How to Make a Fortune in the Gold-Backed Crypto Revolution
How to Make a Fortune in the Gold-Backed Crypto Revolution by Nick Giambruno – Casey Research
Justin’s note: Recently, we broke new ground at Casey Research. Crisis Investing chief analyst Nick Giambruno revealed a revolutionary way to make big money from gold—even if the spot price stays flat or continues to fall.
We estimate only one in 10,000 gold investors knows this secret. And yet… it could help you take a tiny stake and pocket a huge payday. And as Nick shares below in today’s Dispatch, this is just the tip of the iceberg… It’s time to make your move today.
By Nick Giambruno, chief analyst, Crisis Investing
For thousands of years, gold has been the safe-haven asset. No government can easily confiscate, nationalize, freeze, or devalue it at the drop of a hat.
It’s simply the best way to preserve wealth over the long term.
Now, with the advent of cryptocurrencies and decentralized blockchain technology, people have a complementary tool for advancing their financial freedom.
In recent months, dozens of gold-backed digital currencies have started to sprout up.
In a world dominated by constantly depreciating government fiat currencies, I think gold-backed digital currencies are a convenient way for ordinary people to protect their wealth.
Let’s take a step back and look at how it all started…
The World’s First Digital Currency
E-gold was the world’s first temporarily successful, private digital currency.
Douglas Jackson established the currency in 1996, about 13 years before bitcoin came about. As the name implies, it was 100% backed by gold.
In other words, account holders could redeem their e-gold for actual, physical gold.
With e-gold, Jackson tried to tap the 1990s internet revolution and bring sound money to ordinary people. He thought e-gold could liberate the world from the ills of central banks and fiat currencies. And, for a while, it looked like it might.
Within a few years, e-gold became the world’s second-most popular online payment system, just behind PayPal.
Anyone in the world could anonymously open an e-gold account. From there, users could instantly transfer grams of gold to other users and merchants.
At first, Jackson stored e-gold’s precious metals in safety deposit boxes in Florida. As the company grew, he moved the bullion into secured vaults in London and Dubai.
At its peak, e-gold had over five million customer accounts, spanning 165 countries. A thousand new accounts were opened daily.
Unfortunately, nothing escapes the Eye of Sauron…
Eventually, e-gold’s soaring international popularity caught the attention of the US government.
Jackson may have been a visionary and a firm believer in sound money. But he was also naïve.
The US government imposes strict regulations and licensing requirements on financial companies. This includes an obligation to collect all sorts of customer information for so-called “Know Your Customer” and anti-money laundering laws.
Financial companies also have to file a report with the US government for every transaction involving $10,000 or more. Plus, there’s another mandatory report for any sort of “suspicious” financial activity—a vague, broadly defined concept.
Jackson made many foolish mistakes here. E-gold didn’t comply with any of these laws. And because of that, it painted a big, red target on its back.