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Preparing for Turmoil, Central Banks Turn to Gold - Nathan McDonald (01/11/2018)

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01 Nov, 2018

The trend is your friend and in this case, the trend comes tinged with a yellowish hue.


As I have been highlighting recently, Central Banks around the world are finally waking up the the harsh reality that is our current geopolitical and financial situation.


On the surface, things appear to be healthy, things appear to be running along smoothly, but as soon as you scrap even an inch below the surface, and look at the skyrocketing debt levels and increased fragility of many Western nations, you quickly begin to realize just how unstable things have become.


Certain countries have been ahead of the curve, accumulating gold hand over fist, taking every opportunity that arises to add to their holdings, whenever any large amount of gold hits the markets.


As I wrote about last week, both Poland, who has been incrementally adding gold to to their reserves at a steady rate, and Hungary, who increased their gold reserves by 10 fold in one purchase, are two countries to join the growing ranks of countries who have caught the "gold fever".


Other wealthy individuals are silently, but steadily allocating some of their phenomenal profits that they have received from this record breaking stock market, into precious metals. Perhaps sensing that the top is near and that the inevitable correction is forth coming.


Whether or not 2018 is the year that we see a collapse is yet unknown, but likely we are going to see a much clearer picture painted as the 2018 midterms wrap up and come to a close.


Many analyst are predicting that we may see a massive correction if Trumps GOP suffers significant losses, as consumer confidence may be rocked and businesses may begin to second guess many of their recent decisions.


Whether you like him or not, President Trump has been incredibly pro "US" businesses, enacting massive tax cuts, which has led to a surging bull market, of which until recently, showed no signs of slowing down.


With the odds looking like they are trending in the favor of Democrats taking the House, many of the GOP's pro business plans may come under fire, leading to a decline in the general markets.


Central banks around the world are taking notice of this, plus the stark reality that the globe now faces, with geopolitics in turmoil.


This is leading to massive accumulation of precious metals, the likes of which we haven't seen since 2013.


It is estimated that Central banks will add a net 450 tonnes to reserves throughout 2018, highlighting the fact that uncertainty about the health of the global markets is spreading rapidly.


My prediction is that this is an underestimation and that you will see this number rise considerable as we enter into the last few months of 2018, which looks like it might end with a disastrous bang.


This is just the beginning, and I fear that we haven't seen anything yet. The chaos, and the madness hasn't truly even erupted yet.


Great turmoil is likely coming and you can rest assured that 2019 is going to be a year for the record books, both for the markets in general, and for precious metals. Prepare accordingly.

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About the Author

Nathan McDonald is a libertarian, entrepreneur and precious metals enthusiast. He has always taken a keen interest in free markets and economics since an early age, which naturally led him to become a true believer in precious metals and all that they stand for.

Nathan served eight years in the Royal Canadian Navy as an electronics technician, seeing the true state of the world, before starting his first successful business. He has since gone on to create a number of businesses, all of which are still in operation and growing.

In addition to this, Nathan runs a network of successful precious metals blogs, and a growing newsletter that has attracted readers from all around the world. He is a regular and highlighted writer for the highly respected Sprott Money Blog, which covers world events, geopolitics and of course precious metals.

*The author is not affiliated with, endorsed or sponsored by Sprott Money Ltd. The views and opinions expressed in this material are those of the author or guest speaker, are subject to change and may not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprott Money Ltd. Sprott Money does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness and reliability of the information or any results from its use.

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