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40 years on from gold standard, bugs crow

40 years on from gold standard, bugs crow

Gold is back, for good.

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August 13, 2011 9:44 by



people begin to worry about the value of their money, whether they’re going to lose purchasing power because of inflation or other problems. As a consequence, they look for safe havens.”

He was speaking as a true gold bug — not in the dark days after Lehman Brothers’ demise in 2008, nor in the depths of last year’s euro zone debt crisis, nor after Standard & Poor’s recent downgrade of the United States’ top-notch credit rating.

Turk’s view came in a BusinessWeek interview he gave in 2005, well in advance of the current financial crisis.

“My long-standing forecast, made in a Barron’s interview in Oct. 2003, is that $8,000 per ounce will be reached sometime between 2013-2015,” he told Reuters this week.

“I’ve stayed with that forecast over the years and see no reason to change it.”

The world’s current financial woes are only going to get worse if current policies continue, he believes, meaning the rally in gold prices is unlikely to stop here.

“Politicians and central bankers are making decisions that debase national currencies, and the resulting bad monetary policies they are following are causing the gold price to rise,” he said.

Gold’s latest push to record highs has gone hand-in-hand with a plunge in Wall Street stocks to their lowest in nearly a year, while the dollar is languishing near multi-year lows.

Long-term gold bull David Beahm, vice president of marketing and economic research at New Orleans bullion dealer Blanchard and Co., says worries over the stability of the stock markets will be a key driver of higher gold prices.

“The best investment right now is gold,” he said. “By diversifying one’s portfolio with a negatively-correlated gold, investors can protect themselves from deep plunges in the equity market.”

“There is no news in the market today or over the coming few months that is likely to stop the current gold bull market, as the fundamentals



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