Here's when you know that you've made it into popular culture...
It's when you get credit for a great quote, but no one really knows who said it first.
If there's any doubt, people's go-to list is usually either Albert Einstein, Mark Twain or the former New York Yankees catcher, Yogi Berra.
For example, there's the quote, "predictions are hard, especially about the future," which is often attributed to Berra. And "compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world," attributed to Einstein. For Twain, pick a random quote, and people may give him the credit.
Another guy who has the investing world quoting him – but hasn't yet made it into popular culture – is legendary investor Rick Rule. Rick is the President and CEO of Sprott US Holdings and an expert natural resource analyst...
But Rick's knowledge goes well beyond just natural resources.
Regarding economic cycles, Rick has famous, often-repeated quips like, "Bear markets are the author of bull markets, and bull markets are the author of bear markets." In his 40 years as an analyst, Rick has lived through the highly cyclical commodities markets.
Low prices in a sector cause lots of producers to shut their doors. Eventually supply of that commodity starts to drop and prices level off. Then, when demand eventually returns, there isn't enough supply or companies producing to the commodity to meet demand. Prices soar. And the cycle starts all over again…
We spoke with Rick in December of last year for our premium publication, Sovereign Man: Confidential. He was one of the people on our all-star panel that we asked for their thoughts and big predictions for 2019.
So, with one quarter in 2019 nearly gone, I thought we could check-in on Rick's 2019 look-ahead on gold so far…
Notes readers know we're bullish on gold.
We haven't had a major gold discovery in the past 15 years (and miners have cut their exploration budgets to 11-year lows to survive tough times).
And after a grinding, eight-year bear market, the gold price is starting to tick up.
Remember, bull markets always follow bear markets. Gold is about to get more expensive. Rick agrees…
In December, he suspected that a gold market had started or was about to begin.
Besides nearly a decade of low gold prices, America's increasing debt will also drive prices higher.
"We need to ponder the fact that our communal debt, federal, state, and local, both on balance sheet and also off-balance sheet by way of entitlements, is estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to be nudging $200 trillion."
Meanwhile, "household net worth across the United States, assets minus liabilities, not including our communal liability… is about $100 trillion."