Jun 27, 2003
Gold shot up last month reaching its February highs and itís been declining since then. But thatís okay because if you havenít bought yet, or you want to add to your positions, the current weakness will likely be the last good buying opportunity for a long time to come.
Goldís bull market is solid and itís poised to rise to new bull market highs before the year is over. In fact, for the first time in years both the technicals and the fundamentals are glittering brightly.
FUNDAMENTAL STEPS IN PLACE
∑ Most important is the U.S. dollar because itís the main world currency. Its ongoing decline has given gold a big boost over the last two years and we believe this will continue.
The U.S. is swimming in debt. With a half trillion dollar budget deficit, an over half trillion dollar current account deficit, a slowing economy, lower taxes, low interest rates and more spending on the war on terrorism, it nearly guarantees an even weaker dollar.
Never in the history of the world has a currency been able to stay strong with its trade deficit at current levels without a serious decline following. Also, itís historical that a superpower expands their military might while servicing a huge debt and lowering taxes. The world sees this and some central banks have begun easing out of dollars. They know that guns, butter and debt are a deadly combination for the dollar.
The Fed is also concerned about the weak economy and deflation and it simply canít raise interest rates. This means the dollarís going to remain weak. In fact, the government has been talking down the dollar because a falling dollar is inflationary and it helps offset the deflationary pressures, so itís in their interest to keep the dollar weak. It now looks like the dollarís going to drop much further than anyone expects, which in turn will provide a very bullish backdrop for gold.
∑ Gold rises during uncertain economic times. We all know that gold rises during inflationary times like in the 1970s. But it also rises during deflationary times because gold is the asset of last resort in a deflationary environment. We donít think itís a coincidence that gold bottomed in 1999-2001 just as the bubble burst from the good economic times of the 1990s, and todayís uncertainty is providing an ideal backdrop for further gains.
∑ The growing ease to buy gold around the world is another big plus. For decades, China severely restricted the buying and selling of gold. But itís been liberalizing since last October. Most important, starting June 1st, individuals can invest in gold by buying ingots or opening gold accounts at the bank. This is powerful, especially because the population is so large.
When India did the same in 1996, it quickly overtook the U.S.ís place as the worldís largest consumer and China may be following.
The World Gold Council is also working to make gold easily available to investors. They helped set up a gold security on the Australian stock exchange, traded under the symbol GOLD. And New York is next.
A gold exchange traded fund was filed with the SEC and once itís approved, itíll mark the first time gold is traded like a stock on the NYSE. Itíll be called the Equity Gold Trust under the symbol GLD. And making gold a readily available financial product will have a big impact on the price.
∑ Central bank gold sales are over. They sold a lot of their gold at the bottom and theyíre unlikely to sell more. Forward selling by gold companies is also unwinding. Central bank sales and forward selling by the mining companies put a big damper on the gold price in the 1990s. But since this era is essentially over, itís good for gold because the lid is off.
TECHNICAL STEPS IN PLACE TOO
∑ The most important technical step in the big picture happened last December when gold shot above $330. This marked the first time since 1979-80 that gold rose above its prior peak.
Chart 1 shows that the gold price moves in a 1-4 cyclical pattern. The #1ís are the best gold rises, which are followed by the worst declines #2. The #3 rises are short and the #4 declines tend to fall to new lows. Goldís been rising in a #1 rise since February, 2001 (which was also the 8 year cycle low). Last December it rose clearly above its prior #3 peak for the first time in 22 years, which was a big step in the bull market.
Mary Anne and Pamela Aden are internationally known investment analysts and editors of The Aden Forecast, a market newsletter providing specific forecasts on gold, gold shares and other major markets.
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