Money, Gold and Bitcoin… What’s a Government to do? (Mon, 18th Nov, 2013)

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As the Philippines begins receiving Aid, from around the world, yet another disaster occurs, this time on the other side of the planet, in the U.S., as a Tornado hits Tornado Alley – unusual for mid November (apparently). A number of deaths have been reported. Once again we watch from the sidelines, and furrow our collective brows, seemingly unable to do anything except show our sorrow, and pass on our good wishes to those involved, and our condolences to those who have lost loved ones.

Is it just better communications, and thus we’re hearing about these things more frequently, or are there simply more of these natural disasters? We can only speculate at this time.

The implications for money though should be obvious. Someone has to pay for the reconstruction and the damage.

In the absence of Insurance, those buildings will probably never be replaced, The land holders will maybe invest money, that either had been sitting on the sidelines waiting for investment opportunities, or was already scheduled for investment elsewhere, meaning that either the opportunity doesn’t get the investment dollars, or someone somewhere “prints” the necessary money, increasing the supply of dollars, and probably Philippine Pesos.

Back when I first started commenting about the Precious Metals marketplace, it was a little African Gold miner with a foothold in Zimbabwe and an influx of capital, as 5 Directors put up £100,000 each to re-start operations on a grander scale that first caught my eye.

Anyway, back then (late 2003) I did my analysis, and lept to the conclusion that Gold would ultimately reach circa $8,500/oz, and that after an initial burst to circa $2,000, it would drop back by half (circa $1,000.).
 
WHY? What prescience did I have?

I simply looked at the chart of the 70’s and multiplied by ten.

From the mid 1960’s, it was obvious that Gold was coming under pressure, from Britain, France and Italy who all remonstrated with the Fed (who were funding the Vietnam war effort at the time) for their profligacy and money printing.

The Gold price had gone from $25.00 in 1932, to $35.00/oz after the Federal Reserve got their hands on all the Gold, and there the price stayed until August 15th 1971.

However, maybe Gold was slightly overvalued back during the early 60’s and really the price should have been closer to $25.00…

Anyway, if you recall, the 2001/2 bottom in Gold was $254.00 and that was a near enough ten-fold price improvement on the theoretical 60’s price. Wages had gone up similar levels – I’m old enough to remember wages from that era, as I was already working back then, and remember the slogan £20.00 for all in 1971-72 here in the UK. and circa £30, was a grown working man’s wage.

The Silver price per ounce bought roughly one barrel of oil, and ten years later as it peaked at close to $50, it still did.

Of course since then Central Banks have been divesting themselves of silver – an even more barbarous relic than gold? And If I recall accurately, oil fell to $18/bbl during 2000/1 – I certainly remember paying between 99 cents/gallon and $1.06, in Austin Texas back in late 97 anyway, when I worked at Dell Headquarters in Roundrock, just 8 miles from the  city centre…

So, where does this lead me? To the inevitable…

Gold will certainly rise, but to where? It is unlikely that a steady rise in the price is likely, because that would mean moth-balled mines would begin re-opening, and an increase in supply, which would counteract price rises.

At $2,000 almost all current Gold mines would be profitable, so the price has to (MUST) remain in the doldrums to choke off supply, It is imperative then that those who control the world’s money supply, target the alternative currency – just as we learn again the U.S. legislators are seeking to interfere in the market for Bitcoins, as the price has risen again to a new high as it peaked at just over $600, before dropping back in recent days.

 
Gold MIners therefore have to sit on the sidelines perhaps, or maintain mines either in loss making situations, and depending on cost structures reduce output, or run at marginal profits. Not possible for all except those with huge reserves of cash, and reserves of metals too, with low fixed costs, hoping and waiting for an upturn.

I don’t know enough about the miners to know which of the dozens fall into that category, but Turquoise HIll (TRQ:TVX) is perhaps one, unless the Mongolian Government gets greedy again. (They used to be known as Ivanhoe Mines Ltd – until Rio-Tinto (RIO:L) increased its shareholding to 51% and re-named the Company)

BUT if my tenfold theory holds, then $8,500 would seem a likely zenith, as a move into five figure territory would be too horrific to contemplate for the Banksters, who would defend it to the last and throw everything they had at the price. One only has to look at the 3-Day Kitco Gold and Silver Price charts (http://www.kitco.com/images/live/gold.gif)(http://www.kitco.com/images/live/silver.gif), to see that outside the New York time period, the price oscillates as a result of High Frequency Trading to maintain price stability. We can only speculate as to WHY?

BUT a rise to the suggested figure is likely, and above is not outside the bounds of possibility given the reckless money printing in the last 5 years….

Incidentally, Peter Schiff, who is a major commentator on Gold, and the Fed’s mess, as he might call it, was on the Max Keiser show on RT late last week, and very interesting he was too. Though TBH, I think his timing is out by a couple of years, as the economy stutters along for a little while with QE-infinity still in evidence.

He feels that they won’t taper next year, because as soon as they announce they might, the markets will tumble, and bond prices will fall, raising yields (and thus interest rates) choking off any hint of growth, which is very likely.

 
But, if my timescale holds, then circa 2018 – 2019 is when Gold and Silver prices will rocket. Why?
 
Demographics. The Baby-Boomers were born over a 15 year period from 1947, to 1962. and peaked circa 1957/58, ten years after the soldiers and sailors got back from their war postings overseas.  All that pent up sexual energy went into making babies, and the first of those early retiring babies began leaving the workforce in circa 2005. The first 65 year old baby-boomers reached retirement age in April 2012, so the money supply growth should be trying to counteract this major force of economics until 2022, but of course, those with savings will be worried about inflation, and whenever that begins to take off – Gold and Silver miners will receive a large chunk of it.  
 
If the money supply doesn’t shrink sometime soon, then it will have to grow to match prices or risk deflating the already shrinking economy, further hurting growth, which means even more dollars chasing precious metals, artwork, diamonds, and all other kinds of physical resources to preserve wealth. 
 
The next ten years will I suspect be pretty much a re-run of the same era a century ago. The first world war began as a Serb assassinated the Austrian Archduke and his wife, who at the time controlled parts of what is now Serbia.  
 
Will this era signal the end of the American Empire? And the emergence of a new one – further east?
 
We shall see…
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