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Gold Bug Profile: Thomas Fischer

JP Buntinx
June 3, 2020

When one displays an affinity toward precious metals, they are often classified as a gold bug or a silver bug. Professor Dr. Thomas Gunter Otto Fischer – or just Thomas Fischer in finance circles – certainly falls into the category of being a gold bug, primarily due to some crucial investments over the years.

The Background of Thomas Fischer

On the surface, one wouldn’t necessarily expect an individual like Thomas Fischer to show any affinity toward precious metals. As a day job, he is a Professor of Stochastic Financial Mathematics at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany. Most of his research focuses on derivative and asset pricing, as well as FX risk management, systemic risk, and so forth.

All of these points of focus can serve one rather well when making active investments. Fisher is also one of the people who helped develop the FX Risk Management tool, which has been praised by many individuals. In the financial sector, there are plenty of risks that need to be managed, and helping traders overcome potential pitfalls is crucial.

Over the years, Fischer began paying closer attention to the precious metals markets. This has been apparent through the press picking up some of his publications. More importantly, he helped develop proprietary models for precious metals markets. 

Thomas Fischer the Investor

By default, one would assume that investing in both gold and silver is a relatively safe choice. Both metals tend to perform well all year round, although they are subject to dry spells as well. Very few people will effectively make a lot of money by investing in precious metals, unless they traded it back and forth on an active basis. 

For Fischer, the investment in both metals is a direct result of wanting to preserve his capital more than anything else. The 2008 financial crisis has eroded a lot of trust in the financial system. More recently, the COVID-19 crisis isn’t helping matters all that much either. All of this effectively validates Fischer’s decision to diversify his capital when the time was right.

Despite investing in both gold and silver, Thomas Fischer admits that the latter market is more difficult to analyze. The price of silver is influenced by gold’s value, whereas the opposite is unlikely to ever happen. It is a tricky investment, but one that also has tremendous potential.

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