Gold: Buy or Sell?
#1 - after a twenty year relentless
bear market, it is hard to imagine, let alone accept the fact
that gold can one day be the choice vehicle for investments.
Signatures of a bull and bear market
Since the gold bull market began off the major bottom in 2001, each and every new high is sold into heavily, resulting in a waterfall, over the cliff type of plunging price action. This occurs suddenly, fast and hard, but it ends the same way it starts: quickly. These major sell offs are often over on average of six to eight weeks, although it seems and feels like eternity for those who hold gold and stocks. This type of price action is what technicians label as "right translation," as the cycles top and bottom on the right hand side of a cycle. This is classic bull market behavior, once recognized and identified by trained eyes, these major sell offs become glorious buying opportunities.
In contrast, a bear market is exactly the opposite. Slow and steady declines are often met with sharp and fast rallies, creating the illusion of a "V" bottom. This type of price action is labeled by technicians as "left translation," due to the fact that the cycle tops and bottoms occur on the left hand side of the cycles. This is classic bear market behavior, and experienced traders seize these quick but short rallies to build short positions.
The current situation
$XAU - this week prices plunged and now testing the major uptrend, since this bull market began four years ago, the uptrend line has acted as support and the lauching pad for the next rally, will this time be different? Who knows, but the current situation presents an excellent buying opportunity as risk/reward is well defined.