by Andy Hoffman, Miles Franklin:
Today is a very big day for me – at least, in my mind. As, at five years, nine months, my employment with Miles Franklin has officially tied the previous longest job of my career – at Salomon Smith Barney, from May 1999 through February 2005. After which, I spent five years working for numerous mining companies – all of whom, either went bankrupt or otherwise failed. Thus, when I was afforded the opportunity to “move up the totem pole” of stability in October 2011 – as Marketing Director of one of America’s oldest, most trusted bullion dealers – I jumped at the chance. Since then, the partnership I formed with the firm’s owners, David and Andy Schectman; and brokerage and back office team – most of whom, have been with the firm for decades – has been, in my view, extremely successful. To that end, I look forward to serving the Precious Metals community for “as long as it takes,” until the war we are fighting with the powers that be is inevitably – and hopefully, imminently – won.
That said, I intend to make significant waves on this day of extremely important personal achievement. As, per today’s title, I am departing significantly from my “box” of industry commentator – with a more forceful statement of what I anticipate. Sure, I could be wrong; but as the title of my July 18th SGT Report podcast states – taped when gold was $1,240/oz – I foresee “no more downside to Precious Metals.” And no, I don’t mean they can’t go down at all; but instead, that the supply/demand fundamentals have become so positive on an absolute basis; and more so, relative to their historically suppressed prices; that I view their all-in risk/reward profiles as the most favorable in the 15 years I have been watching this sector, tick for tick.
Yes, I know four pieces of economic propaganda – I mean, “data” – are coming out an hour from now; and the “all-important” GDP report tomorrow, rivaled only by the CPI and NFP jobs report in the amount of politically-motivated accounting gimmickry they are subject to. However, it’s starting to feel like gold and silver are becoming “immunized” to “bad news” like “better than expected” economic data. And now that Janet Yellen “sealed the deal for no rate hikes until at least December (expectations fell to 0% for September and 48% for December) after yesterday’s uber-dovish FOMC policy statement; it’s difficult to envision the dollar demonstrating material strength any time soon, unless something really bad occurs in Europe.
Which of course, would be wildly PM-bullish. As irrespective, per what I discussed in the five “if a nuclear bomb destroyed Europe” articles penned over the past three years, the “dollar index”; which is largely a proxy for the dollar/Euro exchange rate; is in reality, immaterial to the dollar-priced gold and silver. To the contrary, they are determined by supply/demand factors in dollars; and given the accelerating tsunami of dollar-negative events coming our way; as PM prices trade at all-time inflation-adjusted lows; it’s difficult to envision an environment where prices do not, at the least, challenge last year’s post BrExit highs in the coming months, en route to much higher levels thereafter.
Amidst the historic price suppression, and most violently PiMBEEB – or Precious Metal bullish, everything-else-bearish” – environment in memory, PM sentiment has been driven to levels not experienced in my entire 15 years in the sector. And yet, gold is, on average, no more than 15% below its all-time high in nearly all fiat currencies. Not to mention, it – and silver – are up roughly 20% from their ultimate bottoms of December 2015; “coincidentally,” the week the Fed first raised rates. This, as the most manic COMEX “commercial” short covering ever is ongoing – to the point that in both metals, their cumulative net short positions are at lows last seen in…drum roll please…December 2015 – when gold and silver prices were significantly lower than today.
Everywhere I look, lies, propaganda, and manipulation have caused chaos in the world of Precious Metal “analysis” – particularly from those incented to pretend markets are freely traded, who literally ignore “sixth sigma” price movements in their pursuit of remaining mainstream. For instance, this “veteran trader” – who claims gold’s value will never be “allowed” to be realized. Or the top Bitcoin technical analyst – who is actually quite good in Bitcoin; who is constantly calling for sub-$1,000 gold due to the “weak technicals” the charts paint – despite his admission that he has always been wrong about this prediction; and that frankly, gold’s enigmatic price moves have him “puzzled.” Or, best of all, “wrong way Harry” Dent – who a year ago, predicted “$700 gold by mid-2017.” And then there’s Wall Street – which considers gold its mortal enemy; and the Precious Metal “newsletter writers” who pretend they have proprietary technical knowledge. And of course, Central bankers, which view gold the way vampires view the light of day.
The problem is, that essentially everything their “research” is predicated on is either fatally flawed or purposely influenced. As no matter what angle one takes, of how the world has “changed” or whatnot, Precious Metals always have, and always will be, effective stores of value; particularly when this, the most egregious price suppression scheme ever concocted, runs its course. And in my view, per what I have been writing of endlessly in recent weeks, this scheme is nearing the end of its rope. Supply-wise, gold and silver production – platinum, too – are expected to plunge in the coming decade, have decidedly peaked in 2015. This, as the malignant, terminal stage of history’s largest, most destructive fiat Ponzi scheme causes Central bank money printing – already, at record-high levels – to go parabolic. Not to mention, as the inventories of above-ground, available-for-sale metal have been taken down to mere fumes by Central banks and governments – most notably, the United States – in misguided, unwinnable efforts to prolong the dying status quo.
And then there’s the actual news flow; starting with the ugliest global economic environment of our lifetimes, save a few “deer in headlights” moments post-9/11, and at the height of the 2008 Financial Crisis – featuring all-time high, parabolically rising debt that can only be serviced with record low; in many cases, negative; interest rates. Next, the historic wealth inequality a decade of historic money printing and market manipulation has caused – which in turn, has catalyzed social upheaval the world round; even in the U.S., where Donald Trump was elected President.