(Kitco News) - With gold prices reaching a three-week high on Tuesday, one famed economist and CEO may not be so far off in saying that the metal is in the best fundamental environment right now.
“Gold is going to go to $5,000 [and] I’ve had that target in mind for some time,” Euro Pacific Capital’s Peter Schiff told Kitco News in an interview at the Grand Cayman Liberty Forum on Tuesday.
Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital talks with Kitco News's Daniela Cambone at the Grand Cayman Liberty Forum
“Normally markets […] take the stairs up and the elevator down. Well, I think that gold is going to take a rocket ship back up,” he added.
Gold prices ended the U.S. day session higher mainly due to a weaker U.S. dollar index, but also because of some media reports suggesting that the European and Russian central banks were looking to acquire more gold.
“If they’re going to buy more gold, which I think would be smart because I think the price is going to go a lot higher, it’s not to counter low inflation,” Schiff said. “A lot of people thought, when gold was falling that Russia was selling […] Putin is way too smart to sell his gold. If anything he’s buying gold and selling dollars.”
Looking at the dollar, Schiff said the U.S. currency is not as strong as people perceive it to be.
“I think people are worried about the yen, about the euro so the dollar wins by default,” he argued. “I do believe the dollar’s days as the world reserve currency are numbered.”
With regards to monetary policy, Schiff said he expects to see another round of monetary stimulus in the U.S., even as soon as in the coming year.
“I think as the U.S. economy drifts back to recession next year, we’re going to come in with QE4,” he said. “I think this could be the last round, this could be the fatal dose…and I want people to take advantage of this last window of opportunity to sell their dollars…and to pick up all this gold that they can below $1,200 an ounce.”
Finally, Schiff shared his insights on the upcoming Swiss referendum and why he thinks it may potentially have a bigger impact ‘beyond Swiss borders.’ On November 30, the Swiss will vote on whether or not the Swiss National Bank will have to hold at least 20 percent of its assets in gold.
“This can be a game-changer worldwide,” he said. “If the Swiss franc stops falling and starts rising because of this…more people will understand that a strong currency is good not a weak currency.”