Why I (Still) Hate Gold

The yellow metal has a mystique. But when all is said and done, it is just another commodity.

Let me put my prejudices on the table: I loathe gold. Not as jewelry but as an investment. In fact, I loathe all commodities. The main reason is that many years ago I fell under the spell of an exceptionally smart and likable economist named Julian Simon. In 1980, Simon proposed a wager with Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb, a popular book that asserted that because of global population growth, demand for natural resources would soon outstrip supply.

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James K. Glassman
Contributing Columnist, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
James K. Glassman is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His most recent book is Safety Net: The Strategy for De-Risking Your Investments in a Time of Turbulence.