I have a simple but critical point to make today. The best time to buy gold stocks in my entire career so far was after the crash of 2008…
This historic opportunity is repeating itself.
Consider yesterday’s decline in gold prices.
We've seen this before.
Gold gapped down on October 13, 2008, from $900.50 to $831.50.
In that case, it happened just a few weeks before the bottom. For reasons I’ve written about before, I failed to invest at that time and missed out on some life-changing opportunities. I'm not going to miss that chance this time.
When will that be?
I won’t pretend to know how closely history will repeat itself, but I’m skeptical that monetary and fiscal policy can prevent the looming global economic recession, and that's likely to take markets much lower.
Because—whether it should, or it shouldn’t—the proximal cause is still getting worse.
The COVID-19 outbreak is changing consumer behavior. It’s causing businesses to slam the brakes. It’s prompting governments to take extreme actions. And both the number of cases and the fatalities are going vertical.
I’m not a doctor, and I’m not looking to make an argument about the medical realities of the situation.
In terms of public perception, it may matter more that beloved actor Tom Hanks has COVID-19 than that 5,000 people have died from it. The NBA cancelled its entire season. Trump banned travel from Europe for 30 days. Universities sending students home. Disneyland just closed. NCAA cancelled March Madness. Canada’s First Lady just tested positive. States of emergency are proliferating. US businesses are shutting down—temporarily, it is hoped—at a time when many Americans live from paycheck to paycheck.
The economic contagion is just getting started.
As a speculator, I see these trends accelerating, and I can’t ignore them. I can only conclude that the consequences will get worse until the lines above have peaked and the public believes things are improving.
So how will we know when the bottom is in?
We won’t for certain, except in hindsight. But as I’ve already written this week, we don’t need to be able to buy at the exact bottom in order to be able to make a lot of money. Near the bottom at stupid-cheap prices is good enough.
What a difference a bit of experience makes…
I remember how I felt in 2008. It was like an elevator car dropping out of under me—repeatedly. This time, I saw it coming, took some profits, and prepared myself mentally to hunker down and get ready to buy when I think the bottom is likely in. I don’t feel bad or disoriented at all.
I'm so looking forward to bottom-fishing that my greatest struggle now is to hold myself back when I see already great bargains. I know exactly what I want to buy.
This is why I like to say that times like this are like having a stock-market time machine. We can’t travel to the past, but we can buy at prices we missed in the past, before the future revealed which stocks would be winners.
Honestly, I’m sad for what the world is going through, but the speculator in me is excited.
I’m as happy to have a chance to buy these stocks on the cheap as I would be to be able to buy a brand-new Ferrari for the price of a used Yugo.
I hope you are as well.
And I’d love to help you make the most of the opportunities before us as well.
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Whatever happens next, it will be chaotic—which means it will be full of opportunity.