10 treasures that outshine gold

Fearful investors were flocking to the precious metal not long ago, but its price has gone stagnant. Here are 10 alternatives to stocks and bonds with more potential.

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Jan 15, 2013 10:14PM

All the metals will go up as we print more and more worthless dollars.  Just like gold has gone up a $1000/oz plue in the last decade, and Silver is over $30 an ounce as the FED prints.  We have increased the supply of dollars 58% (M2 money supply) since Obama took office.  Even stocks will be propelled higher.  Not that the economy is doing good, just they are a safer store of wealth than dollars. 


And Obama is wrong.  The US is a deadbeat nation.  We can ONLY pay our bills by BORROWING more.  To use Obama's anaolgy we can only pay our dinner tab if we call the bank and they grant him and increase in his credit limit.  Otherwise, he cannot pay.


Sorry Mr. Obama, but you cannot SPEND and BORROW your way out of DEBT.  The man is an imbecile.

Jan 16, 2013 8:41AM
Moon rocks,meteorites,comic strips and handbags..SERIOUSLY??? No thanks,I'll stick to gold,and I mean the hold it in your hand kind of gold.Look at golds history...wow! Not to mention it is almost impossible to damage or destroy.It has always been sought after...it will always be in demand,and as a last resort..you could melt it down for bullets!  All kidding aside..I see physical gold as the safest haven for accumulated wealth as it is internationally accepted as valuable and is easy to store and carry. 1 pound of gold certainly will be more effective (in case of economic turmoil) to trade with, rather than handbags. Who writes this crap??  
Did anyone else read the story about Germany demanding their many TONS of gold back from the U.S.? Tells me a lot about what others are thinking.  You can print all the money in the world,but there is only so much gold. Place your bets!
Jan 16, 2013 2:52AM
"So, with economic conditions stable, ..."

Jan 16, 2013 12:39PM
The price of gold is currently lower. Governments are printing money, devaluing their currency face value. China is amassing gold. Germany is bringing its gold back home. When you connect the dots the answer is very simple: buy.

Jan 16, 2013 4:10PM

I think I like guns, ammo and barbed wire over moon rocks ! 

Jan 16, 2013 9:33AM
These alternative "investments" are a joke.  But then we knew the whole article was a joke given the author's assessment of Europe and the global economy in general.  When FedEx told us a few months ago that their buisness was slowing down, it's a pretty good indicator that all is not well for the future of the global economy
Jan 16, 2013 10:33AM



Buddy, what ever your smoking, pass the dubie, I'd like a toke. Economic Conditions are far from stable and Europe is not under control. Wow, Gimme another toke! Cool, and pigs fly!


And while we are toking up, the Pot industry is looking up. Soon it will legal in every state looking for tax money. When they all see what CO and the other state I forget, bring in in taxes they will all legalize it. Gambling use to be a sin, now it is big business.


I'll keep my Gold. With Obozo and Helicopter Ben spending money that isn't there money, like drunken fools, Gold's gonna go up. I believe Gold is simply having a sale right now. And not to put to fine a point on this, Gold is a Precious Metal and so is Silver, Platinum, Paladium and Rhodium nothing wrong with buying any or all. Copper is looking good to me, but will have some bumps based on housing and China.


The rest of your ideas, well they ain't so hot!


I'm thinking Oil, Gas, Service, Pipelines, Drillers are all gonna be fine. And maybe the best one of all will be water industry stocks.


Only time will tell.

Jan 16, 2013 1:58PM

The author of this article is an idiot, this is nothing but a hack piece on Gold & Silver. Michael Brush is part of the propaganda machine trying to hold down the price of Gold and Silver to disguise the rampant devaluation of the dollar. The fact is that the Fed IS printing money out of thin air and that Gold and Silver are THE best hedge to the eventual collapse of the dollar as a result of the "QE to Eternity" insanity. As far as the author's recommendations...LOL!

