Gold: The Story of Man’s 6000 Year Obsession – Episode 2

Published on
February 23rd, 2018
61 minutes

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

Gold: The Story of Man’s 6000 Year Obsession – Episode 2

Gold ·
Featuring Grant Williams

Published on: February 23rd, 2018 • Duration: 61 minutes

In the second part of Real Vision’s ground-breaking documentary, Grant Williams examines how gold is bought and sold around the world, explains the difference between ‘the gold price’ and ‘the price of gold,’ and explores some of the legends that surround the yellow metal. Grant also weighs up the possibility of the world returning to a gold standard and addresses the all-important accusations of manipulation that surround the subject of man’s 6000-year obsession.


  • MC
    Mike C.
    30 October 2020 @ 18:43
    Loved how informative the gold bugs were regarding Bitcoin/BTC. It's absolutely the open mindedness you'll need to have moving forward.
  • MC
    Mike C.
    30 October 2020 @ 17:58
    JPM metals desk getting nailed for spoofing proves there's rampant manipulation. But in the long term, it doesn't matter, just illegal & frustrating short term which I agree should be eradicated.
  • CT
    Crispim T.
    21 October 2019 @ 14:31
    Gold is fine, but BTC is the way to go now. Bitcoin is up 83,331.79% since gold topped out at $1800 seven years ago. Holding a -20% gold bag for seven years? The next decade will be even stronger for BTC. Like it or not, its' becoming the new Standard. A couple decades from now BTC will have surpassed Gold's cap by a large margin. Harder money always rises to the top - there's nothing harder than BTC.
    • MC
      Mike C.
      30 October 2020 @ 17:56
      Both are VERY valuable!!
  • CH
    Chris H.
    13 October 2019 @ 01:21
    Can you guys interview Brad Garlinghouse from Ripple please?
    • CT
      Crispim T.
      21 October 2019 @ 14:32
      What have crypto-token-premine scammers have to do with Gold?
    • OS
      Omar S.
      31 October 2019 @ 16:32
      No way - you want Real Vision to give a platform to someone that thrives on people misunderstanding XRP? Ripple walks a fine line of not outright scamming people, no need to give them add’l platforms to misrepresent and bring others into it
    • KM
      Klayt M.
      16 January 2020 @ 04:15
      First off: I understand the importance of precious metals and how Bitcoin may very well become a global store of value rivaling gold. Having said that... So many don’t understand XRP because they haven’t done the research. What Raoul and others on RV have talked about; a crypto used broadly as a payment network making it a candidate as a mainstay (possibly global reserve) for a new monetary system post fiat debt collapse... XRP is doing that. Pre-mine is silly. The XRP ledger doesn’t use PoW. It’s a totally different consensus algorithm that can’t be 51% attacked or undermined by a single entity due to the distribution of quality validates that are unlikely to collude. It’s virtually free to transact, settles deterministically (averaging about 3.7 seconds) which is required as a global payment/settlement system for financial institutions. FIs are not going to use a network that has a varying settlement time with wild swings in cost. Ripple has been working with over 40 central banks, regulators and now has over 300 FIs on the network including some of the largest banks like MUFG and PNC. Moneygram and Ria, two of the largest remitters are partnered, with Moneygram actively using XRP to settle 10% of their USD/MXN volume and plans to scale up and into more currency corridors. VISA and MasterCard were in a bidding war over payments hub Earthport; an early Ripple partner. Finastra, with their network of over 9,000 FIs, 90 of the top 100 banks, partnered. 50% of SWIFT’s volume comes from the top 100 banks in their +11,000 bank network. People have been leaving their jobs at Facebook, SWIFT, US State Department etc to come work with Ripple. Crypto exchange Bitso is now handling 2.5% of USD/MXN remittances and it’s using XRP for on-demand liquidity i.e. instant settlement. That has the potential to free up $20 trillion of dormant capital in nostro/vostro accounts globally. Yes, please have Brad Garlinghouse on.
    • MC
      Mike C.
      30 October 2020 @ 17:54 they can dump their scam token on noobs??
  • SL
    Sean L.
    12 October 2019 @ 07:41
    Is it true Canada has no gold reserves? I can't believe it
    • MS
      Michael S.
