Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Bloomberg Customers

Sprott Says Banks Have Too Much Leverage on Balance Sheets

Eric Sprott, the Canadian money manager who in 2008 predicted banking stocks would collapse, said U.S. savers will eventually pull their money out of banks that are carrying too much leverage on their balance sheets.

Banks are levered 20 to 1 and their portfolios are mainly comprised of government bonds and mortgages, the founder of Sprott Asset Management Inc., said today at the SALT, or SkyBridge Alternatives, Conference in Las Vegas.

“House prices keep going down, the number of people under water keeps getting worse,” said Sprott, 66, who is chief executive officer of the Toronto-based firm. “That leverage is going to work massively against anybody whose lender is in that area. The dominoes are starting to fall.”

Sprott said the “ultimate event” is that savers will take their money out of banks and invest in precious metals such as gold, which he says is now the world’s reserve currency. Sprott, who earlier this month predicted gold may climb to $2,000 an ounce before year’s end, said he started buying the metal in 2000.

“If you’re in Ireland today, you don’t have any money in banks, particularly if you’re non-Irish," he said. "If you’re in Greece you’re taking your money out. In Portugal you probably have concerns. If you have a fear of the banking system, you go to things like gold.”

Sprott, whose hedge funds and mutual funds mostly invest in energy and metals, said silver was “manipulated down” last week after it fell $6 in 13 minutes on a Sunday evening when trading was light.

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.