1. Diamonds - Diamonds are common stones. Supply and prices are completely controlled by DeBeers! You'll only be able to sell at the wholesale price. 
2. Vintage art deco designer jewelry - You'll never be able to sell it at the price you bought it!
3. Moon rocks - Are you serious? Really grasping at straws putting something like this on this list!!!
4. Gibeon meteorites - [see #3]
5. Classic animation art - Good luck getting your money back. You'll end up selling it on ebay!
6. Luxury designer handbags - Only a Trashdashian would consider this an "investment"!
7. Platinum - As Gold goes...so goes Platinum! But less liquid when comes time to sell!
8. Palladium - As Gold goes...so goes Palladium! But even less liquid when comes time to sell!
9. Rhodium - As Gold goes...so goes Rhodium! But even more less liquid when comes time to sell!
10. Copper - As Gold goes...so goes Copper! Poor man's Gold, even poorer man's Silver!

Jan 15, 2013 8:54PM
You're wrong Michael.  Gold is still where it's at and this will be exponentially true in the next 2-4 years.  When the economy goes to hell, inflation runs rampant, and high interest rates bring down the stock, bond, and housing markets you need to revisit this column and see how wrong you were!
Jan 23, 2013 1:42PM
Jan 16, 2013 2:08PM
Once again we have living (printed) proof that nature abhors a vacuum.  Whomsoever is getting a paycheck to pen this drivel should really be ashamed beyond belief.   
Jan 23, 2013 1:58PM
Articles such as this are the reason I don't take MSN Money's advice...
Jan 15, 2013 11:07PM
t you can make right now is buy a gun.
Jan 16, 2013 3:54PM
With the exception of the metals listed, the rest of that list is a joke. Purses?! Really??? And metorites? C'mon! Precious metals with an industrial application make far more sense.
Jan 15, 2013 10:08PM

Gee, it takes about 157 pre-1981 pennies to make 1 lb. of copper worth $3.60.   That means if you seperate them out and melt them, you stand to make more that  $2 in profit.   Yes, it is illegal to destory the coins, but once they are melted down, who will know?   Plus the law probably is not constitutional anyway.


I would wager a way can be found to seperate out the copper coins from the copper plated zinc ones.  Someone will probably become wealthy melting these down. 



Jan 23, 2013 1:35PM

I will trade ya this gold coin for that red juicy steak and a bag of potatoes.. mummmm some butter too please.

Jan 16, 2013 10:29AM

A lot of these suggestions still are investing in metals, and probably good advise. However, gold is compact, and it is feasable to have a fair amount of it in a safe in your home should an emergency strike. It is readily tradeable, not something used for a production of some kind, or demanding a unique buyer. Having the metal in your possession is a choice of many for a lot of reasons.

And as earlier comments have stated, A PURSE, really!!! Would you really carry around a $60,000 purse? What happens when you drop it in a puddle or your toddler spills icecream on it. maybe these people have different lives than I do, but that's OK, no envy here!

Jan 16, 2013 3:47PM
Gold isn't  an investment.  When you convert back to cash you just got back the same "value" as you had before.    You think you are more wealthy because the "dollar" amount went up but you aren't.

Land produces crops or raises cattle.   It can be sold for its "value" later.
Rental house produce revenue in rent.   It can be sold for its "value" later.
A Business produces profit.  It can be sold for its "value" later.

Gold doesn't make you wealthy unless  you are selling it on TV.
Jan 15, 2013 8:54PM
With exception of copper the list of suggestions is not very practible if not just plain silly.  And I think risky.  The metals suggested have no particular drivers, could go up, could go down.  Copper is this way as well as the last year or so shows; however, copper is and will be used in great quantities for a long time.  Not recommending copper here either.    Ok, I just did not find the article useful for me.
Jan 16, 2013 10:17AM
At the rate we are destroying our environment we should probably invest in clean drinking water. It will soon be hard to come by.
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