As the world edges closer to the next crisis, today the man who has become legendary for his predictions on QE and historic moves in currencies told King World News that gold is giving a major warning signal and silver is coiling for an explosion to $66.
GOLD: Finally It Happened
June 24 (King World News) – Egon von Greyerz: “Finally it happened, although it took 6 long years to break through The Gold Maginot Line at $1,350! This resistance was a lot stronger than the original French one in WW II, since it took the Germans less than a year to penetrate it in 1940.
In my KWN piece on February 10th, I said.
“No one must believe that the line will hold. It is extremely likely to be penetrated conclusively in 2019 and most probably within, maximum, the next three months.”
It took four months for the break to happen so I was off by one month. Still, it had to happen and it did. I also said in the article that:
“once it is broken, the correction of gold is finally over and we are on our way to new highs and much beyond.”
So that’s where we are today. The break has now finally taken place and I doubt that we will see $1,350 decisively broken on the downside in my lifetime. The 6 year resistance line has now become an extremely strong support line.
GOLD MAGINOT LINE BROKEN! Gold Should Not Trade Below $1,350 Again
Yes, gold will go quickly to $1,650+ on its way to new highs and far above that. As I have said many times, we will see levels that no one can imagine today.
…And $66 Silver
The precious metals rally hasn’t really started yet. Gold has moved up $125 since June 30th but silver is lagging behind with the gold/silver ratio at over 91, a new high for this century. The paper silver shorts are fighting a desperate battle to hold the white metal down. They will eventually fail of course, although we could see the ratio going a bit higher before it turns. Once the turn comes, the silver price will explode and go up more than twice as fast as gold. If the ratio reaches the 30 level as it did in 2011, silver will go up 3x as fast as gold. When gold reaches $2,000, silver should reach $66. But that is only the beginning. But we must remember that silver is extremely volatile and not for the faint hearted.
SILVER TO SHINE: Gold/Silver Ratio Headed Much Lower
Platinum has not yet joined gold and is creeping along the bottom at levels seen in 2004 and 2008. At some point, platinum will take off and most likely move a lot faster than gold.
Finally, the dollar now seems to be starting the journey to zero. It clearly won’t happen overnight but it is guaranteed that we will see the end of the dollar and its reserve currency gold in the next few years.
US Dollar Begins The March To ZERO!
Many savvy investors are now talking about gold and the potential for much higher prices, just as I have done above. But we must remember that we are not holding gold as an investment but for wealth preservation purposes in order to protect against a rotten financial system, and a bankrupt global economy.
Gold Giving A Major Warning Signal
Gold is not held for short term gains but as insurance against the massive risks we see in the system. We are not in gold to take part in a price move. Instead, gold is the consequence of our analysis of global risk, which is at an extreme. At the same time as many impatient holders of gold are now rejoicing over the price move, we must remember that the very strong rise of gold that we are about to see is a warning signal of very difficult times ahead in the world which I have been discussing many times. I obviously don’t want to be a joy killer so let’s enjoy this first proper rally for six years. But let us at the same time realise that we are in the next phase going to experience the Dark Years that I have written about in the past.
The Dark Years are the consequence of a world that for decades has lived above its means, in the belief that credit and printed money can bring prosperity. We will soon experience that this has all been an illusion which will painfully turn into a harsh reality. That means an implosion of debt markets and of all the bubble assets that have been financed by the debt.
The biggest risk is the $1.5 quadrillion derivatives market, which at some point will evaporate in smoke. These derivatives only function in bull markets when there is liquidity in the system. In the coming bear markets, there will be no liquidity and the derivatives bubble will implode as counterparty not only fails but also disappears. There will be no one on the other side of all these derivative trades which have been the most massive money spinner for the bankers. I will later talk about Deutsche Bank as an example of the coming derivatives disaster.
The consequences of the coming financial and economic global cataclysm will clearly have a major impact on human beings around the world. We can just look at Venezuela to understand what happens when a mismanaged country which runs out of money and turns to money printing on a massive scale in a futile attempt to remedy its failures. The majority of the Venezuelans have no money, not enough food, water or fuel and no medicines. By the end of 2019, 5 million desperate Venezuelans will have fled the country. That then has repercussions for the surrounding countries Columbia, Peru, Chile, etc, that has little capacity to help the refugees. This problem will of course be much greater when it becomes global and most countries are in the same situation which means that no one has the capacity to help their neighbor…
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The Fed Was Just The Trigger
So what happens next. Well, there are always catalysts that trigger the inevitable. The recent gold rally wasn’t caused by the Fed statement. It would have happened anyway. The Fed was just the trigger. Gold was poised to rally and there is always a catalyst or an excuse that the media can hang it on.
