[Editor's note: the following is a cross post by Jeff Cox that originally appeared on CNBC.com]:
Ron Paul loves gold, which probably won't come as that much of a surprise to the retired Texas congressman's acolytes.
But how much the firebrand populist and former presidential candidate embraces the yellow metal could strike some as a bit -- extreme.
Paul's investment portfolio is dedicated almost solely to hard assets, with 64 percent in gold and silver miners, 21 percent in real estate and 15 percent in cash, according to an analysis from the StreetAuthority blog.
Here's the former congressman discussing a possible "explosion" in gold:
The other one percent? An allocation to stocks, but on the short side in a bet against the equity markets.
StreetAuthority's Michael Vodicka concludes:
If you are concerned (about) the Fed's recent actions, weakness in the dollar and inflation, then it's time to take a page from Ron Paul's portfolio and consider gold and silver miners. And while I wouldn't recommend the same allocation as Paul has, I do like Barrick and Silver Wheaton for most portfolios.
The former Texas congressman is considered a political renegade, fueling what some analysts call the craziest portfolio they have ever seen.
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