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Goldbugs Push Back


“Never try to teach a pig to sing- it wastes your time and annoys the pig.” – Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long


Whenever I write about Gold, the pushback is always robust. Yesterday’s column How Low Can Gold Go? was no different. As a public service, I thought I would address the feedback, criticisms and complaints amongst the many emails and comments I received.

Some of the commentary was worthwhile discussions related to investing in general and precious metals in particular. These insightful souls seem to always generate inspiring food for thought. Their comments help me clarify my thinking on trading and commodities.

Unfortunately, those folks are the exception. The bulk of the pushback comes from people who have been long and wrong, and refuse to hear from any source suggesting they are on a bas trade. The attitude seemed to be along the lines of “Who are you going to believe, me or my lying P&L? Quite an astonishing collection of denial

Before we continue, one quick note to commenters: It is astonishingly easy to tell when a commenter did not read the column and is merely responding to the headline, which is typically written by an editor. Believe me, after 30,000 blog posts, you can tell at a glance which comments had nothing whatsoever to do with your column.

Note original comments/emails are in italics, and my comments follow:

On to the pushback:


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Category: Markets

Succinct Summation of Week’s Events 10.3.14

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Category: Markets

MoneyBeat’s Quarterly Quota

Click for larger graphic Source: WSJ

Category: Data Analysis, Markets

Railway Shipping Reshape Crude Market

Source: WSJ

Category: Energy, Markets

Kiron Sarkar’s Weekly Report 9.27.14

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Category: Markets, Think Tank

Succinct Summation of Week’s Events 9.26.14

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Category: Markets

The Population of the Internet


Category: Markets

Risks to Family Wealth

Source: U.S. Trust

Category: Digital Media, Markets, Wages & Income, Wealth Management

Succinct Summation of Week’s Events 9.19.14

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Category: Markets

Is Money Flowing Out of Europe?

Source: FT   Europe is experiencing a reversal. The Financial Times writes: The withdrawals brought to an end 12 months of almost continuous inflows, powered by confidence that the eurozone debt crisis had retreated and that the region’s economies were returning to growth. In the 12 months to July, assets under management at EPFR-tracked European…Read More

Category: Economy, Markets