"TGR: If war and hyperinflation are the inevitable future, how can investors survive or maybe even thrive during a time like this . . .I spent a fair amount of time thinking about gold silver. When push comes to shove though I'm not really a goldbug. Honestly, I think it's much easier to save and transact in dollars.
RM: Well, I wouldn't put $100 under the mattress, at least not for very long, because it will soon become worthless. But commodities, stocks of raw materials firms, gold and silver and platinum coins have value. Generally, I try to see the world in terms of two kinds of investments: dollars and non-dollars. You definitely want non-dollars, things that do not have their value tied to the value of the dollar. An example of a dollar asset is something like a bond or bank CD. Their values are tied directly to the value of the dollar. If the dollar falls, then their values fall.
Gold is a non-dollar asset. When the dollar falls, usually gold rises. The same is true with silver and oil. All of these things have values that are not tied to the dollar. My advice is to invest in non-dollar assets. Gold would be at the top of the list, silver and platinum and then oil."
But Richard hit the nail on the head here. Now is not the time (if there ever was one) to store value in dollars. So many actions that our government (and governments around the world) are taking seem to indicate with crystal clarity:
- They can never repay their debts.
- They don't intend to pay their debts (at least not in good money).
- They will bail out their bankers at any cost.
- They will continue to fund the unfundable at the cost of destroying our currency.
So to me it seems clear. Have some dollars to buy your groceries (might want some extra groceries on hand as well), pay your mortgage, and even next year's college tuition for the kids. But for the value you're saving for years from now, you'll probably want some protection from the tender mercies of our Federal Reserve.