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Things you can buy for an ounce of gold

Gold is widely considered a good investment to protect against inflation. But has gold really kept up with inflation, in terms of purchasing power? In 1932, 1 ounce of gold was worth about $20. At the time of writing in 2014, 1 ounce of gold is worth approximately $1,260. How does that translate into goods and services?

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In the 1930’s, you could buy the best quality men’s suit for $20 – about 1 ounce of gold. Today, you can buy a high-quality suit for about $1,000 – still about 1 ounce of gold.

In the 1960’s, the average rent in Burbank, California for a single person was about $60-$75 per month. Today, the average rent in Burbank, California is about $1,600 per month – about 3 ounces of gold then, and 1.5 ounces of gold now. Gold still keeps up with inflation.

Today, 3 ounces of gold will buy you a “fully-loaded” Macbook Pro. Unfortunately, you couldn’t buy a Macbook Pro in the 1930’s. However, you could buy a Remington Portable Typewriter for $60 dollars – or about 3 ounces of gold.