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Gold/Silver vs. Bitcoin Comparisons: A No-Brainer… or Brainless?

For most of the year, as Bitcoin soared, crashed, and soared again, cryptocurrency vs. physical gold-silver talking heads engaged each other in heated rhetoric about which of these venues is here to stay.

Some of the biggest names in finance, government, and the newsletter analyst space have made comments that – to be charitable – appear less-than-fully informed. Comments like “Even though bitcoin could rise to $100,000, it’s still going to zero!” don’t offer much insight. Some other questionable assumptions:

2017 percent price change comparisons: Relating this year’s gold and silver’s price range to that of bitcoin misses an important point. Yes, bitcoin (BTC) has risen by a much greater percent, but it’s also fallen more. I don’t recall gold dropping 40% this year, which bitcoin has… on a couple of occasions.

Bitcoins

Please note: Bitcoin has no tangible, physical form.

Trash-talking gold and silver as “antiquated”: Bitcoin is now considered legal tender in Japan, but at this time, its primary function is for use in the purchase and sale of the 900+ “alt coins” currently available.

Most of these exchange entries in the crypto-space are not really “currencies” at all and will never trade as such.

Rather they are “coins” or “tokens” digitally created and circulated to raise seed money, via initial coin offerings (ICOs) in order to solve some business application in a blockchain-connected manner. Many have no trading volume – possibly because the market is skeptical of their business plan – and have become more or less “dead” coins.

At present, a relative few have an actively trading market. Investors have dropped literally millions of dollars into scores, if not hundreds of entrants which have appeared on the scene like dragon’s teeth, in many cases only to see volume dry up soon thereafter.

At present, digital apparitions can be created and marketed by just about anyone. The following example demonstrates how easy it is (for now), and how gullible some people really are.

Can I interest you in a “Useless Ethereum Token”?

Earlier this year, the “Useless Ethereum Token” (UET) was “announced” online. The “Issuer” wrote:

You are literally giving your money to someone on the Internet and getting completely useless tokens in return. There are no ‘whitepapers,’ no ‘products’, and no ‘experts’. It’s just you, me, your hard-earned Ether, and my shopping list.

You would think this blatantly-stated scam would elicit exactly zero response, yet reportedly, the UET ‘Project” was able to raise more than $60,000!

By the same token, it’s a safe bet that many Venezuelans wish they had traded some of their bolivares fuertes (“strong Bolivar”) notes, rendered worthless over the last few years, for a few ounces of silver – or a single ounce of gold – which could now purchase respectively, six months of food, or a house.

Becoming a victim of “default bias”: We all have a tendency to operate through a lens which uses the past as a default setting.

We keep doing what we know, avoid taking new risks, and resist changing the way we think.

Default bias can cause lost opportunities – whether it involves learning about the blockchain or being hesitant to buy precious metals when they’re in boring “wear you out or scare you out” sideways action (another David Morgan homily)… as they’ve been lately.

Dismissing Bitcoin as “just digital”: Kim Iskyan (Stansberry Churchouse Research) addresses the criticisms leveled at bitcoin and the blockchain. Responding to the charge that it’s “purely digital,” he notes that fully 90% of all the money – or as David Morgan refers to it, “paper promises” – that exist around the world today are not physical either!

Doug Casey is always one to see beyond the next investment valley (or country), and he pegs what most people miss when they argue that bitcoin is “bad” for the future of precious metals. As he said,

When people buy these cryptocurrencies, even if they know nothing about hard money, economics, or monetary theory, they inevitably ask themselves, “Hmm, Bitcoin or the dollar?” They’re both currencies. Then they start asking questions about the nature of the dollar…the nature of inflation… and whether the dollar has any real value, what’s going to happen to it, and why.

People start asking themselves these questions – which wouldn’t have occurred to them otherwise… and it’s going to make them very suspicious of the dollar. It’s going to get a lot of people thinking about money and economics in a way they never thought about it before. And this will inevitably lead them to gold…

What I am doing: In addition to staying very active in metals and miners, I have placed “small money” into several coins and tokens having viable business models in hopes of making an asymmetric profit.

Gold Bull Market 1970s vs. 2000 to date

In spite of the current turmoil, I remain steadfast in the belief that the next few years will see gold and silver trading several times higher than their nominal 2011 prices of $1,900 and near $50 respectively. The blockchain is here to stay. As for bitcoin, only time will tell.