Just Like 1929-1931
Markets in the next few months will be extremely volatile. The US stock market is still in its final hurrah stage where any news is good news. Potentially lower rates due to a slowing economy should be very bearish for stocks but not in this final euphoric phase. US stocks as well as global markets are finishing their final moves up before a long term secular bear market starts. The fall could begin in the next few weeks or possibly take as long as 2-3 months. Before the decline is finished, we should see a fall of at least 90%, in real terms, just like in 1929-31.
When the bear market in stocks starts in earnest, investors will initially buy the dips. But very soon the sustained bear market will surprise investors and when the crash stage starts, euphoria and optimism will soon turn to dysphoria and extreme pessimism. I have experienced this personally in the early 1970s in the UK when we thought that the down turn would never end.
With the global economy slowing down and the financial system being under pressure, central banks around the world are now all in a rate cutting mode. The Fed is expected to make 4 cuts within the next 12 months and Draghi has just made clear that the ECB is standing ready with the whole gambit of stimulus. He indicated that further rate cuts “remain part of our tools” and also additional asset purchase which means more QE. And Kuroda of the Bank of Japan decided to join the other two money printers and just said “If the economy loses momentum toward achieving our price target, we will of course consider expanding stimulus without hesitation.”
So there we have it, a probable coordinated action by central banks to add further stimulus to an ailing world economy. And we know why — the world economy is slowing down a lot faster than any central banker dares to admit. They also know of course that the next slowdown will lead to a lot of bad debt becoming worthless debt. Just take the $1.2 trillion corporate junk debt in the US. Or take the Chinese debt that has exploded from $2 trillion to $40 trillion in this century, or Italian debt, which is 145% of GDP. Or take the Japanese debt of Yen 1.1 quadrillion, which is 235% of GDP and 70% owned by the Japanese government which is the only buyer of new issues. And even at almost 0% interest rates, Japan can’t afford even the interest on the debt without issuing more debt. As I have stated for a while, the Japanese economy will sink into the Pacific together with the Yen. I could go on since there isn’t one country which is in a sound economic position.
Deutsche Bank Share Price Down 94%!
Just to give an example of a bankrupt bank and therefore a potential trigger for the next global financial crisis, let’s look at Deutsche Bank – DB. We only need to look at the share price which tells us everything. DB’s share price has lost 94% since 2007. A stock that loses all but 6% of its value is virtually guaranteed to go to zero. It is only a matter of how long it takes. Since DB is one of the biggest banks, a collapse would have implications for the global banking system. DB is just too-big-to-fail. But it is also too big to survive. Especially as it has a sick balance sheet. DB is one of the biggest banks in the world and also part of the German establishment. Thus neither the German government, nor the Fed or other central banks will let it fall without a massive rescue effort.
But how can DB survive with a balance sheet that would be the envy of the shrewdest fraudster? Share capital and reserves are EUR 54 billion, which is 1.8% of total assets. So a credit loss of 2% would make the bank insolvent. They will be lucky if credit losses would only reach 20%. But wait, now we add derivatives at EUR 44 trillion. DB’s net worth only covers 0.1% of the derivatives. So a loss of only 0.1% on the derivatives portfolio is all it would take to bankrupt DB.
Deutsche Bank Share Price Headed To Zero
Now, like all banks, the DB management will argue that the net derivatives exposure is only a fraction of the EUR 44 trillion. What they are not taking into account is that when counterparty fails, gross exposure remains gross. Thus no netting. Also, as I explained above, when derivatives fail in a bear market there will be no liquidity and no buyers. And this bank that the board states is worth EUR 54 billion as a going concern is clearly not considered as a going concern by the stock market since the market value is only EUR 13 billion or 23% of the board’s valuation. Hmmm!
DB is one of the worst banks, but when the financial crisis unravels, we will find that most banks are in dire straits. Unlimited money printing is not far away and with that comes hyperinflation and interest rates no longer negative or 0-2% but in the teens or higher. The catalyst for the coming cataclysm in the world economy can come from anywhere, like Deutsche Bank, US junk bonds or Japan. Whatever the catalyst is, it will lead to panic in markets with confidence evaporating and fear setting in.
Now is the time to prepare for this. It will soon be too late. Gold should be part of everyone’s wealth preservation strategy…For those who would like to read more of Egon von Greyerz’s fantastic articles CLICK HERE.
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Record Gold Buying Launches Gold Above $1,400, Plus Look At The Surprise In Silver CLICK HERE TO READ
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More articles to follow…
One of the most important interviews of 2019…
Gold Will Spike To $1,700 In A Matter Of Months
Michael Oliver: “We’re in a major situation in gold. It happens that right now we are sitting on an explosive situation in gold and gold stocks. I suspect that by the end of the year we will see at least $1,700 gold. But by no means is that the end of the move…To continue listening to one of the most important interviews of 2019 CLICK HERE OR ON THE IMAGE BELOW.
Michael Oliver worked directly with the Chairman of the COMEX in the 1970s bull market in gold and silver and he also called the 1987 stock market crash!
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