Introducing NatGold Part 2: Towards a Gold-Backed Token with Unlimited Value

Brian Hicks

Written By Brian Hicks

Posted May 15, 2024

Dear Reader,

My colleague Jason Williams and myself have been slowly introducing you to a new variant of cryptocurrency, called NatGold, a reference to “Nature’s Gold.”

Recently, the principals of the International NatGold Council in Switzerland interviewed me to get my thoughts on this revolutionary and exciting new idea and asset class. 

I feel like this is something you should read and learn about because in keeping with our tradition of being ahead of the curve in many investment trends, NatGold stands to become a game-changer.

So without further ado, enjoy this interview (I have bolded my answers to help highlight my responses from the questions):

The International NatGold Council Interview with Legendary Visionary, Futurist and Investor, Brian Hicks

INTRODUCTION: For nearly 30 years, Brian Hicks, a founding member of Angel Publishing, has distinguished himself as a visionary in recognizing and capitalizing on America’s dynamic economic shifts. He shocked Wall Street when he predicted the end of cheap, easy to get oil in 2004 that led to the boom in revolutionary, new drilling technologies called fracking and horizontal fracturing being deployed in the legacy oilfields of the Bakken, Permian and Eagleford, to name a few.

Those new drilling technologies unleashed an ocean of American oil that was once too expensive and technically too difficult to get. So much oil was produced from fracking, that it pushed the United States of America to become the #1 oil producer on the planet. His insights into the “Age of Peak Oil” also led to the boom in electric vehicles and renewable energy. After Peak Oil, Brian’s next predictions led his followers to profit handsomely from the burgeoning and emerging markets of cryptocurrencies and cannabis. 

Nicknamed “the Prophet of Profit,” Hicks has adeptly predicted trends that have yielded significant investment opportunities. His acumen for identifying the next big thing has made him a regular feature on CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox News, cementing his reputation as the “Bull on America.”

With a keen eye on disruptive technologies and a solid background in Political Science, History and Philosophy from the University of Baltimore, Hicks has authored pivotal works, including “Profit from the Peak: The End of Oil and the Greatest Investment Event of the Century,” forecasting the decline of cheap oil. 

His next soon-to-be-released book — “A Powerful Profit Hurricane is Forming Right Now: Discover 3 Ways You Can Profit from the Coming NatGold Super Trend” unveils the launch of the new cryptocurrency, NatGold.

His insights continue to guide investors through the complexities of the market as the managing editor of The Wealth Advisory, R.I.C.H. Report and a weekly contributor to Wealth Daily, leveraging his vast network of influential contacts for insider perspectives on global economic trends.

INC: Welcome, Brian. It’s a pleasure to have you here, sharing your insights on the burgeoning NatGold industry. First, let’s start by learning more about Angel Publishing and your role within the organization.

Brian Hicks: Thank you for having me. Angel Publishing was founded in 2004 as an investment research firm that prides itself on identifying and capitalizing on the most lucrative trends in the market before they become mainstream.

I like to tell our readers that we are herd leaders… that we typically get to the good grass first. We’ve built our reputation by navigating through sectors such as renewable energy, electric vehicles, and, of course, digital currencies. For instance, we were talking about Bitcoin as a game changer in the currency markets as early as 2010.

As a founding member of Angel Publishing, I’ve had the unique opportunity to lead our exploration into these emerging markets. My role involves not just identifying potential investment opportunities but also understanding the broader economic and technological shifts that underpin these trends.

This allows us to offer our subscribers not just insights into where to invest but why certain sectors hold the promise for substantial returns. My work, in essence, is about predicting the future of the market based on analysis, and leveraging the collective expertise of our team.

With Angel Publishing, we aim to demystify complex investment landscapes for our readers, making it easier for them to see the potential where others may not. Our goal is to empower investors by providing them with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed decisions, and ultimately, to profit from the next big thing.

