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Gold

In a world in which fiat money-substitutes are continually debased by governments around the world, we believe that gold remains the most honest and accountable form of money. When financial uncertainty abounds, it becomes increasingly important to hold assets with value that cannot be diluted by government monetary policy. Gold has been chosen as a store of value and unit of exchange since the dawn of civilization due to its inherent properties: rarity, durability, fungibility, divisibility, and portability.

Ultimately, as the current crisis runs its course, the value of a gold-based monetary system may once again gain favor with productive nations looking to safeguard the value of their savings. In such a scenario, gold would spike in value as central banks became net-acquirers of gold, rather than net-sellers.

Gold appreciated steadily for most of the current decade, ultimately breaking $1,000 per ounce in March 2008. Although prices pulled back by as much as 20% later in the year, gold qualified as one of the best asset classes for 2008. We believe that gold is still in the early stages of a secular bull market. Conservative investors are advised to have a portion of their savings allocated to physical bullion, while speculative investors are advised to own shares of carefully selected mining companies, both domestic and international.