Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I bet EF Hutton never gave advice like this

Tyler Cowen gets this question:
Suppose you were given a large amount of money (say $10 million) and you wanted to make sure that you would remain (relatively) wealthy in as many future states of the world as possible. Where would you invest it? Remote arable land? Organizing a cult of followers?
To which he replies:
If you have $10 million, the safest thing to do is to diversify across currencies, buy government securities of various kinds, hold $1.5 million in gold, and otherwise not invest at all. Oh yes, invest in some cheap hobbies. In a real crunch remote land is worthless -- transport costs -- and your cult followers are as likely to betray you as not.
Creed's advice for aspiring cult leaders:

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