INC: Angel Publishing is recognized in the financial publishing sphere for its contrarian stance and firm belief in free market principles, leading you to be outspoken critics of fiat money and the Federal Reserve system. Could you elaborate on your perspective?

Brian Hicks: Angel Publishing views fiat money, especially the US dollar as the global reserve currency, as being in a precarious position. The detachment of the US dollar from gold backing has allowed central bankers and politicians the unchecked freedom to print limitless amounts of money, supported only by the holder’s faith, devoid of any intrinsic value.

Many are unaware that the US dollar is essentially a debt note, not backed by any tangible assets. History has repeatedly shown that fiat currency systems eventually collapse. A stark illustration of this is the collapse of the German Mark in 1923, where the exchange rate soared to one trillion Marks for one US dollar, devastating one of the world’s leading industrial nations.

This led to widespread social chaos and economic ruin. I fear that the US dollar is on the brink of a similar collapse, potentially leading to a disaster far surpassing the German experience.

INC: Given the historical context, what do you see as a potential trigger for a hyperinflationary event akin to what occurred in Germany?

Brian Hicks: The pivotal factor could be a swift erosion of confidence in the currency itself. In today’s digital era, people are interconnected as never before, engaging in millions of conversations across blogs, social media, and various online platforms.

Unlike the era before the internet, these dialogues largely escape centralized control. However, there’s a growing movement towards regulating these spaces, as political forces aim to curb the free exchange of ideas that challenge centralized systems, including the framework of central banking and the U.S. dollar itself.

The critique against fiat currency is gaining momentum, paralleled by a swell of dissatisfaction as individuals grapple with understanding why their cost of living is escalating and their dollar’s purchasing power is diminishing.

Upon uncovering the truth, they recognize that the fiat system, particularly the U.S. dollar, rests solely on collective belief. It’s a system that remains viable only as long as this belief is maintained. This revelation bears a striking resemblance to the mechanics of a Ponzi scheme, doesn’t it?

INC: Gold has been a reliable store of value and a cornerstone of human economic progress for over 6,000 years, serving as the naturally selected medium of exchange. What led to its decline as a monetary asset?

Brian Hicks: That’s an insightful question. The shift away from gold as a monetary standard can be traced back to the hardships of the Great Depression. With the American public suffering, the economy at a standstill, and hope fading fast, there was a clamor for the government to take action.

This environment paved the way for critics of gold-backed currency, like the British economist John Maynard Keynes, to advocate for severing the link between gold and the US dollar. Their argument was that gold’s inelasticity restricted the Federal Reserve’s ability to expand the money supply to stimulate economic growth.

They were correct to a degree; increasing gold production to match monetary expansion needs is a slow process, which conflicts with the desires of politicians and central bankers to rapidly inflate the money supply.

Advocates for gold-backed currency warned that moving away from a gold standard would detach the dollar from its intrinsic value, leading to its devaluation and harming those who relied on it as a store of wealth through eroding purchasing power.

The Keynesian perspective eventually prevailed, leading to significant policy changes. One pivotal moment was on April 5, 1933, when President Franklin Roosevelt required citizens to exchange gold coins and certificates for paper currency, under the threat of severe penalties. This was part of the Emergency Banking Act, which set the stage for a diminished role of gold in the monetary system.

However, the full separation of gold from monetary policy came with President Richard Nixon’s decision on August 15, 1971, to end the dollar’s convertibility into gold, effectively rendering the dollar a fiat currency. This move allowed for unchecked inflation of the dollar by political and banking interests, leading to a continuous decline in its purchasing power.

It’s no surprise that, half a century later, we are observing a growing loss of confidence in the global fiat money system and the decline of the US dollar.

But I have to tell you: When push comes to shove and the world is facing down the barrel of a full-blown financial crisis, gold is always the safe-have asset everyone wants. We saw it after the crash in 2000, the terrorist attacks on 9/11, and the housing boom and bust that led to a global meltdown in the credit markets through 2005 to 2009.

