Peter Cooper

Oxford-educated business journalist Peter Cooper has been a senior business editor in Dubai for the past 20 years and the author of three books, including the 2008 best-seller ‘Opportunity Dubai: Making a Fortune in the Middle East.’

He came to the region after an award-winning career in London journalism, first to launch the Gulf Business magazine and then headed up the editorial side of the AME Info website in the 2000s before it was sold to Emap plc. He was also editor of the ArabianMoney financial comment website.

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Does a big surge in silver coin sales worldwide indicate a price hike like 2009-2011 is coming?

Posted on 02 October 2015 with no comments from readers


A recent Reuters report about surging silver coin sales all over the world (click here) has precious metal investors wondering if this is not an early sign of the sort of increased physical metal demand that would surely precede another big take-off in silver prices like in 2009 to 2011 when silver rocketed from $8.50 to $49.50 an ounce, still just short of its 1980 all-time high.

The US Mint today reported third quarter sales of silver eagle coins running at their highest level for 29 years. That might seem odd with the price of silver so low but then this price is set in the Comex futures exchange and so has more to do with paper trading that the real metal.

The mints quite fairly point out that there is a shortage of coin manufacturing capacity rather than a shortage of actual silver. Indeed, silver prices have slumped this year along with all other industrial metals due to the emerging recession in China and its impact on demand for the metal.

Low prices now

However, those stocking up on coins are not particularly worried by the higher and higher premiums now being paid on the spot price because they can see scope for a considerable advance in prices now down 70 per cent from their 2011 highs. Silver should be a very good candidate for a recovery in another bout of money printing after a more serious shake-out in stock markets.

Remember what happened back in late 2008 to March 2009 when stock markets bottomed out. Then as now silver prices also suffered bad falls. But when it came to the recovery phase nothing beat the advance in silver prices with a 700 per cent surge over the next two years. Gold was quite a long way behind and the stock market nowhere near silver.

Of course buyers now could be buying the shiniest metal too early. Maybe the stock market will tank and take commodity prices even lower, although to be honest it is equally plausible to argue that the bombed out commodities sector has already had its big crash and it will be stocks next.

Last time around money printing did much more for commodity prices than stocks in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. Some bears are already talking about negative interest rates and a QE4 program. Nothing would light a fire under precious metal prices more quickly.

Smart investors?

So who says the smaller investors all round the world buying silver coins are behaving irrationally. Surely the irrational ones are those who still have their money in a stock market in the early phases of a bear market, or bonds that pay very low yields.

Still you can’t expect professional investment analysts to get things right all the time. They missed silver entirely last time and will do so again.

You have to look for alternative commentators to find appropriate advice when things are going wrong on Wall Street, unless you want to be completely ruined!

No logical reason left not to buy gold and silver as the Fed’s bluff on interest rates is over

Posted on 25 September 2015 with no comments from readers


Investors have no logical reason left not to buy gold and silver. The Federal Reserve is clearly involved in a failing bluff on interest rates that it dare not raise because the global economy is entering a recession.

Meanwhile, gold prices have already bounced $80 off the lows of last month which was the completion of a four-year, 50 per cent retracement of the gold bull market, a classic market pattern before a big price lift-off that even a blind man can see.

Absent interest rate rises there is no logical reason for gold prices to stay at these levels. They only got this low because interest rates were supposed to be going up. Now they are not and so gold prices have a lot of room to increase. The Fed’s bluff is over. Janet Yellen was practically carried off the stage last night.

Thing to buy

Other asset classes are not in this position. Share, bond and real estate prices are already over-extended and ripe for a fall because of the upcoming global recession and its inevitable impact on most asset prices. Just look at how Caterpillar shares got whacked yesterday because it is firing 10,000 staff due to the global business slump.

Indeed, looking forward and what we must have on the horizon is a more accommodative monetary policy, not tightening. Interest rate rises will not happen next year. Far from it, we should be considering the impact of negative rates and some kind of QE4 money printing program.

This is what will follow the inevitable share crash that is coming this autumn as the economic reality of international business becomes only too apparent. Caterpillar is just the first casualty. It will not be the last. In a recession most businesses will shed jobs.

We are also going to see bankruptcies and business failures. Then there is the impact on the banks who have lent them money. What about the many hundreds of billions of dollars that Western banks have lent to Chinese corporates? This is the stuff of a major banking crisis.

Global crisis of confidence

Now where do people put their money when they can’t trust banks or governments? They flee into precious metals. And as they do so the demand for gold and silver rises sharply while the supply is necessarily constrained by limited stockpiles and falling production levels.

