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GOLD — Confounded by the Machines and Dark Pools

Gold continues to confound, dropping another $25 an ounce this morning as technical and computer-driven program trading triggers selling on U.S. derivative markets, all despite favorable fundamentals and what should be seen as favorable economic and geopolitical developments. Gold Lower Despite Bullish News This morning's dispatches from India and China, the two biggest gold-consuming nations, report that demand in these markets continues unabated . . . and coin dealers report still-strong retail demand for bullion coins and small bars in the Western markets. News from the Middle East -- ...

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Monetary Policies Favorable for Gold-Price Recovery

Global financial markets will be taking their cues from U.S. Federal Reserve and European central bank policy meetings to be held by the Fed on Tuesday and Wednesday and by the European Central Bank (the ECB) on Thursday. The consensus among economists who pay attention to these things suggests there won't be any significant change in Fed policy . . . but, in contrast, there is a strong belief that the ECB will cut European interest rates from their already record low levels. ECB Expectations The ECB has seen a disappointing string of European economic data over the past several weeks. ...

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QUICK MARKET COMMENTARY

Despite further gold ETF liquidation in recent days and some short spec selling on futures exchanges, gold prices are moving higher on unrelenting physical demand for small bars, coins, and jewelry from the gold-friendly Asian markets as well as retail investment demand in US and European, especially for gold (and silver) bullion coins. It is particularly encouraging to see gold move higher despite the stronger dollar (against the euro and yen, for example) . . . and at a time when equities are moving lower (or at least are not moving higher). In the past year and a half, the continuing ...

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Macro-Economics and the Future Price of Gold

The future price of gold will likely reflect a wide variety of prospective developments.  That's what makes gold so interesting . . . and so difficult to predict. The intensity of private-sector demand in China, India, and elsewhere in Asia is high on my list of gold-price influencers. Similarly, the magnitude of net central-bank reserve acquisitions will almost certainly play an important role. So too could the unfolding economic and political situation in Europe. Alternatively, gold prices may wind up hinging most of all on some black swan or unpredictable event in the ...

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Excerpts from Interview with South Africa’s MoneyWeb

MoneyWeb: We saw that astonishing decline in the gold price and in gold stocks yesterday. The biggest one-day drop in the price of bullion since 1980 and it has fallen about 13% since Thursday. ?   Gold’s price is down nearly 25% since last October. We are far off those all-time highs of $1,900/oz back in 2011, with the gold price currently trading at $1 382.63. We welcome Jeffrey Nichols, MD of American Precious Metals Advisors to the programme.  Jeffrey, you are calling the latest moves in the gold market “insanity”. Why? JEFFREY NICHOLS: Absolutely – because this past week’s sharp ...

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FUELING GOLD’S FUTURE ASCENT

Gold has certainly taken a beating in recent days, giving up all of the gains attained during the Cyprus crisis -- and down nearly 20 percent from its all-time high back in September 2011. And, now having suffered two consecutive quarterly declines for the first time since early 2001, some analysts and investors are abandoning the yellow metal, proclaiming that gold's decade-long bull market has run its course. I'm no "gold bug" – but I couldn't disagree more . . . based on solid reasoning and objective analysis. Short-Term Shock Therapy What the gold market needs to move higher is a ...

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GOLD BEARS BEWARE

Gold bears have been a gleeful group of late, pointing to the recent decline in gold exchange-traded fund holdings as evidence of investor disinterest in the yellow metal.  Gold bears also see the market's rather lackluster performance over the past year and a half - and the failure of prices to move higher - as further evidence the decade-long bull market has run its course. Yes, gold has retreated some 20 percent from its September 2011 all-time high (near $1,924 an ounce) to its subsequent low (just over $1,520). Yes, Gold ETFs have seen some substantial and high-profile withdrawals in ...

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That Was the Week That Was: U.S. Economic Policy and the Future Price of Gold

Over the past year, short-term changes in the price of gold, both up and down, have largely mirrored shifting expectations of U.S. Federal Reserve monetary policy and the reaction of short-term institutional speculators operating in futures, ETF, and other "paper" derivative markets.  The past week - with gold first falling sharply then recovering smartly, and then dropping again - has been no exception. To little surprise, gold registered its biggest one-day gain of the year on Tuesday as Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, in his semi-annual report to Congress, eased market fears ...

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GOLD: Talking Points

In my view, there is a very high probability gold will surpass $2000 an ounce by year-end 2013 - and it could go much higher.  Moreover, by mid-decade, the metal's price could double or even triple from recent levels. Looking backward, gold is off some $250-$260 from its September 2011 all-time high of $1924 an ounce.  This is a decline of roughly 13 percent - in line with past bull-market corrections. In the weeks ahead, much depends on institutional speculators at the big banks and hedge funds.  In the past year or so, these large-scale players have made good money trading futures, ...

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U.S. Monetary Policy: Good News for Gold Investors

We have long expected further monetary easing by the U.S. central bank . . . but this past Thursday's news from the Fed was more than most gold investors could have imagined or hoped for.  In reaction to persistent recession-like conditions and continued high unemployment in the U.S. economy, the Fed is now embarking on even more reflationary - and ultimately inflationary - monetary policies. In a statement following Thursday's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, the Fed said "If the outlook for the labor market does not improve substantially, the committee will continue its ...

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