Thought Leadership

On Optimism

By Kenneth E. Lee on October 2, 2017

“The man who isn’t a pessimist is a damned fool.” – Mark Twain Is the grizzled, cynical investor the more successful one?  Are his cynicism and negativity a sign of intelligence and experience? Do we perceive the pessimistic person as more intelligent than the optimistic one, and if so what relevance does this have to …

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Fortifications

By Kenneth E. Lee on December 1, 2017

San Antonio, Texas, was the site of a thirteen day siege of the Alamo Mission by Mexican troops in 1836. The men defending the Alamo fought for independence from Mexico. In the months prior to this siege, Texian (Texan) soldiers had successfully driven Mexican troops out of Texas, creating great hope and enthusiasm for the independence cause. Thus, the Battle of the Alamo was a shock: the few Texan combatants who surrendered on …

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Reflections on the Past as Prologue

By Joseph Piropato on January 3, 2018

At the beginning of a New Year there is a tendency, particularly among Wall Street prognosticators, to review the recent past and extrapolate its trends into the near future. At this time twelve months ago  many were projecting a continuation of slow but steady growth for the economy, perhaps a little better than that due …

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Tocqueville Gold Strategy Fourth Quarter 2017 Investor Letter

By John Hathaway on January 3, 2018

Gold: Connecting the Dots Gold rose 11.63% in US dollar terms in 2017, an excellent year for the metal.  More important, it has been the top-performing asset since the dawn of radical monetary experimentation by world central banks in 2000 (better than equities, bonds, and other key commodities).  The US dollar, anointed “King Dollar” by …

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It’s Never Too Early

It’s Never Too Early

By Michael Meltzer on March 24, 2014

Roth 401(k)s and Other Fun Stuff As one of the younger portfolio managers at Tocqueville, I tend to focus a lot of my time on developing investment strategies for my peers. Unfortunately, most people don’t start thinking about their retirement until they are in their forties. Better late than never, but I believe there is …

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