Gold: The Story of Man’s 6000 Year Obsession – Episode 1

Published on
January 26th, 2018
54 minutes

Gold: The Story of Man’s 6000 Year Obsession – Episode 1

Gold ·
Featuring Grant Williams

Published on: January 26th, 2018 • Duration: 54 minutes

Grant Williams presents the definitive analysis of gold, in a brand new two-part Real Vision documentary, to understand why gold became money and has outlasted every alternative currency for thousands of years. Featuring an incredible collection of experts and market analysts, Episode One charts the history of the yellow metal, and shows us why gold has retained its unique place at the center of the global financial system.


  • MC
    Mike C.
    30 October 2020 @ 15:35
    Yet it's pretty absurd that with this knowledge, some people are openly advocating for MMT like policy continuing & perhaps even accelerating it. LOL!!
  • CT
    Crispim T.
    21 October 2019 @ 13:08
    Gold markets are heavily manipulated and the most centralized of them all, even excluding central banks. Bitcoin/BTC is the safest bet for the next decade. Gold won't go the way of Nokia and Kodak but it's going to lose A LOT of its cap to BTC in 10 years - in the same way it lost the past ten. Bitcoin is up 83,331.79% since gold topped out at $1800 seven years ago. What's it like hodling a -20% gold bag for seven years? Shorting BTC won't come cheap.
    • MA
      Mark A.
      27 February 2020 @ 17:27
      That won't help you much if they take the mobile network down.
  • SB
    Sukhmeet B.
    10 November 2019 @ 03:06
    Amazing videos but the media player needs slight improvement to make the experience perfect, you can easily put a dragging bar at the bottom so people can move back and forth in the program in addition to current features
  • JH
    James H.
    28 February 2018 @ 06:55
    I agree with many others who discuss the quality content. My struggle is with the desire to allocation some investment to physical gold and the practical realities of storage. Does anyone here have any recommendations of all inclusive solutions for purchasing, delivery and storage of physical gold outside of the US? Has anyone heard of I have been evaluating them but it does not seem like they have been active on a marketing front since around 2016. Comments welcome Best,
    • CT
      Claudia T.
      19 April 2018 @ 12:29
      try the Perth Mint
    • ES
      Edward S.
      30 April 2018 @ 13:12
    • bb
      brian b.
      27 May 2018 @ 05:34
      global precious metals in singapore
    • MZ
      Martin Z.
      31 May 2018 @ 06:38
      Goldmoney. You have all of those options and more, plus they have done what many people thought would be impossible: made gold a practical, convertible currency again through use of an almost universally accepted (i.e., MasterCard) debit card. Take that, Tricky Dick!
    • JA
      Justin A.
      21 October 2019 @ 19:49
      James I am currently using this company and would be curious to know your thoughts. Sorry for the referral link but it is the only way I know to get you to the explainer videos. I have links to more info if you are interetsed.
  • TW
    Thomas W.
    21 October 2019 @ 11:50
    Gold is and was never a currency. Money has three properties 1) Medium of Exchange, 2) Storage of Value, 3) Unit of Accounts. A currency is only a currency if it is endorsed by the state, which has to agree to accept the currency as payment for taxes. In doing so, it is able to establish the units of gold needed to satisfy tax liability. In short, the idea that money is independent from government has been and will forever be a fantasy. Remember the gold standard fell out of favor when the U.K. decided to drop out of it in order to depreciate currency and repay war debts through exports.
  • MS
    Michael S.
    20 October 2019 @ 22:40
    You should never get rich with gold, rather it should be the inverse of purchasing power. So it just keeps you at par. I own gold, going to own a lot more. This was very useful.
  • RB
    Richard B.
    29 January 2018 @ 13:14
    bitcoin is the new gold.
    • NF
      N. F.
      29 January 2018 @ 15:16
      That clearly remains to be seen
    • KS
      Kathleen S.
      30 January 2018 @ 08:40
      Give it time -- gold has had 6000 years and bitcoin has hmm? Created 2009. Why not hold both -- I do and I am glad that I do because I first bought bitcoin when it was $230.
    • dm
      david m.
      14 October 2019 @ 15:08
      Even when the power goes out?
    • RG
      Ryan G.
      19 October 2019 @ 13:05
      David - math does not stop working when the power goes out momentarily. If you're predicting a global power outage for an extended duration i'm not buying gold i'll be trading that for guns.
  • VS
    Vignesh S.
    3 July 2018 @ 16:45
    Ahhh, novel presentation of why gold using the periodic table. But it assumes that you're to only use elements as materials and not compound. The gold we use isn't pure element form gold either. It has copper in it in minute quantity for strength.
    • jL
      jean-marie L.
      15 October 2019 @ 03:29
      In dentistry, gold still have the best longevity results, but we don't use it a lot because of aesthetic demand.
    • RW
      Ryan W.
