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Market Chatter: Sprott Sees Record Gold in 2012: Report

Gold will climb to a record by year-end as the global economy slows from the weight of too much debt, says Eric Sprott, the founder and chairman of Canadian fund manager Sprott Inc. (SII), Bloomberg reports.

"I just can't imagine the demand for gold is going down," he said in a July 9 interview at Bloomberg's Toronto office. "I don't personally see a solution to the problem that we're in, the financial leveraging issue that we all have where everybody wants to shed debt and there's no buyers."

The report notes Sprott's company manages funds investing mainly in gold, silver, and precious-metals equities. He expects bullion will rise as investors seek the safest assets while governments spend to stimulate their economies, increasing chances that inflation will accelerate.

Gold, which had advanced for 11 successive years, is little changed so far in 2012. It's 19% lower than the record $1,923.70 an ounce traded on Sept. 6 in New York after investors favored buying the dollar amid Europe's escalating debt crisis.

The metal "should go to new highs before year-end, that would be my guess," said Sprott, 67. "Gold has blown away every financial market in the world since 2000, let's not forget that."

Rallying to a record would mean gold climbing at least 24% on the Comex in New York. Gold futures gained 2.4% in 2012 through June, the smallest first-half increase since 2007.

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