      13 October 2019 @ 14:25
      Seems weird, right? But I guess it has many tons of gold reserves - in the ground. It could just tax gold production if it needed to, maybe payable in physical?
  • MT
    Mike T.
    23 May 2019 @ 00:54
    This was a great documentary. I watched Part 1, 2, and 3 on an Air France flight back to the US from Paris. Where is Part 3? I cannot find it anywhere on this site?
  • TZ
    Tibor Z.
    9 March 2019 @ 01:35
    I loved it! Excellent documentary! Yet uncle Buffet just trashed gold today and how terrible investment it is. I would say it was! It was in his time! It's different this time. I would say SP500 to gold ratio, Gold to Monetary Base Ratio, Fed Balance Sheet vs Gold Price, Dow to Gold Ratio.
  • HK
    H K.
    24 February 2019 @ 17:24
    question for the team here. what happened to the British gold confiscated from the citizens after the war ended? did the government just keep it? or was anything returned? I couldn't find any details on the aftermath of Operation Fish online. thank you
  • GS
    Garrett S.
    18 January 2019 @ 23:03
    Grant Williams is a A-1, class act, gold journalist genius! Keep up the great work. As the unofficial official representative of gold bulls of the world, we thank you.
  • SP
    Stephane P.
    28 December 2018 @ 21:55
    I don't care if Gold is called COMMODITY or MONEY, what I know is that it's a store of value and wealth, and that is the reason why I am accumulating Gold Bars. Thank you Mr Williams for this amazing presentation, I always search for yours new videos on Internet.
  • MA
    Matthew A.
    26 December 2018 @ 19:15
  • LS
    Leo S.
    4 December 2018 @ 10:57
    i think he meant Bob's your father's brother
  • GO
    Gary O.
    10 November 2018 @ 07:04
    Just a beautiful documentary.
  • SU
    Shakeel U.
    16 September 2018 @ 12:52
    This was excellent, I joined Real Vision because of Grant Williams.
  • DL
    Dan L.
    27 February 2018 @ 01:21
    A Gold-backed-Cryptocurreny [GbC] is obviously the greatest ideal there is given the information we have. However, how would you keep the GbC BOTH (1) decentralized and also (2) Gold payable on demand/exchange of said Crypto... Unfortunately, I don't think that system will be possible. One or the other would have to exhibit some form of centralization in order to process the other system. Further, unless the systems (i.e. opposing stores of value) move efficiently with one another at low enough cost for it to benefit society as a whole, then how would the market bring this to life? Honestly, it seems like an Act of God to bring an answer to this question. As part of the millennial's - I'm likely in the .01% that believes Gold is the only currency that will have the endurance to survive 50 more years while compared to the other options in the world. Really appreciate this video, it helps me to become better at simplifying the value of gold to my friends/colleagues/family.
    • AT
      Adam T.
      29 April 2018 @ 11:33
      Hi Dan, Have you heard of They have the closest solution I have seen so far, pay in precious metals using a phone / card. Also redeemable whenever you want 100% physical backing and lowest fees.
    • MZ
      Martin Z.
      30 June 2018 @ 08:06
      Goldmoney recently began accepting cryptocurrency in payment for gold and silver, and I wouldn't be surprised if they were the first to offer a gold-backed, fully convertible, transferable, and redeemable cryptocurrency in the not so distant future. Don't wait for the central bankers to be forced into accepting the inevitable: Goldmoney is already bringing the world back to the gold standard, one person at a time.
  • AC
    Alessio C.
    18 May 2018 @ 00:11
    Now I want to run out of the house and buy some gold!
  • CR
    Cristian R.
    29 April 2018 @ 00:30
    Loved the series. But considering you devoted a large part to how gold is viewed in the east how come you couldn't get any Asian investors to interview? Seems a bit strange to ask Americans and Austrians how the Chinese and Indians view gold.
  • FK
    Fabian K.
    14 March 2018 @ 00:12
    Antal Fekete and Dimitri Speck (who briefly was in 1st video) would have enhanced the content of this series. Fekete, much so on his understanding of the gold basis/co-basis and the expected permanent backwardation in the gold futures market.
  • RP
    Ryan P.
    8 March 2018 @ 01:46
    College was great, but I’ve learned more about how the world actually works through RV over the last year than I did in 4 years of college. Great great job Grant.
