Peter Schiff: QE Addiction is Fueling the Fire that Sends Gold Higher
There are several reasons the world economy is unsustainable within the current systems. Peter Schiff believes the biggest factor is countries like the US which have huge deficits. They have low production rates requiring mass imports of goods in exchange for pieces of paper that are losing their value. This forms imbalances which destabilize the global economy. There are also enormous amounts of bonds and unfunded liabilities which creates vulnerability to a backup in interest rates. If rates go up, they can’t afford to pay.
Another key factor is the US dollar being rooted as the reserve currency. Emerging markets are sitting on stockpiles of US Treasuries, bought to prevent the dollar from crashing. Many developing countries peg their currencies, or want to limit the value of their own currency relative to the dollar for fear of jeopardizing their export economy. This makes distortions in economies resulting in all sorts of malinvestments from the trade imbalances.
He predicts that the Fed will cut interest rates and go through another period of quantitative easing that’s larger in scope than the previous one. QE is a detrimental addiction of the monetary system. To turn things around the Fed would need to quit cold turkey resulting in stock and bond markets crashing, and banks failing- which the Fed doesn’t have the stomach for. Instead of a crash, the Fed will do what they can to prevent it with more cheap money.
Peter owns many individual gold stocks and manages a Euro Pacific gold fund (EPGFX) which is up 130% so far this year. He recommends diversifying outside of gold, and not keeping money in the US or other countries that are having significant problems. It’s unlikely, but if the Fed becomes aggressive in their tightening, it could send gold prices down- but stocks, bonds, and real estate would be brought down even faster. He proposes that if we go back to QE and 0% interest- the price of gold might go ballistic.
Talking points from this week’s interview:
· Fed will continue QE to the detriment of the world economy
· Gold may go ballistic with more QE and 0% rates
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· At most, Bitcoin should be used as a speculative asset
Peter Schiff is one of the few non-biased investment advisors to have correctly called the current bear market before it began and to have positioned his clients accordingly. As a result of his accurate forecasts on the U.S. stock market, economy, real estate, the mortgage meltdown, credit crunch, subprime debacle, commodities, gold and the dollar, he is becoming increasingly more renowned. He has been quoted in many of the nation’s leading newspapers. He is the author of the best-selling book, “Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse”. Mr. Schiff began his investment career as a financial consultant with Shearson Lehman Brothers, after having earned a degree in finance and accounting from U.C. Berkeley in 1987. A financial professional for over twenty years he joined Euro Pacific in 1996 and has served as its President since January 2000. He is also Chairmain of SchiffGold a precious metals dealer based out of Manhattan. An expert on money, economic theory, and international investing, Peter is a highly recommended broker by many leading financial newsletters and investment advisory services.