Owning fungible gold and silver bullion gives you liquidity similar to cash since precious metals are widely recognized and traded everywhere in the world. And their value will endure long after any online fads have fizzled.
North America relies heavily on foreign supplies of critical minerals — the raw materials it needs to become a leader in high technology, transportation, energy, and defense. Materials like lithium, graphite, and tin.
Nothing is said about the Bank for International Settlements, which provides camouflage for that intervention and whose surreptitious activity in the gold market on behalf of its central bank members is now at a record level.