    • Br
      Bj r.
      13 March 2018 @ 21:43
      Feel ya!
  • MT
    Martin T.
    1 March 2018 @ 18:50
    Very well done report, kudos! Martin
  • ra
    randy a.
    28 February 2018 @ 19:13
    well done.
  • rq
    randy q.
    28 February 2018 @ 02:41
    Grant, it would be interesting to me if you linked a 3rd part on gold and it's relationship to silver. Seems a lot of shared history between gold and silver. Keep up the good work.
  • NG
    Nicolas G.
    27 February 2018 @ 21:43
  • DS
    David S.
    24 February 2018 @ 21:29
    Although I own gold, it will be difficult to get back on the gold standard. Politicians and dictators are conduits for borrowed money, taking a cut for spending it (liberal and/or conservative) to get money in the hands of supporters. A gold standard would be wise, but it will find the same resistance as prohibition. Supporters want their alcohol and their money. In the US, I think that most financial bubbles start in Congressional legislation. DLS
    • TH
      Timo H.
      26 February 2018 @ 13:44
      If you destroy the credibility of the fiat currency, what other alternatives there are to re-start the financial system, besides gold?
    • DS
      David S.
      27 February 2018 @ 20:42
      D.H. Good Question. The genie cannot be put back in the bottle. Floating rates are also in politician favor when they need to devalue to increase exports and decrease imports. Your only recourse is to own some gold/silver yourself. Even that may not save you as governments may slowly sell their piles of gold reserves when forced to. Greece needs to be bailed out, but they may have to sell their gold reserves to show good faith. Canada has already sold most of its gold reserves its politicians no longer believe in gold. Sorry I do not feel more positive. We are all adrift. DLS
  • TS
    Tara S.
    26 February 2018 @ 18:10
    Dear Mr. Williams, Perhaps the distinction between "the gold price" and "the price of gold" would be more clearly expressed as the difference between making a promise (contract) and fulfilling it. Sincerely,
  • JL
    John L.
    26 February 2018 @ 04:56
    Simply Brilliant. Bravo Grant. I really enjoyed listening to the personal stories of each guest presenter at the end, which provided a deeply emotional touch to their fascination and passion for this ancient treasure.
  • SS
    Steven S.
    26 February 2018 @ 04:03
    I've found the most impressive aspect of both Episodes is how Grant et al. put gold into a big picture perspective. Sure, I was aware of the majority of points made in both Episodes. However, the incredible value in this brilliant insight is in consolidating these viewpoints and refining the focus of the viewer's own investment scope.
  • SS
    Steven S.
    26 February 2018 @ 03:51
    As always, outstanding documentary, Grant.
  • PN
    Paul N.
    25 February 2018 @ 08:53
    I'd show this piece to anyone who was new to investing and didn't understand gold's value.
  • CG
    Chase G.
    23 February 2018 @ 23:49
    I would push back on Richards and Rule on GLD. I have read the prospectus and it contains allocated gold bars held managed by HSBC and audited, and one buys a share of the trust owning such bars. Holders of around 10M$ or more may request physical delivery. Soros and Druckenmiller buy GLD I think they would know it is legit.
    • JS
      John S.
      24 February 2018 @ 02:47
      Soros and Druckenmiller trade GLD - not the same as a long term position in physical. Listen to Tony Deden on this....
    • SP
      Steve P.
      25 February 2018 @ 00:37
      Chase Large Insto's, investors etc holding in excess of $10M. do have a physical claim. but not the average smaller investments made by most of us. I believe (maybe wrongly) that the GLD provisions also allow cash settlement to ALL investments in the fund under certain circumstances. Take your chances!
  • GO
    Gary O.
    24 February 2018 @ 23:48
    Thank you for another great episode about our gold!
  • JM
    Jason M.
    24 February 2018 @ 03:46
    Grant - you used to interview the world's smartest investors more often. Now you are running a public service video channel devoting so many resources to these slick pieces that resemble cable television documentaries. I believe I subscribe to everything you guys charge for. However, this video is way below the intelligence level of the majority of your viewers. I will show it to my 8 year old though. He likes Ted-Ed too. Sorry to be harsh. 75% of your viewers must know all of this by now. Spend your time (including your gold air time) more wisely please....for the benefit of all of us out here watching. And...release this to Youtube for free.
