We note the contrast between the reporting companies who by law cannot lie about their fiscal realities, versus central planners who admit that they must lie to preserve calm and control. We'll leave it to you to decide whose version of the truth you want to believe.
Although it’s been a quiet summer for “hard assets” like gold and silver, this low-to-no rate environment should prove to be beneficial for them over time. The tide is definitely turning in their favor. Various bond commentators have recently come out in support of hard assets.
Somewhere deep in the bowels of the world’s Western central banks lie vaults holding gargantuan piles of physical gold bars… or at least that’s what they all claim. The gold bars are part of their respective foreign currency reserves.
The sad fact is that the economic reality for the average family is far worse today than it was ten years ago… even fifteen years ago, and the trend of declining wealth is firmly in place. The youth need higher paying jobs and the retirees need yield.
If global banks’ are realistically going to improve their balance sheet diversification and liquidity profiles, gold will have to be part of that process. It is ludicrous to expect banking to regain a sure footing through the increased ownership of government securities.