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Gold, the Dollar, and the Economy

It's now nearly two months since gold registered an all-time high of $1,227 an ounce, following a five-month run during which the metal rose more than $300 an ounce.  From a long-term perspective, this is a remarkable 380 percent trough-to-peak gain from its early 2001 cyclical low point of $255. Gold's strength last year reflected a number of factors: (1) record worldwide private investment demand (thanks, in part, to rising inflation expectations, pent-up demand from China, and the popularity of new gold investment vehicles in various markets); (2) net official purchases (after two ...

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2010: Gold & Silver Expectations in Brief

Gold has enjoyed a long and enviable climb, rising some 380 percent from a cyclical low near $255 an ounce in April 2001 to an all-time high just over $1,225 in early December, 2009.  Although the bull market will celebrate its 9th birthday this year, it still has a long way to go, both in magnitude and duration. I expect the yellow metal will hit $1,500 an ounce  - or higher - during the New Year, a gain of more than 35 percent from its December 31st close. And looking further ahead, gold's bull market will likely continue for another few years, carrying the metal to a cyclical peak of ...

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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Buenos Aires Speech: Gold Market Situation & Outlook

Speech to the Latin Exploration 2009 Conference Buenos Aires, Argentina Jeffrey Nichols Managing Director, American Precious Metals Advisors Senior Economic Advisor, Rosland Capital I've been asked to talk about the world economic and financial crisis - and the implications for gold. This is an especially appropriate topic for an American economist since it has been, in large measure, America's economic policies over the past several decades that have landed us in today's international economic predicament. The root cause of the current economic crisis has been decades of easy ...

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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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INDIA SPEECH: Gold Market Situation & Outlook

Speech to the Sixth Annual India International Gold Convention Goa, India Jeffrey Nichols, Managing Director, American Precious Metals Advisors Thank you, Mr. Chairman for your kind introduction . . . and many thanks also to the conference organizers for inviting me to participate in this prestigious gathering. It is a great honor to be here today, not only to share my views – but to learn from you, and make many new friends in the Indian Gold Community. A few weeks ago, in preparation for today’s presentation, I asked the conference organizer what I should talk about.He said, I should ...

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Official Sector Gold Policies – At a Turning Point

I believe we are now at a key turning point in the modern history of gold as an official reserve asset – a turning point that is very propitious for the metal’s price in years to come. Central banks attitudes with respect to gold are becoming increasingly positive.After years of persistent net sales by central banks in the aggregate, the official sector may soon become a net purchaser of gold from the market. In fact, if we include sovereign wealth funds – which are non-central bank government-owned investment institutions – the official sector may already be a net buyer of gold. On ...

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Official Sector Gold Policies – At a Turning Point

I believe we are now at a key turning point in the modern history of gold as an official reserve asset – a turning point that is very propitious for the metal’s price in years to come. Central banks attitudes with respect to gold are becoming increasingly positive.After years of persistent net sales by central banks in the aggregate, the official sector may soon become a net purchaser of gold from the market. ...

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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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