Geopolitics and Investing (Podcast)

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Commodore Steven Jermy – former Strategy Director for the British Embassy in Afghanistan and author of Strategy for Action: Using Force wisely in the 21st Century – talks to GoldMoney´s Alasdair Macleod.

Jermy has a long and distinguished military background and discusses geopolitics and the nature of war. The current conflict in Syria is assessed in a recent historical context and the dynamics behind the political forces are examined. Mr Jermy expresses his thoughts on why western policy in the Middle East may be failing due to strategic misgivings and a lack of cultural understanding.

The political implications of rising inflation in the Middle East are also discussed.

The conversation then moves onto energy. Some interesting points are made about energy returns on energy invested in the oil and gas sectors. Of course no conversation about energy in the modern word can be complete without considering the geopolitical angle, and Jermy shares his opinion about possible events that may play out.

They then cover the Cyprus situation, and the significance of the island’s oil and gas reserves, the NATO bases there and the influence of Russia.

This podcast was recorded on 20 March 2013

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Investing in Gold

Investing In Gold

Regardless of how much money you have or how much of it you have invested, a portion of your wealth should be protected by investing in gold. So much of what passes today as a form of investment is risky and can disappear overnight. Much of the investments people make today are not related to anything tangible. Gold is tangible. It is something that can be held in your hand and has value. Gold has had value in cultures across the entire world since the beginning of the written word. No matter what the future holds, your wealth can be protected by investing in gold.

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How Gold Protects The Investor

Gold also protects a person from fluctuations in national currencies. A person who has investments that are tied to a particular currency can lose a great amount of their wealth due to the whim of the government. The nation’s money supply can be expanded at too great a pace creating high rates of inflation. Or, a government can spend too much money, creating debt that is too large to be serviced resulting in investors dumping their holdings in the currency. These actions are out of the control of any individual and the only way to protect yourself from it is with an investment in gold.

No one needs to put all of their money in gold, but anyone willing to buy investments in today’s world economic environment should balance their portfolio with a large percentage of gold purchases. Today, a diversified portfolio is not necessarily balanced. So much of today’s investments are tied together. If one area of your investments drops, so too can the rest of them. Only something tangible like gold can offer protection against the loss of wealth in deep recessionary times.

To obtain true protection for your wealth, investing in gold should be in the form of bullion. Never mind buying gold in the form of collectible coins or jewelry, it is more difficult to buy and sell gold in these forms. Also avoid buying gold in the form of shares of stock in mines or futures contracts on a commodity exchange. If you decide that you want to invest in gold, then buy gold.

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The one problem with investing in gold is how to store it safely. Storing gold inside your home is not recommended. Storing it inside a safe deposit box at a bank is a better idea, but there are issues with doing it this way. The best idea is to purchase the gold from a company that also offers the service of storage. This type of company can be found on the Internet and they will not only store the gold securely, but also help in the buying of the gold online. Another attractive aspect of this service is that the gold can be stored outside of the country you reside in; this offers additional protection for your wealth. You will have to open an account for this service, but once you do, investing in gold can be done right from your home.

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