Despite reputation, gold is no safe haven: Gartman

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Buy gold if you like, but don't think it's part of building a safety net in your portfolio.

That's the message from Dennis Gartman, the widely followed Gartman Letter author and hedge fund manager, who said Monday that the widely popular yellow metal is also generally misunderstood even by the people who swear by it.

"It's the dumbest commodity in the history of man," Gartman said during the IndexUniverse Inside Commodities Conference in New York. "It's a currency, not a commodity. If it is understood as a currency, it is easier to understand what gold is."