Egon von Greyerz and Matthew Piepenburg discuss recent, headline-making swings in the global gold market and political landscape. Toward this end, Matthew borrows from his background in the public markets to contextualize growing indicators of distortive investor behavior. Specifically, Matthew addresses the staggering yet otherwise misunderstood forces of risk, inflation and debt influencing investors at the open of 2021. Turning toward the lessons of history as well as the surreal trend of current events, Egon touches upon the continuing as well as historically unsurprising trends of ongoing debt levels and currency debasement as well as the all-to-familiar behavior of bullion banks interfering in the paper gold market, and hence, gold pricing.