March 27, 2020

Even though the gold price has declined since its latest high at US$ 1674 an ounce, the overall outlook for gold is very positive in the medium- to long-term. The monetary and fiscal interventions of central banks and governments have become highly predictable. In response to the COVID-19 crisis and the oil price war, the global disaster prevention teams will be at it with everything they’ve got…

I'm trying to think of the last time the Fed had an emergency weekend announcement. I can only think of the one on October 6, 1979. This was perhaps the most important announcement in Fed history. For those who understood it, it marked the end of the inflationary 1970s, and put into place the building blocks of the stock and bond bull markets that would be soon beginning, and may still be with us. (Or are they in the proc...

March 26, 2020

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, speaking at a coronavirus news conference, announced that individuals who owe taxes to the IRS can defer up to $1 million, and corporations can defer up to $10 million in payments, for a period of 90 days from the April 15th deadline. At this point, the deferral applies to the income taxes owed, and there does not appear to be a similar automatic extension for filing a return.

While the price gains of gold have recently monopolized mainstream attention, it has become easy to miss other opportunities in precious metals. Both silver and platinum are now presenting very interesting buying opportunities, with a positive outlook that is very well supported by fundamental factors at play. They might have been left behind by gold in terms of a price spike so far, but that only means that their upside poten...

Between January 21 and March 12th of this year, COVID-19 has affected multiple continents, with over 3,500 deaths out of over 120,000 confirmed cases according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Confirmed cases have doubled in the last 25 days.

March 11, 2020

As a Swiss citizen and voter, I cherish the privilege of open discourse on political issues and problems. Having heated political discussions and arguments is part and parcel of Switzerland’s direct democracy. However, in business, as in my contributions to this blog, I generally shy away from politics. In the increasingly polarized environment we live in, I have learned that one’s words can easily be taken out of context or m...