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GOLD – Dark Clouds, Bright Skies

Disappointing news for the U.S. economy is good news for gold investors. Recent economic data show an economy that is "stuck in the mud," to quote Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.  And, in response to signs of a slowing economy, the U.S. central bank is, sooner or later, likely to embark on another round of monetary easing. In fact, the recent gold-price rally that took the yellow metal back over the psychologically important $1,600 an ounce level reflects rising market expectations that the Fed will announce further economic stimulus following the July 31-August 1 Federal Open Market Committee ...

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Central Bank Gold

A recent survey of central-bank reserve managers predicted that the most significant change in their official reserve holdings over the next 10 years will be their intentional accumulation of gold. In fact, central-bank reserve managers are already moving in this direction, expanding their reported bullion reserves by 439.7 tons last year - the biggest annual increase in almost five decades . . . and this doesn't count significant purchases that remain unreported. Central banks, taking advantage of depressed market prices, were again big buyers of gold this past March according to ...

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS — A Quick Note on Recent Gold-Price Action

This past week's dramatic gold-price action - with the metal falling some 5.8 percent from a Wednesday high of $1,790 an ounce (in European trading) to a low of $1,687 (in after-hours New York trading) - does nothing to dissuade us from our super-bullish long-term view of gold-price prospects. Indeed, we have often warned clients and readers of NicholsOnGold to expect occasional episodes of great price volatility with sizable corrections that would lead many investors and pundits to prematurely eulogize the end of gold's bull run.  Wednesday's decline was just such a correction - and it ...

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GOLDEN JUNCTURE

With the Greek drama taking an intermission and the euro strengthening at the U.S. dollar’s expense, it looks like gold wants to move higher – and, quite possibly, it has enough oomph to break through strong technical overhead resistance as we approach and possibly exceed $1,800 an ounce. As I have pointed out in past NicholsOnGold commentaries, it is important to distinguish the forces and players that drive gold prices in the short term – measured in days, weeks, and sometimes months – from those that determine the longer-term trend and average price over many years. Short-Term ...

GOLD PRICE TO SNAP BACK

In contrast to the closing months of 2011, gold has begun the new year on a more positive note.  Whatever the metal’s short-term prospects — indeed even if gold takes another dive — we believe 2012 will be another stellar year for gold investors. Gold topped out at an all-time high just over $1,924 an ounce in early September - a whopping gain of some $600 or about 50 percent from last January’s low point.  But as investors know all too well, gold prices can be quite volatile - with big upswings often followed by big downswings, albeit around a rising long-term trend.  Such has been the ...

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World Economic Trends and the Future Price of Gold

I recently had the pleasure and privilege of speaking again this year at the China Gold & Precious Metals Summit in Shanghai and to several private seminars organized by clients elsewhere across China.  Here's the text of my presentation: First My Forecast Forecasters, whether of the economy, or the stock market, or the gold price are frequently wrong . . . but we are never in doubt.  It is up to you - the investor - to listen, evaluate, doubt, and make your own decisions about gold's future price and the role the metal might play in your own investment portfolio and personal savings ...

Gold – Recovery and Resurrection

Gold is coming to life again - and looks poised to move higher in the weeks and months ahead.  Having fallen precipitously from its all-time high just over $1,923 an ounce in early September to a recent low near $1,540 in early October, a peak-to-trough correction of some 20 percent, gold has been, of late, range-bound, trading between $1,640 and $1,680. Having moved to the top of this range and even slightly higher, I sense gold is just now resuming its long march upward, a march that could, before long, carry the price to the $1,850 region and perhaps even to its historic peak of $1,923 ...

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Gold – Just an Innocent Bystander

"At some point, however, we will see a correction, perhaps a sizable one.  After all, even strong bull markets never move up in straight lines.  I would not be surprised to see gold stumble - falling back $100, $200, or even $300 - before prices begin working their way higher once again." That was my view published on NicholsOnGold.com in late August. Gold has certainly taken a dive - and could stumble further in the days immediately ahead - but I think we will see the yellow metal begin its comeback sooner rather than later, possible in the next few days. This summer we raised our ...

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Gold’s Long March Upward Continues

Despite gold's recent run up to new historic highs, I believe the yellow metal's price has far to go - both in future percentage appreciation and duration before the great gold bull market comes to its ultimate cyclical end. Right now, there is no evidence of a buying frenzy to suggest we are anywhere near a long-term top . . . but there are plenty of rock-solid fundamentals that suggest the market is healthy with plenty of room to move higher.  Moreover, the world economic and geopolitical environment remains very supportive - and seems likely to remain pro-gold for years to come. My ...

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Dog Days of Summer: Cooling Off for Gold Unlikely

The days and weeks ahead could be tumultuous for gold with the yellow metal's price primed to move one way or the other depending on news from European finance ministers, the European Central Bank, the Greek Parliament and, last but not least, the Fed's FOMC policy-setting committee and Chairman Bernanke's news conference later this week. Technically, gold remains range bound with good support, as we saw last week, between $1515-$1522 and overhead resistance in the $1545-$1555 range.  A break out in either direction, perhaps triggered by news of a more fundamental nature, could signal a ...

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