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By Frank Holmes
If you’re a serious investor—and because you’re reading this, I have to assume that you are—gold is looking more and more like a crucial trade.
Fewer than two weeks remain before United Kingdom voters decide on June 23 whether the country will continue to be a member of the European Union (EU) or become the first-ever to leave it. The “Brexit,” as it’s come to be known, is arguably the most consequential political event of 2016—perhaps even more so than the U.S. presidential election in November—with far-reaching implications.
Should the U.K. leave, it will certainly underline the question many people have about the EU’s viability. And remember, this is a group of countries that collectively has the world’s second-largest gross national product (GDP), followed by China.[related_stories]
But whatever happens, “the European Union is not going to remain the same,” as Aram put it during the webcast. “The euro is still very unstable, and I think we could easily see an environment in which trade barriers will increase and currency wars will increase. Regrettably, we could have a weaker global economy.”
With this as the threat, “gold’s role is one of wealth protection,” Aram said.
Taking Precautions Against an Unknowable Future
Even Europeans are beginning to lose confidence in the European experiment. The Pew Research Center recently polled nearly 10,500 Europeans from 10 separate EU countries on their favorability of the 28-member bloc. Nearly half of all respondents—47 percent—held an unfavorable view.
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