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Biggest Risk Now Is in Bonds: Fund Manager

The biggest risk now is in corporate and sovereign bonds and they're proving to be risky propositions, said Aaron Smith managing director of Superfund Financial (Singapore), on CNBC's Protect Your Wealth.

"We're seeing record auctions, record amounts of paper being sold on the street... and people are accepting this. They're lending their hard earned money for interest rates that are negative after inflation," Smith noted.

"So investors are essentially locking themselves into a negative rate-of-return, for the safety of being in these bonds by companies and governments that are essentially bankrupt."

Smith warned that a movement of just 50 basis points or a hundred basis points would be "catastrophic" for sovereign governments as well as for corporations.

He likened the bond market to the massive oil spill, calling it a "deep horizon well of the financial markets" where out of 42,000 wells dug in the Gulf of Mexico, it only took one to create the greatest natural disaster in U.S. history.

"It only takes one bad apple and then all of a sudden, rates go flying up to their hundred year historical average...It only makes sense that sooner or later, we're gonna revert to the mean," he continued.

Gold Continues to Shine

A great alternative to being in bonds, or cash, is to be in real money, like gold and silver, Smith advised.

"The issue is that bonds, real estate, anything that produces a yield, is leveraged," he said. "Gold has no liability, it has no leverage."

"The United States government is the largest holder of gold in the world, as well as most of the other major countries in Western Europe. So obviously they know something."

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