MAY 16, 2018
Gold’s primacy as an investment is not contingent upon which way the wind blows, which way the rates go, or anything else so transient.
The dollar, following in the footsteps of all fiat currencies ever, will fail. The greatest wealth rotation ever will be out of currency and into money: Out of intrinsically worthless, backed-by-nothing, fancy-ink-on-fancy-paper US dollars and into true stores of permanent value. Of which, gold has been the #1 example – the gold standard -- for thousands of years.
Billionaire hedge-fund managers John Paulson and Ray Dalio kept their faith in gold even as rising interest rates trim the metal’s gains.
As of March 31, New York-based Paulson & Co. had 4.32 million shares in SPDR Gold Shares, the biggest exchange-traded product backed by bullion, according to a regulatory filing. That compares with 4.36 million shares at the end of December.
Billionaire Ray Dalio’s hedge fund Bridgewater Associates also maintained its stake in SPDR and iShares Gold Trust, the second largest bullion-backed ETF.
Gold advanced 1.7 percent in the first three months of 2018 as the dollar weakened a fifth straight quarter, helping the precious metal withstand the headwind from rising U.S. borrowing costs. SPDR Gold saw net inflows of $396 million in that period, boosting holdings in all bullion-backed ETFs tracked by Bloomberg to the highest since 2013.
ORIGINAL SOURCE: Ray Dalio, Paulson Keep Faith in Gold Amid Rate Hike Headwind by Luzi Ann Javier at Bloomberg Quint on 5/15/18