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U.S. POLITICS, ECONOMIC POLICY, AND THE FUTURE PRICE OF GOLD

Gold thrives on political and economic uncertainty . . . and we've got plenty of that now that the Republican Party has seized control of the House of Representatives and narrowed the Democratic majority in the Senate.  What's more, the U.S. Federal Reserve, America's central bank, is adding to the uncertain political and economic landscape as it embarks on another large dose of monetary stimulus. Without a doubt, the new arithmetic on Capitol Hill -- along with the Fed's recent policy shift -- reinforces the bullish case for gold and raises my confidence that gold prices will rise to $2000 ...

GOLD: Summer Consolidatation — Bull Market Alive and Well

Gold prices have fallen sharply in recent weeks from their all-time high over $1265 on June 21st in New York.  By mid-July, gold was briefly below $1180 -- a drop of some seven percent. Faint-hearted gold investors need to remember that bull markets never move straight up.  When they do, it's called a "bubble" . . . and bubbles do burst. Instead, this market is moving up -- and will continue to move up -- in a stepwise pattern with occasional high volatility and big corrections on the road to much, much higher prices in the months and years to come. For the most part, this summer's ...

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Gold and the Double Dip

Many business economists and financial journalists are again talking about a "double dip" or renewed downturn in U.S. business activity.  As our clients and readers of this website know, we've long held the view that the U.S. economy would sink back into recession or, at best, a long period of sluggish growth insufficient to produce any meaningful gains in employment. Longer term, we see years of "stagflation" for the United States and European economies -- with sub-par economic growth, unacceptably high unemployment, and a troubling rise in inflation led by higher prices for many ...

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Why I’m Pessimistic on the Economy . . . and Optimistic on Gold

The following rather lengthy post is the full text of my June 9th speech, unabridged and unedited, to the Mines and Money Conference in Beijing, China: To begin with my conclusions, I believe we will continue to see gold generate lofty returns for years to come.  By year-end, I expect we will see gold hit $1500 an ounce -- and sometime in the next few years $2000 seems very likely . . . with $3000 or higher quite possible.  And, in my mind, these are quite conservative forecasts. At the crux of my bullish outlook is this:  History demonstrates time and again that excessive government ...

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Top Seven Bull Points for Gold

Just a few months ago, most analysts and market participants disagreed with our forecast that the U.S. dollar gold price would hit new highs by mid-year. And, until recently, most analysts and market participants also doubted our prediction that gold would hit $1500 an ounce by the end of 2010 . . . and that prices of $2000 and even $3000 were likely in the next few years. Now, with economic uncertainties on the rise, many who earlier disputed our bullish forecasts are now jumping on the bandwagon. Here, in brief, are the "Top Seven" reasons we see much higher gold prices ahead: #1 ...

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GOLD & SILVER: Speech to the ResourceOne Conference, New York

Those of you who know me know that I am quite optimistic about the outlook for gold and silver.  This may be good news for those of us in the mining business or invested in precious metals assets. Unfortunately, to be bullish on gold means that I'm pessimistic about the U.S. economy, particularly the outlook for inflation and economic growth, over the next few years.  More about this in a few minutes . . . Price Projections But first, at the risk of sounding like a gold bug -- which I'm definitely not -- let me give you some numbers:  I believe we will see gold back near its ...

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GOLD — LOOKS LIKE A STEAL!

Despite reports to the contrary, gold looks like a steal.  Even if we see further price weakness in the days and weeks ahead, we stand by our forecast that gold will again hit its record high of $1,227 an ounce by midyear and will reach $1,500 by year-end 2010.  We do, however, also expect continued volatility with big swings in both directions around an upward trend this year and beyond. For one thing, we think the best of the economic news is now behind us, certainly with regard to U.S. inflation rates, consumer spending, and industrial production, is now behind us -- and that indicators ...

Gold – Renewed Upswing Underway

Gold's recent price performance, strong physical demand for the metal in important world markets, worries about European and U.S. public debt, continuing aggressive monetary stimulus by the U.S. Federal Reserve, and news of substantial long positions by some prominent institutional investors and sovereign wealth funds together have contributed to the resumption of gold's long-term upward march. We believe that after a three-month period of correction and consolidation beginning in early December 2009 (when gold hit an all-time record price of $1,227 an ounce) gold has begun advancing anew - ...

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Gold: Long-Term Fundamentals Remain Promising

Regardless of the near-term prospects for gold, the long-term fundamentals promise substantial appreciation later this year and beyond. We remain firm in our conviction that gold prices will touch or surpass $1,500 in 2010 - and continue to move higher in subsequent years. Opportunity Knocks Gold at recent price levels offer investors and savers without a "core" position in the physical metal an opportunity to buy insurance against the very real possibility of future stock and bond market declines, accelerating inflation and a shrinking dollar, and turmoil in U.S. and world financial ...

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Gold, the Dollar, and the Economy

It's now nearly two months since gold registered an all-time high of $1,227 an ounce, following a five-month run during which the metal rose more than $300 an ounce.  From a long-term perspective, this is a remarkable 380 percent trough-to-peak gain from its early 2001 cyclical low point of $255. Gold's strength last year reflected a number of factors: (1) record worldwide private investment demand (thanks, in part, to rising inflation expectations, pent-up demand from China, and the popularity of new gold investment vehicles in various markets); (2) net official purchases (after two ...

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