We may even see digital coins and tokens backed by precious metal. But these changes in the crypto space will not replace them. Indeed, gold and silver will almost certainly – to the surprise of many bitcoin bulls – markedly increase demand.

I plan to continue holding the majority of my investible funds in gold and silver. How about you?

davidsmithAbout the Author: David Smith is Senior Analyst for TheMorganReport.com and a regular contributor to MoneyMetals.com. For the past 15 years he has investigated precious metals’ mines and exploration sites in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, China, Canada, and the U.S. He shares his resource sector observations with readers like you.

 

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Oil/Yuan/Gold Benchmark – Explained

What’s happened is that America, very quickly, a lot more quickly than expected, has actually lost it’s influence in the Middle East. That, to me, is a key part to this story.

And I think now what we have, instead of China turning ’round and saying “we can control the pace at which the change is occurring”. What’s happening is the people in Asia and places like the Middle East, will now be pushing for the change which China was planning to do anyway. ~Alasdair Macleod, The Daily Coin

For those that have been following the Federal Reserve Note since President Nixon closed the gold window in August 1971, you fully understand the implications of a global monetary shift. Not only can such a change be disruptive to economies, it can create unintended consequences, like out of control inflation, oil/gas shortages and shifts in global power.

What we see happening today, beginning in July 2017, is another shift of global power. The U.S. has been involved in a “war of words” with Russia for the past two years and beginning in mid 2016 there was a major shift with the mainstream media, Clinton and Clinton supporters all crying “Russia did it”. What “Russia did” has changed a number of times, but the story has remained the same – “Russia did it”.

What happened in July 2017 when President Trump pulled the CIA out of Syria was to end a secret program began by the Obama regime to over-throw Syrian President Assad.

The program was a central plank of a policy begun by the Obama administration in 2013 to put pressure on Assad to step aside, but even its backers have questioned its efficacy since Russia deployed forces in Syria two years later.

Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as an assault on its interests. The shuttering of the program is also an acknowledgment of Washington’s limited leverage and desire to remove Assad from power. Source

This marked the beginning of the end of American influence in the Middle East and over the oil fields of OPEC.

On October 5 Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met with Russian President Putin in Moscow. The significants of this meeting can not be overstated. The shift in global power will be seen, through the eyes of history, as beginning during this meeting.

Most recently, Russian operations in Syria have put it in direct conflict with Saudi interests. The Saudis remain opposed to Bashar al-Assad, whose regime is being supported by Russian military power. The gulf kingdom, on its part, is also believed to be funding rebel groups opposed to al-Assad.

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“The Saudis have lost interest and realise that Russia now owns the crisis,” says Yuri Barmin, an expert at the Russian International Affairs Council. “They see how the balance of power is changing in the region: how the US is pulling out and how Russia is now increasing its influence in the Middle East.” Source

The two scenarios above point to the same conclusion – Russia is moving into the Middle East with the blessing of Saudi Arabia as the U.S. is being sidelined.

Oil makes the world go-round. Oil is the life blood of the global economy. Acquiring oil with gold sidesteps the Federal Reserve Note and the U.S. economy. If the U.S. is no longer the “Superpower” over seeing the Middle East and supplying the Middle East with military protection then what good is the U.S. to the OPEC nations? If Russia steps in with the military supplies to support the OPEC nations and Russia’s number one trading partner, China, is the largest importer of oil we begin to see a major shift of all power – economic and military.

Alasdair Macleod, Head of Research, GoldMoney, provides us a fascinating, detailed review of the oil/yuan/gold benchmark story that has been evolving over the past six weeks. Alasdair reviews the two known contracts, – oil futures contract and physical gold futures contract – their origins and the possibilities of that lie ahead for the melding of these two contracts on the global monetary stage. A future that could very well prove to have oil settled in payments made with gold.

 

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David Morgan: There is Nothing More Powerful Than the Truth

Well it’s all about control and I think it’s keeping them in control. I have to quote one the better thinkers in our peer group, long deceased, Michael Ruppert. “Unless you change the way money works, you’ve changed nothing.” So, if you change it to an SDR then you haven’t changed the way it works. ~David Morgan, The Daily Coin

I sat down with David Morgan, The Morgan Report, to get his take on this forever changing oil/yuan/gold contract story that seems to have taken on life of it’s own. We have reported, on multiple occasions, that we can not find anything of substance to support this idea/concept/contract. The implications of this contract being a reality would change the monetary world over night. The implications of this contract coming to fruition could possibly spark World War III – it’s that serious. For this reason, we at The Daily Coin, are steadfast in our insistence of source links, names of Chinese officials supporting this idea and a copy of the contract that specifically states gold is part of the contract. Even Hugo Salinas Price in his latest note to Eric King at King World News agrees the implications are enormous.

