We build wealth by increasing our own production. That is, we become more valuable to others within society when we do things that they find valuable. This is why society rewards great innovators and people who tend to work hard.

Betting on commodities like gold is often a bearish bet against human productivity and innovation. When you buy a block of gold you are essentially buying an insurance asset whose value will increase if the value of dollars collapses or falls. In other words, you are betting directly against the ability of US workers to produce and maintain the value of the dollar.

Betting on gold is largely a bet on faith. That is, you are betting on the idea that someone else will believe gold is more valuable in the future. Although gold is valuable to some degree as a commodity there is also a substantial portion of the population who wants to own gold because it is viewed as money or protection against paper money. I’ve referred to this in the past as a “faith put”, a premium in the price that inflates its value due to sheer faith.

I don’t mean to rant against gold. I just think that there are some fundamental reasons to keep gold in the proper perspective when we consider its value as a portion of our asset holdings. In my view, it’s not the type of asset you want to build a portfolio around due to the aforementioned thoughts….

I’m running out of time on my last assignment of the year, otherwise I would refute the argument…essentially that gold limits/reduces productivity.

The argument is so weak, surely it does not need rebutting?