There is an interesting commercial making its rounds where a gentleman travels the world all while shouting, “Set for life” along each stop. Obviously this guy recently won the lottery and is now out enjoying the experiences of only a lucky few. Now, for the record, I’m not a lottery player. In fact, I bought lottery tickets several decades ago when California first introduced a state lottery but never scratched them. Who knows, maybe I missed out on my own “set for life” opportunity – but I doubt it, and here is why.
Each person has their own perception of what it means to be set for life. Unfortunately most perceptions are unrealistic considering the time we live. “Yes” this includes those who store wealth in physical silver or gold, too. Somehow most of us walking God’s green earth falsely associate wealth abundance with a “set for life” situation; not true.
While consulting with those interested in storing wealth in PM (precious metal) I usually ask, “Why”. In other words, what is the goal of making such a nontraditional monetary effort when 99% of the pack is content on striving for the proverbial American Dream?
The answers vary between leveraging PMs as insurance (please see the Q & A below), wealth preservation, or even financial stability – but some flat out admit the goal is to ride gold, or silver, to a point of filthy rich. The ones motivated by the later fail to recognize what a world with $500 per ounce silver means for a society unfamiliar with economic correction yet victimized by decades of monetary intervention or the asset bubbles derived from such unrestricted intervention.
As of October 2013 things are clicking along pretty good, right? Sure we have Capital Hill arguing over Obama Care. Sure we have our national parks closed while the powers in charge battle over how to spend the next record level of borrowed money (currency), too. But all in all most Americans view life as improving somewhat content by the illusion of recovery. For most, they view the future as improving.
But those entrusting PM are not experiencing improvement. Many of you bought gold and silver only to watch it plummet, in dollar terms, well below what most PM experts could imagine. Some of you are to the point of doubting your prudence all while dismayed by a safe haven not looking so safe – I understand. The benefits of wealth stored within the confines of such discretion are yet to be realized, but imminently closer with each passing day.
For you – physical silver or gold is a world away from creating a set for life financial situation.
For you I offer this comfort. Enjoy this temporary era of monetary stability derived from the ability to debase a currency by creating trillions of dollars from thin air. Some, maybe most, trusting hard assets awake each morning thinking today is the day all monetary hell brakes loose sending PMs soaring to the moon. You underestimate the power to print money and the temporary stability it provides.
Looking into our future we see a set for life mentality replaced with the longing for opportunity. The dream of a never-ending retirement portfolio will be replaced with the dream of enough employment just to get by. The home on the beach replaced with a roof over the head along with a warm meal on the table. This new perspective will be the ultimate monetary education most are yet to comprehend.
But for now all those entrusting physical PMs live with the daily love-hate relationship that comes from a global currency yet to find its legs in an age of global monetary intervention. This writer will not pretend to guess when PM will break from the pack but if history is a good indicator then metals rising should be expected. Until then we stay the course realizing most living in the USA live a life well beyond what most of the world could ever dream.
COMMENT: I view precious metal as insurance just like any other “what if” insurance policy used to protect any other asset. Accumulating additional wealth byway of gold is not my expectation as much as protecting what I have. My PM goal is to preserve and my expectation is nothing more.
TPS Reply: Good, and thanks for the comment. I too view PMs as insurance but my opinion is you’re selling PM short by failing to factor the vulnerability of other dollar-based assets or the benefit of a universal currency (physical silver and gold).
Honestly, other assets will not hold today’s “value” in terms of comparable value. We must agree that a currency victimized by debasement blurs true value in a currency sense (cents). This is why hyper-inflated economies of the past used billion-dollar bills to buy loaves of bread. We cannot compare today’s bread value to such an era of debasement and economic calamity, agreed? Nor can we view those holding substantial wealth in hyper-inflated dollars as wealthy or financially protected.
I don’t singularly hold wealth in gold to “insure” or hedge against the value of my home or other personal assets. I realize gold rising will not support my wealth derived from other assets (insurance) as much as replace it. This is why PM experts refer to such a time as a transfer of wealth. Wealth transfers to countries, and individuals, holding hard assets. This is nothing new or just my opinion, this is historical monetary fact.
One other point, please. Overgrown governments do not go away without a fight. They first consume the wealth of her people in order to appease the masses (those feeling entitled). Five minutes watching your evening news will validate we are living in such a time as you read this reply. You can call it insurance if you like but I call it financial freedom stored in inconspicuous ounces.
Thanks for the comment.
QUESTION: I read how you store your savings away from traditional banking institutions. Can you expand on this?
TPS Reply: You’re correct, and I would love. The risk of capital controls in today’s age is very real. Some call it a banking “bail-in” – some call it a banking holiday. Regardless the term, the result is a separation of wealth which means a separation of personal freedom. A society separated from their wealth is vulnerable to those controlling it.
I choose to maintain control of my savings by storing most of it in physical silver or gold. This sounds unusual to most but up until the last forty years this is how everyone stored wealth (gold-backed dollars). A twenty dollar bill was easily exchanged for $20 in gold from a bank which means your savings was stored in PM.
Today nearly all savers view their savings as safe thanks to the FDIC. This safety net is less comforting when we consider this insurance will protect savers from an institutional failure but offers no protection from a capital control mandate. The difference should be researched if confusing.
This may come as a surprise but I’m not a gold guy. I own gold for many reasons but much prefer to store wealth in an emerging business properly structured and income producing. It is far easier to generate wealth from a small business than wait for gold/silver to appreciate.
Now, back to your question. If I need to use my “savings” I simply convert a few hunks of gold for dollars. This allows me take a vacation or do whatever anyone else could do with a more traditional bank savings. Email me, or call, to find out exactly how I safely make this PM to dollar exchange. Thanks for the question.
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