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Gold, the Economy, and a Whiff of Stagflation

It was only a matter of time before gold prices broke through overhead resistance at the technically important $1,300 an ounce level.  Now, $1,300 - plus or minus a few dollars - may be the new floor . . . and it looks like $1,350 may be the new ceiling. ...

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GOLD: A Quick Note on Fed Policy

Gold prices moved higher this morning in anticipation of Fed Chairman Bernanke's testimony today before the Joint Economic Committee. Recent speeches by other Fed officials in the past few days suggest the Fed will leave the door open to stepped-up quantitative easing should the economy falters or if inflation remains below target. Any talk of more QE from Bernanke this morning could give gold enough juice to re-test overhead resistance around $1400 . . . and possibly move higher. See my recent posts on NicholsOnGold.com for more on Fed policy and the economy. ...

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Gold: Vulnerable, but Looking for a Bounce

No one should be surprised if gold prices take another dive. The market certainly remains vulnerable to more institutional selling. That said, I'm looking for a bounce-back in the week ahead -- with the yellow metal recovering some of the ground lost in the recent flash crash -- if only because the price has fallen so far, so fast. Some of the institutional players who were inclined to lighten their long positions or short the metal along the way down have already done so . . . and some of the large hedge funds -- including a few that made news by selling in recent months -- may begin ...

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Monetary Policies Favorable for Gold-Price Recovery

Global financial markets will be taking their cues from U.S. Federal Reserve and European central bank policy meetings to be held by the Fed on Tuesday and Wednesday and by the European Central Bank (the ECB) on Thursday. The consensus among economists who pay attention to these things suggests there won't be any significant change in Fed policy . . . but, in contrast, there is a strong belief that the ECB will cut European interest rates from their already record low levels. ECB Expectations The ECB has seen a disappointing string of European economic data over the past several weeks. ...

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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 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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U.S. Monetary Policy: Good News for Gold Investors

We have long expected further monetary easing by the U.S. central bank . . . but this past Thursday's news from the Fed was more than most gold investors could have imagined or hoped for.  In reaction to persistent recession-like conditions and continued high unemployment in the U.S. economy, the Fed is now embarking on even more reflationary - and ultimately inflationary - monetary policies. In a statement following Thursday's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, the Fed said "If the outlook for the labor market does not improve substantially, the committee will continue its ...

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The Fed Speaks . . . and Gold Listens

Gold rallied this past week, showing some of its old spunk, first breaking through overhead resistance around $1,625 an ounce . . . and then piercing through the $1,650 level on Wednesday's news from the Fed that more monetary stimulus could be in the cards. As in recent months, gold's price action has very much reflected buying and selling by institutional traders and speculators, driven by high-frequency program trading that rely heavily on momentum indicators and technical signals, as well as expectations of prospective U.S. monetary policy, Eurozone sentiment, and the latest move in the ...

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