It’s hard to explain the value of physical silver and gold to someone clueless. I often hear people ask, “Why is it so important to buy PM (precious metal)” or “why do you buy silver?” The very fact a person asks such a question tells me they’re not ready for PM, not personally at least. This is okay. Each person first has to come to terms that our economic recovery is an illusion before giving an ounce of thought to gold. I find myself comparing it to a gravely ill loved one who is imminently facing death. Like a life ending, the transition of currency back to sound money (hard assets) is a natural occurrence often repeated throughout history.
It usually takes on hour with a client – by phone -to match the right metal, where to buy it, and how to store it. This assumes the person is really interested in buying PMs in the first place. Some folks aren’t ready for the party to end. They’re still holding out for “normal” to return and, honestly, suffering from a self-centered perspective.
Buying silver or gold is a timing thing. My decision to own PM developed along with an overall life plan for independence. Growing wealth by way of PMs is a byproduct of self reliance. Sure I like the fact my savings grows each year but I like being a spectator during times of economic calamity most. I’m not sure what others think when I compare PM to monetary insulation.
Some have emailed asking how to convince a spouse or adviser of PM’s relevancy in this age we live. I’ve even had some clients ask me to speak with a spouse which, by the way, is rarely enjoyable for either party. It’s not uncommon for one spouse to eventually buy silver or gold behind the other one’s back. I don’t recommend this in most situations.
I personally don’t believe in convincing people to own PMs. I’ve seen this turn into a blame fest the first time gold dips or silver turns volatile. It is much more productive to establish signals of relevance; below are but a few examples.
1. Keep track of food costs; even to the point of writing costs down (rising costs are signs of inflation).
2. Watch how often Washington solves fiscal problems by borrowing and taxation, never cutting.
3. Begin to track values not in dollars but gold grams.
4. Pay close attention to your local economy (a local economy is far more relevant than a national or global one).
5. Make yourself aware how often elected leaders blame others or an event for a bad job’s report, growth, etc.
6. Be aware how often the media distracts viewers in regard to “real” economic events.
7. Make note the ways the US simulates the failing path of Greece and Spain.
8. Research and track where the money comes from (who backstops the mortgage industry?).
Well over 90% of those sitting on PM sidelines are waiting for metal prices to rise. They gauge silver and gold’s relevance on rising metal values. The last couple of bubble decades have ruined too many small investors. They fail to ask themselves “why” an asset rises. This is why so many lost a fortune in the last housing bust. This is why others will lose a fortune in the next housing bust. We used to be “buy low” investors and good money stewards. Now, we’re “buy based on demand and a rising price” investors.
I began my gold voyage when it sold in the high 300s. I viewed gold’s protectiveness first and potential wealth gain secondly. The fact so few have the same view only proves far too many folks today underestimate the gravity of today’s economic situation. They are, in all actuality, still looking for the quick buck and care less about protecting their assets.
Dare to guess the number one reason folks aren’t buying precious metal? It is because precious metal hasn’t experienced a big price jump in the last year or so. This inaction leads to complacency. The one thing this writer can just about guarantee is this next point. We will reach a time, in the near future, when everyone with a dime to spare will long to own PMs….. without convincing.
Question: Thanks for TPS. I’m struggling with a safe way to protect my PMs from confiscation and theft. I’ll get to my point quickly since I’m sure you receive many emails. If I decide to store some of my gold internationally will these depositories notify the IRS when I sell? Any ideas how to discretely buy and sell?
TPS Reply: Thank you for reading TPS, and asking such great questions. As you know, today’s administration is adamant with everyone paying their fair share. This means your PM profit has a big bull’s eye on it. I would expect to receive a 1099 when you decide to sell, and this includes all assets…..not just PM. I recommend keeping record of price paid, price sold of all reportable gold. To answer your question I would expect a 1099 form regardless where the metal is located.
Here is my plan, for what’s worth. I’m a long-term PM owner. I believe I can outlast our overreaching government. This means I have no plans to sell my gold anytime soon. Things change quickly and my plan may have to adapt along with this change. At some point precious metal values could get ahead of themselves (bubble).
I believe silver and gold will eventually back a new or existing currency. How can this not be good for those of us holding physical PM? If my choices are to chance paying high PM taxes or losing my wealth in dollars, I’ll pick gold seven days a week. The “Golden Rule” always works in favor of those holding real money.
Now, your last question about discretion is good. We still have choices as of February 2013. This means you can legally buy physical silver and gold with no records attached. I strongly advise each person reading to consider exercising this freedom. Thanks for the questions and send new ones over anytime.
DC Carlton is the founder of The Prospector Site and author of Why Silver and Gold Will Go Higher. Feel free to register here for his free online newsletter that provides precious metal insight rarely mentioned from mainstream media sources