Does gold actually provide inflation protection?

Gold speculators cause extreme fluctuations

Following the global financial crisis of 2008, the Federal Reserve Board took unprecedented steps to prevent bank failures, insure credit availability, and stimulate recovery. These successive bouts of “quantitative easing” fanned inflation fears as we experienced depressed interest-rate levels last seen in the 1950s. 

We believe the Federal Reserve’s large-scale asset purchase plan (so-called “quantitative easing”) should be reconsidered and discontinued. We do not believe such a plan is necessary or advisable under current circumstances. The planned asset purchases risk currency debasement and inflation.” – Open letter to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke signed by 23 economists, fund managers, and political strategists, 11/15/2010

Shiller PE - Weak Stock Returns

We’ve long felt that the only value of stock forecasters is to make fortune tellers look good. … I believe that short-term market forecasts are poison and should be kept locked up in a safe place, away from children and also from grown-ups who behave in the market like children.” – Warren Buffett’s 1992 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders

Market Timing: Wall Street Week Technical Indicators

The investment community lost one of its more colorful characters two weeks ago with the passing of Martin F. Zweig, a prominent market pundit, author, and chairman of Zweig-DiMenna Associates LLC, a New York investment firm. His death at age 70 also marks the close of another chapter in the long-running debate on the virtues of market timing.

Zweig predicted the Dow’s October 1987 one-day crash of 29.2%.

Zweig, who earned a PhD in finance from Michigan State University, began writing investment newsletters while teaching in New York. He also wrote numerous articles for the weekly investment publication Barron’s and favored statistical measures of monetary policy, investor sentiment, and market momentum in managing portfolios.

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