Stocks Hit New Highs… Then Bitcoin… and Now Gold: Welcome to the New Roaring Twenties!

“A wise trader never ceases to study general conditions.” — Jesse Livermore, “Speculator-King” (“Maxims of Wall Street,” p. 64)

“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” — Mae West

We’ve just witnessed one of the most successful money-making opportunities in our lifetimes in 2023-24, with record gains in stocks (due to the tech revolution)… a huge comeback in bitcoin and cryptocurrencies… and now, gold, the traditional inflation hedge, has hit an all-time high after languishing for 13 years.

The bulls are back in town — on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley and at the New Orleans Gold Conference (which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in November. I’ll be there!).

And this, despite price inflation, the Fed’s tight-money policy, foreign wars and a president who is half asleep most of the time. As William Rees-Mogg once wrote, “When Washington sleeps, the economy grows.” (Maxims, p. 151)

It now appears that two old fogies are going to face each other in the November elections.

Why Stocks Are Moving Higher

Let’s go through each sector and why they are doing well.

First, stocks. The Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq have all hit new highs recently.

The big driver behind record stock prices is technology. All seven of the top holdings in the S&P 500 Index are linked to advances in artificial intelligence (AI), the blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), automated driving, robotics and the creation of new drugs. There’s no telling how these new innovations will increase productivity and our standard of living.

These tech stocks include Apple, Microsoft, Nvidia, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Tesla.

Second, bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. What’s driving bitcoin to new highs?

First, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finally approved bitcoin exchange-traded funds, such as Grayscale Trust (GBTC) and Bitcoin Trust (BITO).

Second, bitcoin’s “halving” event sometime in April. Halving refers to a technical situation that occurs every four years. The bitcoin code requires that after every 210,000 blocks are added to the chain, the mining reward is cut in half. This has been done to slow down the pace at which the supply of bitcoin can be added to circulation. Ultimately, the number of bitcoins is capped at 21 million, although several million have been lost forever due to lost passwords.

In the past, every halving event has resulted in a sharp increase in the price of bitcoin. For example, in May 2020, bitcoin price rose nearly 80% six months later.

The critics of bitcoin are having to eat crow. They say that the crypto market is nothing more than a tulipmania and solely a vehicle for criminal activity. But how many financial bubbles have collapsed and then recovered five times? There must be something to this new technology.

The Sun Also Rises on Gold

Third, gold. Gold has taken the longest to hit record highs, having hit $2,100 back in 2011. It’s probably been affected by the popularity of bitcoin as an alternative inflation hedge.

Gold has benefited from the Fed’s decision to back off its aggressive tight-money policy and to cut rates sometime this year. Price inflation is moderating but is still very real.

It’s important to note that price inflation has become permanent since World War II due to a variety of factors: chronic deficit spending, going off the gold standard and never-ending wars.

Gold Versus Gold Stocks

For investors, note the difference between buying gold itself versus buying gold mining stocks. Gold stocks are more volatile and few, if any have done well in the long term, over a 10- or 20-year period.

Long-term investors should stick with gold; gold stocks are a pure short-term speculation.

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Supreme Court Confirms Democratic Rule in America

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that states like Colorado and Maine could not remove Donald Trump or anyone else from state ballots in the 2024 election.

It ruled unanimously that the 14th amendment did not give states the power to remove candidates from office — this action was strictly a federal one determined by Congress.

As subscribers know, I’m no fan of Donald Trump, but this was a victory for democracy. The people should have the right to decide for themselves who to vote for, not Trump’s enemies. The Democrats, who have gone down this route, should be ashamed of themselves. They should no longer call themselves members of the “Democratic” Party.

It’s not often that the Supreme Court rules unanimously on any issue, but fortunately, it did on this one — and left no doubt that democracy will be an integral part of America’s free society.

This November, the people will decide if Donald Trump should be elected to a second term… assuming the Democrats don’t try to stuff the ballot boxes with suspicious mail-in ballots like they did in 2020.

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