      16 October 2019 @ 08:37
      For the US, yes, we have various coins, for hardness and for purity. Canada however focuses on 4 nines fine. With eagles at .9167 pure that's more than "minute" and one has to wonder if it isn't just a way to dilute the cost while commanding a premium price. There's a video somewhere on the history of the coin and the gold reserve act I'll have to find which talked about that. Still, it is reputed to be the most popular gold coin currently minted.
  • dm
    dan m.
    7 April 2019 @ 16:15
    Gold buggery is the will to power of the master/aristocratic classes
  • GA
    Greg A.
    29 April 2018 @ 15:29
    It says episode 1 of 2. When is part two out?
    • AB
      Andreas B.
      1 July 2018 @ 08:55
      Episode 2
  • DK
    Dylan K.
    1 February 2018 @ 15:41
    Potentially stupid question and maybe I should do some research on monetary policy history before asking but I don't really understand why we came off the gold standard in 1971? I understand the US broke the Bretton Woods agreement "to help pay for the Vietnam war," but if that's the case, how did we "pay" for the previous two World Wars? Also, does anyone have any good charts comparing gold price, US Dollar price, money printing, etc.? Thanks for any clarification! Dylan
    • MA
      M A.
      24 February 2018 @ 18:03
      Watch Niall Ferguson's ascent of money on youtube. Is a 4hour video but answers your question and a lot more. Its worth the watch.
    • MZ
      Martin Z.
      31 May 2018 @ 06:48
      The short answer is that foreigners (in particular the French) decided they preferred gold to the USD and were rapidly draining the U.S. Treasury of its gold reserves. It was probably only after they got away with demonetizing gold (actually, demonetizing the dollar) that they realized what a great thing they had created: the ability to spend money that they didn't have like drunken sailors on leave. Hence "temporary" conveniently became "permanent."
  • V!
    Volatimothy !.
    26 January 2018 @ 19:50
    Gold standard ends in '71. The US national debt started to rise exponentially in early 70's and early 80's for US equities. Coincidence? RV should show these charts in next episode. Will definitely watch again.
    • SB
      Stephen B.
      3 April 2018 @ 23:31
      I agree and would take your observation one step further. The 80's saw the rise of the "yuppie", built on a culture of easy money. From there we have had three decades of exponentially rising debt levels and income inequality. Which begs the question, to what extent would society change if we were ever to revert back to a gold standard? Quite significantly, is my belief.
  • RY
    Raymond Y.
    13 March 2018 @ 17:56
    Best - Rick Rule completely straight-faced punchlines.
  • JJ
    Joe J.
    6 March 2018 @ 20:04
    And kobe Bryant won an Oscar and this didn't?
  • RF
    Robert F.
    25 February 2018 @ 20:40
    Excellent Grant et al. Fascinating !
  • JS
    James S.
    20 February 2018 @ 11:51
    Fantastic !
  • EV
    Erik V.
    17 February 2018 @ 14:35
    Holy shit!
  • JC
    John C.
    12 February 2018 @ 20:32
    such an amazing video
  • Sv
    Sid v.
    8 February 2018 @ 21:10
  • SS
    Steven S.
    6 February 2018 @ 05:40
    Simply amazing video, Grant. Beautifully done.
  • CN
    Chak N.
    5 February 2018 @ 08:36
    great vdo
  • TD
    Tim D.
    5 February 2018 @ 00:43
    Oh yes. That is was I subscribed for.
  • DD
    Daniel D.
    2 February 2018 @ 14:55
    My goodness, where else could we get such quality content. Can't wait for the next episode from Grant "Goldfinger" Williams! I'm so envious of the cool places he gets to visit. Also, thanks to all the hard working people in the credits at the end that made this a special piece.
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    dude m.
    2 February 2018 @ 01:07
    Grant's The Man! Another great interview by Grant! Agreed, another viewer mentioned why Mike Maloney wasn't interviewed. And, almost no exploration on the pivotal point when gold was taken off the gold standard by Nixon. A great episode and just makes you look forward to more!
  • MS
    Matt S.
    1 February 2018 @ 23:21
    That was great! That's proper RVTV..... none of this Dee Smith BS.
  • SD
    Stephen D. | Contributor
    30 January 2018 @ 05:30
    A great job done by Grant, beuatifully put together. For science nerds I include this 'amazing but true' bit of sciecne. Whilst the carbon and oxygen atoms that make up organic life, are likely the result of supernova; gold it seems is the sole product of extremely rare neutron star collisions billions of years ago. All that gold is interstellar stuff.
    • RM
      Robert M.
      30 January 2018 @ 20:02
      Everything everywhere at all times is cosmic Stevo. Particles are waves. Form is emptiness. Gasho.
    • ww
      will w.
