The world discovers the price of commodities via the futures market, where different commodities can be bought and sold almost 24 hours a day. Each transaction represents a contract, at the end of which, the underlying commodity has to be physically delivered or settled in cash. This price discovery mechanism makes complete sense to find the market value of commodities, but utterly fails for Gold and Silver.
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Gold is regarded by pundits, financial advisors and mainstream commentators as a commodity, and evaluated as such. However, in the humble opinion of Yours Truly, Gold is an asset with intrinsic value, constant marginal utility and no counterparty risk, making it money and not a commodity. And this begs the question, how should we value and trade Gold if we consider it to be a currency?
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