Gold Market Update

by Clive Maund, Gold Seek In order to comprehend why the long-term outlook for gold (and silver) is so positive you only have to understand that global debt and balance sheets are set to expand indefinitely. The controllers of the system had the chance to demand that the books be balanced back in the financial crisis of 2008 – 2009, but they weren’t interested – they were much more interested in taking the easy way out and lining their own pockets at the expense of society at large, by printing vast quantities of money which they gifted to themselves, and fleecing savers via zero and now negative interest rates. They were then able to use their Central Bank generated cash handouts to make even more money by speculating in global property and stockmarkets, and magnify their gains even more via the carry trade. In the past they would have been sent to prison for a long time for this, but since they control society they can make and amend laws to suit themselves, and with respect to themselves the laws are unenforceable anyway, and the ordinary population, who have been neutered, are going to stand up to them. Wouldn’t you like to get your hands on some of this? There is now no going back – the debt and derivatives bubbles etc have now expanded to such a degree that any attempt to normalize the system by draining liquidity would lead very quickly to a severe credit crunch involving a dramatic spike in interest rates leading quickly to a systemic implosion. The name of the game therefore is to keep the balls in the air for as long as possible until the whole rotten structure collapses in a smoldering heap. The signs of systemic exhaustion are everywhere as the increasingly futile attempt to keep deflationary forces at bay by means of printing trillions upon trillions on new currency have less and less effect on economies. Southern European economies have already been laid waste by deflation – and EU leaders have only just “wised up” and opened the quick fix monetary spigots. In light of all this you would think that gold and silver would be going through the roof already, but investors are too busy chasing rainbows in the broad stockmarket and trying to catch the late stages of various property bubbles etc, and in so doing become the bagholders of the Big Money who will be selling out to them and buying gold and silver on the cheap before they lift off, and probably already are. We have already observed in the past the similarities between the bullmarket in gold and silver of the 1970’s and the current one – “What bullmarket?” I hear you ask – gold’s in a bearmarket isn’t it? – that’s right it is, but this bearmarket is nested in what is believed to be a larger secular bullmarket that should eventually dwarf the one of the 1970’s. More senior readers may recall how the great bullmarket of the 70’s paused for a nasty deep correction in 1975 – 1976 that looked like a bearmarket at the time, like the current nasty prolonged correction, and how it was eventually followed by a new uptrend and new highs that lead into the spectacular parabolic blowoff late in the decade, when silver went nuts. In terms of the amount of fuel for the coming gold and silver bubble, which is the amount of currency debt and monetary excess already existing, not to mention that to come, there is no comparison with the 1970’s. The amount of excess debt and derivatives is now astronomic, so that it dwarfs anything created in the 70’s – it is like comparing a box of matches to a truckload of nitroglycerine. It therefore follows that the resulting bubble in gold and silver will dwarf that which occurred in the 1970’s. Now let’s look at the charts in an effort to gauge the short and medium-term outlook. Starting with the 8-year chart for gold we can see that there remains some risk of it gravitating towards the strong support in the $1000 area before the big corrective phase is over. However, with the dollar breaking down that risk is easing, and the chances of an upside breakout from the downtrend are improving. Within the big downtrend channel from the highs we can see a much less steep channel which the price has been stuck in for almost 2 years. This channel is showing some convergence, which is a positive sign. Watch for a breakout from both of these channels which would signal the birth of a major new uptrend, but until that happens there is some risk of a further drop to the strong support in the $1000 area. A point worth keeping in mind is that gold of course looks a lot better when charted against most other currencies. The short-term 6-month chart for gold continues to look negative with moving averages in bearish alignment. Gold performed surprisingly poorly last week when the dollar broke down from its parabolic uptrend and now looks vulnerable to a near-term decline to its next support level in the $1130 – $1140 area. However, the market doesn’t appear to have grasped the significance of the failure of the dollar’s parabolic uptrend – but it will once the dollar index crashes its support in the 94 area and drops hard. So after an initial decline on the expected weak dollar bounce, gold could turn sharply higher on the dollar crashing its key support, bearish moving average alignment or not. Gold actually looks impressive on its euro chart, but of course this is not saying much considering what has happened to the euro in recent months. More importantly it looks good against other major currencies… While gold’s latest COTs are in middling ground and do not give much guidance one way or the other. In the event of further such losses we will be looking for the COTs to turn strongly bullish – meaning a very low Commercial short position. Continue Reading>>>

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