    • SS
      Sam S.
      24 February 2018 @ 15:02
      Jason, I think the point in this series relates to timing. I've adopted Grant's line "it doesn't matter to anyone until it matters to everyone". The world has changed and is changing, so those who haven't acted, wake up.
    • WM
      Will M.
      24 February 2018 @ 15:16
      Sorry Jason, I feel your comments are a little harsh. Yes I probably knew 90% of the material but this wasn't billed as some new expose of information or new investment idea or trading opportunity. It was billed as the "Gold: The Story of Mans 6000 Year Obsession" and it lived up to its promise 100%. Time wisely spent for many newer or younger RVT subscribers I hope.
    • DS
      David S.
      24 February 2018 @ 21:06
      With 38 times the like vs. dislike, I think Grant understands what will interest his audience. DLS
    • JM
      Jason M.
      24 February 2018 @ 23:43
      I retract my comments and issue this apology. If this video even saves 1 family their savings during the coming surge in monetary velocity, then it was worth the attention of all of us.
  • OF
    Oliver F.
    23 February 2018 @ 19:13
    Jim Richards depiction of Janet Yellen was hilarious, concise and bang-on.
    • HJ
      Hiran J.
      24 February 2018 @ 22:22
  • DS
    David S.
    24 February 2018 @ 21:13
    Even a gold backed cryptocurrency will have cost. It may be worth it, but there will be a cost. DLS
  • DS
    David S.
    24 February 2018 @ 19:41
    Gold has risks like every other assets. If you are careful you can mitigate these risks as we all try to do. DLS
  • TA
    Trevor A.
    24 February 2018 @ 18:52
    Absolutely great production quality and guests. One of my favorite pieces ever. Thank you Grant and Co
  • WM
    Will M.
    24 February 2018 @ 15:33
    Great educational series. Grant and the interviewees provided the usual wise insights. It is beyond me how more people cannot see that the financial system is in its 9th innings now. The promises made for social welfare, the vast debts built up over the last decades, the rampant use of unbacked credit, the historical low rate of interest, the government and central bank purchase of their own debt and now the clear signal from the US government (under Republican control what's more when they bleated so long about irresponsible Democratic spending - proof both parties are inept and corrupt!), that it intends to run a trillion dollar deficeit for as far as the eye can see. Any RVT viewer should clearly understand these threats, and the rising international tensions and be taking some steps to get hold of liquidity and especially securing some precious metals within their grasp. Be it just 5% or 50% make your plans now for when the time comes, there will be none to be had. Folks need to stop arguing about whether there is conspiracy afoot and start thinking about the end game. If there was even a 10% chance of a financial collapse ask yourself where would you stand in the smoldering ruins of a paper system with banks failing left and right. Buy some gold and silver and save yourself.
    • JH
      J H.
      24 February 2018 @ 17:50
      While we may be in the 9th inning, the game can go over into overtime, and indeed many societies have gone into extra innings far longer than one might suspect. Also, origin of unbased currency 1000 years ago:
  • AM
    Alonso M.
    24 February 2018 @ 17:18
    Entertaining and well presented. It would be good to see a deeper discussion about the futures market for gold, especially since the topic of gold price manipulation was discussed. When there is sufficient contango in the gold futures market, there is incentive for holders of physical gold to sell a futures contract as a form of arbitrage. This suggests the gold futures market cannot go into backwardation for any meaningful length of time. Or that if it does, it could be a signal that the futures market is not being trusted and the music in the game of musical chairs is about to stop.
  • PB
    Pieter B.
    24 February 2018 @ 15:26
    Great work Grant!
  • AC
    Andrew C.
    24 February 2018 @ 15:13
    Interviewing supporters and preaching to the choir. I liked the series and learnt some things, but would have loved to have contrarian viewpoints offered. 5000 years is a long time, this time is not different but I need someone to explain to me (us?) why we are wrong (?!). It should have easy to find serious investors to argue the opposing view.
  • SS
    Sam S.
    24 February 2018 @ 14:58
    Grant, your role as spokesman was just about as perfect as it gets. Mastery of the English Language, bravo! Anyone who has a hard time understanding GOLD, this video should is the jewel to providing such clarity. All the guest speakers drew a visual and mental ring around the importance and the intelligence regarding the function of GOLD. If we fail to understand how history rhymes, how people have been basically the same throughout, then we are doomed to fail. As a manager of finance, my fiduciary screams that I take action for such preservation of wealth. What would happen to the price of GOLD if a cryptocurrency is backed by GOLD? Awesome idea!
