Gold Prices Spike as Recession Worries Spread

NEW YORK — Gold prices soared again Wednesday, closing in on $1,700 an ounce, as worries that governments won’t be able to grow their way out of debt caused a rush into the safe haven asset.

Gold for December delivery rose $21.80 to settle at $1,666.30 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The gold price has traded as high as $1,675.90 and as low as $1,654.40 while the spot gold price was a bit less enthusiastic adding only $3.50, according to Kitco’s gold index.

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Silver prices closed up $1.66 to $41.75 an ounce.

The US Dollar index was down 0.69% at $74.02 while the euro was up 0.75% vs. the dollar.

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Jim Rogers Says, Commodities Cycle Won’t Be Over for Years and Food Crisis Looms

Jim Rogers, famed investor and best-selling author, announced the start of a global commodities rally in 1999. It turned out to be a heck of call: Since then, commodities have dramatically outperformed stocks. Just this year, gold has hit record highs above $1000 per ounce, copper has nearly doubled and oil has rallied sharply off its March lows. So does Robers still believe in the commodity boom?You bet. “The story is not over, not for a while,” he tells Tech Ticker in this video clip. “I don’t see any reason it’s going to be over for a few years because no one is bringing new supply on stream.”The chairman of Rogers Holdings still owns gold though it’s not his favorite metal. “Gold is mystical to many people. I think I’ll make money in other commodities that are more useful.”Rogers is far more bullish on agricultural commodities. As he sees it, “most agricultural products are still depressed on a historic basis.”The lack of supply Rogers sees is especially concerning when it comes to agricultural products. “A catastrophe is looming,” he says. “The world is going to have a period when we cannot get food at any price in some parts of the world.”A potential food crisis transcends money, but Rogers warning may still prove to be another great investment lesson. As he told us in parting, “instead of getting an MBA, get yourself a farming degree. You’ll make a lot more money.”

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Gold Even At 1055 Still A Lousy Investment

The gold bugs are finally enjoying their moment in the sun. After 20 horrible years, in which gold dropped from $800 to $250 an ounce, the sometimes-precious metal is now roaring to all-time highs.Some folks, moreover, think this is only the beginning. Peter Schiff recently told Tech Ticker gold is headed to $5,000 an ounce.But that doesn’t mean it’s a great investment!In fact, says our guest Jon Najarian of OptionMonster, even with the run over the past five years, gold is still trading at about half it’s all-time peak after adjusting for inflation. Given that gold is supposed to protect you from inflation, this performance is abysmal.What’s more, gold has actually performed poorly this year relative to other more-boring metals–like copper and silver.Why?In part because those metals are actually used for something. China’s building houses again, which means they’re scarfing up all the copper in the world. But one thing is for certain: The higher gold prices go, the more people will be convinced it is a great investment. And the more people will fight each other out of the way to put it in their portfolios.

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Peter Schiff – U.S. Rally Is Doomed Gold Will Hit 5000

Unlike the “legitimate bull markets” of many foreign markets, Peter Schiff believes the U.S. is merely experiencing a “rally in a bear market,” and is lagging the rest of the world “for a reason.”The worst is not over, according to Euro Pacific Capital’s Schiff, who predicts the Dow will fall another 90% from current levels when measured against gold.A longtime dollar bear and gold bull, he foresees gold hitting $5000 per ounce “in the next couple of years,” and predicts the Dow and gold will trade on a one-to-one ratio vs. the current level of around 9.7-to-1.Schiff believes gold is currently “climbing a wall of worry” but will eventually become as hot as tech stocks in 1999 and start moving up $100 per day.Schiff’s forecast is based on his view the U.S. dollar is going to collapse under the weight of our massive deficit and reckless policies of the Obama administration, which he compares to the massive spending programs of the 1960s, which paved the way for gold’s ascent in the 1970s. “Obama is making the same mistakes as Bush, but he’s doing them on a grander scale,” says Schiff, who is running for U.S. Senate in Connecticut as a Republican.In addition to gold, Schiff remains bullish on Asia, most notably China. His firm recently launched the Euro Pacific Halter China fund, and Schiff believes “there’s a lot of value” in China and thinks the renminbi could “double or triple” when it’s depegged from the dollar.That will make Chinese assets more valuable when measured in dollars, he says.Schiff presciently called the bursting of the debt bubble and subsequent rout in financial assets, and his current forecasts may very well come to fruition. But Schiff’s confidence that the rest of the world (notably Asia) will prosper as the dollar loses its reserve status and America’s economy collapses seems dubious, at best.Then again, Schiff is nothing if not (supremely) confident.

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Marc Faber Is “Highly Confident” the Future Will Be Very Bleak: See Video on Tech Ticker – Yahoo! Finance

“The future will be a total disaster, with a collapse of our capitalistic system as we know it today, wars, massive government debt defaults and the impoverishment of large segments of Western society,” Marc Faber writes in the September issue of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report.A statement like that pretty much speaks for itself, but it’s a bit more complicated than appears on first blush.Faber has been bullish — especially on commodities and emerging market stocks — for some time now and believes the current global recovery trade will last another two-to-three years, as discussed in more detail in a forthcoming clip. But he has major long-term concerns about the dollar’s long-term viability given rising U.S. deficits, massive unfunded mandates and the fact “we have a money-printer at the Fed.”This combination will eventually lead to runaway inflation, wholesale debasement of the dollar, and a major lowering of living standards for most Americans and many Europeans as well, says Faber, who is “highly confident” in this grim prediction.

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Buy Stocks Because U.S. Dollars Will Be “Worthless” Says Marc Faber

Marc Faber, editor of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report is, by his own account, “ultra-bearish” on the long-term fundamentals of the U.S. market. (Discussed in detail in this clip.)However, in the near term, Faber sees plenty of money-making opportunities in stocks. Sure, prices aren’t as cheap as they were in March, yet he’s confident, “in this environment cash will become worthless.” As a result, he says investors are, “better off being in equities,” for the next two to three years.Faber is most bullish on mining and energy companies. He recommends: * Newmont Mining and FreeportMcMoran as relative inexpensive. He also mentions Nova Gold, as another, more speculative buy. * In a contrarian call, on natural gas, he says Chesapeake Energy will be a winner when prices eventually rebound. * Oil giant ExxonMobil is another stock he thinks offer good value.Outside of that, Faber says buying large-cap pharmaceuticals like Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson offer good defensive options.Finally, he suggests U.S. airlines are poised for a rebound. If that happens, international airlines will follow and Thai Airways stock could double.

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Marc Faber – Emerging Market Economies Will Challenge and Surpass the West

Marc Faber has an informal rule never to spend more than 10 days in a country before rushing to the next one. In addition to lots of frequent-flyer miles, this gives him the chance to see firsthand how lots of the world is doing.So how’s it doing?Better than the U.S., says Faber, the editor of the The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report.In the U.S. we have a “structural unemployment” problem. We have a debt problem. We have an economy-propped-up-by-frantic-government-spending problem. And, by in large, while the rich get richer, the middle class does not benefit, especially during the boom days earlier this decade.The rest of the world has problems, too, of course, Faber says, but they’re not as bad as ours. He’s observed businesses in emerging markets in Asia are less vulnerable to market fluctuations because they tend to be cash rich, and therefore less reliant on debt and leverage. He also says there’s a hunger and competition, in countries like China and India, that’s missing in the U.S.So go ahead and enjoy the “v-shaped” recovery while it lasts, says Faber, who has already fled to Hong Kong.

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