How Much Gold (or Silver) Should You Have?

This Week:

  • A Chart-apallooza or Chart-fest
  • Making Sense Of The Sudden Market Plunge
  • Ray Dalio on Interest Rates and More QE
  • How Much Gold (or Silver) Should You Have?


Prices and Charts

Spot Price Today / oz Weekly Change ($) Weekly Change (%)
NZD Gold $1750.74 + $27.36 + 1.58%
USD Gold $1225.20 – $9.20 – 0.81%
NZD Silver $22.06 – $1.26 – 5.40%
USD Silver $14.18 – $1.17 – 7.62%
NZD/USD 0.6427 – 0.0156 – 2.36%

So, enough action in that week in the global economy for you?

Massive down days in global stock markets interspersed with some large bounces. Gold has risen but has since pulled back a bit. Silver has fallen.

Shades of 2008 perhaps?

What’s the cause of this volatility?

The mainstream line from what we’ve read seems to blame it all on China’s stockmarket. That seems a rather large over simplification to us.

Market PlungeWe have an article posted on the site by Chris Martenson which does a much better job of explaining things we reckon.

It looks at how markets are completely broken, how and why emerging markets have been hit first, and why currencies and stock markets are falling.

Making Sense Of The Sudden Market Plunge

Gold and Silver Charts

Gold (finally) acting as a safe haven again, surging higher while stock markets everywhere plunged this week.

In New Zealand dollar terms gold reached its highest level in almost 2 years. It has since backed off but possibly broken higher. We will need to see it get solidly above NZ$1800 now.

NZD Gold Chart

Definitely shades of 2008 for silver. While gold rose during the week, silver plunged 5.40% in NZ dollar terms this week. So acting much like it did back then and following shares and commodities lower. The question now is will it continue to do this or take a lead from gold at some stage soon?

NZD Silver Chart

The NZ Dollar resumed its slide this week. Intraday Tuesday it actually plunged right down below 63 cents before staging a reversal. Who knows whether that was a bottom for it or not. At some point this US Dollar strength will have to end, but who knows if we are there yet.

NZ Dollar Chart

Gold and Silver Chart-fest

We thought the week’s action was well summed up visually. So we have a feature article this week looking at various measures in chart form. Now while there is an argument that in these days of manipulated markets, what use is technical analysis?

But charts still show us where the price has been, both recently and on an historical basis. So they can at least give us some clues as to where we could go from here.

Gold & Silver Chart-festIn this article we look at:

  • The Dow/Gold Ratio
  • The Gold/Silver Ratio
  • The NZ Housing to Gold Ratio
  • Gold and Silver Charts in NZ Dollars
  • Gold Mining Shares

Gold and Silver Chart-fest




Salinas PriceWe’ll keep this weeks email brief as there are plenty of articles on the site for you to dig into already. Plus a video interview with our “favourite billionaire” Hugo Salinas Price. interesting that he thinks the next rise in gold will be its last. See why…

Hugo Salinas Price: We’re Going to be Drowning in Worthless Paper


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Ray Dalio on Interest Rates and More QE

Hedgefund manager Ray Dalio who recently stated “If You Don’t Own Gold, You Know Neither History Nor Economics“, this week released his latest letter to his clients.

In it he laid out why he believes the Federal Reserve should be looking to engage in further money printing, rather than raise interest rates in short term. He believes deflation is the big risk at the moment and if the Fed does tighten it will spell trouble.

Business Insider published part of this letter yesterday and we think it is worth printing in full here:

“As you know, the Fed and our templates for how the economic machine works are quite different so our views about what is happening and what should be done are quite different.

To us the economy works like a perpetual motion machine in which short-term interest rates are kept below the returns of other asset classes and the returns of other asset classes are more volatile (because they have longer duration) than cash. That relationship exists because a) central banks want interest rates to be lower than the returns that those who are borrowing to invest can generate from that borrowing in order to make their activities profitable and b) longer-term assets have more duration that makes them more volatile than cash, which is perceived as risk, and investors will demand higher returns for riskier assets.

Given that, let’s now imagine how the machine works to affect debt, asset prices, and economic activity.

Because short-term interest rates are normally below the rates of return of longer-term assets, you’d expect people to borrow at the short-term interest rate and buy long-term assets to profit from the spread. That is what they do. These long-term assets might be businesses, the assets that make these businesses work well, equities, etc. People also borrow for consumption. Borrowing to buy is tempting because, over the short term, one can have more without a penalty and, because of the borrowing and buying, the assets bought tend to go up, which rewards the leveraged borrower. That fuels asset price appreciation and most economic activity. It also leads to the building of leveraged long positions.

