In 1906, Alfred Henry Lewis stated, “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.”
Since then, his observation has been echoed by people as disparate as Robert Heinlein and Leon Trotsky.
One of our long-time clients recently submitted a question to our experts: What is the ideal ratio of metals to hold to weather the economic storms on the horizon?
Here we have an image from 2008. It records a Zimbabwean, making a visual comment on the fact that, in a matter of months, his country experienced government–driven hyperinflation that left him broke.
I loved watching dominos fall as a kid. Setting up different arrangements was fun, but watching them fall was, of course, the most entertaining part.
At the end of a long, tiring day, we may choose to treat ourselves to a soothing bubble bath. Surrounded by steaming water and a froth of sweet-smelling bubbles, it’s easy to forget the cares of everyday life. This fact is equally true of economic bubbles.
All countries have a “shelf-life” of sorts. Generally, they begin when an old, top-heavy government collapses from its own weight. The end of the old regime is characterized by civil unrest, revolution, secession, economic collapse or some combination of these conditions.
The gold/silver ratio keeps climbing. And climbing and climbing. When is this darn thing going to reverse and see silver finally outperform gold?
Escalating trade disputes between the U.S. and other nations of the world remain the primary driver for market volatility.
One of gold’s biggest catalysts throughout history has been inflation. Debase your currency enough and gold responds almost automatically. And the bigger the inflation, the bigger gold’s response. Even the fear of inflation ignites the gold price, like we saw from 2009 to 2011.