Demand for gold in China is skyrocketing. Thanks to an enriched and growing middle class, China's gold consumption will reach a record 1,000 tons this year - up a whopping 29% year over year. At this pace, China will soon surpass India as the world's biggest buyer of the yellow metal.
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“You never let a serious crisis go to waste… It’s an opportunity to do things you could not do before.” –Rahm Emanuel
The once unthinkable is quickly becoming probable.
At some point in the next few years, your assets could well become the target of a “Supertax” as high as 17%.
Last week, we talked about the need to buy “out of print” assets to protect our wealth from brazen government seizures.
I explained that quantitative easing (QE) was likely to get bigger, not smaller, and that you needed to become your own central bank.
The truth is, the writing’s already on the wall. We’ve seen it happen.
Cyprus’s “bail-in” cost numerous bank depositors more than 47% of their capital.
Poland’s “pension reform” saw private pensions raided to help lower the government’s debt-to-GDP ratio.
And Spain plundered its Social Security Reserve Fund to keep buying its own risky debt, when no one else would.
Dangerous precedents are being set, with chilling regularity.
More than ever, you need to be prepared…
We all know that, so long as the Fed keeps the printing presses on, the risk of a worldwide currency crisis gets even higher.
Gold, of course, is the timeless hedge here - for all the reasons you and I know.
But are we truly prepared for a currency crisis?
Much of the gold in the United States is owned by big institutions: the Treasury, the Federal Reserve, and bullion banks. So, if a currency crisis hits, their 8,900-ton hoard won't do us a bit of good.
But there is one country whose "democratic" approach to gold ownership will allow its people to survive a currency crisis, literally, in fine style.
Not only that, but this country's people are giving their government a whopping black eye for its heavy-handed ways in the process.
Inflation and crisis – of which we’ve had plenty – historically drive gold prices up, and yet the London spot price has fallen 24% since Jan. 2. Like the infamous honey badger, gold prices just don’t care. But the reasons for gold’s continued fall, in spite of the apparent decay of the world, just might surprise you.
From the Editor: We've been tracking this threat for years, ever since Keith Fitz-Gerald brought it to your attention back in January 2010. Today, Resources Specialist Peter Krauth weighs in on some recent developments in this story, because three of the commodities he covers can protect you. The Fed can't print these things... Here's Peter:
Central banks may have foolish policies, but central bankers are no dummies.
They know exactly what they're doing. They even comprehend a few of the implications, too.
Which is why it's interesting that some American central bankers have suggested doing away with the debt ceiling altogether.
Famed investor Marc Faber recently said, "The question is not tapering. The question is at what point will they increase the asset purchases to say $150 [billion], $200 [billion], a trillion dollars a month."
Faber expects the Fed's current QE4 to become "QE4-ever."
That could mean years of money printing and ultra-low rates.
Even bond king Bill Gross recently chimed in his latest monthly outlook that "The United States (and global economy) may have to get used to financially repressive - and therefore low policy rates - for decades to come."
Either way, don't depend on the Fed to save you. You can save yourself
It's been a volatile year for those investing in gold and silver.
Gold is down some 20% year to date, and silver has lost more than 30%. The yellow metal tumbled more than 30% in the three quarters to June as fears mounted of an early end to the U.S. Federal Reserve's bond-buying program.
Gold prices today continue to bounce up and down based on speculative headlines.
Thanks to the crisis in Syria, gold prices have had a nice run lately. But now, with Wall Street in the middle of another "hate gold" campaign, is it time to buy or sell the yellow metal? This is what some of the world's top investors are doing...
Today the gold price seems to be taking a break from its recent run-up, but not before briefly pushing past the psychologically important $1,400 level.
Following a 1.8% surge on Friday, gold prices hit $1,407 in trading in Asia early this morning (Monday) and then pulled back to $1,390 before settling at about $1,395 an ounce.
We've been recommending gold shares for months, ever since prices collapsed in April. But if last week’s “gold convergence” wasn’t enough to convince you, yet another catalyst is pushing prices higher.
Gold prices today touched over $1,346 an ounce - continuing this week's rise to the highest level in three weeks.
This move came despite news that larger investors are no longer investing in gold as much as earlier this year.
Billionaire investor George Soros sold his entire position in the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca: GLD) in the second quarter of 2013. Another billionaire investor, John Paulson, reduced his holdings in GLD by 53% in Q2.
We've been recommending gold shares for months now, ever since prices collapsed in April. But timing's getting critical, because now the market is telling you gold is set to surge...
The first piece of evidence hit my radar on August 1st, moments after Barrick Gold released its $8.7 billion "news." (More on that in a minute.)
The Commitment of Traders report - perhaps the best leading indicator for gold prices - delivered the second piece of evidence: a staggering 70% spike in "red flag" futures trading. And the third and fourth pieces of evidence just arrived.
But before we look at each of these events in detail, here's what you need to know:
Any one of these indicators is bullish on its own. So when all four signals flash at once, please don't wait.
A "Gold Convergence" like this hasn't happened in 12 years...
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Gold prices today are still below $1,300 an ounce as traders in the United States and Europe continue to sell the precious metal.
Western investors were the main driving force behind redemptions of nearly $19 billion in gold-backed ETFs in the second quarter of 2013.
We've been studying the resource markets - and gold in particular - for over 30 years. And have seen almost every cycle the yellow metal has gone through.
One thing is certain in our opinion: International investors, central banks and corporations are all looking to buy gold... And these slow summer months are likely providing the best price.
Asian investors, especially in China and India, are buying coins and bullion like mad. Sales are up 22% annually in China and 52% in India.
Gold analyst Jim Willie put it best when he said: "The migration of gold from West to East is the grand story of the decade." They know, as our dear friend Richard Russell recently reminded us, that gold and international power still go hand in hand.
Beyond the obvious demand, history is also on gold's side. Gold's movements are in line with historic trends, never mind what the no-nothing, hand-wringing Cassandras are saying.
In fact, we believe this is a unique moment in history to get gold on the cheap, and take advantage of before the end of summer.
Of course, the ongoing "tapering talk" from the Fed pushed gold down sharply. That's because if the Fed stops stimulating the economy, an inflationary outcome is unlikely, especially if it's combined with higher interest rates that boost the value of the dollar. That's bad for gold.
What's more, there may be darker forces at work as well. There's a distinct possibility the gold market was manipulated [Editor's Note: here's who did it].
Yet the bottom line is that nothing material changed to justify a $700 drop in gold prices from over $1,903 in 2011 to almost $1,200 earlier this month.
In fact, this 36% fall is clearly...
Read on to see the forecast for gold prices...