Anthony Ward, famed London commodities trader, closed shop after nearly forty years of trading. His reason: he couldn’t keep up with computer trading. According to Reuters, Ward blamed the rise of computer-driven funds and high-frequency trading. Other well-known commodities investors also threw in the towel. They are now looking for opportunities where machines can’t make
John Scurci, Corona Capital Partner and Chief Investment Officer, is bullish on gold for 2018. One of his reasons is the ratio of the price of gold to stocks. He asserts that stocks are punching out new highs because of the money-printing orgy that the world’s central banks have gone on since 2008. Not coincidentally,
In the irony of ironies, the central bank of Switzerland recently bailed out the manufacturer of the polymer material used in the new Swiss 10-franc notes. Swiss National Bank purchased a 90% stake in Landqart AG after the company got into financial difficulties. The SNB is known for its huge investments in equities, with Apple,
Marc Faber, famed investment advisor, fund manager and publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, noted in his October 2017 issue that the Fed’s announcement about implementing quantitative tightening has depressed precious metals and mining stocks. He then added, “I shall use the current weakness to increase my position in physical precious metals.”
David Stockman, via his Contra Corner, for months has warned that by late September there would be a debt ceiling crisis and that the Treasury would run out of money, causing segments of government to shut down. He further proclaimed that a political storm in Congress would ensue and that the stock market would be
The North Koreans are now believed to have developed a hydrogen bomb, hundreds or even thousands of times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Further, North Korea has exhibited the capability to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles, which could deliver their bombs.
Famed investor Jim Rogers recently granted a video interview to a Singapore gold dealer. The video, less than 15 minutes, is worth the time as Rogers is one of the few well-known billionaires who publicly advocates owning gold (although the number is increasing).
I’ve written for some time about a bottom being put in for gold and silver in December 2015. However, the renewed bull market has not been recognized. So, just what will it take for the metals to move up strongly enough so that they will again gain investors’ attention?
There are many dangers–not to mention moral issues–of money created out of “thin air.” One of the dangers is that it distorts the markets and results in bad investments during “booms,” which inevitably turn to “busts.” During the busts, the bad investments wash out. Another is that it is easy to use. The economy slows,
In Thursday’s post, I noted that central banks are adding approximately $2 trillion a year to the world’s money supply. Most of that freshly-created money goes into government bonds. However, some of it goes into equities. That’s right, stocks, like those traded on the NYSE and the NASDAQ. The Swiss National Bank and the Bank