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Since President Nixon closed the gold window in August of 1971, the price of gold has increased more than 37-fold. From a price of $40.65 at month-end August 1971, gold has risen to $1,528 today. A $1,000 investment in gold at the end of August 1971 would be worth over $37,000 today—a compounded annual return of 7.8%.
We’ve been in recession since February apparently, ending the longest economic expansion in American history. The economy collapsed so rapidly that the National Bureau of Economic Research wasted no time in announcing a recession, a stark contrast to previous downturns when the body took upwards of a year to declare what most people already knew.
Warren Buffett has long been critical of gold as an investment. He once said it “has no utility” and that the “magical metal” is no match for “American mettle.” He also said, “Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head”, over how we value gold, but he just acquired nearly 21 million shares of Barrick Gold worth $563 million.
By now, we’ve all heard it. It is starting to sound like a broken record. The coronavirus, inflation, unemployment, international political tension and the economic crash are pushing Gold towards $3000 and Silver to $50 while some say over $100 in as short as 3 years.