Marc Faber: "The Only Way To Short Central Banks Is To Be Long Gold"

Amid all the turmoiling on global financial markets over the last few months, one 'asset' has held up surprisingly well (to some). As Marc Faber recently told SocGen's global strategy conference this week, gold has absorbed its fair share of the commodities-market blows in recent years, but now is the time to move back into the precious metal, "I'm positive [that] gold will go up substantially [in 2015] — say 30%." As Marketwatch reports, Faber singled out U.S. stocks as especially overvalued but most ominously concluded, "the big surprise this year is that investor confidence in central banks collapses," and this before the SNB decision.

 

As MarketWatch reports,

Gold has absorbed its fair share of the commodities-market blows in recent years, but now is the time to move back into the precious metal, according to superbear Marc Faber.

 

“I’m positive [that] gold will go up substantially [in 2015] — say 30%,” Faber, whose investment letter is called the Gloom Boom Doom Report, said at Société Générale’s global strategy presentation in London on Tuesday.

 

“My belief is that the big surprise this year is that investor confidence in central banks collapses. And when that happens — I can’t short central banks, although I’d really like to, and the only way to short them is to go long gold, silver and platinum,” he said. “That’s the only way. That’s something I will do.”

 

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“We simply have highly inflated asset markets. Real estate is high, stocks are high, bonds are high, art prices are high, and interest rates and short-term deposits are basically zero,” Faber said. “The only sector that I think is very inexpensive is precious metals, and in particularly precious-metals stocks.”

 

Faber, at times identified as “Dr. Doom,” singled out U.S. stocks as especially overvalued. Emerging markets, in contrast, could be on the cusp of another bull run, although investing in them in the early part of 2015 may be premature, he said.

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