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Is NOW a Good Time to Own Gold?

As a business economist and gold-market analyst, I am frequently asked about the economic outlook and investment-market prospects.  Most of all, clients and friends ask “Is now a good time to OWN gold?

My answer is always the same: NOW is always a good time to own gold.

Importantly, we own the metal because, over time, its inclusion in a typical savings and investment portfolio provides a variety of benefits:

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Macroeconomic Prospects and the Price of Gold


September is typically a seasonally strong month for gold . . . but the markets have once again surprised gold optimists with another breakdown in the yellow metal’s price.  Contributing to gold’s September price retreat has been a modest appreciation of the U.S. dollar vis-à-vis the British pound and other European currencies.  This episode of ...

GOLD: Balancing on a Knife Edge


It’s time to fess up:  Over the past week or two, I’ve been reluctant to say much about gold’s short-term price prospects.  Now, it seems to me that prices are set up for a big move . . . but in what direction?  That is the question. Gold markets can no longer count on rising geopolitical risk to gin up prices.  Lately, gold has largely ignored ...

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India: Propitious Times for Gold Ahead


We are soon entering a propitious period for gold in the annual calendar.  Historically, prices have moved higher as gold traders and buyers returned from their summer holidays. In reality it has been the approaching Indian holiday, wedding, and agricultural harvest seasons that have boosted gold demand and supported higher prices in world ...

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GOLD Explained: A Brief Note on Recent Market Action


Gold's failure to sustain its recent price gains, gains achieved over the past few weeks, triggered a wave of computer-generated technical selling on Monday morning that, in minutes, knocked gold prices back down to psychologically important technical support levels just above $1300 an ounce. I do not subscribe to any of the various conspiracy ...