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Warren Buffett Turns Positive on Gold, Negative on Banks - Nathan McDonald (August 21, 2020)

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August 21, 2020

The writing is on the wall, and as I have written about numerous times, Central Banks are well aware of the necessity to move a significant portion of their reserves into gold bullion, which is exactly why they have been net positive buyers over the last couple of years.

Central Banks have been steadily increasing their holdings while the rest of the masses foolishly ignored the safety of precious metals, even while the risks continued to mount all around them.

This of course does not include everyone, but in the grand scheme of the investment community, those who have partaken in the steady accumulation of precious metals are a dedicated-but-small percentage of the overall markets.

I believe that this is set to change—and in a very significant way.

One of my predications at the start of this year was that 2020 would see the institutional investor change their opinion on investing in precious metals, leading to a boon for the metals as the "smart money" began to pile into both gold and silver bullion, resulting in a renewal of the bull market.

This is exactly what we are starting to see, as arguably the most renowned investor in the world, Warren Buffett, has made a significant move into the precious metals marketplace.

Warren Buffett Moves on Gold

On August 14th, there was a 13F filing update within the United States, which gives valuable insight into what the "smart money" is currently buying.

Many other market participants respect these investors and will often take their lead, investing their funds into what the "smart money" has already moved in on, often causing a self-fulfilling trend to occur.

Warren Buffett is one of the most-watched names within these filings, as he has been heralded by many as one of the greatest investors of all time.

Therefore it shocked and stunned many within the markets when it was revealed through these 13F filings that Berkshire Hathaway’s activity showed a drastic change in course, with the fund making a major move on the Canadian mining company Barrick Gold.

As indicated through the filings, Berkshire Hathaway purchased 21 million shares, which equates to nearly $564 million worth of Barrick Gold, making it one of the largest investments for Warren Buffett in 2020.

This comes as even more of a shock given Warren Buffett's historic disdain for investing in precious metals.

To those who do not believe in the protection that precious metals can offer in a time of crisis, this severe change in course from one of the most seasoned investors should come as a major warning as to just how dire things have become.

Buffett Turns Negative on the Broader Markets

The other cause for concern—one that should make many investors who are blindly buying into this artificially-inflated stock market think twice—is not only what Buffett bought, but also what he sold.

In what many consider to be a negative indicator for the U.S. economy moving forward, Warren Buffett dumped almost the entirety of his shares in Goldman Sachs, selling nearly 2 million shares of the stock.

And he didn't stop there.

In addition, Buffett also sold out of 61% of his position in JPMorgan Chase and nearly a quarter of his position in Wells Fargo.

Finally, as indicated in the 13F filing for Berkshire Hathaway, they heavily sold out of their position in airline companies, further indicating that he likely sees a prolonged downturn for the U.S. and even global economy.

Famed precious metals and bitcoin bull Max Keiser gave his opinion on what these moves by Buffett mean:

I couldn't agree more, as it is indeed a strong indication of just how unstable things have become and just how much risk is present in today's financial markets around the globe.

In Conclusion

Even without those moves by Mr. Buffett—moving into the gold markets while also shedding some of the largest banking names in the world—the fundamentals for precious metals remain rock solid.

But his actions only further support the fundamentals and will help perpetuate the positive trend higher for both gold and silver bullion as we move forward.

Additional institutional investors are already taking notice of the moves Warren Buffett has made, and as many of them have in the past, will follow in his wake in the coming days, months, and years.

Prices will gyrate, and volatility will be extreme.

However, a steady increase higher is all but assured at this point as the metals account for the historic amount of fiat money that the world has created out of thin air and which will never be taken back out of the system.

Remember, the trend is your friend until the end, and the trend for precious metals is strong indeed.

Stay safe and keep stacking.

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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.

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