The New Case for Gold

Narrated by: James Rickards
Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
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USA Today best seller and Wall Street Journal business best seller

They say John Maynard Keynes called gold a "barbarous relic." They say there isn’t enough gold to support finance and commerce. They say the gold supply can’t increase fast enough to support world growth. They’re wrong. 

In this bold manifesto, best-selling author and eco­nomic commentator James Rickards steps forward to defend gold — as both an irreplaceable store of wealth and a standard for currency.  Global political instability and market volatility are on the rise. Gold, always a prudent asset to own, has become the single most important wealth preserva­tion tool for banks and individuals alike. 

Rickards draws on historical case studies, monetary theory, and personal experience as an investor to argue that:  

  • The next financial collapse will be exponentially bigger than the panic of 2008. 
  • The time will come, sooner rather than later, when there will be panic buying and only central banks, hedge funds, and other big players will be able to buy any gold at all.
  • It’s not too late to prepare ourselves as a nation: There’s always enough gold for a gold standard if we specify a stable, nondeflationary price.  

Providing clear instructions on how much gold to buy and where to store it, the short, provocative argu­ment in this book will change the way you look at this “barbarous relic” forever. 

©2016 James Rickards (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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Another Masterpiece by James Rickards

James Rickards does it again. I really enjoyed this book. What is unique about the audiobook is that it is actually narrated by Rickards himself. If you're like me, you could listen to this man speak for hours on end. While listening to this book, I often found myself wondering how one can become so well versed on matters ranging from physics to finance to history all in less than one human lifetime. Rickards is brilliant and, if you enjoyed his other books you'll enjoy this one.

One aspect of this book that I particularly enjoy is how Rickards takes subjects as daunting as complexity theory and international finance and discusses them in a manner that less astute individuals, such as myself, can comprehend seamlessly. I could not put this book down and finished in a couple sittings. Above all else, I value the education that Rickards provides in his book. He does it in a way that keeps me interested and entertained... hanging on his every word.

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Practical perspective on gold

I enjoyed listening to this book. The topic can be a bit dry at times and I would have liked some advice in the type of physical gold to buy. There was nothing said besides coins over ETFs and futures. Buying mining stock if you have the stomach for it. More comments on eagle v buffalo and billion v just blanks and why would have been nice. That really was my whole purpose for buying the book. I enjoyed listening to the author.

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Buy an ounce of Silver instead of this Book.

If you've read the last 2 books or listened to ANY of the many interviews given by Rickards, you will be fine.

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Interesting, but impractical

First, I have to say that I enjoyed Mr. Rickards reading style and I applaud him for narrating his own book. I feel that he made a very compelling and clear argument for having physical gold as part of all investor's portfolios. My only issue with the case that he makes is that his ideas for actually storing gold are ludicrous. He suggests that you stay clear of bank storage of the physical gold and instead use a non-bank storage company (one that is insured - really? - come the end of the world I doubt insurance will be of much worth plus any insurance proceeds would be in worthless currency). He goes on to say that a vault in Texas is a good storage location as even if the roads are closed, it is only a motorcycle ride away from most of the country (I am not making that up, he actually writes that). What he doesn't address is the fact that if the country recedes into that level of chaos, why on earth wouldn't the private storage company employees merely seize the gold themselves? Even if the private storage employees don't seize the gold, how in the heck am I, as middle aged man, going to ride a motorcycle from Michigan to Texas? (I don't even like to fly coach). Also (not surprisingly) I don't own a motorcycle and I am not sure where in Bloomfield Hills I could even buy a motorcycle. Plus with all of my gold in Texas, even if I found a motorcycle (say in Livonia), how would I even pay for it?

I suggest that Mr. Rickards rewrites the 'end of the world' scenario and addresses the storage issue practically. By practically, I mean in a world that has not slipped into anarchy, but has fallen into rates of 10% to 20% inflation (I totally agree with him that the only way to pay off the national debt is to have the it paid off with inflated dollars).

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One of the best I've listened to so far!

Mr. Rickards does a superb job explaining the validity of gold, it's role in historical and present global monetary policy, and steps other nations are taking in the gold market. Extremely well researched and presented in such a way as to be easily followed by the reader. This book also presents ways to understand how fragile the global economy is and makes gives practical advise on how to hedge against financial losses through gold.

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A Must Read!!!

Great Book!!! James Rickards is simply brilliant and intelligent!! Educating yourself in what real money is and how it will affect you in the following years is important and your key to you financial success. This book is a perfect tool to help in this journey.

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MUST READ FOR EVERYONE CONCERNED ABOUT THEY'RE FINANCIAL FUTURE!!!

The average American doesn't know or understand our economy & how our government really works. This book, for the most part, puts it in layman''s terms.

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couldn't stop listening

Just want to say thanks, Jim. You're work is priceless and are a highly valued asset!

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confusing

I am not happy about that book jim Too much confusion not enough explanation you should write a book in dummy down for people don't understand your technical terms

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Good info on the gold situation!

I recommend reading this book and gaining knowledge on what is going on around the world on the financial situation specifically on the U.S. dollar and gold.