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When I previously wrote about gold, prices were around $1,316 an ounce and subject to a bearish head and shoulders formation on the charts, as you can see below. (Read “Why Gold Might Only Be Good for Traders Right Now.”) I was bearish on the precious metal then and continue to be so, at least when considering it as a buy-and-hold investment rather than a speculative trading opportunity.
Spot gold has fallen below $1,225 and appears to be set to take a run at the key support level of $1,200, according to my technical analysis. The reality is that even with the 7.5% decline from early October, I would still not be a buyer at the current price, unless I wanted to trade the yellow ore and hope for a possible oversold technical bounce back above $1,250.
Chart courtesy of www.StockCharts.com
Instead, given the attractive buying opportunities in the stock market, I’d advise more conservative investors to invest their dollars in stocks, rather than gold bullion at this time.
Some of the underlying fundamentals that have traditionally supported the metal are not evident. Yes, China is continuing to accumulate physical gold, but buying by India, which is the world’s largest buyer of the precious metal, has been stalling.
In addition, the yellow metal usually receives a lift from a weaker U.S. dollar. With the greenback showing some recent strength against other world currencies, especially in the emerging markets, the precious metal isn’t seeing any support from a weak dollar.
Inflation, a historically supportive variable for the precious metal, has also been largely benign across the world economies (with … Read More
Given the recent further weakness in the price of gold bullion, should investors be running for the exit doors?
Some well-known “gold bugs” have recently turned bearish on the precious metal. But I’m on the opposite side of the spectrum; I see the pullback in gold prices as an opportunity of a lifetime for contrarian investors.
The gold bullion price chart below shows the long-term trend in gold bullion is still intact. Since 2001, the precious metal’s price has marched higher. Note there have been many pullbacks along the way, but in all cases, gold bullion prices recovered and moved higher after their pullback. And I believe we will see gold prices recover again from their current price correction.
Chart courtesy of www.StockCharts.com
From a fundamental point of view, demand for the precious metal remains robust. Many central banks have become net buyers of gold bullion over the last couple of years, and consumer buying in gold is very strong.
So the question is: with so much negativity towards the precious metal, have we reached peak pessimism on gold bullion? My answer is that I believe we are slowly getting there.
Just yesterday, Bloomberg ran a story saying hedge fund manager John Paulson would not be investing more of his own money in his gold fund at this time “because it’s not clear when inflation will accelerate.” (Source: Bloomberg, November 25, 2013.)
While investors seem to have turned very bearish on gold bullion, I see it as a bullish sign. If history has taught us one thing, it’s that when there’s increasing pessimism on any investment, a bottom is … Read More
According to the World Gold Council (WGC), demand for gold bullion in the third quarter was 869 tonnes. (Source: World Gold Council, November 14, 2013.) And in the quarter, central banks purchased 93 of those tonnes.
Central banks have now been buyers of the precious metal for 11 consecutive quarters. Why have central banks been continuously buying more gold? My speculation is that they realize the fiat currency will eventually be problematic, with so much of it being created out of thin air these days.
Consumer demand for gold bullion is also robust. In China, in the third quarter, consumer demand for gold bullion accounted for 210 tonnes—18% higher than the same period a year ago. In India, consumers’ appetite for the precious metal declined 32% in the third quarter from the previous quarter, as the government and central bank worked together to curb consumer demand for gold bullion. But looking at the first nine months of 2013, gold bullion demand in India was 19% higher than the previous year.
In the third quarter, we saw higher demand for gold jewelry in countries like Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia. From the same period a year ago, precious metal jewelry demand in these three countries was up by 14%, 57%, and 19%, respectively. In Hong Kong, gold jewelry demand increased by 28%!
Need I say more?
Dear reader, the focus has shifted off gold bullion and onto the stock market these days, as stocks continue to break to new record highs.
With gold bullion prices off significantly from their peak, I stick to my belief that there is great value in … Read More
Investors are getting too bullish on stocks (an omen of lower stock prices ahead), as seen in the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) Investor Sentiment Survey. It shows 48% of investors were bullish towards key stock indices on November 7. Going back to just June of this year, the number of bullish investors stood at 32.97%. (Source: American Association of Individual Investors web site, last accessed November 11, 2013.)
Investors are flocking towards key stock indices, buying stocks in hopes they will go up in value. According to the Investment Company Institute, long-term equity mutual funds have been seeing inflows since the beginning of this year. (Source: Investment Company Institute, November 6, 2013.)
To me, this sounds all too familiar. I don’t have to go very far back to see what happened when the majority of investors turned so bullish. Remember 2007? Or the Tech Boom? In both of those situations, the common notion was that key stock indices would continue to soar and those who talked against it were ridiculed.
The reality is that the risks on key stock indices continue to increase. And the higher this market gets, I question how bad the market sell-off is going to be when it finally hits.
I’d say the “bubble” in the stock market has become the biggest I’ve seen in years, as evidenced by the amount of money investors are borrowing to buy stocks, which is often referred to as margin debt.
Leverage is a double-edged … Read More
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