A Tale Of Two Asset Classes: Gold Miners Soar, Banks Crash

By: John Rubino | Fri, Jun 24, 2016
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The following tables illustrate the dilemma of mainstream money management. The vast majority of legitimate financial advisors and portfolio managers are big fans of bank stocks because finance is a crucial, if not dominant, form of economic activity in the modern world. So the big names in the field -- Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, etc. -- are generally seen as safe places to put client capital.

Gold and silver, in contrast are fringe, primitive, atavistic concepts that are, at best, "insurance" against some kind of 100-year flood that can't be predicted and probably won't happen. But some clients still like such things so what the hell, we'll allocate 1% of the idiots' money to it to shut them up. (1% is literally the proportion of global capital invested in precious metals.)

Unfortunately, that's credit bubble thinking. Banks are dominant forces in an economy only when that economy is creating an unhealthy amount of credit. When the process exhausts itself the banks tank, and terrified capital flows back into "primitive" safe havens. Like today:

Finance Stocks

Precious Metals Miners

 


 

John Rubino

Author: John Rubino

John Rubino
DollarCollapse.com

John Rubino

John Rubino edits DollarCollapse.com and has authored or co-authored five books, including The Money Bubble: What To Do Before It Pops, Clean Money: Picking Winners in the Green Tech Boom, The Collapse of the Dollar and How to Profit From It, and How to Profit from the Coming Real Estate Bust. After earning a Finance MBA from New York University, he spent the 1980s on Wall Street, as a currency trader, equity analyst and junk bond analyst. During the 1990s he was a featured columnist with TheStreet.com and a frequent contributor to Individual Investor, Online Investor, and Consumers Digest, among many other publications. He now writes for CFA Magazine.

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