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Faber - “How Could You NOT Own Gold?”

 -- Published: Wednesday, 2 April 2014 | Print  | Disqus 

Today’s AM fix was USD 1,284.00, EUR 930.91 and GBP 771.26 per ounce.
Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,286.50, EUR 932.45 and GBP 772.67 per ounce.

Gold fell $2.80 or 0.22% yesterday to $1,280.50/oz. Silver rose $0.02 or 0.1% yesterday to $19.81/oz.

Dr Marc Faber and Jim Rickards at the WWD Conference in Melbourne

Gold climbed in London, its first rise in 3 days. It is believed that the seven week low will lead to renewed physical buying in China. Gold bullion of 99.99% purity for delivery in Shanghai traded at a premium to the London price earlier today, Bloomberg data showed. China was last year’s largest gold buyer and is already on course to surpass last years record demand.

Gold fell 3.2% in March due in large part to speculation that the Fed may reduce their massive monetary stimulus and return to more orthodox monetary policies. However, gold was 6.8% higher in the first quarter as many investors viewed the 28% sell off in 2013 as a buying opportunity.

Gold in U.S. Dollars - January 2011 To April 2014 (Thomson Reuters)

Geopolitical risk and the Ukraine crisis led to safe haven demand and may be leading to renewed central bank diversification into gold including from Russia itself.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen said in March that the central bank may end its bond-buying program this fall and increase borrowing costs six months after that. Yellen then changed her tune this week saying that the “considerable slack” in labor markets showed that accommodative policies will be needed for “some time.”

Gold “Is A Present From God And I Wish It Would Go Lower So I Could Buy More” - Faber
After a long first day of presentations at the WWD conference in Melbourne, the international keynote speakers, Marc Faber, Jim Rickards, Richard Duncan and John Robb got up on the stage to answer questions on topics ranging from Bitcoin, to China’s economy to gold.

Faber said his concern about Bitcoin was how reliant it is on the internet and electricity networks functioning properly, something that can’t be taken for granted in the age of digital warfare.

Technology risk is something we have warned of for sometime. It shows the importance of not having all your savings and wealth in digital currencies in banks, in digital currencies like bitcoin and emerging crypto currencies or indeed in digital gold formats whereby you are very dependent on and exposed to websites, servers and technology in general.

WWD: Money, War and Survival in the Digital Age heard from Faber that gold, unlike digital assets, is a physical asset and that it had performed superbly until September 2011.

Faber said that gold has been in a correction since then, which isn’t unusual in a money printing environment. On gold at today’s prices, Faber said that “the fact is that gold down is a present from God and I wish it would go lower so I could buy more,” he said.

The big proviso Faber added was that he had to physically own coins and bars. He also warned that people would be ‘mad’ to own any asset, including gold, in the U.S. Previously, Faber has said that he favors owning gold in fully allocated gold accounts in Singapore and Switzerland.

Jim Rickards said that gold should remain an essential part of diversified portfolios and Mark Faber pointed out that the question should be “how could you NOT own gold?”

The question echoes observations Faber made in January 2013, when he told a well known CNBC presenter that she was “in great danger because you don’t own any gold.” Before wittily reassuring her that she had “a golden personality.”

Webinar: Dr Marc Faber On Gold, Silver and Asset Allocation In An Uncertain World
This Friday only, April 4th, Dr Marc Faber will give insights into his strategies for protecting and growing wealth in 2014 and beyond.
Register today and don't miss this opportunity to hear one of the world's most respected investment experts.

In this webinar, some of the topics covered with Dr Faber include:

Asian Century?
Western stagnation or collapse?
Implications of events in Ukraine
Allocations to precious metals?
How to own precious metals?
Dollar cost average or lump sum?
Take profits/ rebalance or buy and hold for long term?
When to sell?
Favoured asset allocation?
Other investment and business opportunities?

Dr Faber’s webinar takes place this Friday, April 4th, 2014, at 0900 BST (0900 British Standard Time or London and UK time). Register to attend the event or to receive a recording of the webinar.

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