Over the past 12 years saving gold and/or silver has been an 8x – yes, 8 times! – more effective strategy to grow one’s wealth than banking money and I believe it will continue to be so for the foreseeable future for four reasons.
So writes James Turk (http://goldmoney.com) in edited excerpts from his original article* entitled Gold – Saving Real Money.
[The following article is presented by Lorimer Wilson, editor of www.FinancialArticleSummariesToday.com and www.munKNEE.com and may have been edited ([ ]), abridged (…) and/or reformatted (some sub-titles and bold/italics emphases) for the sake of clarity and brevity to ensure a fast and easy read. This paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.]
Turk goes on to say in further edited excerpts:
Savings vs. Investments
Savings and investments should not be confused. A person uses money to make an investment, whereas saving is the process of accumulating money itself. Thus, you put your money at risk when making an investment, which hopefully will become a wealth-creating asset. In contrast, savings are meant to be riskless.
In the past, savings would typically be accumulated in a disciplined way on a regular monthly basis. An individual would take a savings book along with some cash directly to the bank, which would record the deposit. Alternatively, the bank acting under standing instructions would transfer a previously specified amount of cash from a customer’s current account to his/her savings account.
Beginning in the 1970s, countries around the world, led by the United States, began pursuing monetary policies that no longer encouraged savings. The relatively sound money that had previously prevailed, when it was said that the “dollar was as good as gold”, gave way to deplorable policy that ushered in decades of money debasement. Currency as a consequence has lost purchasing power over time, and the interest that banks pay on savings accounts has not sufficiently compensated the saver. In other words, even though the nominal value of a savings account rose from the interest income being earned, the overall purchasing power of the money being saved was losing value.
Over time, the concept of saving money has lost general acceptance. No longer do people put away money in a savings account for a rainy day, retirement, or even just to save money to purchase a consumer good. Nevertheless, the worthwhileness of these objectives has not been diminished by modern disruptions to money nor has the resulting monetary disorder changed the obvious necessity that everyone needs to plan and prepare for an uncertain future. So savings remain as important today as at any time in the past, which poses an obvious problem.
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How to Better Grow Your Wealth
How can you save money today when central bank and government policy result in the erosion of your purchasing power when saving any national currency? The answer lies in the money being saved. Save gold and/or silver instead of any national currency.
1. Gold Returned 13.4% Annual Rate
Since GoldMoney launched in February 2001, I have been recommending the on-going accumulation of the precious metals through a monthly cost-averaging programme. If one followed this recommendation by purchasing $100 of gold on the last business day of every month, regardless of gold’s price, the $14,800 saved in this way over the 148 months ending May 31, 2013 would have increased to $36,366, after all purchase and storage fees. A saver of gold would have accumulated 26.114 ounces of gold (812.220 goldgrams), which represents a 13.4% annual rate of appreciation after the cost paid to GoldMoney for the services provided.
2. Silver Returned 12.7% Annual Rate
The results for silver were 1,558.036 ounces accumulated with a value of $34,632 for a 12.7% annual rate of appreciation, again after all costs paid to GoldMoney. The lower rate is a result of higher fees for silver purchases and storage as well as its underperformance over this period, during which the gold/silver ratio has climbed from 59.7 to 62.7 ounces of silver to equal one ounce of gold.
3. A Savings Account Returned 1.6%
The accumulation of both gold and silver did better than money in a savings account. In nominal terms, the amount saved rose only by 1.6% per annum over this period, less than the 2.4% government reported annual inflation rate, and far less than the 9.4% inflation rate reported by ShadowStats, which is probably closer to the true rate at which the dollar is losing purchasing power.
It is worth noting that had a larger amount been saved through GoldMoney, higher rates of appreciation for both precious metals would result because larger purchases incur lower fees…
4. Additional Advantages[In addition to the above increases in one’s purchasing power, such an approach to savings:]
a) precluded the need to follow market trends, or, indeed,
b) saved one from being distracted by the day-to-day noise impacting gold and silver prices….
c) allowed for one’s savings to be accumulated outside the banking system, even as the risks of bank deposits became increasingly apparent
d) prevented one’s savings from being adversely affected by the collapse of Northern Rock, Lehman Brothers, Cyprus (and any future collapse) which was a benefit perhaps as important as the increase in purchasing power.
Overall these are the benefits that savings are meant to achieve, but one important question remains.[Is saving via the accumulation of gold and silver]… still a good strategy for the foreseeable future? Yes, for four reasons. [While] accumulating savings is itself a worthwhile and valuable objective for everyone to prepare for an uncertain future, saving a national currency results in the loss of purchasing power. In a continuation of the 12 – year trend now well established:
- Gold and silver are likely to appreciate faster than the rate of inflation because central bank and government actions are debasing national currency, so demand for the precious metals will continue to grow.
- Gold & silver remain undervalued, as explained by my Fear Index and Gold Money Index. Silver remains undervalued relative to gold as evidenced by their historically high ratio.
- Owning gold and silver are useful diversifiers for everyone’s portfolio. Diversification is always a good way to mitigate unpredictable outcomes and the risks from an uncertain future.
- Gold and silver are money outside the banking system, which is still teetering on the edge of insolvency, meaning that more events like Northern Rock, Lehman Brothers and Cyprus are likely.
[Given the above,] saving a weight of precious metals suited to one’s personal needs by accumulating them through a disciplined cost-averaging programme remains a sound strategy to provide for an uncertain future. So for now, I continue to recommend it.
[Editor’s Note: The author’s views and conclusions in the above article are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original post. Furthermore, the views, conclusions and any recommendations offered in this article are not to be construed as an endorsement of such by the editor.]
*http://www.goldmoney.com/gold-research/james-turk/saving-real-money.html (James Turk is the Founder & Chairman of GoldMoney.com; Copyright © 2013 by James Turk. All rights reserved.)
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