by Egon Von Greyerz, Gold Switzerland:
“Inflate or die” was coined by the legendary and extremely wise Richard Russell of Dow Theory Letters. He understood the necessity, as well as the curse, of permanent central bank money printing already at the beginning of this century. Richard died in 2015 so sadly he didn’t live to see how right he was.
After three decades of massive money printing and credit expansion, “inflate or die” has artificially kept the world economy going. But we are now in the 2020s moving in to the next stage which will be INFLATE AND DIE. Because, as stock and credit bubbles implode and money printing accelerates, the world will soon realise that not only is the freshly printed money worthless but also most of the manufactured money from the last 20 years.
DAVOS – WEF 2020
But before we look at the consequences of inflate and die, last week 117 billionaires just attended a Weather conference in Davos. They were joined by another 2,900 CEOs, political leaders, climate activists and other self-important people. It is quite surprising that so many “important” people get together to talk about the weather. With Swedish Greta (not Garbo) telling everyone “how dare you, the entire eco-system is collapsing, people are dying” etc., not just every Davos VIP but also all major central bankers must now have a green agenda. For example, Lagarde the ECB Chief has made a strategic review of the bank’s purpose and stated that action on climate is a fundamental component of monetary policy. Climate change action will be a “mission critical” priority for the ECB. Would be better if she realised the EU financial system is a mission critical priority rather than getting involved in controlling temperatures.
Never has such an “important” crowd met up to discuss the climate, travelling there by 309 private jets plus hundreds of commercial flights and either helicopter or car from Zurich to Davos. I haven’t seen a Davos CO2 calculation yet but someone will most probably produce that. The organisers have made some politically correct and contrived calculation to justify this extravaganza to say that the WEF conference is carbon neutral. Hmmm!
THE GLOBALISTS WANT TO CONTROL THE TEMPERATURE TOO
Of course the globalists didn’t go there to only talk about the weather. But no one dared to attend Davos, except for Trump, without being totally behind the only Politically Correct position which states that humans are now in control of the earth’s temperature. So climate cycles are no longer valid as humans are said to have raised the temperature recently and must now limit the increase to 1.5º C by 2050. The earth was formed 4.5 billion years ago and since then the climate cycles have taken care of themselves just as they will in the next few billion years.
FRIGHTEN THE PEOPLE WITH IMAGINARY HOBGOBLINS
It is today compulsory to be committed to controlling the climate even though it can never be achieved. But this is today at the top of the global agenda for the West. Using young people to threaten the world with these Hobgoblins is working very effectively.
The American writer Henry Louis Mencken understood the purpose of these actions:
THERE ARE MORE DANGEROUS TROLLS THAN CLIMATE HOBGOBLINS
The world will soon forget about the climate hobgoblins as much more dangerous trolls emerge. The Davos conference should have focused on these trolls rather than the climate hobgoblins. The trolls I am talking about is obviously the unprecedented level of economic, financial and political risk that the world is now facing.
I produced the timebomb below some time ago with 3 dozen reasons to worry with the main risk being global debt. For every day that passes new risks are emerging like the Coronavirus in Wuhan. Unofficial reports state that China is not telling the whole story and that there may be as many as 10,000 dead in Wuhan.
THE BLACK DEATH KILLED HALF OF EUROPE’S POPULATION
Disease is a major risk and viruses have ravaged the world regularly. The Black Death or Pest killed up to 200 million people in the 14th century. 50% of Europe’s population perished and around 35% in the rest of the world.
The Middle East is a major risk and we have most probably not seen the end of the Iran situation which could easily evolve to a global conflict involving the US and Russia. With the current US administration being extremely capricious, catastrophic events are near at hand.
HISTORY SHOWS THAT WAVES OF DEBT HAVE UNHAPPY ENDINGS
Very little was discussed in Davos in regard to global risk. Also, around the world, MSM (main stream media) have barely covered the warnings of a global debt crisis from the World Bank:
“Low global interest rates provide only a precarious protection against financial crises,” said Ayhan Kose, a World Bank official. “The history of past waves of debt accumulation shows that these waves tend to have unhappy endings.”
The World Bank is obviously right, there will be an “unhappy ending.” And as has been the case historically, the majority of the world will be totally unprepared.
INVESTORS LIVE IN A WORLD OF FANTASY AND EUPHORIA
The graph below shows that investors haven’t got a clue and live in a world of fantasy and euphoria. The statements and actions by central banks since late August 2019 were the clearest sign of severe problems in the system. But the graph below shows that the “Don’t Worry Be Happy” attitude of investors is unperturbed.
So more money printing due to a serious liquidity and solvency crisis in the financial system is only seen as good news for stock investors. The graph above shows clearly that as money printing to save the system accelerates so does the stock market.
But profits have virtually stagnated since 2011 as the graph below shows. The gap between share price growth and profit has become much bigger than in 2000 and 2007 when we saw the big falls in stocks. The coming fall will be substantially bigger.
PROFITS HAVE STAGNATED
STOCK INVESTORS WILL LOSE 95% AGAINST GOLD
Commodities, including precious metals, are still at historically low prices to stocks. The reversal will start in 2020 and be devastating for the world. Stock investors will in coming years lose up to 95% in real terms. Food prices will surge and so will gold and silver. High food prices and shortages will cause major problems.
WILL CHINA TRIGGER A DOLLAR COLLAPSE?
China knows what will happen since they are likely to trigger a financial event that leads to a dollar collapse and gold revaluation. As the chart below shows, China as a whole has bought 19,000 tonnes of gold since 2006. The real level of China’s gold reserves are not public but our estimate is that this could be as high as 20,000 tonnes. At some point China will declare their hand and the US will be forced to prove if they have even half of the 8,000 tonnes that they officially declare.
RUSSIA’S GOLD RESERVES ARE UP 6X
The Russian Central Bank has also been preparing for the fall of the US and the dollar. Their gold holdings are up almost 6x since 2006.
MR GOLD – JIM SINCLAIR – GOLD $50,000
The individual who knows gold better than anyone living today is Mr Gold, Jim Sinclair. He has accurately predicted the gold market for 1/2 century. What Jim calls Emancipated Gold will reach $50,000 by 2025 according to his forecast. (see cartoon below from JSMineset.com) I believe this is similar to Freegold which I wrote about in Dec 2018. Freegold is physical gold free from official money systems, owned free of all other claims and freely traded.
Of course Jim’s forecast can be wrong. But only a foolish man would bet against him.
FINANCIAL SYSTEM WON’T STAND FOR MUCH LONGER
For two decades I have been writing about gold and discussing the importance of holding physical gold outside the banking system. Gold is up 5 to 7 times since then in the major currencies and a lot more against other currencies. Still, the world financial system is still standing. But that is likely to change soon. Our technical indicators for stocks and gold tell us that a major turn in markets is imminent.
In my article two weeks ago, I indicated that the Dow/Gold ratio spells trouble ahead. The correction up in the ratio since 2011 most probably finished in 2018. In the chart below I show that the quarterly MACD has just turned down. This is a very important long term trending indicator and spells trouble ahead for the world.