Posts filed under “Gold & Precious Metals”

Real Price of Gold Since 1791

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Source: Visualizing Economics

 

Earlier this year, we discussed the Lessons Learned from the Fall of Gold. That surprisingly generated some controversy despite the near 40% collapse from its 2011 peak.

 

Rather than spill a lot of ink onto the page, I wanted to direct your attention to the following graphic from Catherine Mulbrandon of Visualizing Economics. It is the real price of Gold, adjusted for inflation.

 

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Category: Digital Media, Gold & Precious Metals, Inflation

History of Money

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Category: Currency, Digital Media, Gold & Precious Metals

Pushback: Lessons from Gold’s Rise & Fall

Last week, we published a 2,500-word opus on what lessons could be learned from the rise and fall of gold. There was lots of feedback on the general concept and many of the specifics. By and large, the response was positive, with most of the pushback coming from those who were long gold or other…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Gold & Precious Metals

Bitten by the Gold Bug? Some Lessons

>   I did something different with my Sunday Washington Post Business Section this week. Starting with the 2,500 word long form discussion I wrote for Bloomberg, I simplified this and edited it down to half that length. The print version had the headline Bitten by the gold bug? You’ll do well to heed the…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Gold & Precious Metals

Video: The Lessons of Gold’s Collapse


Source: Yahoo Finance

Category: Gold & Precious Metals, Media, Video

10 Lessons Learned from Gold’s Epic Rise & Fall

This morning, I have a massive 2500 word piece at Bloomberg looking at the rise and fall of Gold.

The key to the discussion are the 10 lessons that we all can takeaway from that cycle and the experiences of Gold investors. Hopefully, these will make us each better investors in the future.

Here is the intro:

“It has been quite the ride for gold: from under $500 an ounce a decade ago, to above $1,900 in 2011, gold gained more than 400 percent. Since its peak of ~$1,921.15 on Sept. 6, 2011, however, the shine is off the yellow metal. Gold plummeted 38 percent, recently breaking below $1,200. Yesterday’s close is within 5 percent of the lows, at $1,241.

If a 20 percent drop is described as a bear market, and a 30 percent fall is called a crash — what do we call gold’s almost 40 percent plummet?

This column is not an “I told-you-so” or an exercise in “Goldenfreude” (describing a “delight in gold bugs’ collective pain”). Rather, it is an attempt to learn some investing lessons from the epic rise and horrific fall of gold.

As an investor, I am a gold agnostic: When used properly, the metal is a potentially valuable tool in an investment arsenal. There are times when it makes for a profitable part of a portfolio, as in the 2000s. There are periods when it is a speculative and dangerous trade — such as the 2010s. There have also been decades when it does nothing, earning no return, generating no income, essentially dead weight to a portfolio, as in the 1980s and 1990s…”

 

Full column after the jump:

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Category: Apprenticed Investor, Gold & Precious Metals

The Golden Dilemma

Category: Gold & Precious Metals, Think Tank

Gold to Real USD Chart

Source: RT

Category: Gold & Precious Metals

Gold Charts: 2000-Present, 2011, ’12, ’13

This is from a bigger project I am working on. I found it interesting that even thought Gold hit its peak in 2011, it did not have a negative year until 2013:   2000-2013 ~~~ 2011 2012 2013

Category: Gold & Precious Metals, Technical Analysis

What Is Gold’s Next Catalyst?

Category: Gold & Precious Metals, Media, Video