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Gold vs. “Bad Cocktails” of Staggering Credit, Equity and Currency Risk

June 25, 2024

In this extensive interview with Adam Taggart of Thoughtful Money, VON GREYERZ partner, Matthew Piepenburg, addresses a wide range of market forces impacting investors in an almost surreal 2024 of rate tensions, credit vulnerabilities, currency (USD) shifts and geopolitical unknowns. The interview includes a “post-script” analysis of Piepenburg’s observations by two independent portfolio managers worthy of careful attention.

Piepenburg is concerned by an almost “over-confidence” in gold, which the cynical see as “gold-bug book-talking” rather than common sense conviction. That is, every vertical–from credit, equity, recession, inflation and historical indicators–all objectively and plainly point toward precious metals entering the early chapters of an historical reckoning and bull market. This is largely due to unprecedented debt levels which will require increasing currency debasement to monetize the same. In short, and for nations like the US (and its dollar): It’s inflate or die.

As for equity markets, Piepenburg is concerned by their narrow leadership and an S&P whose charts look dangerously familiar to prior bubble/burst cycles like the NASDAQ of 2000. Although he recognizes and addresses the case for further, blow-off, highs, he feels far more concern for mean-reversion risks which outweigh the potential rewards of near-term gains, all of which, if achieved, would only occur at the expense of the dollar’s inherent purchasing power.

Piepenburg is equally, if not more concerned, with the “blood sport” of the US bond market, from corporate to sovereign credits, none of which’s yields are beating actual rather than deliberately mis-reported inflation. The risks in private credit pools and private equity “valuations” are especially alarming yet dangerously overlooked by the majority of yield-desperate yet risk-blind investors. This is followed by a blunt discussion on inflation and recession realities which Main Street feels far more honestly than Wall Street “reports.”

Of course, the key risk is currency debasement, the evidence of which is everywhere but deliberately ignored by the consensus-think banking and portfolio advisory circles. Piepenburg and Taggart discuss the West’s denial of these open risks in contrast to the views Piepenburg has observed among Eastern investors. He sees de-dollarization not as a BRICS “Plan B” but a patiently practiced “Plan A” to slowly but steadily trade outside the USD and net-settle in gold. This is not fable but ignored fact, as clearly evidenced by Eastern central banks stacking physical gold and dumping USTs.

Piepenburg’s observations are subsequently (and independently) reviewed by the portfolio managers at New Harbor Financial for further perspective.


Matt began his finance career as a transactional attorney before launching his first hedge fund during the NASDAQ bubble of 1999-2001

Thereafter, he began investing his own and other HNW family funds into alternative investment vehicles while operating as a General Counsel, CIO and later Managing Director of a single and multi-family office. Matthew worked closely as well with Morgan Stanley’s hedge fund platform in building a multi-strat/multi-manager fund to better manage risk in a market backdrop of extreme central bank intervention/support. The conviction that precious metals provides the most reliable and longer-term protection against potential systemic risk led Matt to join VON GREYERZ.

The author of the Amazon No#1 Release, Rigged to Fail, Matt is fluent in French, German and English; he is a graduate of Brown (BA), Harvard (MA) and the University of Michigan (JD). His widely respected reports on macro conditions and the changing behaviour of risk assets are published regularly at

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