So the price will go up. Not by $20 like it did yesterday but $100 in a matter of days, and this will compound to gold and silver prices nobody can even commit to print at the moment. Who would have said the S&P 500 would triple when it hit the bottom in March 2009?

Well gold hit its bottom last month, and now the only way is up. There is no logical reason left not to buy gold and silver.

Martin Armstrong’s Armageddon scenario looms as Fed has now lost control: $5,000+ gold anybody?

Posted on 21 September 2015 with no comments from readers


The man who forecast $5,000+ gold prices for 2016 back in 2009 (click here), and whose cycle model predicts a big disruption in global financial markets at the close of this month, has spoken out against the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep interest rates on hold last week.

‘There is a lot of speculation about why the Fed seems so reluctant to ‘normalize monetary policy’, he writes on his website. ‘There are of course the typical domestic issues that there is low inflation, weak wage gains in the face of strong job growth, a hike will increase the Federal deficit and then there is the argument that corporations that now have $12.5 trillion in debt.

Market forces

‘All that is nice, but with corporate debt, our clients are locking in long-term at these levels, not funding anything short-term. Those clients who have listened are preparing for what is to come unlike government which has been forced to shorten the average duration of their debts blind to what happens when rates rise, which will be set in motion by the markets – not Yellen.

‘The Fed is really caught between a rock and a very dark place. Yes, they have the IMF and the world pleading with them not to raise rates for it will hurt other debtors who borrowed excessively using dollars to save money.

‘The Fed is also caught between domestic policy objectives that dictate they MUST raise rates of they will bankrupt countless pension funds and international where emerging markets will go into default because commodities have collapsed and they have no way of paying off this debt that has risen to about 50 per cent of the US national debt.

‘By avoiding the normalization of interest rates (hikes), the Fed has encouraged government to spend far more than they realize because money is cheap. This will eventually light the fire under the economy helping to fuel the sovereign debt crisis. There appears to be no hope for the Fed and they will be forced to raise rates only when they see asset inflation in equities. Then they will have no choice.’

Man who made a billion on Black Monday in August says this is just the beginning for volatility

Posted on 19 September 2015 with no comments from readers


Mark Spitznagel won’t confirm or deny the rumors that he made a billion dollars on Black Monday last month through effective hedging. He talks to Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo and says this is just the beginning for volatility to come.

How do you allocate capital is such an environment? Something like cash in the short run…

‘Mini-perfect storm’ for gold and a positive hurricane brewing for silver

Posted on 18 September 2015 with 1 comment from readers


Gold futures climbed again on Friday and eyed a solid weekly gain of around three per cent or higher, with analysts giving the credit to the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep interest rates at historically low levels.

‘Gold seems to be holding on to gains, and perhaps this is a mini-perfect storm for gold,’ said William Adams, head of research for Fastmarkets, explaining that ‘prices are low, other asset classes are relative high and interest rates will stay down for longer.’

Silver hurricane?

But then if gold was doing well its volatile sister was outperforming to the upside with prices set for gains of more than five per cent for the week, and a positive hurricane seems to be brewing in the silver camp. Remember 2008-11 when silver jumped from $8 to $48.50 an ounce?

Gold for December delivery was up two per cent to $1,140 an ounce at the time of writing on Friday, while December silver had leapt to $15.40 an ounce.

Analysts led by Goldman Sachs had previously emphasized that higher interest rates would hurt gold because it doesn’t pay interest, meaning some investors would step away from it. Plus, higher rates lift the dollar and a stronger greenback can weigh on dollar-denominated commodities as they become pricier for holders of other currencies.

In the event the Fed was having none of this, and the weary business of trying to anticipate when it will finally raise rates must start again. However, more stormy global economic clouds ahead could now kick rate rises into the very long grass.

Great expectations

To turn Goldman’s somewhat dubious logic – as gold has often risen with interest rates in the past – on its head, then surely gold and silver prices have only one way to go absent interest rate rises.

Hedge funds and other momentum traders are always on the look out for trading positions like this, where you just buy and ride the momentum upwards. Could it be that stocks will now continue to head downwards while precious metals step up into the great blue yonder?

The trend is your friend, until it is not.

QE4 is coming warns ‘Dr. Doom’ Marc Faber so buy gold!

Posted on 09 September 2015 with 7 comments from readers


The original ‘Dr. Doom’ Marc Faber is warning that the Fed’s raising of interest rates will cause such an almighty crash that it will be forced to revert to money printing with QE4.

He remembers how Fed policy reversed the 2008-9 slump in equities but the biggest gainer in the next two years was precious metals. Could history be about to repeat itself again?

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