By Dominique de Kevelioc de Bailleul
“The precious metal markets feel just like the summer of 2010,” Goldmoney Chairman James Turk told King World News, Monday. With European woes presently the primary focus among investors, as it was at about the same time in 2010, Turk suggested the monster rally that began in the summer of 2010 is overdue for a major move to well past $2,000 and $50 for gold and silver prices, respectively.
In the summer of 2010, gold and silver prices took 31 months to recover and eventually breakout to new bull market highs following the Lehman collapse.
It’s been 14 months since the brutal correction in PM prices from the April 2011 highs, but Turk believes the corrective phase may have run its course, with “sentiment being at rock bottom” as an historically reliable hint of an imminent market about-face to higher prices.
To illustrate Turk’s point, in order to match today’s abysmally low market sentiment in the precious metals, we have to go back to October 2008, the month of panic from the post-Lehman debacle.
During that month of impending doom, which coincided with the absolute bottom of the silver crash of $8.50, off from the high in March 2008 of $21, Bloomberg wrote, “It looks like we’re on the edge of a bottomless pit in precious metals … Confidence is at rock bottom. No one wants to be long any commodity.”
From Reuters, a month later, in November 2008, “Fears of a global recession will continue to weigh on silver prices. Globally, we’re in a new paradigm. It’s difficult for anyone to know exactly where the bottom is.”
Fast forward to the summer of 2010, Turk famously predicted a seasonally-unusual late-summer rally in the precious metals—a rally which, in retrospect, was the result of market participants front-running an expected announcement of further ‘quantitative easing’ from the Fed.
It turns out, the front-runners were correct. On Nov. 3 2010, the Fed announced QE2, the buying of $600 billion of U.S. Treasury securities. Gold and silver prices soared, with gold jumping from $1,175 to $1,920 and silver soaring from $17.50 to nearly $50 throughout a 13-month rally in the precious metals.
Today, the market is on the cusp of another monster rally, according to Turk, and the “eery” feeling he has of a replay from the Fed, the catalyst for the entire bull market rally in the monetary metals, could be gleaned from post-FOMC comments as well as speeches and writings of Fed ‘officials’ of late. The latest speech comes from San Francisco Fed President and CEO, John Williams, who attempts to condition the markets to incorrectly conclude that the Fed’s QE initiatives don’t correlate to consumer price inflation—a point also, coincidentally, made by the Tokyo Rose of the gold market, Jon Nadler, in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Jun. 22. See BER article, Jon Nadler, Another Fed Whore
In a speech by the Fed’s Williams, Tuesday, titled,Monetary Policy, Money and Inflation, he stated, “In a world where the Fed pays interest on bank reserves, traditional theories that tell of a mechanical link between reserves, money supply, and, ultimately, inflation are no longer valid.
“Over the past four years, the Federal Reserve has more than tripled the monetary base, a key determinant of money supply. Some commentators have sounded an alarm that this massive expansion of the monetary base will inexorably lead to high inflation, à la Friedman. Despite these dire predictions, inflation in the United States has been the dog that didn’t bark.”
Economist, John Williams (the other John Williams) of ShadowStats.com, disagrees. According to the ShadowStats.com website, Williams published (see chart, above) how the Fed attempts to divorce Fed actions from market effects by jury-rigging consumer price data. ShadowStats Williams’ CPI model of 1980 reveals inflation running at nearly 10 percent, not the 2.1 percent published by the Fed.
According to Goldmoney’s Turk, investors of precious metals should buy during these phases of very low market sentiment and lulls in Fed policy, because when the Fed actually makes the announcement for more ‘quantitative easing’, a good amount of the move in the precious metals will happen before the announcement, as was the case in 2010.
The silver price, for example, climbed nearly 50 percent to $25, leading up to the day of the QE2 announcement of Nov. 3, up from its summer 2010 low of $17.33. After the Fed QE2 announcement of further U.S. Treasury buying of $600 billion, silver doubled in price within six months.
Turk expects another big move, like the one that began in the summer of 2010, and he urges investors to accumulate more metals before the formal announcement of QE3, not after.