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Gold: Watching the Fed

The U.S. economy has rebounded from its winter slump – but recent data continue to present mixed signals, leaving the Federal Reserve and most Fed-watchers alike uncertain about the timing of the much-anticipated first step-up in the Fed funds interest rate. One thing is for certain: The gold market and other financial markets already expect the coming hike in interest rates later this year – and anything else could prove to be a plus for gold. Regardless of the timing – September, December, or sometime next year – we do know for sure, barring a setback in economic growth, the Fed will ...

Gold: Now is the Time

If investors ever needed physical gold in their portfolios, now is the time. Now is the time to protect even a well-diversified portfolio against the risks inherent in financial assets (equities, debt) and tangible assets (real estate, fine art, etc.) alike. Here’s some reasons why: If you hadn’t noticed, geo-political uncertainties are at a high pitch, what with failed states (Iraq, Libya, Syria) and terrorist victories in the Middle East, East-West Russian roulette in Central Europe, and rising tensions between the United States and China as the PRC seeks to extend its territorial ...

Think Long-Term

Although I expect gold prices to rise sharply by the end of the year, possibly even testing its all-time high near $1924 an ounce, I’m the first to admit that short-term forecasts are highly uncertain. I’m much more confident about the long-term prospects for gold. Indeed, looking out towards the end of the decade and beyond, I believe the metal’s price will rise to a multiple of the currently prevailing price. ...

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GOLD: Sound & Fury . . . But What’s It All Mean?

Gold-price volatility so far this year has been a reflection of short-term speculative activity by a relatively small group of hedge funds and other institutional traders taking relatively large positions in “paper” markets.   In paper markets, no physical gold actually changes hands.  Instead, trading of futures and forward contracts, as well as other IOUs between large dealers and traders, governs much of the short-term day-to-day (and even more so much of the intraday) price fluctuations. Meanwhile, “physical" demand continues to grow over time — with buying from the gold-friendly ...

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Gold: Pregnant with Possibility

This year, 2015, could be the year for gold to shine. Having recorded its all-time high above $1920 an ounce in September 2011, the metal has been in decline now for nearly three and a half years and, consequently, its allure as a reliable hedge asset and store of value has been tarnished. But while gold as been scorned by many Westerners – principally American and European institutional investors and short-term speculators – it has remained in favor most everywhere else. Long-term investors and savers across much of Asia – especially China and India, by far the largest and most ...

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2015: A Very Good Year for Gold

After some three years of disappointment, 2015 promises to be a good year for gold investors. While the near-term price outlook remains uncertain, I feel fairly confident that gold will be considerably higher at this time next year – and on its way to new historic highs in the years ahead. A number of factors, some interrelated, will drive gold higher. ...

Gold: Any Day Now . . .

Any day now, gold could find itself in a sustainable long-term uptrend – or not. What remains true is that near-term gold-price prospects remain uncertain with the continuing possibility of sizeable price moves in either – or even both – directions. What also remains true is the high probability that the yellow metal’s price will be considerably higher at this time next year – with a sustainable long-term upswing already underway. ...

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A Brief Note on Swiss Gold Referendum

In a national referendum planned for later this month, Swiss voters will be deciding whether or not the country’s central bank should begin buying more gold. Switzerland already owns some 1040 tons (about 33 million ounces), placing it in the top ten holders of central bank gold reserves behind the United States (with 8,133.5 tons), Germany (with 3,387.1 tons), the IMF (with 2,814 tons), Italy (2,451.8 tons), France (2,435.4 tons), China (with undisclosed holdings), and Russia (with over 1,100 tons). The so-called “Save Our Swiss Gold” proposal, if supported by more than 50 percent of ...

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Gold: Short-Term Risk vs. Long-Term Opportunity

Autumn has been a cruel season for gold investors. In contrast to some anticipated seasonal bump up, the yellow metal’s price has been driven lower by bearish technical indicators and excessive negative sentiment among a small number of large-scale institutional speculators – bullion banks, hedge funds, program traders and the like – trading mostly in futures and over-the-counter “paper” markets for very short-term gains while remaining indifferent to the metal's long-term bullish fundamentals. Despite this dismal performance and continuing bearishness among many traders, gold should still ...

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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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