3. Yes, Gold and silver will always remain currency no matter how bad things get. (And they're going to get BAD. Apocalypse bad) Gold and silver will buy the things you NEED to survive. The dollar will be toilet paper. Remember currency is only good if it's accepted by people with things you need. There are already places in the US that use their own currency, not the dollar. In those places the dollar is nothing more than paper. Gold and silver will be accepted anywhere for anything because it can be transferred into any currency past, present, or future. 4. The dollar is already on track to lose status as the fall back currency for the world. The dollar WILL fall. Yes I'm a bit pessimistic, but I prefer to call it being realistic. And prepared. I buy precious metals as a future currency, not an investment.