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China needs a lot of Gold to make-up for the Loss Expected on Treasuries

Right now, China’s reserves are about $3.2 trillion, of which about $2 trillion is denominated in US dollars, and most of that are U.S. Treasury Securities. They can’t dump them. So what the Chinese are doing instead is they’re acquiring gold as a hedge. China is going to be in this position where they lose on the paper, but they make it up on the gold.

Owning Gold as a Hedge Against Paper Currency

A major reason why gold so often looks good is that the alternatives so often look so bad. Money, by definition, observation and experience, has no intrinsic value. It is just a way to hold your place in line. A virtual currency such as bitcoin may someday prove superior, but for now gold is No. 1.

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