Palisades Gold Radio: Has Gold Lost its Safe Haven Status? (w/ Tavi Costa)


Palisades Gold Radio
Oct 12, 2022

Tom welcomes back Tavi Costa of Crescat Capital to the show.

Tavi believes we are witnessing an unprecedented economic environment. One with massive withdrawal of liquidity from central banks and developed economies. Interest rates and bonds are collapsing across the entire curve. The dollar’s move up has also been relentless. What is occurring is unsustainable. Tavi discusses how the world’s economies have fallen into three different categories.

Labor markets are likely the next sector to be impacted, and it will be more severe than the Fed expects. During the 1970s, after two years of high inflation, the labor market was hit hard. We may be seeing the beginning of this with jobless claims and layoffs. Savings rates are at historical lows, while mortgage costs are rising. Things are likely to remain in a fragile state indefinitely.

Tavi believes a blow off in corporate debt will be necessary to see a policy change by the Fed. Credit spreads are still sub two percent. We have yet to see the risk of default be priced in the market. Many tech equities are near March 2020 lows, and there are likely to still be some big flushes in the market. There is quite a bit of opportunity in resources given what is happening now.

There is a lot of going against the oil markets today, and the economy is now in contraction. Prices are reflecting tightness in the available supply. The energy sector has some good values and investors should consider holding a basket of commodities. Value investors should also be looking for sectors that have a lot of negative sentiment.

We’ve seen a secular decline in geosciences enrollment across the globe. This will affect natural resource companies.

Gold continues to hold up quite well when compared with most sectors. We’re entering a different regime that favors tangible assets. Numerous correlations that used to be meaningful no longer work. Developing countries like Brazil are performing better than the West. Commodity led economies will be key in coming years as the balance of global power change.


Tavi cautions that a total breakdown in markets is coming and that impact everything. Look for value and shift your portfolio as necessary. The buy the dip mentality which has worked in the past is probably a bad plan. Be careful with technical oversold indicators, as the fundamentals indicate a trend lower. Macro factors will likely be more important in the next phase of the global economy.


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