I tried to post this on the other thread, but there was some sort of computer problem. When I hit submit, it said that my post was too long. Then when I tried to go back, the entire post was lost. Good thing I had copied the whole thing over to Word in order to do a grammar check. So I'm posting this in two parts... Part One: LOL indeed. Besides, if you are going to make a conspiracy theory, at least make it a good one... The stock market will not crash. The stock market crashed in 1929. Shortly thereafter, in 1933, President Roosevelt signed an executive order that basically made it illegal to own gold. The next steps involved the government taking possession of this gold while issuing paper currency that was based on a gold ratio, i.e. the gold standard. For example, one troy ounce of gold existed for every $35 in circulation. This effectively put a fix on the price of gold as well. Then in 1971, President Nixon abolished the gold standard in favor of a floating, fiat currency. A few years later, it was once again legal to own gold, and the price of gold began to climb steadily and dramatically. Now the government can just print more money, but this money really has little or no intrinsic value. Nevertheless, gold is actually quite impractical. Gold does not earn interest. In fact, gold poses several storage problems, and it is also difficult to transport, especially across borders. It is also difficult to use gold for purchases. For example, you might start out with gold coins, but pretty soon you are cutting them in half and half again. It is messy and inaccurate. Furthermore, while the price of gold does increase, this is a somewhat difficult concept to understand. Gold does not necessarily increase in value; gold increases in price. It is more accurate to say that the currency used to purchase this gold decreases in value, thus more currency must be used to purchase the same amount of gold. Also, the world population continues to increase at a rate that exceeds the rate of gold levels. For example, the world population may double in number, but it is very, very, very unlikely that new mining efforts will yield a double in the existing supply of gold. And it also becomes more and more expensive to pursue, mine, and extract the few remaining sources of raw gold. Like any other form of payment, gold only has the value that people attach or assign to it. What is gold? Only metal. What are dollars? Only paper. The only difference is that it is rather easy to produce more and more and more paper dollars through the printing process, but the amount of gold is relatively fixed in quantity. Not to mention that all previous attempts at alchemy have failed, which basically means that it is much easier to counterfeit paper money than gold. Nevertheless, gold is only a metal, and a rather impractical metal at that. When the average person sees what is happening in the world and with the economy, it would be easy to assume that the stock market would be headed for a crash. But stocks are dollar denominated assets. Meanwhile, the government continues to run up enormous debts to the point that these debts will be almost impossible to repay. Not to mention that the government seems absolutely unconcerned about these spending practices. No worries at all.