Gold – The Only Safe Place

In 2019 the investment world will start to realize that asset markets don’t grow to heaven as stocks, bonds and property start their long journey down which will eventually lead to declines of 75% to 95% in real terms. But the major risk is not just investment markets. Just as important is counterparty risk which too few investors are concerned about.

Anyone who wants to protect their wealth should not be invested in any of the bubble asset markets as I have stated in many articles. But to also avoid counterparty risk is a lot harder.

It is clear that it will be extremely hard to navigate investment markets between Scylla and Charybdis (a rock and a hard place). For the few investors who early on get out of the risky asset markets fuelled by credit expansion and money printing, many other dangers remain.

FEW INVESTORS WORRY ABOUT COUNTERPARTY RISK

Counterparty risk is the risk associated with the other party to a financial transaction not meeting its obligations.

The average investor never worries about counterparty risk. Because “banks are always safe”. And “government bonds is the safest investment you can buy because governments can never default”.

Investors, both private and institutional are today facing the biggest risk in investment history. And virtually no one is aware of this. The 2007- 9 financial crisis and the fall of Lehman alerted investors to the risk of counterparty failing but since then 10 years have passed and all now seems quiet on the financial risk front.

But things are far from quiet below the calm surface. Because once the next crisis starts, not a single bank could ever repay their depositors and no government can repay their debt with real money.

USA – 60 YEARS OF MISMANAGEMENT

Let’s first consider the US government. For 60 years the US federal debt has increased every year, with two minor exceptions in the 1960s. The Clinton surpluses in the 1990s were fake since debt continued to increase in those years. So here we have a government that couldn’t make ends meet for well over half a century. In 1958 when the deficits first started, the US debt was $280 billion. Today it is almost $22 trillion. That is a 75x increase. Currently, the US deficits are running at more than $1 trillion per year and that is very likely to at least double very soon. Since Reagan became President in 1981, US debt has on average doubled every 8 years. Trump inherited a $20 trillion debt and if the trend continues, the US debt will be at least $40 trillion in 2028, whoever is President at that time.

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