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What author of Antifragile has not told about Precious Metals

27 Jul

Taleb does not say this in his book, but precious metals are both antifragile and robust or unchangeable in nature. Normally, the price of precious metals would have risen alongside the increase in the money supply.

The concept of antifragility comes from NaseemTaleb’s book Antifragile. In it, he describes things and processes that thrive on mistakes and volatility.

Basically, an antifragilesystem is one where error and/or risk is allowed, encouraged and leads to improvement overall.

Fragile versus robust

A fragile system is one that is artificially controlled, like a modern forest fire, for example. Such control ultimately leaves the system much more vulnerable to disaster.

Another example is the financial system in the age of constant bailouts and too big to fail companies. Add to this the absence of moral hazards, and the resulting extreme misallocation of capital and risk has resulted in apersistent disconnect between price and fundamentals.

On the other hand, a robust system is one that is essentially stable over long periods of time. An example would be the long term purchasing power of precious metals across all paper currencies.

Paper legal tender is fragile

Perhaps the ultimate fragility is an intrinsically worthless paper legal tender maintained by force and the control over the commodity futures markets by allowing sellers to pay for their trading losses in paper instead of real goods.

Paper currencies have value that is only based on debt and a country’s ability and willingness to repay it. Unfortunately, the debt can only be serviced by printing new paper currency, which then results in more debt.

Crises of confidence are the ultimate emotionally driven events, and a severe U.S. Dollar crisis could wipe out an entire investment class practically overnight.

Antifragile applied to precious metals

Taleb does not say this in his book, but precious metals are both antifragile and robust or unchangeable in nature. Normally, the price of precious metals would have risen alongside the increase in the money supply.

Nevertheless, the more intervention occurred, the worse the volatility observed as price swings increased. More volatility increased emotion and investor interest, thereby leading to greater liquidity and ultimately demand.

This is a sign of failure — as quiet desperation protects the fragile U.S. Dollar based fiat currency system.

Furthermore, precious metals are antifragile because market control and mispricing alongside rampant money creation results in bad money chasing out the good, a la Gresham’s law.

The more their prices areartificially suppressed— overtly through propaganda and covertly through price controls — the stronger the case for holding precious metals becomes.

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Gold inches up, headed for third weekly gain

26 Jul

Gold edged up on Friday and was headed for its third straight weekly gain, helped by a weaker dollar and hopes of a prolonged period of easy monetary policy.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold had climbed 0.07 percent to USD1,333.95 an ounce by 0014 GMT, after gaining about 1 percent in the previous session.

* US data showed that new claims for jobless benefits edged higher last week, but remained within a range that suggests the labour market’s recovery is on track.

* Investors fear that strong US economic numbers would prompt the Federal Reserve to start tapering its stimulus measures sooner rather than later.

* China’s gold demand could hit a record 1,000 tonnes this year, the World Gold Council said on Thursday, which means it would overtake India as the world’s biggest bullion consumer.

* Gold premiums in India jumped to USD 20 an ounce over London spot prices on Thursday due to short supplies even as traders, looking to stock up for festivals, waited for prices to fall further from their highest level in more than a month.

* Gold mining companies are expected to cut their gold hedging position by 20 tonnes on a net basis in 2013 even though the price of bullion has fallen sharply, precious metals consultancy Thomson Reuters GFMS said on Thursday.

* SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.26 percent to 927.36 tonnes on Thursday.

* Goldcorp Inc , the world’s largest gold miner by market capitalisation, posted weaker-than-expected second quarter results on Thursday, hit by a sharp drop in the gold price and a USD 2 billion non-cash impairment charge.

MARKET NEWS

* The dollar languished at one-month lows against a basket of major currencies on Friday, having suffered a setback overnight as investors turned cautious ahead of next week’s Fed policy meeting.

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