      1 February 2018 @ 01:52
      It's my (VERY primitive/ basic) understanding that ordinary stars produce all the elements from Helium up to and including Fe (iron, atomic #32) by various nuclear fusion reactions during their "main sequence" lives (mostly the lighter elements earlier in their lives, progressing up to iron very late in their lives). I understand that supernovae are thought to be the source of all elements heavier (higher atomic #) than Fe - & is my impression that supernovae contribute little if any of the lighter elements. Neutron stars may well be involved in creation of Au, either in addition or in substitution to supernova processes, but i doubt that supernovae have much to do w/ any of the lighter elements.
  • RP
    Ryan P.
    28 January 2018 @ 03:57
    Rick Rule “gold is a payment rather than a promise to pay, where as most money is a promise to pay rather than a payment” .... Rick is a savage. Grant you might be up for a golden globe after this bud
    • ww
      will w.
      1 February 2018 @ 01:34
      Did you mean that Rick is a SAVANT? He's the LEAST savage-acting/ appearing person I know of.
  • KB
    Kenneth B.
    1 February 2018 @ 00:07
    Another solid piece from Real Vision!!
  • IL
    Ian L.
    31 January 2018 @ 20:58
    Very interesting (and very professionally produced). Really looking forward to rest of series
  • WM
    William M.
    26 January 2018 @ 20:39
    Outstanding! I look forward to the next installment. You should do series on the evolution of fiat money....
    • EF
      Eric F.
      26 January 2018 @ 23:52
      Great idea William, would love to see that too. A lot of the bond stuff also goes over my head and I don’t see the obvious relation of it. Even got confused by how a bull market is one where rates go down? Would really appreciate a grounds up explanation. Didn’t get gold at all but can clearly see the importance of this as a hedge and insurance now with the exposure to so many great experts. This video just adds even more colour to that view. Many thanks.
    • GS
      Gordon S.
      27 January 2018 @ 20:58
      @Eric F.: You may want to start a little further down at the base of your knowledge to answer those questions. I would recommend Investopedia. Related to your bond question for example:
    • EF
      Eric F.
      31 January 2018 @ 20:21
      Thanks Gordon, much appreciated. Less so the 3 down votes.
  • PU
    Paul U.
    31 January 2018 @ 17:48
    Thank you Grant! We must each draw our own conclusions, but the implications are profound.
  • RH
    Robert H.
    31 January 2018 @ 16:06
    This is excellent.
  • FC
    FRED C.
    31 January 2018 @ 14:06
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    Robert A.
    27 January 2018 @ 01:16
    Just an excellent high quality Production Grant. Very well shot and edited compilation, synthesis, or summary of the subject covered. Interestingly, and what some may not realize, is the Gravitas in the industry enjoyed by the Gentleman you had speak. A lineup of true heavyweights with regard to their expertise, reputation and in some cases, their Financial Net Worth. Quite a Rolodex you’ve acquired over the years my good fellow.
    • EF
      Eric F.
      31 January 2018 @ 08:45
      I agree that I don’t think RV emphasises the quality and standing of some of their guests. They don’t just pull these guys off the street, most of these people are at the top of their fields.
  • ml
    michael l.
    31 January 2018 @ 04:16
    Excellent presentation. Looking forward to part 2.
  • Sv
    Sid v.
    30 January 2018 @ 23:18
    quality production
  • JM
    Jason M.
    30 January 2018 @ 20:38
    I knew all of this and it was still fun. Great for broad release to all of the people of the Western world.
  • DL
    Dan L.
    26 January 2018 @ 20:40
    Buy, accumulate, and HODL all the gold. Been doing it for 10 years and I won't stop doing it. One day I'm going to buy a Ferrari with 1oz, and Condo for 2oz, thank you and good night. Favorite video yet Grant! Absolutely loved it!!!
    • PU
      Peter U.
      27 January 2018 @ 19:11
    • SK
      S K.
      30 January 2018 @ 17:25
      Peter U. you mock now. One day you might end up trading your kingdom for an oz.
  • PS
    Paul S.
    30 January 2018 @ 10:48
    The laziness of just 'buying the ETF' blows my mind in gold investing Some awful companies take up significant space in the GDX for example - ones whose capital allocation has been so poor you would be better off just owning the metal.
  • SS
    Steven S.
    30 January 2018 @ 06:03
    Simply brilliant, Grant. Truly informative, captivating, enlightening, and insightful. Highlighting the historical and rational context of gold's usage is extraordinarily important, particularly at this point in time.
  • AG
    Austin G.
    30 January 2018 @ 03:45
    Gold is not money. It's an asset. Paper money depends on consensus, people have to agree to accept it. Gold is an asset that people want. People have wanted it for 1000s of years. So it will only lose it's value if people stop wanting it (or some incredible supply comes to market). But after this long history of people wanting gold I think the odds are people will continue to want gold, so it will have value. There are other things people want but they are not as durable or portable or rare. 100 years from now will people want gold? Probably unless technology makes it common.
