Last week’s New Orleans Investment Conference featured several speakers who predicted $3,000 to $5,000 gold prices within the next few years, but that would normally be expected in a gold-oriented conference. We’re more impressed when mainstream banks and investment advisors predict much higher gold prices. We’ve mentioned Bank of America and Goldman Sachs in recent months, but Germany’s Commerzbank was one of the first major banks to predict higher gold prices – several years ago.
After enduring the first two debates with challenged moderators, I’m tempted to say “we don’t need no stinking moderators” at these election-year debates. After all, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas simply got up and talked for a couple of hours and found a way to get to the core of the issues their audiences cared about. What’s wrong with the candidates just asking each other a series of questions?
Do you remember the Bicentennial of 1976 and all the tall ships in New York harbor and the welcome celebration of America’s 200th birthday? It came after Watergate, Vietnam, and a very dark time in U.S. history, something like the Covid-19 pandemic, urban riots, racial tension, political divisions, and recession we’ve suffered in 2020 and may see continuing next year, depending on the election outcome.
One looming light at the end of the tunnel is America’s 250th birthday on July 4, 2026. One encouraging note is that on this Columbus Day weekend, The New York Times has begun to back away from its destructive “1619 Project,” which purported to change America’s birth date to the arrival of the first slave and thereby cast the entire national history as a slave-centered story. This helped lead to a summer of destroyed statues of George Washington and other Founding Fathers with “1619” painted on them in great disrespect.
1st American Reserve's Mike Fuljenz contributed this piece of news of what we can look forward to in 2021. Last Thursday, the U.S. Mint unveiled the new reverse design for the American Eagle Gold and Silver bullion and collectible coins for 2021, a year which marks the centennial of the first Peace Dollar and the final Morgan Dollar year as well as the 35th anniversary of the American Eagle Coin, which debuted in 1986.
1st American Reserve thinks this is a great post taken from the THE MIKE FULJENZ METALS MARKET REPORT of 9/30/2020.
History has made General George Washington’s winter in Valley Forge, PA (1777-78) a story of great courage, and indeed it was, but the next three winters with his dwindling army in northern winter camps were much more trying. Washington’s last major battle was at Monmouth, New Jersey, June 28, 1778. It was a draw after Washington rallied his retreating troops. The following three years and four months were a tale of strategic retreats with a dwindling army and few supplies from a bankrupt nation and Congress, using a worthless currency called “The Continental.” Many farmers preferred selling their produce to the British Army with their “hard” currency, the British pound, thereby impoverishing the Patriot army.
Here are two portraits of the U.S. Army entering their winter quarters in 1779 and 1780, taken from Ron Chernow’s “Washington: A Life.” He is the author who wrote the biography of Alexander Hamilton, which became the basis for the Broadway musical, “Hamilton,” and his most recent biography is “Grant.”
Now that gold prices have set a new high, we have seen more price predictions above $3,000 per ounce. This week, I noticed that the same person who once bet my friend Gary Alexander that gold would fall below $1,000 in 2017 – and later predicted gold would go above $3,000 – has now predicted $5,000 gold.
This is an article that 1st American Reserve finds important for its clients to know about. Gold has been rising when the dollar falls and falling a bit when it rises, but when the dollar begins to fall farther and faster, you can expect a strong rush to gold, as has been happening in Turkey and – to a lesser extent – in countries like Russia and Argentina, where their currency is chronically weak. The Wall Street Journal wrote about this last week in an article entitled, “In Turkey, Weak Lira Powers Fresh Gold Rush: Turkish households bought record volumes of gold this summer – and safe boxes to keep it at home.”
Gold rose $23 Monday morning, September 14, from $1,940 to $1,963, before settling into the high $1950s, mostly based on a weaker dollar, which was in turn based on hopes of continued “quantitative easing” by the Federal Reserve when they meet this Tuesday and Wednesday. Gold futures also rose $13 last week. In addition, gold-backed ETFs rose for the ninth straight month in August, as 39 tons of bullion worth, $2.1 billion at market prices, were added to gold ETFs in August, with seven tons bought in Asia.
Major mainstream investment advisory services are now predicting gold prices more than doubling in the next 2-3 years. First of all, Bloomberg Intelligence “is not ruling out $4,000 gold by 2023,” noting that the gold bull market is “just beginning.” Despite silver’s recent surge – growing twice as fast as gold since spring – Bloomberg Intelligence senior commodity strategist Mike McGlone LAO predicts that gold will outperform silver in the second half of the year, due primarily to a weak economy and weaker dollar.
“Gold has the catalysts to maintain performance leadership into year-end, in our view,” McGlone wrote. “Central-bank rate easing and U.S. bond yields gravitating toward zero are solid underpinnings for gold, as is the potential for increased U.S. stock-market volatility approaching the presidential election.”
1st America Reserve's hometown, Beaumont, Texas survives Hurricane Laura – But Lake Charles Was Hit Hard. As indicated in the previous week’s Metals Report, 1st American Reserve came through Hurricane Laura reasonably unscathed. We endured one day of rolling electrical backouts but most of us were either at work or were helping others in need, and we were all back at work in full force the next Monday. That wasn’t the case for our friends and family in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Mike Fuljenz original hometown. Hurricane Laura, the strongest hurricane ever to hit Louisiana, went right over Lake Charles with the highest winds on the eastern wall of Laura’s eye hitting the city directly. The peaceful eye never even gave them a moment of relief.
During the first eight months of 2020, 589,500 Troy ounces of Gold American Eagles were sold by the U.S. Mint vs. only 122,000 ounces for the same eight months in 2019, a 383% increase. This was despite periodic work shutdowns this year due to coronavirus, and a complete cessation of production of the popular $5 tenth-ounce gold Eagles for a three-month period. Production of the $5 gold Eagles finally resumed in July, with 35,000 of the smaller coins sold in July and another 30,000 sold in August.
In the last week of August every year, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City hosts a central bankers’ convention in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, near the Grand Teton mountain range. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting was held “virtually” via Zoom. In his keynote address last Thursday, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell clearly stated that the Fed’s primary goal for the foreseeable future will be to fight unemployment and let inflation run however high it will run. He even said the Fed will now allow inflation to overshoot their previous 2% target. This is in directly opposite of what the Fed faced 40 years ago, in 1980, when inflation was enemy #1. Fed chair Paul Volcker faced inflation, unemployment and interest rates ALL in the double-digits, providing the basis for gold’s initial run up to $850 in early 1980.
As I indicated in last week’s Metals Report, our company came through last week’s hurricane reasonably unscathed. We endured one day of rolling electrical backouts but most of us were either at work or were helping others in need, and we were all back at work in full force on Monday. That wasn’t the case for my friends and family in Lake Charles, Louisiana, my original hometown. Hurricane Laura, the hardest hurricane ever to hit Louisiana, went right over Lake Charles, La. and Orange, Tx. with the highest winds on the eastern wall of Laura’s eye hitting Lake Charles directly. The peaceful eye never even gave them a moment of relief.
Gold had a good week, rallying after every correction. On Monday, August 31, gold rallied as the dollar weakened to its lowest level in two years as U.S. coronavirus cases topped six million. (Investors have often bought gold as a hedge against economic uncertainty, such as times when the coronavirus pandemic has worsened, or when the economy has flattened after beginning to rise.) For the month of August, gold reached its peak on August 6 and then remained above $1,900 in late August, while silver kept rising.