  • EC
    Edward C.
    24 February 2018 @ 12:21
    Fantastic two part series. Although one query - What's up with Grant's John Wayne wannabe buckle??? At least in the spirit of it all, give us a gold plated memory! Fantastic job guys - RV does it again.
  • JT
    Jonathan T.
    24 February 2018 @ 09:47
    Nicely done. However, around 16 minutes prior to the end, Grant made a mistake stating that John Maynard Keynes said that gold was a "barbarous relic". He never said that, and that is a common mistake. Keynes said that the gold standard is a barbarous relic.
  • AL
    Andrew L.
    23 February 2018 @ 15:17
    Love this series, bravo! As for some peoples aspirations to "link" a cryptocurrency to a physical asset like gold I have bad news. The whole point of such assets individually is to obviate trust in a third party. To accomplish this "linkage" people dream of, you need to have a trusted third party that will honor the linkage. This is no different than the old gold backed dollar. In 1933 in the face of the great depression, when many sought delivery of gold on the dollar Rosevelt broke the "linkage" to protect US gold reserves from being depleted. Venezuela's new crypto-currency the Petro is supposedly linked to the country's physical assets but in a fundamental way so is every other country's fiat currency. Because there is no such thing as a physical linkage between a currency (crypto or otherwise) the Petro just as any other currency has value notionally in proportion to your trust in the government of Venezuela to uphold its promise and your faith in the country's future stability. There is no fundamental trust you can place in any such "linkage" "tie" "peg" or what-have-you.
    • SD
      Sebastien D.
      23 February 2018 @ 18:04
      Thanks Grant you are providing us with great content. I second the fact that the ones looking for a link between gold and crypto may be misguided as bitcoin (mainly) already offer scarcity and trustlessness properties. It is also much easier to move around. However, it does not have the history to back itself. Both have a role and complement each other in a porfolio.
    • PN
      Paul N.
      24 February 2018 @ 07:53
      This sentiment can be applied for all blockchain projects where the ledger entry is supposed to represent a real asset. Some ledger entry on a blockchain won't shield me from my piece of land being physically seized by a government or criminal gang.
  • AG
    Alex G.
    24 February 2018 @ 05:49
    I’ve been a viewer since 2015 and I still learned plenty from this doc
  • NI
    Nate I.
    24 February 2018 @ 04:27
    Great work Grant. Most of the interviews were good, but all investors should should heed the wisdom of Simon Mikhailovich. He explains the importance of gold from first hand experience in a way few others can. Hopefully RV will have him back soon. Imagine a conversation with Simon Mikhailovich and Anthony Deden in the same room.
  • DC
    Dave C.
    24 February 2018 @ 03:33
    The topic of Yamashita's gold is worthy of further investigation for those with an interest in gold. A good first point of call would be a report by Paul Mylchreest - copy of which should be here If this whets the appetite, then then book mentioned by Paul is worth a read - Gold Warriors – America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Gold further details here The report by Paul touches on the topic of gold leasing and the presentation by Grant, although dating back to 2013 is still of relevance IMHO Presentation here and relevant TTMYGH is dated July 16 2013 and entitled What if?
  • GF
    George F.
    24 February 2018 @ 00:25
    Do you have any links to the registration of gold with the Royal Treasury? What happened to the gold, was it confiscated? I could not find anything on the internet, although the transportation of UK gold reserves to Canada, Operation Fish, has many articles. FWIW, there was a gold ban in the UK in 1966 according to multiple sources. "In September 1939, as the German army advanced towards Britain, the government decreed that every person living in the United Kingdom register their gold with the Royal Treasury. Just weeks later on the 7th of October, 1939, HMS Emerald set sail from Plymouth in Great Britain to Halifax in Nova Scotia. The reason? The hull contained millions of pounds of gold bullion bound for the USA to pay for American war materials. "
  • SD
    S D.
    23 February 2018 @ 23:30
    Would be interested to know more about which projects are working on the gold-linked cryptocurrencies, and also the competition between the private projects and this big bank consortium apparently working on something similar. Very interesting, learned a lot, thank you.