  • AG
    Austin G.
    30 January 2018 @ 03:45
    Gold is not money. It's an asset. Paper money depends on consensus, people have to agree to accept it. Gold is an asset that people want. People have wanted it for 1000s of years. So it will only lose it's value if people stop wanting it (or some incredible supply comes to market). But after this long history of people wanting gold I think the odds are people will continue to want gold, so it will have value. There are other things people want but they are not as durable or portable or rare. 100 years from now will people want gold? Probably unless technology makes it common.
  • ZH
    Zack H.
    30 January 2018 @ 01:37
    Outstanding. I love real vision, keep up the great work, huge fan of all the guys in that piece.
  • RJ
    Russ J.
    29 January 2018 @ 22:11
    Fantastic! Can’t wait for the next episode. For anyone who has not seen Mike Maloney’s series called “Hidden Secrets of Money”, start with Episode 1. Its also a very nice, historical account of golds
  • DC
    Dave C.
    29 January 2018 @ 21:39
    Impressive documentary - just a small nitpick - The Incas referred to gold as the sweat (not tears) of the sun - Silver was the tears of the moon.
  • EP
    Erewhon888 P.
    29 January 2018 @ 21:12
    Since manipulation is to be covered in Part II, I hope you can include analysis of the CFTC statement on precious metals market manipulation:
  • JD
    Jeffrey D.
    29 January 2018 @ 20:55
    One of your best productions to date. Bravo!
  • AS
    Alex S.
    29 January 2018 @ 18:51
    I don't consider myself a Gold-Bug but that was fascinating to watch
  • IP
    IDA P.
    28 January 2018 @ 20:55
    so if someone owns physical gold and you are not a billionaire where do you keep it if you advise to not keep it in a bank? I looked up gold vault Alps, the name and location is secret, seems you have to have the right friends to go about it
    • GG
      Glenn G.
      29 January 2018 @ 04:01
      Lock it up in the glove box of your car.
    • JH
      Joe H.
      29 January 2018 @ 15:40
  • JW
    James W.
    29 January 2018 @ 03:34
    I'm ambivalent about pieces like this, and gave it a thumbs-down. While it's excellent and interesting, to me it's in the category of infotainment - and it doesn't contribute at all to investment analysis or decision making (and I found the prior series "World on the Brink" both tedious and useless) With 3 vids coming out per week and great interviews such as those from Jim Grant coming in, perhaps I should consider it as value-added - but not if it's being done at the expense of more useful projects. With all of the other great podcasts being produced out there - Grantham on Wealth Track this weekend, Chris Cole on Macrovoices, Peter Bookvar and Yra Harris on FPA, new excellent pieces from Anne Stevenson-Yang, a great 2018 primer from Doubleline, outstanding daily and weekly content on Bloomberg (including Ritzholt's "Masters in Business", etc., Real Vision has been progressively moving down my daily and weekly priority list.
    • PD
      Peter D.
      29 January 2018 @ 11:58
      Excellent point. As RV builds its audience, it will by definition have to target a lower common denominator. But I would not compare this piece, with any of that other stuff. For two reasons. 1. First, is the visual journey that Grant takes us on, to see that vault (which BTW has a bit of a mythical status in the gold community), and the refinery itself. These visits help investors to flesh out one of the biggest questions in the hard money community right now: how safe is Swiss gold storage (from seizure by the state) during a time when its government and monetary policy is in a shambles? My feeling from watching this video: quite safe. I don't think the Swiss government would sacrifice this key industry, for the short-term benefits a gold seizure would bring. A picture is worth a thousand words, but a video is worth a million. 2. The video is understated, by very real brand value that Grant himself offers as host. At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, hard money watchers have been following Grant's presentations and analysis for years. Sit through one of those, and you will never look at the economy the same way again. So when Grant visits these places and talks to these guys, he is asking the exact same questions that we would be asking. ***** You might not have learned as much from this presentation, as the other up-to-the minute stuff in the other presentations. But don't forget, physical gold buyers don't trade, they buy and hold and pretty much never sell. So they don't always need up to the minute stuff about that portion of their portfolio. Many get real value by reviewing their old ideas about the hard money portions of their portolios, with a trusted hand, who has the budgets and time to do this full-time.
  • TB
    Thomas B.
    29 January 2018 @ 08:46
    just started to watch; the background music often is too loud, makes it hard to understand the voice/speaker.
  • ML
    Mark L.
    29 January 2018 @ 06:59
    Fantastic piece! Excellent job RealVision team! I plan to re-watch it with the wife tonight...could RealVision and Chill become a thing?
  • SS
    Stefan S.
    26 January 2018 @ 16:13
    Please please please put this video on YouTube.
    • GO
      Gary O.
      27 January 2018 @ 04:40
      The amount of time and money spent on this video alone is reason to keep it within Real Vision. Get the Vision?
    • ML
      Mark L.
