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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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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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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 ...

A Brief Note on Gold ETFs

Bullion held in depositories on behalf of gold exchange-traded funds investors is at record levels . . .  and, in recent days, has been growing by leaps and bounds.  Worldwide total gold ETF holdings now exceed 1365 tons (42.6 million ounces). To put this number in perspective, ETFs now hold more gold than the Swiss central bank. Strikingly, gold held by ETFs now account for more than 40 percent of identifiable gold investment worldwide. ...

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