I have worked on Wall Street my entire life, and one thing I've learned is that large institutional investors, like pension funds and endowments, rarely veer from the herd. They manage too much of other people's money to stick their necks out alone – if their investments go bad, at least they can point to everyone else who fared just as poorly.
For this reason, these funds are often lagging in their perception of crucial market changes – changes such as a doomed currency. While many of us are buying precious metals to hedge against the collapse of the dollar, gold and silver have been taboo investments on Wall Street for years. Fund managers are taught that gold is a "barbarous relic" – much better to stick with government bonds and blue-chip stocks. That's what everyone else is doing.
But there are early signs that the herd is changing direction.
THE CURRENCY THAT CAN'T BE PRINTED
In a remarkably under-reported story, the University of Texas' endowment fund – the second largest in the country, after Harvard's – added about half of a billion dollars worth of gold to its portfolio just this month, on top of the half-billion it purchased several months prior.