Record High Gold Prices Highlight U.K.'s Bad Bet
Former U.K. finance minister Gordon Brown's decision to sell off part of the government's gold reserves twelve years ago has proved to be an unfortunate move in the history of British Finance.
By David Turner
Financial markets have a nasty habit of proving eminently logical decisions utterly wrong.
Take the 1999 decision by Gordon Brown, the British Finance minister at the time, to sell more than half his governments gold reserves. The right of currency holders to turn paper into gold at central banks had long since ceased ending golds special position as a form of reserve currency and removing an essential reason for governments to keep it. All things considered, Lenins famous suggestion that all gold should be melted down to build....