Last year, silver demand and investment broke a number of records thanks to the temporary correction in its price. It appears that this trend is not about it reverse. There has been a variety of news suggesting that both investment and industrial silver demand is going to remain strong for a while. Today we’ll take a brief look at investment demand.
In a recent press release, The Silver Institute projected that investment demand for silver is likely to increase by one billion ounces over the next ten years.
Independent financial journalist Lars Schall interviewed Keith Barron, an exploration geologist and mining entrepreneur with 30 years experience in the industry. Barron believes we’ve seen “peak gold,” which is the point when overall world gold production begins to decline.
Barron emphasizes what a hard time it is for mining companies, but also stresses how dependent the gold price is on paper gold investments. He reasons that this will change, and physical gold will return to power in the coming years when the world realizes that there is more physical gold promised to ETF investors than actually exists. What to do? Buy physical gold and silver now, before it shoots up to $5000 or higher. Enjoy the interview, with a partial transcription below.
Last month we reminded you of the upcoming “Save Our Swiss Gold” initiative in Switzerland. This is a direct democracy vote in Switzerland that, if passed, would force the Swiss government to amend its constitution with respect to the way the Swiss National Bank (SNB) operates. These are the major points:
Switzerland used to be the first country that came to mind when it came to stable currencies and gold holdings. But things have really gone down hill since the turn of the millennium, as you can see in the chart below. It shows the dramatic amount of gold the SNB has sold off since 2000 – well over half of its holdings.
Rick Santelli interviewed Peter Schiff on CNBC’s Santelli Exchange yesterday. Their brief conversation got right to the heart of America’s economic problems. While Santelli seems to agree that the Federal Reserve cannot successfully unwind its quantitative easing programs, he asks Peter to focus on the seeming improvements in the economy in the past couple years. Peter helps connect the dots, showing that both the supposed recovery and the coming crash are direct results of the Fed’s cheap money. Enjoy the full transcript below the video.
On Friday, Fox Business spoke with Peter Schiff about the latest economic analysis from the Federal Reserve. Richard Fisher, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, believes that the US economy is improving and that interest rates will be raised beginning in 2015. Peter, on the other hand, points out that Fed officials are either incompetent or lying.
Watch the video below and scroll down for a transcript of Peter’s comments.
Peter Schiff has been one of the few voices of reason warning that the Federal Reserve is going to re-start its quantitative easing by mid-2015, as well as keep interest rates at zero until there is a currency crisis. With the recent market turmoil, economists around the world are beginning to realize that Peter is right – more QE is needed. Even St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard says that another round of quantitative easing might be in order. In an interview on Bloomberg, Bullard said:
Is the world waking up to the economic reality Peter Schiff has been warning about all year long? With the current chaos in the stock market and rise in the price of gold, mainstream commentators and economists around the world are starting to wonder if stocks really are in bubble territory. All sorts of technical indicators are driving speculative investors to seek the safe-haven of gold. Take a look at some of these ominous indicators highlighted by the Economic Collapse Blog:
- The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite experienced the worst three-day decline since 2011.
- The price of oil is plummeting, which happened just before the 2008 financial crisis. Oil hasn’t been this cheap for two years.
- The Volatility Index (VIX) is at its highest since the European debt crisis, indicating a lots and lots of fear on Wall Street.
Greg Hunter of USAWatchdog interview Jim Rickards, author of The Death of Money. While they began by talking about the Islamic State and United States foreign policy, they moved on to discuss the possible “black swan” events that could crash the global markets. Rickards prefers the metaphor of the snowflake and the avalanche to that of the black swan, because he believes it is very easy to understand that a collapse is inevitable. The foundation of the avalanche is already there, but the snowflake that will trigger that avalanche could come unexpectedly. His number one piece of advice for investors is to buy physical gold and silver.
Enjoy the video below, and scroll down to see read some highlights from the interview.
Peter Schiff highlights the differences between the Chinese and American economies. More importantly, he explains why China doesn’t want the rest of the world to know how much gold it owns or intends to buy.
Back in September, Peter Schiff was interviewed by Anthony Wile of The Daily Bell. We posted a segment of the interview last week. In this second part, Peter elaborates on the true drivers of the American economy, his strategy for physical precious metals investment, the war on drugs, and the economic troubles of Europe.
Daily Bell: What’s driving the market – fundamentals? We think it’s almost purely monetary policy these days.
Peter Schiff: It’s just cheap money. That’s all that’s driving it. It’s inflation. You can say to some degree it’s about earnings, but earnings are a function of share buybacks. Companies are buying back stock and they only can afford to do that because they can borrow so cheaply, so it’s stock buybacks that are driving earnings from share growth, not topline revenue growth. And of course, the other thing that’s sustaining earnings is that corporate debt service is so low. Despite a record amount of debt on corporate balance sheets, their debt service costs are so low that’s adding to their earnings. That’s the same thing that’s happening with the federal government. Despite the fact that we have a record national debt, the interest payments that we make per year are lower than we made in Ronald Reagan’s presidency, even though the debt was a fraction of its current size and that’s because the carrying costs are so low. I recently completed a 30-page report on this topic called “Taxed By Debt”, with a lot more information than we have time to go into here.