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The status quo is heavily slanted in favor of fiat currencies, against gold, and maintaining their power and wealth. The anti-gold sentiment is quite strong. It reminds me of two thoughts. If everyone is thinking the same thing, no one is thinking. If everyone is leaning over the same side of the boat, watch out.
In his weekly market review, Frank Holmes of the USFunds.com summarizes this week’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the gold market for gold investors. Gold closed the week at $1,171.82 down $18.73 per ounce (-1.57%). Gold stocks, as measured by the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index, lost 3.76%. The U.S. Trade-Weighted Dollar Index gained 0.58% for the week.
We [collectively], do not need to know if the swing bottom is in, or not. The market will give confirmation once a bottom is determined to be final. Buying after a bottom has been confirmed will mean buying at prices higher than the actual bottom, but one can be much more secure in positioning, once the trend has been confirmed as changed. Just ask all of the bottom pickers over the last 4 years how they have been faring in not waiting for that confirmation.
T bonds and the S&P look dangerous, while silver has been crushed during the past four years. Which of those three asset classes is likely to perform better between now and Election Day 2016? Which of those assets has no counter-party risk? Two of those assets currently trade at or near all-time highs, while one is, relatively speaking, quite inexpensive! Invest accordingly.
Following last Wednesday’s article suggesting that silver mining companies write to the CFTC (which I did make public at the urging of subscribers), one mining company (befitting of its name) became the first to do so. The CEO of First Majestic Silver Corp, Keith Neumeyer, became the first miner to write to the CFTC concerning the massive historic one-week repositioning of speculative positions on the COMEX that far exceeded anything occurring in the real world of silver production or consumption. While I hope additional mining companies take the matter up with the agency, Neumeyer not only did the right thing, he set a precedent that, to my knowledge, had not previously occurred in the 30 years that I have closely followed the silver market and, most likely, long before that.
There is no shortage of negative commentary on gold and silver. A quick google search will produce headlines which make that point. Not all objections and criticisms of gold are intellectually honest – they slant the narrative to support their bias in favor of the status quo, stocks, bonds, and central bank issued currencies, such as Federal Reserve Notes. The dishonesty is understandable since gold is often viewed as an anti-dollar and gold prices sometimes function as a check on the excessive debt creation.
Looking through the final figures for fund flows among the most active ETFs for May, a few things stick out.
The most notable is the abandonment of gold-related funds. The GLD fund suffered outflows, as did the gold miners, GDX and GDXJ. With more than $1.5 billion leaving those funds over the past 20 days at the end of May, the outflow was one of the
largest in the past five years.
I’ve been using an $817 target for Comex Gold since September 2013. If the futures were to fall to that price, it would represent a 32% decline from current levels of around $1193 and a 57% decline from the all-time high of $1920 achieved in September 2011. A fall to $817 is by no means a done deal, however.
Last week, the global gold market was rather subdued as the upward momentum in prices ran out of steam hitting resistance at around $1220 an ounce. Despite a mild rally on Friday, gold prices fell for the second week in a row. The price of the yellow metal edged up on Friday from the previous day’s 2-1/2-week low, supported by a slightly weaker dollar and uncertainty over Greece’s debt talks. On-going concerns over a potential Greek debt default weighed on the global financial and gold markets last week as G7 leaders scrambled to try to come up with an 11th hour bailout package.
The pushing on a string theme is really prevalent throughout the gold/silver charts. There is nothing that indicates a shift from the down trend to one that can and will go higher. Almost everyone’s expectations are for gold and silver to move dramatically higher. The charts do not support that collective opinion, at least not at this time.
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In his weekly market review, Frank Holmes of the USFunds.com summarizes this week’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the gold market for gold investors. Gold closed the week at $1,190.55 down $15.65 per ounce (-1.30%). Gold stocks, as measured by the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index, lost 1.34%. The U.S. Trade-Weighted Dollar Index gained 0.90% for the week.