      29 January 2018 @ 06:54
      Good idea...but not quite yet. I still need to pick up a number of more gold explorers and miners while they are still cheap. :-)
  • CC
    Charnes C.
    29 January 2018 @ 05:58
    When...when will gold (and silver) reprice????
  • SG
    Sherman G.
    29 January 2018 @ 05:38
    This was a fantastic assemblage of people and places. Well Done! This is an extraordinary documentary. I'm looking forward to the next episode.
  • AS
    Alan S.
    29 January 2018 @ 04:26
    Mr. Williams, I see you keep your hands at your back when in the Alps vault; concerned the temptation would be too great?
  • LA
    Linda A.
    29 January 2018 @ 04:05
    Beautifully done & informative. Looking forward to Part II!
  • JT
    Jonathan T.
    29 January 2018 @ 04:03
    Nicely done. However, I think more should have been said on silver, which has actually been used much more than gold as money, in daily transactions, over the centuries. I was also surprised that Mike Maloney, who does an excellent job of explaining why gold and silver are money, wasn't interviewed. Overall though, very informative.
  • DM
    Doug M.
    29 January 2018 @ 02:16
    Fascinating examination of mining and refining, with excellent production to boot. Thanks for this!
  • GC
    Gary C.
    28 January 2018 @ 22:13
    go nuclear, fighting this, even more so than with current Cryptos like BTC, Etherium. I think Grant will endorse this idea...will see!
  • GC
    Gary C.
    28 January 2018 @ 22:11
    who agree to put there gold in the Kinesis (name of crypto coin) vault for backup. Hopefully they will use the hashgraph consensus algo to validate and disperse this yield for holding gold. Banks will
  • GC
    Gary C.
    28 January 2018 @ 22:07
    to encourage its use as a transaction currency as opposed to a holding asset. The transaction fee is shared by crypto holder, the admin cost for transaction, and to large gold holders
  • TS
    Tor S.
    28 January 2018 @ 22:06
    Great work from the RV team - again. Thanks :)
  • GC
    Gary C.
    28 January 2018 @ 22:05
    Both the Perth Mint and Tom Coughlin/Andrew Maguire are developing separate CryptoGold backed currencies. The Coughlin developed coin has a Capital One like cash back feature
  • MT
    Martin T.
    28 January 2018 @ 21:57
    Beautiful work, really top quality documentary. Well done!
  • PU
    Peter U.
    27 January 2018 @ 19:20
    I wonder what is going on in the minds of the few people who voted thumbs down on this. Would any of you care to elaborate? On balance, how could this not be rated thumbs up by all viewers? WTF
    • DL
      Dan L.
      27 January 2018 @ 21:25
      Aye. Likely central bankers who logged on and voted thumbs down - only explanation I can think of. lol
    • IP
      IDA P.
      28 January 2018 @ 20:46
      well... we saw that the ultra rich keep their gold in an expensive vault under the Alps, there is a high fixed cost to go that, I know as I live in Europe, so where should people who own from 1 to 5 kg of gold keep their bars if they should keep it in a safety deposit box in bank? drill a hole in your wall at home close to the copper tubes? spend 2000 Euros to spend a week in Switzerland and find a vault? keep them in singapore? it was interest to view the vault but no solutions were offered for common investors
  • JV
    Jens V.
    28 January 2018 @ 19:48
    Fascinating. Great job Grant and Co
  • DH
    Daniel H.
    28 January 2018 @ 19:28
    Impressive piece.
  • EL
    Edward L.
    28 January 2018 @ 19:00
    simply brilliant.
  • DS
    David S.
    28 January 2018 @ 02:42
    Most enjoyable! There is one caveat that I would like to see addressed. The tail risk for gold/silver, miners, ETFs, physical, etc. It would be interesting to hear interviewers discussing the percentage of gold/silver that they have in their portfolios and in what instruments. Canada sold half its small gold reserves in 2016/2017. Cypress was forced to sell gold from reserves in its banking crisis. Greece has about $6 billion in gold reserves. Will they be forced to sell before they can get a debt haircut? In the short run, we are always dealing with supply/demand and risk. DLS
    • EL
      Edward L.
      28 January 2018 @ 18:59
      second the motion
  • CD
    Cheryl D.
    28 January 2018 @ 15:07
    Fabulous job!! Grant love your series of interviews! Keep up the great work!!!!
  • RT
    Rune T.
    28 January 2018 @ 12:31
    With enough gold in the earth's core to cover the planet in 13 inches of the stuff I know what Elon's next project will be... (right after the first settlement on Mars of course).
  • SS
    S S.
    28 January 2018 @ 11:52
  • RM
    Robert M.
