Gallup Poll Says Gold is Best Investment

In a recent Gallup poll, 28% of Americans named gold as the best long-term investment.  Real estate was second at 20%, followed by a tie for third place for paper assets like stocks and savings accounts at 19%, and bonds trailing last at only 8%.  The findings were reported as part of Gallup’s April update of its annual Economy and Personal Finance poll.

This could suggest that a lot of Americans have gold on their minds as they fret about the instability and uncertainty of other assets they hold.  When many give up on other assets in frustration, gold would be the most likely to benefit.

The Governments of the World Could Gradually Move Toward a New Gold Standard

An immediate return to a 100% gold standard is probably impossible.  What we’re seeing, however, is something more healthy and gradual – the birth of a few gold-backed paper currencies, here and there. 

Switzerland is probably the most gold-friendly nation on earth.  Bloomberg reported last week that Switzerland’s Parliament is now considering the launch of a new currency which would be directly linked to gold, a gold Swiss franc with a face value of five Swiss francs (now valued at about $5.25).  While the paper Swiss franc would remain the official currency of the country, the gold-backed franc would also circulate.

The Swiss franc has been the strongest currency of the “paper money” era, which began in 1971, when President Nixon took America off the postwar gold exchange standard.  Back then, the Swiss franc was worth $0.23.  Now, it trades at $1.05, more than a dollar, representing a 357% increase to the U.S. dollar.

The new Swiss gold-backed 5-franc note would be backed by 0.1 grams of gold. This would give the average Swiss family a chance to own gold cheaply.

U.S. States are also launching gold-backed State laws. As we have reported before, Utah was the first state to give legal tender status to gold and silver. Then, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington joined Utah in considering various gold and silver legal tender measures.  Now, Missouri joins the fold.  This month, the Missouri General Assembly is considering the passage of the “Missouri Sound Money Act of 2012,” which would make gold and silver legal tender in Missouri.

These measures will not suddenly raise the price of gold, but the continuation of gold-friendly state and national government acts will put a floor under the price of gold and lead toward a future gold standard between nations, if nations continue to abuse the printing press.  We can look for gold to surpass $2,000 if nations actually back some of their paper by gold, and then $5,000 or more if gold currencies become the norm in multiple nations on several continents – say, in India, China, Switzerland, Germany and resource-rich nations like Canada, Australia, Brazil, Peru, South Africa and other gold- or silver-producing nations.

Here in the U.S., the economic health may be more difficult to get a true handle on because of all the self-serving comments about the state of the economy from political parties in an election year.

But one thing we do know is that the real U.S. debt deficit is nearly four times what the government reports.  They say it’s $1.3 trillion a year, a staggering, incomprehensible burden in its own right.  But when liabilities for Social Security, Medicare and other retirement programs are taken into account, the deficit is actually running about $5 trillion per year.  Companies, states, and local governments must report retirement liabilities in their financial statements.  But Congress conveniently exempts the federal government from this requirement.  Regardless of the accounting smoke-and-mirror tactics by Washington, the money is still owed…period.

That means America hangs perilously close to a Euro-style sovereign debt crisis. The dollar has been strong against the euro and other fiat currencies, but only because it’s the best-looking horse on the way to the glue factory.

If a major economic/financial event is in the works, as investment wonks like Marc Faber predict, initially it could mean more volatility for gold as it gets temporarily pulled down in the undertow of panic selling and margin calls in the equity markets.  But a strong gold rebound would likely follow as gold reasserts in its safe haven role and is lifted by the probability of Fed intervention with QE3.  More liquidity points to inflation, and that’s good for gold. This could well prove to be a pivotal year for the global economy, world markets, and for gold.

Mike Fuljenz is the editor of the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) award-winning “Michael Fuljenz Metals Market Weekly Report,” and the numismatic consultant for First Fidelity Reserve. His award-winning radio show can be heard on KLVI News Talk AM 560 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. CST on the last Monday of the month.

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When President Franklin D. Roosevelt needed money for the Second World War he sold War Bonds to the American Public. These bonds could be purchased in small amounts (25 cents stickers pasted in a book could buy a $25.00 bond) -. Or for the rich people $25, $50 or $100 and up for cash. These bonds were advertised in the movie theaters (no TV at that time). Why borrow from China when we Americans can support ourselves. Pay the debt down that way. And stop the spending spree in Washington.

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gold is important things for my idea . It is a valuable things that why people collect gold .

Revelation 18:17 in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, James 5:3 3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Do you trust in your riches, in the “Last days”. It’s really foolish! Consider the times we live in and see what is the solid fact, we will soon see the advent spoken in the Bible as the “Last days”, “the Day of the Lord” it’s here and you need to trust in Jesus Christ and Him alone. It’s nice to have extra money, food, clothing, but that will not give you Eternal Life. Romans Chapter ten tell us… Read more »


Right now I’m buying through some on-line companies. I’m buying ingots (by the ounce), not coins (since I know nothing — and don’t want to learn — about coins.

What I know nothing about is how to “cash” them in. Right now about the only way to do that is to sell back to the on-line companies or via Pawn Shops which charge you a healthy discount, so unless you are way ahead on a buy-to-sell basis (say 20%), selling appears to be difficult at this time. I guess I should look at how Utah is managing these transactions (or how Idaho is proposing for the future).

What is the best way to invest in gold?