Veteran investor Mark Mobius is bullish on gold as central banks around the world cut interest rates.
“Physical gold is the way to go, in my view, because of the incredible increase in money supply,” said Mobius, the founding partner of Mobius Capital Partners.
“All the central banks are trying to get interest rates down, they are pumping money into the system. Then, you have all of the cryptocurrencies coming in, so nobody really knows how much currency is out there,” he told CNBC’s “Street Signs” on Friday.
Amid expectations of slowing global growth, central banks around the world have been lowering interest rates, as they seek to boost money supply in the economy, stoke demand and provide an impetus to growth.
Mobius recommends that investors hold 10% of their portfolios in physical gold, with the rest invested in dividend yielding equities. That’s especially if the dollar gets weaker.
In his view, “the U.S. government, the Trump White House, does not want a strong dollar.”
“They are certainly going to try to weaken the dollar against other currencies and of course, it’s a race to the bottom. Because, as soon as they do that, other currencies will also weaken,” said Mobius.
“People are going to finally realize that you got to have gold, because all the currencies will be losing value,” he added.
Gold can retain its value much better than other forms of currency, and is traditionally a safe haven during market volatility.
A weaker dollar tends to boost the price of gold as global trade in the yellow metal is denominated in U.S. dollars.
“At the end of the day, gold is a means of exchange. It’s a stable currency in some way,” said Mobius.
Central banks are buying gold
Data from the World Gold Council this year point to rising central bank demand for the yellow metal amid global macroeconomic uncertainty.
In the first half of this year, central banks bought 374 metric tons of gold, reported the World Gold Council. That was the largest net increase for the first half of the year since at least 2000.
“Deep down inside, the central bankers do believe in gold, but they don’t want to say it because … they won’t be able to create new currency,” said Mobius.
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