Eric Sprott's Latest Commentary: 2012 is Year of the Central Bank ~ market folly

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Eric Sprott's Latest Commentary: 2012 is Year of the Central Bank

It's been a while since we've covered Eric Sprott and his Canadian firm Sprott Asset Management. He's out with his February 2012 commentary entitled, "Unintended Consequences." In it, Sprott discusses how 2012 is shaping up to be the year of the Central Bank.

He writes,

"There is unfortunately no economic textbook to guide us through these strange times, but common sense suggests we should be extremely wary of the continued maneuvering by central banks. The more central banks print to save the system, the more the system will rely on their printing to stay solvent – and you cannot solve a debt problem with more debt, and you cannot print money without serious repercussions.

The central banks are fueling a growing distrust among the creditor nations that is forcing them to take pre-emptive actions with their currency reserves. Individual investors should take note and follow-suit, because it will be a lot easier to enjoy the “Year of the Central Bank” if you own things that can actually benefit from all their printing, as opposed to things that can only be destroyed by it."

One of the main 'things' he is referencing there is obviously gold. Sprott has long been an advocate of the precious metal and has called gold the ultimate Triple-A asset.

We've also highlighted how Sprott started a physical gold trust (ticker: PHYS) back in 2009 that competes with the popular exchange traded fund SPDR Gold Trust (GLD).

Embedded below is Sprott's February 2012 commentary, Unintended Consequences:

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