in a bubble. No one’s been laughing recently, though.”

Unlike three years ago, today the tell-tale signs of a bubble waiting for a pin are ubiquitous. Here are just a few:

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Why We Could Get Negative Interest Rates Even Though the Fed Is Hiking
Why We Could Get Negative Interest Rates Even Though the Fed Is Hiking

At its March meeting, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.25%. In doing so, it hiked rates for only the third time since 2006. However, in a strange turn of events, the Fed’s move was perceived as a dovish one by the markets.

That’s because even with inflation at its highest level since 2012, the Fed said monetary policy will remain accommodative “for some time.” As has been the case in the past, the Fed is willing to let inflation consolidate above its 2% target before embarking on a more aggressive tightening path.

This willingness to let inflation “run hot” means even as nominal rates rise, real rates—that is, the nominal interest rate minus inflation—are headed into negative territory.

So what are the implications of negative real rates?

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The “Prosperity Gospel”: What America’s Rich and Successful (Including Donald Trump) Really Believe
The “Prosperity Gospel”: What America’s Rich and Successful (Including Donald Trump) Really Believe

The way Robert Kiyosaki, educational entrepreneur of “Rich Dad” fame and member of the Hard Assets Alliance, started accumulating his wealth seems more than just a bit quirky.

According to Kiyosaki, at the beginning of his career, he once interviewed a Hindu guru who was covered in gold jewelry.

Kiyosaki asked him, “Why all the gold?”

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How to Protect Yourself from the Looming Pension Crisis
How to Protect Yourself from the Looming Pension Crisis

Having jumped from one job to another early in life… and with those jobs being across many continents, I haven’t really given much thought to my pension. Looking at the numbers, it seems I’m not the only one. Over 50% of Americans aged 25–34 have. Then again, given the current state of the pension system, it may be a prudent move.

A 2015 study from the National Association of State Retirement Administrators estimated that public pension funds are around $1 trillion in the red—but the problem gets worse.

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Robert Kiyosaki and J.P. Morgan on the Number One Reason You Should Own Physical Gold
Robert Kiyosaki and J.P. Morgan on the Number One Reason You Should Own Physical Gold

105 years ago, American financier J.P. Morgan testified before Congress. When asked if the control of credit involved a control of money, Morgan responded by saying, “Not always. [Credit] is an evidence of banking, but [credit] is not the money itself. Money is gold, and nothing else.

Although they are not the same, “money” and “credit” are used interchangeably in our vocabulary today. Given the massive credit expansion over the past four decades, understanding the difference between the two has never been more important.

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The GLD ETF vs. Physical Gold: Which Is the Better Investment Now?
The GLD ETF vs. Physical Gold: Which Is the Better Investment Now?

Gold ETFs, such as the GLD ETF, are rising in popularity due to their convenience. They’re easy to trade, there’s no need to store anything, and no one is going to break into your house to steal your GLD shares.

But there are a lot of hidden dangers inherent in the structure and operation of gold ETFs that few investors are aware of—and these risks are more pronounced than ever, as the threat of another financial crisis is always around the corner.

Considering the public’s waning trust in the banking system, many investors find themselves wondering how GLD stacks up to owning the real thing. When you look at both assets more closely, it’s clear that gold ETFs and gold bullion are very different investments.

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