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Gold vs. Paper: The Only Debate That MattersWednesday September 28, 2016
Throughout history gold beat out all commodities to become the people’s choice for money. Along the way, governments tried to force people to accept paper instead, but their efforts always failed. Now you can help this most recent attempt fail as well. Just as Fedex once disrupted the U.S. postal monopoly, and companies like AirBnb and Uber are now upending the hotel and taxi industries, Goldmoney could be a game changer for the Federal Reserve and its irredeemable notes. Money needs to be a reliable store of value, and the Fed’s product fails that test miserably. In fact, as official policy now mandates at least two percent annual inflation, it can be argued that the Fed’s product is designed to fail. Two percent inflation means your savings lose two percent of its value every year. My guess is that this target will be moved higher over time, so the annual rate of loss will accelerate in the years ahead. Gold, on the other hand, cannot be debased as its supply is extremely scarce and mining output will not even come close to matching the rate at which new Federal Reserve notes will be conjured into existence.
When the Federal Reserve was at least perceived to be an inflation fighter, and savings accounts paid interest of five percent or more, the convenience of fiat money and a modern banking system made a gold standard seem expensive and obsolete. But with the Fed now an unapologetic inflation creator and a possible looming threat of bank failures and “bail-ins” in the traditional financial system, the case for opting out of fiat money and into gold has been made all the more compelling. With Goldmoney, the path has never been easier. Goldmoney lets everyone easily save, earn*** and spend in gold. Don’t be the last one on your block to make the transition. In fact, being an early adopter has its advantages. The sooner you make the switch to gold, the sooner the government will no longer be able to tax you with inflation.
* Fee is charged to fund and to spend
** So far physical transfers have only been approved for residents in the following states: TX, CO and OH.
*** Sending payments with Goldmoney is not currently available to US residents
There will be potential taxes on the gains or income deferral on the losses in transacting and saving in gold.
Physical ownership of gold will not yield income.
Peter Schiff is a shareholder of Goldmoney and a spokesperson for the company, for which he receives remuneration as part of its referral program.
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