The idea is ludicrous.
I do not blame ZH, he has a business model of posting controversial stories regardless of source. Who am I to argue with that business model?
The original story comes from Simon Black at Sovereign man. The "another billionaire" story also comes from Simon Black.
One does not have to read the articles to understand how absurd the headlines are.
Nearly every ounce of gold ever mined is still in existence.
Thus, the physical supply of gold increases every year. Yes, the profitably-mineable gold diminishes every year, but the actual physical supply rises every year.
Why? unlike silver and copper, gold is not used up. It accumulates.
There is no shortage of gold.
The higher the price of gold, the more gold can be extracted. At $10,000 an ounce (not a prediction), the amount of in-ground gold will jump significantly.
The in-ground value is meaningless to the discussion actually. The significant fact is the supply of gold is $190,000 tons and rising.
Anyone who believes we are "running out of gold" is totally clueless. Moreover, spreading falsehoods to support of one's position never does any long-term good.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock