Monday, August 27, 2012

The Financial System Has Gone Bankrupt

“I always postulated that the financial system would go bankrupt, and it has, save for one thing, it got bailed out. But it was bankrupt. So, yes, they’ve deferred it and pushed it out. This has all played out according to script, although people interfered with the script."

- Eric Sprott via a recent King World News interview, read the full interview here:

Friday, August 24, 2012

Who Knows How High Gold Will Go

"I argue that there is 6,500 tons of demand and 4,000 tons of supply (each year), and the extra 2,500 tons is coming out of central banks that are leasing it. Imagine if they just stopped leasing it. Who knows where the price would go? You would get such chaos (disorderly upside trading in gold).

I can sense it has a lot of upside here. Total chaos can happen when we all realize that on a sovereign basis, the ‘Emperor has no clothes.’ Who knows how high it’s going to go, but we’re not talking about just hitting a new high above $1,920. We’re looking at much bigger numbers."

- Eric Sprott via a recent King World News interview, read the full interview here:

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Economies Have Run into a Bit of a Roadblock

"I have always believed that one of the world's fundamental flaws is the leverage in the bank system. As you might be aware, the typical leverage of a European bank is something like 30 to 1. This means you have roughly 3 cents of capital supporting $1 dollar of assets, and as these economies have run into a bit of a roadblock (the best examples are Greece and Spain), you find out that values were too high."

- Eric Sprott via a interview with Seeking Alpha, read the full interview here:

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The World Depression is Coming

"Eric Sprott of Sprott Asset Management thinks politicians are turning a blind eye to the coming World Depression and then talks about gold, silver and other commodities.

Sprott also sees natural gas prices moving higher as the clean energy makes its way into cars."

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

We Have Reached the Limit of Indebtedness

"On both sides of the Atlantic, the largest contributors to the current crisis are excessive debt and spending. We are now at a point where additional government stimulus measures will have negligible, if not detrimental effects on the economy and long-term growth. Debt has to be reduced, not increased by more deficits. Central planners have demonstrated that they don’t have the discipline to implement the Keynesian model of surplus in good times in order to finance deficits in bad times. We have now reached the limit of indebtedness and need to muddle through a painful but necessary deleveraging."

- Read the full article by Eric Sprott & Etienne Bordeleau at Sprott asset management, here:,-part-ii/

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Part 2: The Solution... Is the Problem

"When we wrote Part I of this paper in June 2009, the total U.S. public debt was just north of $10 trillion. Since then, that figure has increased by more than 50% to almost $16 trillion, thanks largely to unprecedented levels of government intervention.

Once the exclusive domain of central bankers and policy makers, acronyms such as QE, LTRO, SMP, TWIST, TARP, TALF have found their way into the mainstream. With the aim of providing stimulus to the economy, central planners of all stripes have both increased spending and reduced taxes in most rich countries. But do these fiscal and monetary measures really increase economic activity or do they have other perverse effects?

In today’s overleveraged world, greater deficits and government spending, financed by an expansion of public debt and the monetary base (“the printing press”), are not the answer to our economic woes. In fact, these policies have been proven to have a negative impact on growth.

While it hasn’t received much attention in recent years, a wide body of economic theory suggests that government policies and their size relative to the total economy can have a significant detrimental impact on economic growth. A recent paper from the Stockholm Research Institute of Industrial Economics compiles evidence from numerous empirical studies and finds that, for rich countries, there is overwhelming evidence of a negative relationship between a large government (either through taxes and/or spending as a share of GDP) and economic growth. All else being equal, countries where government plays a large role in the economy tend to experience lower GDP growth.

Of course, correlation does not imply causation. While the literature is not definitive on causation, it still provides strong evidence that more taxes and government spending as a share of GDP (except for productive investments such as education) is associated with lower growth.

One exception to these findings is the experience of Scandinavian countries. They have both high taxes and high government spending as a share of GDP but have experienced relatively rapid growth over the past 20 years. However, a significant share of their spending goes to education, which has been found to foster growth. They also counterbalance the large role of the state with very liberal, pro-market reforms and low levels of public debt."

- Read the full article by Eric Sprott & Etienne Bordeleau at Sprott asset management, here:

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Silver Would be $150 if Not Suppressed

"Eric Sprott has $10 billion under management, and it's no secret Mr. Sprott is a long term bull on physical gold and silver. He says, "I can make a compelling case the price has been suppressed." If it wasn't, Sprott says, "Gold would be $2,500, and if the ratio was 15 to 1, the price of silver would be $150 an ounce." Mr. Sprott also says, "The economy is already taking a cliff dive and that is before we hit the cliff. . . . It's hard to imagine anyone being optimistic going forward here." If there is war in the Middle East, Sprott says, "Oil would go crazy, gold would go crazy, anything physically real would be in demand." Greg Hunter goes One-on-One with Eric Sprott of Sprott Asset Management."

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Stimulus Policies Won't Help and the US is in a Recession

“The world is hoping for some monetary stimulus from the G6 countries. I would not be surprised at all that some Sunday night we’ll get some announcement that all governments are going to buy more of their government bonds, maybe some organized action by the G6, which I think will just send gold moving significantly higher. I’m pretty convinced it will be at new highs before the end of the year. It’s not even that relevant to me what it is exactly at the end of the year”

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hecla Mining Makes Hostile Bid for U.S Silver

"The head of Sprott Asset Management, Eric Sprott, was keeping his cards close to his chest after Hecla Mining made a hostile C$111-million cash offer to buy U.S. Silver that would derail a Sprott-backed plan to merge U.S. Silver with RX Gold & Silver.

Sprott is a key shareholder of both U.S. Silver and RX Gold & Silver, holding 14 percent and 8 percent of each company respectively, and now with the Hecla bid, as reported by Dorothy Kosich early on Thursday, it faces an interesting dilemma. Does it support a premium bid for U.S. Silver, but in so doing give up on the RX Gold & Silver merger, a combination in which it would be a top shareholder, or does it stick with the merger, arguing as it did last month that the combo would unlock shareholder value?

So far there is no official indication as to what Sprott will decide. A spokesperson for Mr. Sprott said on Thursday he had no comment on the Hecla bid."

- Read the full article here: