Part of what we try to do at Coin Trader and on the Mind Your Money blog is to provide advance warning of external factors that may not seem to be investment-related at first glance, but which are in fact absolutely vital for investors.
One of the issues that we are following closely is the simmering conflict over Iran’s nuclear program.
We do not examine this conflict from a political standpoint, but rather strictly from an economic and investment standpoint. No matter what your view of Iran, its nuclear program, Israel or a possible US response, you MUST NOT ignore the possibility that a crisis could erupt over Iran’s uranium enrichment activity.
That means you must prepare ahead of time by diversifying into gold investments, something we deal with regularly.
But what types of conditions are likely to result from a crisis involving Iran?
Obviously, no one has a crystal ball, but a new report issued by a bipartisan association of national security and economic experts predicts extremely chaotic conditions. Here are a few of the highlights:
• The price of a gallon of gasoline in the USA could climb by an additional $2.75 per gallon
• Inflation would increase to 5%, far above current levels.
• The US would be plunged into a recession, with 5 million jobs being lost.
In other words, an Iran armed with nuclear weapons would touch off a bout of 1970s-style stagflation.
Investors must be aware that in the 197os stagflation, the price of gold tripled and the stock market plunged by 45%.