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Back from Vacation: The More Things Change . . .

I’m just back from a two-week vacation from the gold market.  In the interim much has changed – especially the metal’s price, which has fallen some $65 to $75 an ounce.  That’s more than five percent – but no reason to despair! While the price has weakened, the metal’s fundamentals, fundamentals we have discussed in past reports, have continued to improve, so much so that some bounce-back now seems likely – with bigger gains due later this year. ...

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Gold: On the Verge . . . or Nearing a Cliff

Gold has had difficulty sustaining recent rallies and remains trapped in a $50 trading range.  At the lower end, incremental physical demand has so far kept the price above its recent floor around $1175 an ounce . . . but selling by funds and other institutional traders of gold ETFs and “paper” proxies has limited attempts to rally. Whatever improvement in sentiment and upward momentum that may have resulted from this year’s encouraging first-quarter start has now dissipated.  The longer gold lingers in its current range the more difficult it will be for the yellow metal to break out on the ...

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Gold Insights on Recent Price Action

The past few weeks have been trying times for gold investors.  In mid-March, just when it looked like gold prices were set to break out into higher territory, the market shifted into reverse, leaving many investors and analysts wondering what was going on. To put some numbers on it, at its recent low point, gold was off some eight percent from its mid-March six-month high – and is continues bouncing around within the technically significant $1265 to $1305 range.  A breakout in either direction could set the market’s tone for the weeks ahead. That said, we’ve never put much faith in ...

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Gold-Price Weakness: More March Madness?

Frankly, I’ve been surprised by the recent decline in the price of gold.  I expected a stronger finish to the first quarter with gold prices somewhat higher – possibly even breaking out above the $1,400 an ounce level by the end of March. Instead, gold prices have softened considerably over the past couple of weeks – off nearly $100 an ounce from its mid-March highs and down three percent in just the past week.  On a more positive note, gold is still up 7.5 percent for the year to date. With gold now hovering around the 200-day moving average and short-term momentum now moving into ...

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Russia Drives Gold

Russian saber-rattling sent gold over $1,350 an ounce earlier this week, its highest price in four months.  But, contrary to many press reports, it was neither safe-haven demand nor physical buying that fueled gold’s short-lived price advance. Instead, it was institutional speculators and short-term traders – among them the trading desks at some of the gold-dealing banks – who rushed reflexively to buy gold futures and other “paper gold” derivatives . . . and then sold quickly to take profits as the crisis seemed to abate.  Meanwhile, buyers in China and India, the two largest physical ...

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Gold Mine Production: Who Cares?

Gold-mine output and production costs may mean a lot to gold miners and to investors in gold-mining equities, but should they mean a lot to the rest of us? Total global gold-mine output (primary supply) will make headlines this year, hitting a new record with “reported” annual production just over 3000 tons (about 96.5 million ounces). Actual mine production is probably somewhat higher taking into account unreported output from informal producers and under-reporting by China and possibly a few other countries. The continuing growth in worldwide mine production – even in the past year ...

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GOLD: Institutional Divestment Nearly Over

Gold has been in retreat since hitting an all-time high of US$1,924 an ounce in September 2011. That's an astonishing decline of more than 35 percent -- a whooping correction in the midst of, in my view, a long-term bull market that began roughly a dozen years ago and still has years of life ahead. Over the past year and a half, hedge funds and other institutional investors have been persistent sellers -- mostly of gold ETFs. In doing so, they have provided ample supplies to meet the persistent and continuing demand for physical metal by Asian investors and central banks. ...

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Gold Market Tightens Signaling Possible Price Recovery

Gold hit a fresh three-year low of $1,180 per ounce in late June. By early July the metal's price had struggled back to the $1,240 to $1,260 range.  Although the most recent decline began back in April, the sell-off accelerated in June, just moments after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's statement that the U.S. central bank might soon taper off its program of quantitative easing. Yesterday (Wednesday, July 10th) Chairman Bernanke put that notion to rest, at least for now, and gold quickly shot up some $50 an ounce briefly trading over the technically and psychologically important $1,300 level. ...

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Suffering Gold

Gold continues to suffer under a cloud of bearish expectations.  Its price has been trending lower for some 20 months now - and, at recent lows, it is off some 30 percent from the September 2011 all-time high of $1924. A growing number of investors, analysts, and journalists are already writing obituaries for the decade-long bull market and foresee only a grim future for the yellow metal.  These naysayers, most prominently economist Nouriel Roubini who gained some renown for predicting the financial-market debacle of 2008, point to a number factors to support their bearish ...

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Captive Gold: A Quick Note on the Current Market

For now, gold remains captive to the flow of U.S. and global economic indicators and prospects . . . especially those that may influence Federal Reserve monetary policy. With the U.S. economy far from a satisfactory and self-sustaining recovery, the news is likely to become increasingly positive for gold -- with diminishing expectations of imminent "tapering" (that is scaling back the Fed's monthly bond-buying program) eventually replaced with talk of additional monetary stimulus of one sort or another. Home in the Range At the moment, however, gold appears range-bound between $1370 and ...

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