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Official Sector Gold Policies – At a Turning Point

I believe we are now at a key turning point in the modern history of gold as an official reserve asset – a turning point that is very propitious for the metal’s price in years to come. Central banks attitudes with respect to gold are becoming increasingly positive.After years of persistent net sales by central banks in the aggregate, the official sector may soon become a net purchaser of gold from the market. In fact, if we include sovereign wealth funds – which are non-central bank government-owned investment institutions – the official sector may already be a net buyer of gold. On ...

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Official Sector Gold Policies – At a Turning Point

I believe we are now at a key turning point in the modern history of gold as an official reserve asset – a turning point that is very propitious for the metal’s price in years to come. Central banks attitudes with respect to gold are becoming increasingly positive.After years of persistent net sales by central banks in the aggregate, the official sector may soon become a net purchaser of gold from the market. ...

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KEY GOLD-PRICE DRIVERS

As clients know, we remain “extremely optimistic” on the gold-price outlook -- but, unlike many other bullish analysts, we believe the metal’s ascent will take several years to reach its next long-term cyclical peak. In the meantime, expect high volatility and a difficult climb, fraught with sharp reversals along the way that will, at times, cause some observers to wonder if the market has already topped out. Ultimately, gold will most likely climb into the US$2000 to $3000 range – but it could go even higher given the right confluence of economic and political developments . . . or if a ...

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IPMI Speech

Gold Situation and Outlook Presentation to the International Precious Metals Institute I've been asked to talk about one of my favorite subjects: Gold . . . or, more precisely, the global market for the metal and the factors likely to influence its future price.  In fact, gold is a subject on which I could talk for hours . . . but I've been asked to keep my presentation somewhat shorter - so I'll try to give you some highlights and conclusions. My comments today will be posted on my website - NicholsOnGold.com - so, if you're interested you can easily check back to review my analysis and ...

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INFLATION EXPECTATIONS AND THE PRICE OF GOLD

From a long-term perspective, gold is a bargain at recent prices in the $900 to $930 an ounce . . . and will remain so even as it begins to move into a higher trading range. Recent gold-market developments and technical price action -- along with broader economic and financial-market developments -- suggest gold is bracing for a resumption of its long march upward and a retest of its historic high in the months ahead. First and foremost, the bullish outlook for gold rests on the increasing likelihood of accelerating U.S. inflation in the years to come -- and an associated unprecedented ...

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RISK/REWARD RATIO FAVORS LONG SIDE

Although gold remains vulnerable in the short term, the risk/reward ratio increasingly favors the long side -- and we are advocating more aggressive investment purchases should gold again dip below $900 an ounce. Even if the metal first weakens, the overall picture is looking a little brighter and, before long, we could see the gold move to a somewhat higher trading range. Importantly, the selling of old jewelry and other gold-bearing items in many global markets abated when prices recently dropped briefly below $900.  And, more recently, even with prices trading in the $920 to $940 ...

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GOLD — A NEW MONETARY ROLE?

China and Russia are agitating for a demotion of the dollar in the world monetary system with a new “super-sovereign” basket of currencies, possibly even including gold as the Russian’s have suggested, gaining stature as the new lynchpin. Though such talk may hearten the advocates of gold, the possibility of any sudden change in the world monetary system seems remote, if only because no alternative can provide the, necessarily very large and very liquid capital markets necessary to accommodate reinvestment of reserve assets now held in U.S. dollars. And, for all their talk, the Chinese, ...

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FED EASING AND GOLD PROSPECTS

This week's news from the U.S. Federal Reserve promising massive quantitative easing in the months ahead greatly increases our confidence in the long-term bullish outlook for gold and silver.  Since the first recorded use of currency by King Croesus some 2,500 years ago, there has NEVER been a rapid increase in the supply of money that has not, within a few years, been followed by an acceleration of inflation.  Why should the current experience be any different!! Our forecast that gold will reach a cyclical high over $2500 and silver will exceed $50 an ounce in the next few years looks ...

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GOLD: STILL VULNERABLE

Gold's tumble in recent days, now about 9.5 percent from its late-February high just briefly over $1000 an ounce, is no surprise to readers of NicholsOnGold.com.  Although we remain bullish for the long-term and foresee more than a doubling of the gold price in the next few years, the immediate picture is less rosy . . . and the yellow metal remains vulnerable to further short-term selling. A number of factors have contributed to gold's decline in the past week and may remain influential in the weeks ahead: •    First and foremost, the market has had to absorb an absolutely fantastic ...

NO SURPRISES

Gold's retreat in recent days from its brief flirtation last week over $1000 an ounce was no surprise.  We warned in recent posts that the surge in secondary supply, particularly from Asian and Mideastern markets, and the worldwide collapse of fabrication demand left the price vulnerable -- and an easing of investor interest could bring a sizable correction in the yellow metal's price. Moreover, when everyone seems to be jumping on the gold train, nary a bear is to be seen, bulls are uniformly revising upward their price forecasts, and the financial press suddenly gets all hot and bothered, ...

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