During that period of uncertainty and chaos, gold rose over 600%. And it’s happening again. And the canary in the coal mine, if you will, is the behavior of central banks. And I’m not talking about  them printing endless rivers of money. I’m talking about how central banks around the globe are buying and hoarding gold in record-setting amounts.

Just last year in 2023, the Chinese central bank purchased another record amount of gold, nearly increasing their total reserves by almost 50% just in the last few years. That’s huge. And that’s telling.

INC: We argue that gold is the natural choice to back a digital asset and serve as a medium of exchange. However, we do not see physically extracted gold serving that monetary role in this evolving ESG-conscious era. Would you agree?

Brian Hicks: The question is indeed a good one, and I must say, being a long-time crusader in favor of gold, it took me some time to realize that the production of gold is truly the knife in its monetary back (to borrow from one of your writings). It’s a reality that people are no longer willing to turn a blind eye to the negative environmental and social impacts associated with the extraction of gold.

Clearly, the available places where one can obtain a production permit are shrinking as the voices of opposition to its extraction have been rising. All one has to do is look at what happened recently in Panama, where the country was literally shut down for months as the public protested against the issuance of mining permits.

The government capitulated and issued a moratorium against the issuance of any new mining permits, literally stopping the extraction of any further gold resources in its tracks.

And Panama is far from alone. Countries worldwide, especially in Latin America, are closing the mine permitting window as the power of ESG activists globally rises. This obviously further exacerbates gold’s production inelasticity, one of the chief arguments utilized against it historically.

And while I’m not necessarily in agreement with a lot of the environmental arguments, I can see the reality on the ground for what it is, and rising ESG consciousness is here to stay, and with it, more and more certified gold deposits will remain stranded.

In summary, I do not see physical gold regaining its position as a monetary unit.

INC: Here at the International NatGold Council, we are championing NatGold as the natural evolution of gold to serve as a reliable store of value and resurrect its historical monetary role. Are you familiar with the concept?

Brian Hicks: I sure am. Initially, I was quite skeptical when I first heard about the idea. However, the more I delved into the concept of digitally mining gold while leaving it securely in the earth, the more intrigued I became.

The pivotal moment for me was grasping the real significance of National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) certified gold resources. Once I understood that the entire financial world relies on these independently audited geological reports to decide the economic viability of extracting this or that gold deposit, the lights came on.

These reports measure the existence of gold; they are the gold standard on which all mine financing decisions are based. I like to say they are as good as gold because they are.

They are the anchor of trust the whole world depends upon. In fact, any publicly traded mining company on NASDAQ, New York, or Toronto stock exchanges cannot publicly report gold resources unless they are independently audited and reported in the form of an NI 43-101 report.

Given that the world is quickly shutting its doors to permitting new mines, this digital mining concept is like a lifeline to a drowning industry. I’ve personally observed as gold exploration companies have suffered from an ever-decreasing amount of financial investment interest.

This is also detrimental to the gold producers who rely on the junior gold explorers to make new discoveries, which they then acquire and bring into production. However, the entire industry is in decline from one end to the other.

So, not only do I understand the value capture model of digitally mining NI 43-101 certified gold resources, but I also see it as an industry-saving, ESG-friendly model. Furthermore, the supply elasticity NatGold introduces effectively counters one of the primary monetary criticisms historically leveraged by Keynesians against gold.

This elasticity is also a stark contrast to Bitcoin’s inelastic supply, which limits its expansion capabilities. NatGold addresses this challenge by incorporating supply-side control mechanisms into the tokenization process, adjusting the supply to precisely match market demand.

Given the vast quantity of certified, yet non-producing, gold resources, the supply for NatGold is virtually limitless. This unique approach not only ensures an environmentally responsible solution but also guarantees a stable and secure supply chain for NatGold, aligning perfectly with modern market demands and sustainability goals.