    27 January 2018 @ 22:52
    Frigging swiss vaults of gold, full of the takings of the greedy and the dodgy and shady (I have swiss heritage and am not proud of this sort of whoring). And rick rule talking of protecting his wealth from the depradations of society is off. What about the inequity of ever having such wealth. Come the revolution, I am all for society coming after that gold in full force. Anyone who is rich and without Buffett and Gate's attitude of giving back is ultimately living in fantasy land. Always wanting to feel safe and secure, to a pathological extent.
    • PD
      Peter D.
      27 January 2018 @ 23:42
      Thank you for this. Your views reflect exactly what I have long suspected about those who care for the common good and believe in the inherent beauty of mankind. Tomorrow I will dig up all my gold and bury it six feet deeper.
    • RM
      Robert M.
      28 January 2018 @ 02:26
      Well the exercise will be good for you.
  • AC
    Andrew C.
    28 January 2018 @ 02:12
    Is it just luck that gold looks great as jewellery as well as being chemically stable to be a long term store of value? Did they South Americans (Incas /Aztecs) just like the look? How much of the allure of gold is just the emotion society has built it into? How did these ideas ultimately shape the way the world see gold today? Ask any man on the street if they want to see and touch a gold bar and he will give a resounding "absolutely", even if he doesn't understand the fiat currency system. Hopefully some comment on these in Part 2?
  • GM
    Greg M.
    28 January 2018 @ 00:00
    That was great. Please get Ross Beaty on for a full hour. Lets hear his stories. Gold is the only asset in the world immune from inflation. The hidden and worst tax of all.
  • GB
    Grant B.
    27 January 2018 @ 13:08
    Aside from some nuggets from Rick Rule, Brent Cooke, & Ross Beatty nothing anyone with a library card hasn't been able to surmise.
    • PU
      Peter U.
      27 January 2018 @ 19:17
      Boy are you in left field
    • PD
      Peter D.
      27 January 2018 @ 23:47
      True. Sort of. Most of the hard money crowd here, know most of this stuff. But GW took us into that damn storage facility and refinery and enabled us to feel it. Tell me you didn't look at those 1 KG bars being poured and think one thing: to heck with my RRSP/IRA...I'm trading it in for real stuff...
  • PT
    Priit T.
    27 January 2018 @ 23:08
    Absolutely great stuff! This should be shown to 1st graders due to killer graphics and story board.
  • DS
    David S.
    26 January 2018 @ 23:10
    The debasement of the dollar was made possible by eliminating the gold standard in the United States. It also eliminated the US government from pegging the dollar/gold rate incorrectly - which I am sure it would do repeatedly. Any country that allows its citizens to buy and hold gold - domestic or foreign - is on a gold standard, just not pegged to its currency. Just protect the free market in gold and your gold holdings! You are establishing your own gold standard. Nothing will stop the governments from printing money and gold will increase in value. DLS
    • PU
      Peter U.
      27 January 2018 @ 19:14
      I truly wish that "in-the-minority views" (like the on thumbs down on this comment) would provide some detail as to why he/she didn't like David S. comment? We usually learn from dissenting views.
    • DS
      David S.
      27 January 2018 @ 22:12
      I agree with Peter U. comments, it would be helpful. If the gold standard would return, however, the price of gold would be pegged very high to compensate for the huge amount of money in circulation and the limited amount of gold. Anyone with gold holdings would make a lot of money. The gold peg, as set by a government would normally be wrong -who trust the government to know more than the market raise your hand. This will allow traders to bet against the peg in many different currencies with tax payers on the other side of the trade. DLS
  • AC
    Andrew C.
    27 January 2018 @ 04:28
    Fantastic video. Just a point of discussion, Gold is a store of value and has been for thousands of years. I understand Buffet's thinking; at what point do you stop growing your wealth, and start saving it? Thousands of years is a long time, particularly when I only live for 80 or 90. Over this time frame, Gold fluctuates wildly, 400- 500% up or 70, 80, 90% down. And this is against that hot-dog example that Grant used in a previous presentation. Or 1oz buys 260 cups of coffee at $1300 or 200 at $1000 per ounce. That's a big difference for a storage of value. (full disclosure, I have my own bars as well as gold mining stocks).
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      Gerald M.
      27 January 2018 @ 05:15
      This is a good point. For the average investor saving for less than 20 years, something with a 6000-year time frame may not actually be important to that investor.
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      J L.
      27 January 2018 @ 11:14
      Very good point, besides the world has never been globalized as it is today, which could be good or bad for gold but probably increases the volatility you mention. I would own much less gold if Asia and India in particular didn't have such a long tradition.
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      Dan L.
      27 January 2018 @ 21:39
      This is a great point. However, I think the reason why you own gold now is because the likelihood that fiat currencies spin out of control in the short-term appears more likely. Also, simply measuring the debt of the entire world and it's growth relative to gold should indicate that a re-balancing of gold is way over due. That re-balancing act will likely be the greatest of all the "yields" or returns of investors in the coming years. Naturally, gold will find it's way back to its cost to acquire it, but as of now it is much more like a balloon being held under water making the people owning it part of the early/smart money pre-bubble.
