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Dark Pools, Program Trading and the Decline of Gold

Day after day, gold trading has been, and continues to be, dominated by institutional trading in the "dark pools" where over-the-counter dealer and interbank activity goes largely unseen. Don't under-estimate the influence of trading in the dark pools where "invisible" institutional trading can - in a flash - knock gold to the mat, leaving most gold-market participants and observers wondering what happened. Indeed, much of this activity in the interbank and dealer market goes unreported - but buy-sell transactions, high-frequency, and other program trading in these dark pools, often at ...

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GOLD — Confounded by the Machines and Dark Pools

Gold continues to confound, dropping another $25 an ounce this morning as technical and computer-driven program trading triggers selling on U.S. derivative markets, all despite favorable fundamentals and what should be seen as favorable economic and geopolitical developments. Gold Lower Despite Bullish News This morning's dispatches from India and China, the two biggest gold-consuming nations, report that demand in these markets continues unabated . . . and coin dealers report still-strong retail demand for bullion coins and small bars in the Western markets. News from the Middle East -- ...

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QUICK MARKET COMMENTARY

Despite further gold ETF liquidation in recent days and some short spec selling on futures exchanges, gold prices are moving higher on unrelenting physical demand for small bars, coins, and jewelry from the gold-friendly Asian markets as well as retail investment demand in US and European, especially for gold (and silver) bullion coins. It is particularly encouraging to see gold move higher despite the stronger dollar (against the euro and yen, for example) . . . and at a time when equities are moving lower (or at least are not moving higher). In the past year and a half, the continuing ...

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FUELING GOLD’S FUTURE ASCENT

Gold has certainly taken a beating in recent days, giving up all of the gains attained during the Cyprus crisis -- and down nearly 20 percent from its all-time high back in September 2011. And, now having suffered two consecutive quarterly declines for the first time since early 2001, some analysts and investors are abandoning the yellow metal, proclaiming that gold's decade-long bull market has run its course. I'm no "gold bug" – but I couldn't disagree more . . . based on solid reasoning and objective analysis. Short-Term Shock Therapy What the gold market needs to move higher is a ...

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GOLD BEARS BEWARE

Gold bears have been a gleeful group of late, pointing to the recent decline in gold exchange-traded fund holdings as evidence of investor disinterest in the yellow metal.  Gold bears also see the market's rather lackluster performance over the past year and a half - and the failure of prices to move higher - as further evidence the decade-long bull market has run its course. Yes, gold has retreated some 20 percent from its September 2011 all-time high (near $1,924 an ounce) to its subsequent low (just over $1,520). Yes, Gold ETFs have seen some substantial and high-profile withdrawals in ...

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GOLD: Talking Points

In my view, there is a very high probability gold will surpass $2000 an ounce by year-end 2013 - and it could go much higher.  Moreover, by mid-decade, the metal's price could double or even triple from recent levels. Looking backward, gold is off some $250-$260 from its September 2011 all-time high of $1924 an ounce.  This is a decline of roughly 13 percent - in line with past bull-market corrections. In the weeks ahead, much depends on institutional speculators at the big banks and hedge funds.  In the past year or so, these large-scale players have made good money trading futures, ...

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GOLD: FOLLOW THE MAN IN THE STREET . . . AND IN THE SOUK

Gold is inching closer to an upside breakout building good technical support between US$1650 and US$1690.  Sooner or later $1700 will become the new floor instead of the old ceiling. In the short run, the institutional speculators and trading desks at the big banks and hedge funds are making good money trading the range based on technical trading models and the latest bit of news -- economic or political -- out of Washington. At the same time, most professional gold watchers in the U.S. and Europe seem to have their eyes focused on prospective Fed policy and fiscal policy disarray in ...

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GOLD IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD

(Excerpts from my speech to the 7th annual CHINA GOLD & PRECIOUS METALS SUMMIT, Shanghai, China, December 5th through December 7th, 2012) Gold in recent months has been stuck in a trading range between $1675 and $1750 an ounce - disappointing many bullish investors and quite a few gold-market analysts (like myself) who had expected the yellow metal to be ending the year approaching - or even exceeding - its all-time high-water mark near $1924 recorded back in September of 2011. Recent attempts to rally higher have been thwarted by stepped-up speculative selling and softer physical ...

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World Economic Trends and the Future Price of Gold

I recently had the pleasure and privilege of speaking again this year at the China Gold & Precious Metals Summit in Shanghai and to several private seminars organized by clients elsewhere across China.  Here's the text of my presentation: First My Forecast Forecasters, whether of the economy, or the stock market, or the gold price are frequently wrong . . . but we are never in doubt.  It is up to you - the investor - to listen, evaluate, doubt, and make your own decisions about gold's future price and the role the metal might play in your own investment portfolio and personal savings ...

Gold – Recovery and Resurrection

Gold is coming to life again - and looks poised to move higher in the weeks and months ahead.  Having fallen precipitously from its all-time high just over $1,923 an ounce in early September to a recent low near $1,540 in early October, a peak-to-trough correction of some 20 percent, gold has been, of late, range-bound, trading between $1,640 and $1,680. Having moved to the top of this range and even slightly higher, I sense gold is just now resuming its long march upward, a march that could, before long, carry the price to the $1,850 region and perhaps even to its historic peak of $1,923 ...

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