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Guide to Investing in Gold and Silver: Everything You Need to Profit from Precious Metals Now

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    This is an easy-to-read book that has a lot of good history in i

    This is an easy-to-read book that has a lot of good history in it -- not at all what one would expect from an investment guide. It spans topics from the origins of money, the debasement of currency in Greece, Rome, and Weimar Germany, and talks about the establishment of US currency up to the formation of the Fed and thoughts on Ben Bernanke and his outlook. It's interesting to read this in 2012, given that it's written in 2008. Some of it is quite prescient.

    A large part of Maloney's historical context, while good, feels like the Cliff Notes version of Niall Ferguson's "Ascent of Money." And yet there are no reference cites. I recognize that history is history, but I would've encouraged Mr. Maloney to include his references that he used for this book.

    Another troubling aspect is one of investment principles. On the one hand, Maloney acknowledges cyclical natures in assets. At one point, in analyzing the current economic state, he lays out what he feels are likely scenarios and how they may play out. His conclusion is that gold and silver investment can only appreciate, regardless of the scenario. I would suggest this is false. There is no complete elimination of risk, and Maloney does the reader a disservice in presenting a no way to lose outlook. People can, and do lose money on any sort of investment. Even "sure things." Overall, Maloney writes clearly, and this is a reasonable primer. My advice, however, is caveat emptor -- take the ideas and do your own thinking when approaching investing. Maloney lays out a convincing thesis, but everyone should take responsibility for coming up with their own financial understanding and strategy.

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