INC: To the best of our knowledge, your group is the first major financial intelligence publisher to fully support the concept of NatGold and its investment potential. Could you share some of your insights from an investment perspective? How big of a financial opportunity to do you see NatGold?

Brian Hicks: I see three major investment trends converging into one big investment trend. We’ve written a fair amount about this convergence of gold, ESG and digital assets into a super trend in our Wealth Daily publication.

First, is the emergence of a new gold bull market. The yellow metal has recently broken above some key resistance levels, most notably the $2,000 level. Based on my technical analysis — and this is based on the historical moves gold has made in previous bull markets like the one we saw in 2001 to 2011 — I see gold comfortably above $9,000. But truthfully, I see gold going well above the $10,000 an ounce.

Some of our analysts — namely our investment expert Jason Williams who used to work on Wall Street before coming to Angel Publishing — sees gold trading above $15,000 for reasons I’m about to explain. But let me be upfront: Gold won’t hit these levels anytime soon. At Angel we see the gold bull market playing out for years to come. It’s going to be one of those generational, wealth-building opportunities when you can back up the truck, so to speak.

The second major investment trend we see converging is this continued bull market is cryptocurrencies. I have to tell you, and I’m kicking myself in the butt for this, but when we first started covering Bitcoin as an investment opportunity back in 2010 and 2011 when it was trading for less than $100, we never dreamt it would be trading where it is today, at $70,000. But the fact that Bitcoin is trading for $70,000 should tell you that 1) there’s a huge appetite for alternative assets versus the US dollar; 2) crypto is being adopted as a form of commerce — people can buy and sell things with it and 3) this bull market still has a long way to run.

The third investment trend that we see cementing this convergence was the recent announcement by the huge Hong Kong-based bank HSBC’s announcement that it had launched a gold-back token.

For years, I’ve been asking Bitcoin experts and investors “what is Bitcoin worth? Is it worth $50? $500? Or $500,000?” What’s backing Bitcoin? Nobody can give me an answer that satisfies me. This can lead to some seriously, stomach-turning swings in its price. As you may remember, the price of Bitcoin went from $65,000 in late 2021 to all the way down to below $16,000 by late 2022. It was a mind-blowing decline of 75% in just twelve months.

Many cryptocurrency investors and companies went bankrupt. And of course, we had the FTX scandal, and its founder Sam Bankman Fried is sitting in a prison cell right now.

What we need is a cryptocurrency that’s pegged to a real-world asset, like the price of gold.

And that’s why I’m so excited by the creation of NatGold. NatGold, for me, is the realization of a time-honored asset that everyone on this planet knows, uses, and invests in, coupled with a modern-day asset platform in cryptocurrency and blockchain.

It’s literally the best of both worlds.

And true to Angel Publishing’s reputation of getting into trends well before the mainstream and Wall Street, we are getting our members into NatGold well before the herd.

Do you remember what I said earlier in this interview? I told you that Angel Publishing is a herd leader, we get to the good grass first. Well, NatGold is a massive pasture of some of the best grazing grass of this decade!

INC: What do you see as the biggest risk to NatGold gaining mainstream traction?

Brian Hicks: The fact that for the NatGold industry to truly work, it requires legislative policy support. While I see this as a challenge, initially, I don’t view it as a significant risk.

Politicians aim for reelection, and the best way to achieve that is by finding innovative ways to boost state revenues and create jobs. Doing both in an ESG-friendly manner is even more appealing.

Examining the benefits of establishing NatGold-friendly legislative policies, as highlighted by your team, it’s clear there are no losers in this equation. It’s a rare scenario where everyone wins. I’ll leave it to the readers to explore the benefits of NatGold detailed on your website, as this interview is becoming quite lengthy.

INC: Thanks Brian, it’s been a pleasure to speak with you and hear your views.

Brian Hicks: The pleasure’s been all mine.


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Brian is a founding member and President of Angel Publishing. He writes about general investment strategies for Wealth Daily and Energy & Capital. For more on Brian, take a look at his editor’s page.

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