  • AZ
    Afraa Z.
    27 January 2018 @ 21:17
    very fascinating. Great work RV guys. The whole family sat and watched, and can't wait for Ep2.
  • PB
    Pieter B.
    27 January 2018 @ 19:56
    Legendary job! Thanks a lot!
  • TS
    Tim S.
    27 January 2018 @ 07:49
    This is an f-ing amazing piece of work. As a gold bug the episode resonated with me and I was fascinated by the storyline as well as the superb audio and video style. Guests were articulate and Grant, as always, a trustworthy host. RealVision - coming soon to a television channel near you?
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      eric k.
      27 January 2018 @ 18:52
      keep RV a secret
  • SJ
    Stephen J.
    27 January 2018 @ 18:32
    Excellent, nothing more needs to said.
  • GF
    Guillaume F.
    27 January 2018 @ 17:52
    Great video! Looking forward to the 2nd part!
  • JB
    Jim B.
    27 January 2018 @ 17:05
    Terrific production, great job.
  • TS
    Todd S.
    27 January 2018 @ 15:23
    This episode just made me a lifetime subscriber to RVTV! Cant wait for part 2.
  • KB
    K B.
    26 January 2018 @ 17:52
    The one person who still needs to be interviewed by RV on precious metals, natural resources, and the economy is Eric Sprott.
    • BM
      Bryan M.
      26 January 2018 @ 21:59
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      Dave T.
      27 January 2018 @ 13:59
      Hear, hear. I saw his presentation at jekyll Island; his presentation style was rambling and anecdotal, but what he said in between was interesting. He is a disruptive management technique in himself.
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    Graham T.
    27 January 2018 @ 13:55
    This is weird Grant. Just bought some EXK on Monday (for the first time in my life) and then you bring out this fab video of its history. Spooky. Wonder what Mark Carney, Mario, Janet and the rest of the good lads will have to say in Episode 2 . Some patronising comment because I don't have a PhD in Economics. Thank F*** for RV.
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    Mark N.
    27 January 2018 @ 13:41
    Really nice production. I'm in awe of the amount of experts they interviewed in part 1, and from the backgrounds you could tell these are new interviews, not clippings from old interviews. Makes me wonder whether each interview will also be used as a piece of content for upcoming RV videos. I guess Ross Beaty will not be a full-size interview considering the background noise.
  • AF
    Andrew F.
    27 January 2018 @ 12:07
    Thx for a very Special Documentary Grant and The Team. Can't wait for the next one.
  • HA
    Hammad A.
    27 January 2018 @ 10:19
    Amazing video and full of insights
  • JZ
    J Z.
    27 January 2018 @ 06:48
    This is 10/10 production
  • CW
    Chad W.
    27 January 2018 @ 06:27
    Excellent work Grant and team, I'm really enjoying the documentaries, keep em coming. Some beautiful footage of Vancouver too, my home town. Crown mountain at the 33:00 min mark, I've stood on that very spot.
  • CS
    C S.
    27 January 2018 @ 06:06
    Who wrote and produced the music for the documentary? And, ought gold be a medium of exchange?
  • JN
    Jill N.
    27 January 2018 @ 06:01
    Bravo Grant 👏 An excellent timeless insight into the wonderful world of gold. In due course this brilliantdocumentary should be shared widely to educate , inform & inspire millions around the world.
  • SS
    Sami S.
    27 January 2018 @ 06:00
    Beautifully made documentary - thanks!
  • GM
    Gerald M.
    27 January 2018 @ 05:12
    I've never been too enamoured of gold. This outstanding documentary has given me an appreciation for the "barbarous relic". In a world where cryptocurrencies are just something someone made up, I can respect the longevity and reality of gold. I look forward to part 2!
  • JC
    Ja C.
    27 January 2018 @ 01:30
    Grant Williams is the new gold standard. What strings did he have to pull to get into that Swiss vault. Great production. Keep 'em coming, Grant!
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      Gary O.
      27 January 2018 @ 04:38
      Having friends is a good thing! Right Grant?
  • GO
    Gary O.
    27 January 2018 @ 04:37
    Grant, Best series yet. You and Real Vision are going forward like no other. There is nowhere on this planet with a documentary series of this quality. Thank you!
  • JM
    John M.
    27 January 2018 @ 04:27
    Great video Grant. BTW I believe that astronomers have recently confirmed that most gold and other heavy metals were formed through the merger of neutron stars - that certainly adds to gold's mystique!
  • WS
    William S.
    27 January 2018 @ 03:35
    Stupendous. Grant Williams at the apex of his game, and with arguably the most important topic to be thoroughly understood by *everyone* at this critical juncture of human economic/monetary history.
  • JD
    John D.
    27 January 2018 @ 02:00
    Well done guys. I hope you are proud of this. I am looking forward to the next episode keenly. Cheers John.