Of course, if short-term interest rates were always lower than the returns of other asset classes (i.e., the spreads were always positive), everyone would run out and borrow cash and own higher returning assets to the maximum degree possible. So there are occasional “bad” periods when that is not the case, at which time both people with leveraged long positions and the economy do badly. Central banks typically determine when these bad periods occur, just as they determine when the good periods occur, by affecting the spreads. Typically they narrow the spreads (by raising interest rates) when the growth in demand is growing faster than the growth in capacity to satisfy it and the amount of unused capacity (e.g., the GDP gap) is tight (which they do to curtail inflation), and they widen the spreads when the opposite configuration exists, which causes cycles. That’s what the Fed is now thinking of doing—i.e., raising interest rates based on how central banks classically manage the classic cycle. In our opinion, that is because they are paying too much attention to that cycle and not enough attention to secular forces.

As a result of these short-term (typically 5 to 8 year) expansions punctuated by years of less contraction, this leveraged long bias, along with asset prices and economic activity, increases in several steps forward for each step backwards. We call each step forward the expansion phase of each short-term debt cycle (or the expansion phase of each business cycle) and we call each step back the contraction phase of each short-term debt cycle (or the recession phase of the business cycle). In other words, because there are a few steps forward for every one step back, a long-term debt cycle results. Debts rise relative to incomes until they can’t rise any more.

Interest rate declines help to extend the process because lower interest rates a) cause asset prices to rise because they lower the discount rate that future cash flows are discounted at, thus raising the present value of these assets, b) make it more affordable to borrow, and c) reduce the interest costs of servicing debt. For example, since 1981, every cyclical peak and every cyclical low in interest rates was lower than the one before it until short-term interest rates hit 0%, at which time credit growth couldn’t be increased by lowering interest rates so central banks printed money and bought bonds, leading the sellers of those bonds to use the cash they received to buy assets that had higher expected returns, which drove those asset prices up and drove their expected returns down to levels that left the spreads relatively low.

That’s where we find ourselves now—i.e., interest rates around the world are at or near 0%, spreads are relatively narrow (because asset prices have been pushed up) and debt levels are high. As a result, the ability of central banks to ease is limited, at a time when the risks are more on the downside than the upside and most people have a dangerous long bias. Said differently, the risks of the world being at or near the end of its long-term debt cycle are significant.

That is what we are most focused on. We believe that is more important than the cyclical influences that the Fed is apparently paying more attention to.

While we don’t know if we have just passed the key turning point, we think that it should now be apparent that the risks of deflationary contractions are increasing relative to the risks of inflationary expansion because of these secular forces. These long-term debt cycle forces are clearly having big effects on China, oil producers, and emerging countries which are overly indebted in dollars and holding a huge amount of dollar assets—at the same time as the world is holding large leveraged long positions.

While, in our opinion, the Fed has over-emphasized the importance of the “cyclical” (i.e., the short-term debt/business cycle) and underweighted the importance of the “secular” (i.e., the long-term debt/supercycle), they will react to what happens. Our risk is that they could be so committed to their highly advertised tightening path that it will be difficult for them to change to a significantly easier path if that should be required.”

Remember this is from a guy who has made 13% a year since 1975 and manages $170 Billion! We prefer to listen to him than bank economists and financial journalists.

If you’d like to learn more about his theory on how the global economy currently works and how this leads his thinking he has a great 30 minute video available on Youtube. Click the image below to watch:

How the Economic Machine Works


How Much Gold (or Silver) Should You Have?

If you’re new to the world of precious metals, a common question to ask is “How much gold and/or silver should I have?”

Risky InvestmentWe hear this often, but of course it is a very individual question that is impacted by many variables like age, net worth, other assets etc.

We have an article posted on the site that looks at a couple of scenarios that might help you determine what percentage of your net worth you should have in precious metals.

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This Weeks Articles:

Risky Investment

The Risky Investment that Could Make You Millions in the Next Financial Crisis

2015-08-24 21:52:57-04

A common question when people are considering buying gold or silver is “How much should I buy?” Everyone’s situation is different so there isn’t a hard and fast rule, but the following article gives a couple of good examples of the impact of holding different percentages of gold in a financial crisis. You will clearly […]

Read More…
Making Sense

Making Sense Of The Sudden Market Plunge

2015-08-24 22:21:05-04

Unless you’ve been “out bush” the last few days, you won’t have been able to escape the news of the sharemarket rout that is going on across the planet. So what has caused this? What’s it all about? We’ve read a few articles on the topic but one from an old favourite of ours, Chris Martenson, […]

Read More…
Hugo Salina Price

Hugo Salinas Price: We’re Going to be Drowning in Worthless Paper

2015-08-25 20:45:06-04

We posted a couple of weeks ago an article “Will China play the gold card?” from our “favourite billionaire” Hugo Salinas Price. He discussed the idea that China might devalue their currency against gold. His thoughts were of course well timed given that China did devalue their currency only days later, not directly against gold […]

Read More…
Gold and Silver Fest

Gold and Silver Chart-fest

2015-08-26 08:22:41-04

Given the big moves down in global sharemarkets and corresponding moves up in gold in recent days we thought it timely to take a look at a number of gold and silver charts. To see where we are, where we’ve been, and maybe even to have a stab at where we might be going! (Stab […]

Read More…
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