Gold surged passed another key level this week, breaking above $1,800 an ounce for the first time since 2011. And the yellow metal is pulling silver up along with it. What’s driving precious metals higher? And can we expect this bull run to continue? In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap podcast, host Mike Maharrey takes a close look at both the gold and silver markets – what’s driving them and where they might be heading next, and why this is different than 2011. He also touches on the escalating war on cash.
Gold-backed ETFs closed out the first half of 2020 with their seventh consecutive month of inflows and significantly above the highest level of annual inflows, both in tonnage and US dollar terms.
Globally, gold-backed funds added 104 tons of gold to their holdings in June. Global holdings now stand at an all-time high of 3,621 tons, according to the latest data from the World Gold Council.
Gold has pierced another significant level, pushing above $1,800 an ounce on Wednesday. That’s the highest spot price for gold since 2011.
Breaking through $1,800 was a significant move for the yellow metal, but during his podcast earlier this week – before gold breached that level – Peter Schiff said he thinks gold has a long way to run up, and he explained why the dynamics are different now than the last time gold was above $1,800.
Bailouts are the name of the game right now. It seems like everybody is in line for a bailout. Airlines. Movie theaters. Small businesses. Hospitals. Not to mention the fact that the Federal Reserve has resorted to directly buying corporate debt.
Conventional wisdom tells us this is necessary. After all, the government shutdown put tremendous stress on businesses. Doesn’t the government have a responsibility to help them out?
Last month we reported that the Chinese government has launched a pilot program for a digital version of the yuan. The virtual currency ups the ante in the war on cash and creates the potential for the government to track and even control consumer spending.
China isn’t alone in using COVID-19 as an excuse to push people away from physical cash. Other countries are pushing narratives to drive the movement toward a completely digital economy – one where governments can track and even control what we buy. The war on cash has been going on for years, but the pandemic has put efforts on hyperdrive.
Peter Schiff has called the Federal Reserve’s response to the economic meltdown “a monetary hail mary.” The central bank has printed trillions of dollars out of thin air through QE infinity, taking the Great Recession quantitative easing programs and putting them on steroids. And the Fed has gone beyond the “standard” extraordinary policy of the 2008 crisis, plunging its hands into the corporate bond market.
Peter has argued that none of this is actually helping the economy. In fact, it’s hurting, furthering distorting an already over-leveraged economy.
On June 9, the national debt surged above $26 trillion. Just over one month before that, the debt eclipsed $25 trillion. And 28 days before that, the national debt stood at a mere $24 million. May’s budget shortfall came in at a staggering $398.8 billion, pushing the fiscal 2020 deficit to $1.88 trillion
And there is no end to the borrowing and spending in sight.
Gold just finished Q2 at its highest level in over 8 years, wrapping up its best quarter since 2016. The Fed monetary policy in response to the coronavirus pandemic has put a strong tailwind behind gold. But as host Mike Maharrey details in this week’s Friday Gold Wrap podcast, gold has been on a bull run for quite some time – long before COVID-19 reared its ugly head. Why? And what might this tell us about what’s ahead?
Gold just wrapped up a strong quarter, up 13%, and finishing at the highest price level in over eight years. On the year, gold is up about 16% and many mainstream analysts are starting to eyeball record gold prices in the coming months. But there has been some drag on the gold market, particularly sluggish consumer demand in the East – particularly in India.
That could be changing.
Q2 was one heck of a quarter for US stock markets. But in his podcast, Peter Schiff called it a “phony rally.” The real bull run to watch is gold.
The Dow Jones just wrapped up its best quarter since 1987. The S&P 500, finished out its best three-month run since 1998 during the dot-com bubble. But as Peter pointed out, you have to put the big gains in perspective. Stocks were coming off an abysmal first quarter, and other than the NASDAQ, the major indexes remain negative on the year.