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July 22, 2020 | The Big Unanswered Question

Lobo Tiggre, aka Louis James, is the founder and CEO of Louis James LLC, and the principal analyst and editor of the Independent Speculator. He researched and recommended speculative opportunities in Casey Research publications from 2004 to 2018, writing under the name “Louis James.” While with Casey Research, he learned the ins and outs of resource speculation from the legendary speculator Doug Casey. Although frequently mistaken for one, Mr. Tiggre is not a professional geologist. However, his long tutelage under world-class geologists, writers, and investors resulted in an exceptional track record. The average of the yearly gains published for the flagship Casey publication, the International Speculator, was 18.5% per year during Tiggre’s time with the publication. A fully transparent, documented, and verifiable track record is a central feature of services going forward. Another key feature is that Mr. Tiggre will put his own money into the speculations he writes about, so his readers will always know he has “skin in the game” with them

Let’s step back from the debates raging among resource investors and consider the big, unanswered question.

I’m not talking about whether silver is better than gold. Or if either of those metals’ next moves are up or down… or if uranium will finally have its day in the sun as well… or if copper and other industrial metals are great contrarian plays now.

These and many more questions are important, and getting them right can make us a lot of money. But there’s a deeper, more critical question I think has been pushed aside lately…

Was the global financial system in a bubble before hitting the COVID-19 pin, or not?

I’m sure many experts could offer us reams and reams of arguments for their takes on this. But even the most persuasive arguments advanced for any of their answers would just be guesses, dressed up in fancy language, charts, and whatnot.

Frankly, I don’t presume to know the answer myself.

I confess it seemed likely to me last March that the bubble had popped. Now I’m not so sure. It could just be popping slower than bears like me expected. Or it could be that all the easy money flooding the world is kicking the can down the road and reflating the bubble again.

We’ll only know for sure in hindsight.

What to do in the face of this uncertainty?

A couple months ago, I offered the schematic below to The Independent Speculator clients. Rather than tell anyone what will be, it shows what to do to prepare for the possible outcomes. As it turns out, as complicated as the issue is, our choices for courses of action are rather simple.



The mainstream answer to the basic question is no. There was no global financial bubble.

This is why most folks on Wall Street and participants in other markets are estimating the recovery rates and pricing that in now.

But for those of us for whom the answer was yes, there’s the second, more difficult question of whether it popped.

If the answer is no, then it’s relatively safe to join the mainstream in estimating recovery rates and investing accordingly.

If the answer is yes… well, batten down the hatches.
More specifically:

  • Don’t join the rally in mainstream equities, as it could go into a dramatic reversal at any time.
  • Raise more cash, wait for the crash.
  • Add to gold and silver bullion on the pullbacks.
  • Speculate on the best gold and silver stocks that aren’t already overpriced.
  • Watch for the next potential meltdown to create spectacular buying opportunities.

As I say, I’m not sure which side I come down on, but, honestly, I’m inclined toward the “yes” side.

If I had to make a projection today, I’d say I expect the global economy to worsen, after the dead cat bounce after first-lockdown fades away. And that’s with or without more lockdowns, just based on the lasting economic damage already done.

This is why I’ve not bought into Tesla, Amazon, or any of the mainstream market darlings, despite their fantastic performance.

If it does play out this way, I think we’ll get another—and possibly the last—great buying opportunity before gold and silver really go through the roof.

But you know I don’t pretend to know the future.

And I’m not here to tell you what to think.

I am simply offering my flow chart to help you decide what to do, depending on how you see things. I hope you find it useful.
Caveat emptor,


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July 22nd, 2020

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