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Gold: Faulty Expectations

Contrary to expectations, ours and nearly everyone else’s who pay attention to the price of gold, the yellow metal has, since Election Day, shed nearly 15 percent of its value in U.S. dollars. According to the pundits who pay attention to such matters, the election of Donald Trump should have pulled the rug out from under stock prices, hammered the dollar against other major currencies, and propelled gold sharply higher. But once again the pundits have been proven wrong: Stock prices on Wall Street have zoomed to new historic highs and gold has, once again, disappointed. Despite this ...

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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A Quick Note on China’s Economy and Gold Market

Having just returned from another visit to China, where I had the opportunity to talk with a number of "insiders" in the Chinese gold community, I am more convinced than ever that the country will continue to have a profound influence on the world market and future price for years to come. Growth in aggregate demand from jewelry buyers, private investors, and the People's Bank of China will continue to outpace growth in total supply from mine production and secondary sources.  With both domestic supply and demand relatively price inelastic, the market will require a growing stream of ...

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CHINA GOLD: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

The gold world has lately been abuzz with news and speculation about the true volumes of gold supply, private-sector demand, imports, and central-bank reserve accumulation. In recent weeks, every gold analyst and pundit seems to be jumping on the bandwagon.  But this is nothing new for our clients and readers of NicholsOnGold. For several years now, we have suggested that China's actual annual gold production, consumption, and imports have been running considerably higher than that suggested by official and semi-official statistics coming out of the Asian giant - and that China's central ...

In Brief: The Bullish Case for Gold

Stimulative U.S. monetary policies, irresponsible U.S. fiscal policies, and an uncertain outlook for the U.S. dollar. Despite some hopeful economic indicators here and there, persistent recession-like business conditions - especially the weak housing sector and high unemployment - gives the Federal Reserve no alternative than continuing its accommodative and ultimately inflationary policies. Higher industrial and agricultural commodity prices and rising inflation expectations will promote investment and speculative demand for gold as an inflation hedge. Global commodity inflation is ...

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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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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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Speech to the 4th Annual China Gold & Precious Metals Summit

GOLD SITUATION & OUTLOOK: How Monetary Policies, Investment Demand, Central Bank Interest, and Other Supply/Demand Factors Are Affecting the Market and the Metal's Future Price Shanghai, China I've been asked to talk about the Gold Situation and Outlook - in particular how monetary and fiscal policies, private-sector investment demand, renewed central bank respect for gold, and other supply-demand factors are changing the market - and have important implications for the price of gold over the next few years. The place to begin is with the U.S. and global macroeconomic situation - ...

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Hong Kong Speech: Gold Market Situation & Outlook

Speech to the Gold Outlook Asia 2009 Conference Hong Kong I’ve been asked to talk about the world economic and financial crisis – and the implications for gold.In addition, I want to discuss important changes in the official sector and structural developments in the private investment sphere that have important implications for the price of gold over the next few years. The place to begin, however, is with the U.S. and global macroeconomic situation – past, present, and future. This is an especially appropriate topic for an American economist since it has been, in large measure, America’s ...

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Four Keys to Gold’s Next Move

Gold may have moved too high too soon . . . but whether or not the metal manages to recoup and hold onto recent gains near or above the $1000 an ounce level in the days immediately ahead . . . we are nevertheless looking for new highs (above $1032) in the closing months of the year with gold possibly at $1200 or $1300 before the New Year. Key One: India I've just returned from India, one of the most crucial markets for gold with a long history and big appetite for the yellow metal.  What happens next for gold may depend most on the strength -- or weakness -- of Indian buying.  And, Indian ...

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