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The New Case for Gold Hardcover – April 5, 2016
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“The New Case for Gold reminds us that wayward policies bring about a search for money that is good as gold. What better than gold itself?”
—Wall Street Journal
“This excellent book proves that, contrary to the propaganda of fiat currency apologists, gold is real money. Rickards makes a compelling case for why those looking for a way to protect themselves and their families from economic chaos created by central bankers should consider gold.”
—Ron Paul, former Congressman and Presidential candidate
“In his latest book, James Rickards gifts us once again with his clarity of prose, depth of experience and sound analysis. The New Case for Gold discards tired and politically driven criticisms of gold, instead offering an illuminating, original argument for gold as a critical contender in today's money games. The most important book on gold yet.”
—Nomi Prins, author of All The Presidents’ Bankers
“We can’t trust the Federal Reserve to do the honest work that Jim Rickards has done in writing this book. When the monetary system finally fails, there will be a flight to the only money that’s left in the system—and that will be gold. Essential reading.”
—David A. Stockman, Former OMB Director and author of The Great Deformation
“[Rickards] present[s] compelling evidence that many of the world’s leading monetary authorities implicitly, at least, treat gold as — quite possibly in the future, the key — money.”
About the Author
JAMES RICKARDS is the New York Times bestselling author of The Death of Money and Currency Wars. He is the editor of the newsletter Strategic Intelligence and a member of the advisory board of the Physical Gold Fund. He is an advisor on international economics and financial threats to the Department of Defense and the U.S. intelligence community. He served as a facilitator of the first-ever financial war games conducted by the Pentagon. He lives in Connecticut. Follow @JamesGRickards.
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This book is very different in that regard. It is concise, to the point, mostly factual and the arguments that the author presents are based on sound economic principles. There is very minimal bragging by the author so hardly any fluff. I was able to finish the book within a weekend reading off an on during the day. I am utterly impressed by the author. He is not only knowledgeable but also a genius who can use his knowledge to visualize the future. His arguments are extremely sound. It is amazing how he explains complex economic concepts in simple language for the regular reader. Most readers will not even realize that he is using Masters or PHD level economic concepts to explain what is happening and what will happen. I have a master's in economics from a top school in the nation so I understand the concepts he is using to arrive at certain conclusions.
Another reason I was impressed by this great man is his acknowledgement that he may be wrong. That is the mark of a wise and experienced person because you really never know what will happen in the future. He presents various scenarios on what will unfold in the future without making predictions with certainty. He only suggests that you put 10% of your investible assets in gold. Why? Because he says that even if he is wrong, you will lose minimal amount of money.
Even though I have more or less come to the same conclusions as the author and believe that what he is saying is probably right, it is possible that the future may unfold differently. Regardless, read this book! It is worth your time and money.
Mr. James Rickards, has done an amazing job this time!
"Gold is a barbarous relic." "Neanderthal", antediluvian" Gold has no yield..no intrinsic value...not enough gold in the world to support finance...caused the Great Depression.
Gold has no maturity risk. Gold has no commodity risk. Gold has no issuer risk. Gold is atomic element number 79 and will not degrade. Gold is physical and not digitally exposed. Gold movements are not subject to government edicts. Gold is a store of value.
In the days of Empire, Rome used mostly gold and silver for money until corruption of the elements became anathema to public acceptance.
In the early twenties the German Weimar Republic ignored gold in its currency expansion as the mark soon became hyperinflated.
In 1931 "The Great Betrayal" caused a wave of panic as the Bank of England defaulted on its obligatory conversion of sterling to gold.
In centuries past China saw the fall of an empire as a copper shortage was reflected in coins with iron substitutes.
The expensive American War of Independence was reflected in gold and silver coins as values declined to zero in just two years because of government currency intervention.
Is gold held by individual citizens at risk of confiscation as happened in 1933 by legislative fiat of the Roosevelt Administration? The author is equivocal on this issue but his words on pages 138 and 139 are worthy of consideration.
In the author's Conclusion he writes "my models on systemic risk in capital markets point toward dire events, including the collapse of the international monetary system..."
Are we to ignore the warnings of one who is an advisor on international economics to the Department of Defense and the U.S. intelligence community?