Jeffrey Saut’s note regarding the carnage in the gold market:
Yesterday, however, I got some really interesting questions. One came
from a portfolio manager who wanted to know, “Have you heard any chatter
regarding margin calls within gold and or the gold miner sector?” Given
the carnage in the gold space, it is certainly a question to ponder. In
my view, gold entered a bear market in 2012, but the recent Gold
Gotcha’ began in earnest last June when the Chinese stock market lost
about one-third of its value.
As it turns out, Chinese brokerage firms were allowing gold to be
used as collateral in margin accounts for participants to buy Chinese
stocks. When the Chinese stock market started to melt down, not only
were stocks liquidated, but so was gold. That exacerbated the decline in
gold prices around the world with a concurrent “hit” to the gold mining
stocks. As a sidebar, a 50% retracement of gold’s entire 2001-2011
rally comes in at $1088 per ounce.
Jeffrey Saut Continues @ KingWorldNews.com
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Icahn is one of the world’s most successful investors. He’s worth $21.5 billion. According to Forbes, he’s the 31st richest person on the planet.
Last week, Icahn said that junk bonds are “extremely overheated.”
Junk bonds are usually issued by companies with shaky finances. They pay high interest rates to compensate investors for their high risk.
• Low interest rates have pushed investors into these risky bonds…
Junk bonds have become popular in recent years. They’re one of few places where investors have been able to get a decent income stream. (more)