  • PM
    Pebbles M.
    27 January 2018 @ 01:21
    Once again both content (substance) and production values (form) were excellent. A very well produced and informative interview. And yes, I would love to have a way to share this with family members.
  • TT
    Timothy T.
    27 January 2018 @ 01:09
    Don't comment often but....what a fantastic piece of financial journalism!
  • WE
    William E.
    27 January 2018 @ 00:26
    Grant - Like JH comments below I too have incorporated gold into my personal portfolio using both physical as that long-term store of value and good stocks to gain leverage regarding fiat, and the lon
  • JH
    Jesse H.
    27 January 2018 @ 00:19
    Very interesting and enjoyable. And loved the cinematography in this one - beautifully shot as well!
  • JH
    Joe H.
    26 January 2018 @ 16:40
    Maybe I'm suffering from confirmation bias but that was great. I was totally against gold a la WB until I found RV and especially Grant a couple of years ago. Thank you for changing my mind.
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      Eric F.
      26 January 2018 @ 23:54
      Me too Joe, RV totally opened my eyes to this.
  • JH
    Joel H.
    26 January 2018 @ 22:57
    Love everything about this. Appreciate being a subscriber to get the inside track, but hope this piece goes out to the world. Also, that's one heck of a vault.
  • FC
    Fractal C.
    26 January 2018 @ 22:38
    Brilliant content and even more brilliant production quality. Great job Grant!
  • MC
    Miki C.
    26 January 2018 @ 22:26
    Really enjoyed this; you covereed a lot of ground without losing too much substance. My one criticism would be that there were a few instances where the background music overpowered the diction
  • SS
    Steven S.
    26 January 2018 @ 22:18
    fantastic stuff! - nature's money.
  • BM
    Bryan M.
    26 January 2018 @ 22:06
    Wonderful again. Grant is firing on all cylinders in this series. And I agree, this series should be on You Tube at some point, if possible.
  • SH
    Stu H.
    26 January 2018 @ 20:52
    Superb, I'll be showing this to my daughter when she's old enough to comprehend. Maybe it'll help to explain why I choose Gold for my savings and her inheritance...
  • TB
    Tad B.
    26 January 2018 @ 20:03
    Love this.
  • TJ
    Terry J.
    26 January 2018 @ 19:58
    Brilliant. I loved it. I cant wait until Part Two and presumably the evidence from the likes of Dmitri Speck and Andrew McGuire of the manipulation of the price via the Comex and LBMA by the bullion banks, often in collusion with the Fed to ensure price suppression.
  • SS
    Sam S.
    26 January 2018 @ 19:42
    Very well done! This video confirms that learning is a life-long process. Grant just has a way a making these productions come together, so thank you and everyone at RV.
  • WM
    Will M.
    26 January 2018 @ 19:41
    Wonderfull primer; looking forward to Part 2. Had to laugh at Bernanke saying gold is not money, as if he really believes that.
  • MP
    Mark P.
    26 January 2018 @ 19:18
    Beautifully presented. Impressive line up of experts. Loved the periodic table demonstration. Mark
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    Victor S. | Contributor
    26 January 2018 @ 19:16
    Very well done
  • Jc
    Justin c.
    26 January 2018 @ 19:06
    Great insight. Great production.
  • JS
    John S.
    26 January 2018 @ 18:43
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    K B.
    26 January 2018 @ 18:35
    The bit about the mining techniques where Grant discusses the invention of high pressure water blasting away rock and soil in the 19th century can be dated back further. The Romans used this technique to mine gold in Spain and in the process created an absolutely bizarre landscape
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    Johnny L.
    26 January 2018 @ 18:33
    Another epic production. I had no idea what a storage vault involved. Now I that I know how much people will do and pay to preserve and protect their gold it makes me wonder why gold isn't $5000. The storage feature alone brings home the value argument for gold and how rare/precious it is. Some of the history was equally interesting.
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    Rafael E.
    26 January 2018 @ 18:00
    Top notch
  • EL
    Elizabeth L.
    26 January 2018 @ 17:46
    Thank you Grant. Exceedingly well done in every manner possible. And thank you for covering gold so thoroughly for us.
  • IO
    Igor O.
    26 January 2018 @ 17:29
    Where is Josh Crumb? His 'Gold is only element resists entropy' stuck with me.
  • EL
    Eugene L.
    26 January 2018 @ 17:07
    Couldn't you make the argument that the USD right now is backed up by petro? Hence the term petrodollar? Although, still doesn't eliminate the issue of CB backed money printing...
  • RM
    Richard M.
    26 January 2018 @ 16:37
    Fascinating Grant! Really liked your selection of interview subjects (all very knowledgeable in this space) and quality of discussion. Definitely looking forward to part 2!
  • RS
    Ryan S.
    26 January 2018 @ 16:04