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Time for Contrary Thinking . . . and an Asset Allocation Adjustment

Sentiment in the gold market - especially among the hedge funds and institutional speculators - is already EXTREMELY NEGATIVE.   Market psychology can't get much worse.  Even the gold bugs are dumbfounded.  But, contrarians say this unbalanced situation could be signaling an approaching upturn in prices. The downward pressure on prices emanates from two distinct sources of selling:  First, trading by the gold dealing firms and institutional speculators in the regulated futures markets and the unregulated over-the-counter markets often guided by complex computer algorithms.  These are the ...

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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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GOLD — What’s Going On?

Gold prices have caved today under pressure from dollar appreciation and wave of technical selling at key chart points - selling aggravated by continued flow of funds from gold (and commodity indexes) to equities. Just as the rising price trend in the equity indexes has attracting more buying, the renewed downward momentum in gold is engendering short sales and more outflows from gold ETFs. Importantly, program trading and other technical strategies have added to the downward pressure on gold - and continue to do so.  (See my previous commentary posted earlier today for more on program ...

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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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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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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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Macro-Economics and the Future Price of Gold

The future price of gold will likely reflect a wide variety of prospective developments.  That's what makes gold so interesting . . . and so difficult to predict. The intensity of private-sector demand in China, India, and elsewhere in Asia is high on my list of gold-price influencers. Similarly, the magnitude of net central-bank reserve acquisitions will almost certainly play an important role. So too could the unfolding economic and political situation in Europe. Alternatively, gold prices may wind up hinging most of all on some black swan or unpredictable event in the ...

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A Brief Note on CENTRAL BANK GOLD

Gold is a now seen as a bargain by some central-bank reserve managers who are buying more at low price levels -- but don't expect central-bank gold demand to quickly send the price sharply higher. Russia and China have very likely been scale-down buyers in recent days. Both have been buying with some regularity for the past few years. It's now in their best interest to acquire as much as they can at low price levels but avoiding quantities large enough to send prices quickly higher. Buying to hold for and bequeath to future generations -- and, importantly, to advance their own strategic ...

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Excerpts from Interview with South Africa’s MoneyWeb

MoneyWeb: We saw that astonishing decline in the gold price and in gold stocks yesterday. The biggest one-day drop in the price of bullion since 1980 and it has fallen about 13% since Thursday. ?   Gold’s price is down nearly 25% since last October. We are far off those all-time highs of $1,900/oz back in 2011, with the gold price currently trading at $1 382.63. We welcome Jeffrey Nichols, MD of American Precious Metals Advisors to the programme.  Jeffrey, you are calling the latest moves in the gold market “insanity”. Why? JEFFREY NICHOLS: Absolutely – because this past week’s sharp ...

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