The slow summer months for the precious metals market will be anything but slow this year, according to precious metals expert, James Turk.
In an interview with Eric King of King World News, the founder of bullion storage firm, Goldmoney.com, said he expects gold and silver to rally strongly this summer, bucking the 30-year established seasonal trend of softness in metals prices during the summer months of July and August—the time of year when gold and silver typically put in lows for the year.
However, Turk believes the lows were already made in May during the cascading sell off in silver from its perch of nearly $50, taking the white metal to the $32 level and the yellow metal to $1,480 in a sell off—triggered by some profit taking and multiple, rapid succession, and controversial futures margin hikes instituted by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
“What we are seeing right now is a double-bottom in silver with gold staying strong near $1,500,” Turk said to KWN. “With options expiration on both exchanges now behind us, we can expect a bounce from here.”
Turk cites growing tensions among populations around the world as politicians increasingly shift the burden of bad loans made by banks onto the public books. Greece’s spectral will prove to be only the beginning of civil unrest in Europe this summer, Turk predicts.
“We’ve got civil disobedience growing in different countries,” said Turk. “People are becoming fed up by bad decisions made by politicians that favor bankers rather than taxpayers.”
“People just have not come to grips with the fact that governments are running out of money,” Turk added, “which brings to mind my favorite Margaret Thatcher quote, ‘The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.’ There is also a great deal of non-union tension as rising costs are continuing to erode people’s living standards.”
In sharp contrast to predictions made this week by Swiss money manager Marc Faber, who said on CNBC TV12 on June 29 that all asset prices will sink from a lack of Fed “stimulus” from its QE programs this summer and early Fall, Turk sees a rerun of the summer of 1982, instead.
It was then that the government of Mexico failed to make interest payments on its dollar-denominated sovereign notes during Paul Volker’s (the, then, chairman of the Federal Reserve) punishing interest rate increases of both the federal funds rate and discount rate. Through several currency devaluations, which ensued through to the end of the year of 1982, the Mexican government kicked off a run on the peso to the safe haven of gold. Gold soared to more than $520 by the first quarter of 1983, from approximately $290—the low set at the start of the crisis in July of 1982.
Turk expects another run to gold, but this time the people of Europe’s peripheral PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain) will trigger another golden summer of 1982.
“In fact, with bankruptcies of governments becoming more and more likely, the reasons for owning gold and silver have become even more pronounced,” Turk continued. “Summer has only just started, but I still see this as a summer that will be like 1982, one for the history books.”
Additionally, Turk points out that the gold/silver price ratio has widen significantly since the 31:1 print reached on April 28. The ratio has since moved back sharply to levels not seen since the 45:1 ratio was taken out to the downside in February during the silver price breakout above the closing high of $30.84 set on Dec. 31, 2010.
“I actually like the action of the gold/silver ratio; yesterday it closed at 44.5 so it is back at support,” said Turk. “This is a further indication to me that the correction has reached its nadir. The interesting thing about corrections like this Eric is how rapidly bullish sentiment evaporates even while the fundamental factors driving the metals higher this past ten years remains very favorable.”