Economist and investor Ronald-Peter Stöferle is bullish on gold. So much so that he’s authored a 160-page report titled “In Gold We Trust.”
Stöferle recently appeared on Palisade Radio to talk about the current state of the economy. He said he thinks recession fears coming up within the next couple of months will be the big trigger and the big catalyst for gold.
I think that this complacency we’re seeing in markets, this will probably lead to a major crisis, and this will probably make 2008 look like a kindergarten party. In this environment, it just makes sense to hold portfolio insurance in the name of gold.”
Billionaire investor Paul Singer says the financial system is no more sound than it was in 2008. In fact, he contends that in many cases, it is more leveraged than it was leading up to the 2008 crash.
During an interview at the Bloomberg Invest New York summit, he pinned the blame squarely on what he calls extreme central bank monetary policy and growth suppressing government actions. And he warned it’s going to create a “ruckus” when the bubble pops.
In a recent interview with Dave Hunter of USA watchdog, former Reagan budget director David Stockman warned a fiscal bloodbath is in America’s future.
Get out of the stock market. Get out of the bond market and buy some gold.”
Stockman called the stock market “unstable” and “rigged,” and characterized the bond market as a giant bubble. He said when the government hits the debt ceiling later this year, it’s going to create chaos.
There will be panic in the financial markets, I’ll say that, because this is not priced in, in any sense of the word. The market isn’t expecting it. And I think it will cause some very difficult times. I just see no way around it”
Marc Faber appeared on CNBC Futures Now recently to talk about the impending pop of the stock market bubble. “Dr. Doom” has predicted a 20% to 40% stock market selloff in the near future.The show’s host, along will Scott Nations, pressed Faber on the surging stock market. “If someone piled into stocks in 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015 they’ve done pretty well. Why were you so wrong then, and why should we think you’re so right now?” Nations asked.
Sunny Pannu, director of corporate development for Defiance Silver, a silver explorer and developer, recently sat down with Silver Institute executive director Michael DiRienzo for a wide-ranging discussion about the fantastic world of silver.
The discussion focused on the present state of the silver market and its future. Topics ranged from an explanation of how the silver price-fix works to the dynamics of supply and demand.
DiRienzo emphasized the dual nature of silver, noting that it serves as both an industrial metal and a precious metal for investment. He echoed the same themes as a prominent mining CEO did in a recent interview with Kitco News, saying both investor and industrial demand for the white metal is strong.
DiRienzo said silver coin sales are on a record pace, as are inflows of silver into ETFs. On the industrial side, it’s interesting to note that the demand for silver has been steady despite general sluggishness in the global economy. DiReinzo said this was due in part to the expanding and diversifying uses for the metal.
Silver is basically all around you. It’s contained in your automobile, your cell phone, your computer, solar panels, PDP televisions, and many, many, many medical uses. So, on the industrial side, you’ll find silver’s use not only a mainstay, but also its growing in many other areas as well.”
Peter Schiff recently participated in a panel discussion in Las Vegas with Goldmoney co-founder, Josh Crumb and CEO Darrell MacMullin, along with best-selling author George Gilder.
During the discussion, Peter got down to the very basics, answering the question: what is money? He explained the important distinction between currency and money, pointing out that gold is money. Paper backed by gold is true currency. The government prints fiat currency – which is nothing but paper backed by nothing.
Peter said the time to return to gold has arrived:
Today, in the 21st century, this is going to be the real century of gold. And it’s not going to be because governments decide to go back to the gold standard…but because the public rebelled against fiat money and reclaimed honest money – money that holds its value and in fact gains value.”
Jim Rickards has been predicting $10,000 gold. Recently, he appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box and stuck to that prediction, saying the dynamics are in place for gold to reach that $10,000 mark.
Rickards said he thinks we are at the beginning of an extended gold bull market, possibly similar to the late 1990s when the price of the yellow metal went up 615% over a 12-year period. He conceded gold can be volatile, so he doesn’t pay as much attention to short-term fluctuations in price. But he did note an interesting fact in the wake of the recent price jumps after some major world events:
What impresses me is that gold going up immediately after the Brexit vote, or gold going up a little bit after the Turkey coup, that you can understand. Those are kind of flight to quality, fear-trade reactions. But gold didn’t go down a lot when those things were over…It’s got a very good foundation – kind of around the $1,330 level, so it seems poised to go up a lot from here.”
Earlier this year, Peter Schiff picked up on something few reported on when a former Federal Reserve president admitted the central bank created a phony wealth effect by pumping up stocks and other asset markets through its monetary policy. Several months later, analysis proved this was true, showing that 93% of the entire stock market move since 2008 was caused by Federal Reserve policy.
Today, the Fed continues to focus on propping up asset markets. Even a former Federal Reserve governor admits this is the case. Kevin Warsh appeared CNBC’s Squawk Box on Thursday and said the Fed isn’t really “data dependent” in the sense that it is looking at the overall economy. It is really market dependent.
They look to me asset price dependent more than they look data dependent. When the stock market falls like it did in the beginning of this year, they say, ‘Oh, we better not do anything.’ Stock markets are now at career highs. I suspect when they meet over the course of the next 10 days they will suggest, ‘Oh, now they look like they can be somewhat more responsible.’ I don’t like changing policy meeting to meeting based on data, or even with what the S&P 500 is doing. I like making it based on what’s happening on the real side of the economy, and that has not been very convenient over the last six to nine months.”
During an interview with Kitco News at FreedomFest, Peter Schiff said gold has entered a new leg of a bull market, and he expects the yellow metal to eclipse the highs reached in 2011:
I think this is a new leg of the gold bull market. I mean, gold’s been in a secular bull market since 2000…We had a cyclical bear market that I believe ended when the Fed hiked rates in December. And now we have the new leg of this bull market, which I think potentially could be an even bigger leg than the first leg, which saw gold go from sub-300 to close to 2,000. So, if this leg is bigger than that you can just imagine how high the price might go.”
Peter also reiterated his assertion that the Fed will not raise interest rates, and will in fact cut rates, most likely taking them below zero this time around. He also predicted another round of quantitative easing bigger than QE1, 2, and 3 combined.