This fact will surely not be un-recognized by the Pentagon, who are the moving force of the Empire. Thus, I fear that the Chinese move – IF IT BECOMES A REALITY – may ignite WW III, as the desperate attempt by the US military to retain the role of US as World Empire. Which would mean the utter devastation of the US by Russia and China combined. We shall soon see what takes place – gold for oil, Yes or No? – King World News

The Morgan Report, not only covers the precious metals but Mr. Morgan also covers the base metals as well. Two of the base metals David really likes right now are zinc and cobalt. We, at The Daily Coin, have discussed these metals with a number of mining executives over the past year and Davids analysis is right in line with everything we have been discussing. The Morgan Report offers insights on the companies that David and his team see as being an intricate part of a persons portfolio.

This brought us to my current favorite topic – the long string of new articles discussing physical gold with several high-profile executives, including the Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, all discussing the virtues of physical gold. It seems I am not the only person that believes these are “trial balloons” intended to prepare the masses for the coming changes to the monetary system.

David wraps up the interview with some of the most powerful words one will hear anywhere.

 

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Ellis Martin Report with David Morgan—Should We Cash Up or Dive In?

In this segment of The Ellis Martin Report, returning guest David Morgan offers his opinion on how investors should consider positioning themselves for the coming weeks and months. What viewpoint is the best? There are more than one.

 

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Crypto Currencies or Gold?

By Bob Pellerin
http://www.canadianmineanalysis.com/
bob@cobaltium.com

It goes without saying that most people have heard of crypto currencies. Those digital “dollars” based on something called a block chain. Allow me to confess that I didn’t pay much attention to Bitcoin at first. As an IT expert and a writer about the financial markets many are shocked that I didn’t “get it”. I wanted to share with others the “cons” I saw with Bitcoin.

Bitcoin was written by Satoshi Nakamoto. This turns out to be a fake name. Even if we assume for a moment that the creator was Craig Steven Wright, it still doesn’t give me great confidence having a single person behind not only the concept but everything else including security of an entire currency. Are banks and governments perfect? No. But at the end of the day, an epic fail by one of those leaves teams to clean up the mess. In this case, at the onset, I wasn’t so sure what would happen if the whole concept collapsed. It was, in my opinion, like online gambling.

Bitcoin is not backed by anything. Yes, I agree that most currencies are no longer backed by anything tangible either. Bitcoin’s usefulness, where they are accepted, has come a long way. They were little more than a novelty at first, and people took them for the sake of getting publicity. Now if only Chucky cheese tokens had taken off, I’d be rich!

Bitcoin(s) as a store of wealth? I would argue that money, real money, needs to preserve wealth. If you get a Zimbabwe note and it’s useless a month later, then no one in their right mind will want to trade for it. The value of Bitcoins has indeed gone up (and up). I would argue, however, that they have questionable value for the long term. Why? Simply because everyone will want in on the new ride. I am working on a project with a large IT firm on a crypto currency of their own. This, in my opinion, at least brings major corporate resources and a commitment to the table.

Bitcoin mining. If you don’t know what mining is, be ready to be disappointed. A miner uses a computer to perform transactions and transit information needed for the Bitcoin system to work. Miners get paid a small percentage (like a banking fee) to do this work. A bank has its own system to process your transactions. Bitcoins use miners to do this; it is decentralized.

Why should we care about whose systems process the transactions? For one, some people are mining not to make money but to study the backend in the hopes of figuring a way to circumvent the process. For another, as the amount of money paid out to perform this work (the mining) decreases, it becomes less and less attractive for individuals to want to mine. Am I the only one to think this will become a problem? I won’t even get into the limitations place on the miners due to Bitcoin’s design.

In the end, Bitcoins are here to stay. I predict there will come a shakedown where only a few remain backed by companies, banks, governments or a combination of all three. If you’re looking at Bitcoin to store value by avoiding government fiat currencies, I’d suggest looking into owning some Gold or Silver. Having said that, there is a company that James Turk is involved with called Gold Money that offers a gold backed Crypto Currency. I recommend having a look if digital money interests you.

Publisher’s Note: We are looking into a silver backed crypto currency as well so you might consider forwarding this article as appropriate.

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