The Stock Markets Best Days Have Passed

stock market candle sticks presenting the volatile movement of the market

We have been led to believe that the best investment strategy is to invest in the stock market – to buy and hold. This strategy is great when markets are moving higher and continue to do so over time. The problem is that we no longer have markets that go up over time. Over the past 20 years, markets have already collapsed twice.

We now find ourselves in a different environment that requires new investment strategies.  In an environment like we had during the 1980s and ’90s, it made sense to buy stocks and hold them. In the extreme debt environment of today, the best buy and hold investment has been and will likely continue to be gold and silver. As a smart investor, you should know how to invest in gold and other precious metals.

From 1984 to 2000, you could have bought stocks and held onto them for a long time with the confidence that you would see a positive return on your investment. The tech boom and a favorable political landscape helped fuel the economy. Debt increases were relatively small, and in the late ’90s, a surplus even emerged.

During that time, gold and silver behaved more like an insurance policy. But during the last  20 years, we have moved from a growth economy to an economy that has been built on debt. Easy access to credit ultimately leads to significant asset bubbles. Eventually, this overvaluation of assets, along with unhealthy levels of debt, leads to very costly defaults – eventually leading to an all-out financial collapse.

Government and personal liability have more than doubled since the Great Recession in  2008. Stocks and bonds are sitting at historic all-time highs and have been spurred on by an easy monetary policy. The collapse that may result from these exploding bubbles could wipe away all of your savings and retirement.

This is why owning physical gold and silver is so crucial for  any investor holding paper investments. Gold and silver prices tend to increase as other assets sell-off. The added value from gold and silver can protect your wealth by serving not only as an insurance policy but also as a very valuable asset.

An era of financial uncertainty is the new normal.

For many Americans right now, recent events have brought back painful memories of 9/11 or the 2008 financial crisis—events that reshaped society in lasting ways, from how we travel and buy homes, to the level of security and surveillance we’re accustomed to, and even to the language we use.

But crisis moments also present an opportunity: more sophisticated and flexible use of technology,  less polarization, a revived appreciation for the outdoors and life’s other simple pleasures. No one knows exactly what will come, but what we do know is that the future is unpredictable.

Recent events have also brought to light many vulnerabilities in our financial system.  Specifically, recent events have shed light on how vulnerable our stock markets and banking systems really are. The Fed has attempted to quell these problems with the only tool it has – printing money. More specifically, printing lots and lots of money.

In 2020, the Fed has embarked on a $9 trillion stimulus injection. In five months,  the Fed has printed more money than it did during the decade after the 2008  financial crisis. But will it be enough to beat a worldwide recession?

The Result? 

The truth is nobody really knows. What we do know for certain is that something needs to change before conditions get even worse.

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