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Gold Bulls: Take Comfort in the Long Term

Last year’s big surprise in the world of gold was the failure of prices to move higher. Even strong physical demand for the metal and election-related uncertainties following Trump’s surprising victory could not underpin a sustainable rise in the price. Instead, expectations of higher interest rates, an appreciating dollar, and record-high equity prices held the yellow metal down. Now, it seems gold may have finally turned a corner . . . with prices for the yellow metal beginning their long march upward, a long march that will eventually carry the metal to new historic highs. But, even ...

Russia Drives Gold

Russian saber-rattling sent gold over $1,350 an ounce earlier this week, its highest price in four months.  But, contrary to many press reports, it was neither safe-haven demand nor physical buying that fueled gold’s short-lived price advance. Instead, it was institutional speculators and short-term traders – among them the trading desks at some of the gold-dealing banks – who rushed reflexively to buy gold futures and other “paper gold” derivatives . . . and then sold quickly to take profits as the crisis seemed to abate.  Meanwhile, buyers in China and India, the two largest physical ...

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Tapered Expectations

Long constrained between $1,180 and $1,300 an ounce, gold has finally broken out on the upside, only to find itself trading within a new, albeit higher, range. Gold now enjoys a "floor" of solid support at $1,300 with initial support kicking in around $1,340. On the upside, initial resistance kicks in around $1,385 and continues up to the psychologically important $1,400 level - but, as outlined below, this "ceiling" could prove vulnerable in the weeks ahead. ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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’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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Up, Up, and Away: The Bullish Case for Gold

Keynote Speech by Jeffrey Nichols The New York Hard Assets Conference The recent correction in precious metals prices and mining shares has led some investors, analysts, and financial journalists to conclude we’ve already seen the ultimate bull-market peaks in gold and silver. I’m here today to tell you otherwise – but please don’t mistake me for a gold bug.Although, I believe quite strongly that its price will go much higher in the next few years, I don’t think there’s anything magical about the yellow metal. The future price of gold is a function of past and prospective world economic, ...

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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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THE OUTLOOK FOR GOLD AND SILVER

Jeffrey Nichols Managing Director of American Precious Metals Advisors Speech presented to the SPC Precious Metal Company Seminar Bangkok, Thailand What a pleasure it is to be here today in this beautiful city to talk about one of my favorite subjects:The Outlook for Gold and Silver.I am honored by the S.P.C. Precious Metal Company and the Thailand Stock Exchange for sponsoring this seminar . . . and by all of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to hear my thoughts on these metals. So, let me begin with gold: I believe, before long, we will see gold hit $1500 an ounce -- ...

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