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Commodities / Gold and Silver 2013 Jul 16, 2013 - 04:15 PM GMT

By: Casey_Research

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By Louis James, Chief Metals & Mining Investment Strategist

An interesting thing about the uptick in gold prices over the last couple days is the number of people asking me if I think gold has bottomed. This is somewhat amusing, since we all know that no one can time a market, and the questions are coming from my peers—professionals who should know better.


This reminds me of Doug Casey's famous story about how he bottom-ticked the market in the 1970s: He was a broker at the time and put together an order for a client named Elmer who later reneged on the purchases. So Doug followed his own advice and bought the shares for himself. This happened to be the very day the market bottomed.

Note that Doug did not know that it was the bottom of the market when he made those purchases. He did know that they were good stocks at great prices—the ingredients of any smart speculation.

Another story: Rick Rule of Sprott Global fame formed a partnership to invest in junior resource stocks in 1998 and, undeterred by the "nuclear winter" that gripped the sector for two more years, formed another in 2000. Gold would eventually bottom in 2001, so Rick was clearly early.

Note that being early did not matter; both ventures ended up returning roughly 20:1, and investors made a killing. Rather than fretting about timing the market, Rick simply focused on "buying low."

Key takeaway: not only can nobody time the market, those who have made fantastic amounts of money speculating in this sector didn't even try. They made money buying when valuations were ridiculously low… and simply waiting to be right.

Most people only have the courage to do this with money they can afford to lose—which explains why we call my newsletter the Casey International Speculator and not Casey Safe Investments.

What would we do if safety was our top investment priority? Well, as I wrote after Bernanke's mere suggestion that the Fed might scale back a little on its money printing, it is now plain as day to anyone with their eyes open that "the emperor has no clothes." Gold may take some time to consolidate and rally, but that doesn't make Wall Street a safe bet. We think the safest portfolio allocation under present circumstances would be 50% gold, 50% cash.

But preserving wealth is not our only goal here at Casey Research. For many of us, readers and colleagues alike, it's not even our top priority: we want to make money—lots of money. And it is our view that the recent market volatility is evidence that our projections of more economic trouble ahead were and are correct. That means our overall strategy is correct and remains intact, which in turn implies that the current selloff is a buying opportunity. Hence, we still recommend our basic allocation model of 33% cash, 33% gold, and 33% equities that should do well in times of crisis.

So, while no one can say when the bottom for gold will be—not until it's obvious to all in our rearview mirrors—I can tell you that there are great speculative picks available now that offer the same potential as Doug's picks back in the mid-'70s correction and Rick's back during mining's nuclear winter.

I for one plan to make the most of what will follow the bottom, as surely as day follows night. I have bought shares on the previous downturn, so I bought bullion in response to the most recent selloff. As an anecdotal aside, I found that premiums are up and supply remains an issue in my local market.

Some of my fellow editors here at Casey Research have been placing stink bids on good companies. It's a nice way to redeploy profits from those GLD "gold insurance" puts that worked out so well for us when gold dropped. Note that this does not mean prices can't or won't go even lower in the near term. All I'm saying is that some of us here at CR are happy to add to holdings at today's prices.

But if this is the bottom, won't we miss the best prices in ten years? Absolutely. The questions I'm getting about this suggest a shift in the risk-reward perception in the industry—perhaps a new willingness among professionals to get back in to the market. That could become a self-fulfilling prophecy for the next leg up.

Or gold could just get whacked again the next time Bernanke opens his mouth and pretends the government has the courage to do any of the right things.

This brings us full circle. We don't need to tick the exact bottom of the market; the second-best prices in ten years will still be pretty darned cheap—and much lower-risk. It will take time for such a skittish market to believe the bottom is in. There should be plenty of time to take advantage of good deals.

So let me be clear here:

  • I am not calling a bottom.
     
  • I am saying that we have opportunities worth taking advantage of now, regardless of exactly where the bottom is—just as Doug has done many times over the years.

That is not a prediction, but an assessment of the situation.

If you have cash to speculate with—if you're still building your portfolio during this correction—don't be afraid to "buy low."

Of course, there's more to earning outsized profits from precious metals investing than just buying low. Knowing which of the juniors are most likely to have a solid resource and a team capable of developing it—or to score big by being bought by a major company—is a vitally important element of successful speculation. You can do the research and due diligence yourself... or you can give Casey International Speculator a risk-free, 90-day trial. Not only will you learn our recent recommendations—including "best buys" and price guidance—but you'll have access to every back issue, as well as free reports for subscribers and our resource dictionary. Learn more and sign up today... before this opportunity of a lifetime slips away.

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