  • AL
    Andrew L.
    23 February 2018 @ 21:46
    Thank you Grant for giving us an honest discussion on Gold. This gives investors an objective view on the current dynamics surrounding the yellow metal. For those who haven't invested into it yet - the key thing to remember is, to quote this video, it is "boring". Gold just sits there while governments continue to run deception over deception in their attempt to de-legitimatize its value. One has to remember that gold does not provide a yield, so when future expectations of rates of return on equities and fixed income are looking extremely grim, gold will shine.
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    rlw r.
    23 February 2018 @ 18:27
    Outstanding work on display by Grant & team
  • cg
    christian g.
    23 February 2018 @ 13:14
    Superb! Link it to Anthony Deden interview ; he owns 20-30 perch in gold as ‘’liquid’’ assets that makes him sleep at night ; while Buffet sit on cash while he prefers productive assets .... confused,
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      mike d.
      23 February 2018 @ 18:19
      Lets see what does better over the next 2 or 3 years , gold or the dollar. I don't think they will be printing as much gold.
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    Paul K.
    23 February 2018 @ 18:09
    This is yet another superb video, whose content I rate 8/10 and whose presentation 15/10. All who participate in RealVision should be immensely gratified and proud. Thank you for what you offer so nicely. Paul Kiernan
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    Alexandra R. | Contributor
    23 February 2018 @ 17:12
    Such an incredible educational series!
  • RA
    Ricardo A.
    23 February 2018 @ 15:51
    This one felt short of expectations Vs part I. For gold bugs .. this offer little (unlike part I).
    • JL
      J L.
      23 February 2018 @ 17:11
      Agreed. Lots of broad manipulation talk and few details, Rick Rule the only one to point out the important fact that it is only the short-term price that can be gamed. The truth is the bullion banks need to cover shorts at a loss quickly when the price of physical rises against them or risk major losses / delivery failure. All commentators are of course right to point out the counterparty risk of any financial gold, even without the employment of leverage.
  • GF
    George F.
    23 February 2018 @ 14:35
    What happens if a large amount of gold gets dumped on the market? From where will the gold come from? Central banks own 12%, what happens when they get desperate and sell? What about untapped areas for mining? The moon, the artic or the oceans. This is happening within a year: Giant Robots Are the Future of Underwater Mining
  • TJ
    Terry J.
    23 February 2018 @ 13:26
    Excellent series and, full of amazing facts and uplifting historical anecdotes of the value of this timeless currency that has withstood every attempt to consign it to the history books as a barbarous relic. I also enjoyed Grant’s well-balanced look at the question of manipulation. For me, I made my mind up long ago after looking at all the evidence provided by several classic books, including “The Creature from Jekyll Island” by G Edward Griffin, and “The Gold Cartel” by Dimitri Speck, together with the minutes of FOMC meetings during the early Greenspan era. Hence I am surprised at the views of Rick Rule, whom I revere as being right up there with legends like Warren Buffett and Jim Rogers from an investment perspective. Jim Rickards also disappointed me with his extraordinarily disingenuous comment about Janet Yellen probably knowing nothing about gold! Give me a break!! I was equally astounded at Jim’s suggestion that it must be the Chinese who are responsible for the manipulation! Ha! Ha! Not impossible of course, but maybe Jim is still loosely employed by the CIA, and wants to ensure China and or Russia are blamed for every economic wrong! I would recommend Jim look closer to home and some of easy Al’s FOMC meeting minutes. and how easy it would have (or has) been to collude with the big bullion banks through blatant manipulation of the Comex futures market. In the fullness of time however as several of Grant’s guests made clear it won’t matter as all manipulations must eventually end. As Egon von Greyerz recently reminded us when quoting Voltaire’s first rule of economics, ““Paper Money Eventually Returns to its Intrinsic Value – ZERO”. The Federal Reserve was created by stealth in 1913 and since then the US dollar has lost 97% of its value when measured in gold! Despite all the manipulation, and all the attempts of the Fed to ensure otherwise, the time will come sooner or later when the remaining 3% of its value will have gone too, but gold will still be here!
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    christian g.
    23 February 2018 @ 13:16
    … the best part is to be confused so you have material to think about… thanks Grant!