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Inflation, Gold, and Gold Mining Companies

While physical gold is not in our buy zone, many gold mining companies are selling as if the price of gold is currently $800 to $900 per ounce, which is 28% to 36% lower than gold's closing price on January 31, 2014, and well within our buy zone.

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"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt."

- John Adams, 1735 - 1826

Overview:

  • We continue to be concerned about the increasing levels of federal debt, Fed policy and quantitative easing, and the overall lack of political will to change the present course. As a result, we believe that the probability of elevated inflation over the next 5 years has dramatically increased and have been reviewing gold as a potential investment for our portfolios.
  • During our study of gold, we arrived at a methodology that prices the commodity from five different viewpoints. Currently trading at $1,220 to $1,300 per ounce, we believe gold is selling in a fair value range.
  • While physical gold is not in our buy zone, many gold mining companies are selling as if the price of gold is currently $800 to $900 per ounce, which is 28% to 36% lower than gold's closing price on January 31, 2014, and well within our buy zone.
  • With or without high inflation in the future, we believe many gold mining companies have been selling at bargain prices and have added them to our portfolios.


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The gold pricing in this report is measured using the London PM Fixing price, quoted in U.S. dollars per ounce.

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