The year 2020 is now behind us, please find a graph showing the loss of value of the major currencies against gold over time.
This is probably a chart that no Central Bank will produce.
The Swiss Franc, the less worst currency in the world, has lost 93.6% of its value during the last 120 years.
The German Mark (now Euro), fell and reached twice ZERO during this period.
From 1948, It is the less bad currency with a loss versus gold at around 95.5%.
As for the American Dollar (USD), first reserve currency, its loss of value reaches 98.9%.
Who is saying that gold is babarous relic ? Who is saying that gold is not a safe haven ? Who is saying gold is not a currency ?
But the final question remains : “How to preserve your purchasing power over time ?”
Then Buy Gold or at minimum gold stocks.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you would like some gold stocks ideas
Before talking about currencies, we must have a quick look at some important dates :
-1850, replacement of provincial currencies by the Swiss Franc (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_franc)
-1907, Creation of the Swiss National Bank (SNB).
-1926, End of the latine monetary union. Only CHF has an legal price in Switzerland (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_Monetary_Union)
-1931, Bimetallism is abandoned, and the Swiss Franc is only defined using the gold price (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bimetallism)
-1936, 30% Swiss Franc devaluation compared to gold (https://snb.ch/en/mmr/reference/festschrift_summ/source/festschrift_summ.en.pdf)
-1971, end of convertibility of USD in gold
-1973, end of fixed currencies exchange rate system
On the following graph, we can notice that the purchasing power of currencies faced a huge decrease over time.
However Swiss Franc was (is) worldwide considered as a very strong currency !
It is easy to imagine how much purchasing power the other currencies have lost in the mean time (my old articles : 200 years of Sterling Pound VS French Franc et 200 years of French Franc vs Swiss Franc )
And the evolution of the USD against CHF on a 200 years period and the gold price in CHF on the same long time frame
After reading this article, only a Central Banker can tell you that paper money is what you must hold.
I am hearing about purchasing power for ages (especially on French TV) !
Happy paper investing
PS: here are all my english articles https://www.crottaz-finance.ch/blog/category/english/
PS 2: Thanks to the my friend who contributed to help me in writing this article