Simon Mikhailovich emigrated from the Soviet Union at the age of 19 with his family and just $100 in a suitcase. After putting himself through college he began a career in finance. Eventually, he found himself at the leading edge of the development of the financial derivatives that would be at the center of the great financial crisis. Upon successfully navigating those rough investing waters, he turned his attention to effectively hedging risk in an era of mass financialization. Today he manages the Tocqueville Bullion Reserve, a limited partnership focusing on the efficient ownership of physical gold. In this conversation, we discuss the end of the great debt super cycle, its implications for both financial assets and real assets and how gold represents the ultimate insurance policy during this time of growing uncertainty. Below are a few links related to our discussion:
- Follow Simon on twitter @S_Mikhailovich.
- Visit the Tocqueville Bullion Reserve website.
- Watch his TEDx presentation: Safeguarding Your Money In Uncertain Times.
- Money For Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve
- Chart of the historical ratio of financial assets to real assets
- Chart of gold as a percent of the U.S. monetary base
- John Law and the Mississippi bubble