This month marks the 10 year anniversary since Lehman Brothers, one of the highest profile casualties of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), went bankrupt in the United States.
We spoke to Gold Industry Group Company Secretary Bron Suchecki, who was working at The Perth Mint at the time, and ABC Bullion Chief Economist Jordan Eliseo, about their memories from that time period.
Ask most people that work in finance what they think about Bitcoin, and the likely response will be; “it’s a bubble”.
Google certainly seems to think so too, with “Bitcoin is a Bubble” returning 31,800,000 results, proof of how many times people have, incorrectly so far, called a top in the price of the world’s most famous cryptocurrency.
Given the incredible rally in the price of Bitcoin (BTC), and other crypto-currencies like Etherium this year, there has been no shortage of interest in this space, with precious metal investors asking whether or not BTC is basically a digital version of gold and silver or not.
When we talk about the correlation in prices for assets traded in financial markets we are referring to how closely those prices mimic each other.
Highly correlated assets tend to move in the same direction most of the time. A good example is the shares in our four major banks, which tend to move in unison most days, unless there is some news (either good or bad) that only affects one of the companies.
Discover the eight reasons why Australian investors should consider including physical gold in their investment portfolio. Here is number 2.
2. Gold is a natural holding in low “real” interest rate environments