Gold's Just Getting Started

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In this week's Barron's interview, Joseph McNay of Essex Investment Management, one of the all-time greats of growth investing, notes that at its peaks, gold has traded at the same price as the DJIA; right now it sells for 1/14 of the Dow.

Joseph McNay of Essex Investment Management is one of the all-time greats of growth investing. In this week's Barron's interview, McNay shares his thoughts and picks for the current economic slowdown.

Gold: M3, a broad measure of U.S. money supply, is growing at almost 15%/year (vs. a typical 5%), driving the dollar down. While some cite gold's already-high prices, McNay notes that at its peaks, gold has traded at the same price as the DJIA; right now it sells for 1/14 of the Dow. He recommends gold ETFs streetTRACKS Gold Trust ETF (GLD) and Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX). He also suggests owning Chinese yuan rather than U.S. dollars. As the yuan revalues upwards, it will offer protection against purchasing-power erosion.

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