Years of a severe downturn in the gold market have left very few bulls to speak out in favor of the yellow metal. Here are some positive opinions on the future of the precious metal, from the recently concluded Casey Research Fall Summit.
David Tice, founder of the Prudent Bear Fund, believes we are heading for a "global currency reset" that will reduce the role of the dollar in global trade. Central banks, he says, don't possess all the gold they claim to, and the unwinding of the paper gold market probably isn't far down the road-it could even ignite the next major crisis.
The paper gold market (for example, exchange-traded funds like GLD) has massive leverage, with a ratio of 90:1 or 100:1 of paper claims on gold bullion. If only a small fraction of owners convert their paper to physical gold, says Tice, it will create a "no bid" price environment and cause the price of gold to explode.
He believes that once the paper gold market collapses, gold will be priced on the basis of supply/demand for the physical metal-which means it could be headed for $3,000 to $8,000 per ounce.
Ed Steer, editor of Casey Research's popular e-letter Gold and Silver Daily, is equally bullish on gold. in the long term, because right now, he believes the gold market to be rigged: "Central banks intervene; that's what they do."
They control not only gold, but also silver, platinum, palladium, copper, and oil. He says there are two possible reasons that Germany hasn't gotten its gold back that it had stored in the US-either the gold doesn't exist or there's so much paper written against it that it can't be moved for collateral reasons.
While there's not much an investor can do about gold manipulation, Steer believes that the manipulators' schemes will blow up in their faces sooner than later.
Summit regular Rick Rule, chairman of Sprott US Holdings, isn't worried about the bear market in gold.
"What matters is your response to the bear market," he says. "If you have the wits, courage, knowledge, and cash to take advantage of them, bear markets are great."
He's keeping his eyes peeled on junior gold mining stocks, which, he says, are hugely attractive right now.
"Our market has fallen by 75% in three years. That means it's 75% more attractive than in 2010, when we were all in love with it. Within a few years, we'll look back on today's low prices as the good old days."
Louis James, chief investment strategist of Casey's Metals & Mining division, also welcomes the opportunities to buy low that the current slump in gold prices provides.
He personally owns stock of three of the junior miners present in the Map Room at the Casey Fall Summit. All three of them have exceptionally high-grade projects that are delivering what they promised.
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