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Gold, Tapering, & The Middle Class

Stewart Thomson

Nov 5, 2013

  1. Historically, gold futures prices often make an intermediate trend bottom around mid-November. Please click here now. This price chart from Dimitri Speck provides a good picture of average seasonal price action.

  2. Arguably, Indian festival buying is the main reason that gold tends to bottom in this November time frame. Unfortunately, recent Indian government restrictions have reduced Indian gold imports dramatically, so seasonal pattern traders should exercise some caution in how they approach the gold market this year.

  3. Please click here now. That's the daily gold chart, and you can see that my stokeillator (14,7,7 Stochastics series) is flashing a sell signal, with the lead line fairly high at about 68.

  4. If gold were to decline for another week or so, the stokeillator would likely come down to an area where it could signal a gold price rally, and that would fit with the price action suggested by the seasonal chart.

  5. Please click here now. That's a longer term look at the daily gold chart. Gold has been trading in a rough sideways pattern for many months, and I believe that “show time” is approaching now.

  6. If gold declines to $1249, I believe that large hedge fund selling and shorting will occur, creating a strong decline that could take the price down to $1123.

  7. On the upside, if gold can rally to $1435, that should attract sizable buying, and a target zone of $1680 - $1710 would come into play.

  8. Note the small inverse head and shoulders bottom pattern that I've highlighted. The US government will release the latest jobs report numbers on Friday. Gold often declines in the week leading up to the report, and then surges higher in the days following it.

  9. My suggestion is to cheer for the head and shoulders pattern to work with the jobs report, to start a rally towards $1435.

  10. From the current price area of about $1312, $1435 is further away than $1249 is, but most gold investors are good at facing adversity.

  11. As “show time” approaches, investors who are nervous should buy put options, rather than just hope that the next trending move is to the upside.

  12. Gamblers should buy both put options and call options. When a big price movement occurs, option prices can increase more than 100%, enabling the options buyer to beat the options writer, regardless of the direction of the move.

  13. While physical gold buyers in countries like Saudi Arabia are active, some Chinese mining industry officials are forecasting that Chinese imports will drop back to what they call “normal” levels, of less than 1000 tons for 2014.

  14. The decline in Indian imports has been gigantic. I'm forecasting that imports will resume again in the summer of 2014. Clearly, some patience is required.

  15. Many gold analysts may have severely underestimated the amount of money printing that the reserve currency of the world can withstand.

  16. That underestimation is probably why so many analysts constantly predict an imminent parabolic move in the gold price, and an imminent obliteration of the US dollar. In reality, there are very few moments in time when fundamental, cyclical, and technical forces come together to create the “perfect storm” that is needed to produce a gold price parabola. In America, I don't believe that any configuration of parabolic forces in the gold market is in place now. A parabolic set-up was in place until Lehman went bankrupt, and the US Treasury allowed banks to legally mark trillions of dollars of OTC derivatives to model pricing.

  17. That being said, I don't think enough attention is being paid to the money printing that is occurring at Japan's central bank.

  18. Japan is number three economy in the world, and the emergence of inflation in Japan is probably coming much sooner than most analysts think. That inflation would likely be “exported” to China and India. In turn, those nations would export it to America, and other Western nations.

  19. The first half of 2014 could be a tough one for most of the world's gold investors. By the second half of the year, I think that Indian buyers coming back will combine with the emergence of cost push inflation in Japan, to create a strongly bullish tone in the gold market.

  20. Internal inflationary forces in the US economy tend to occur during the later stages of an economic upswing. The US central bank believes in an 8 year business cycle, and the last one peaked in 2007. By mid-2014, the current cycle will be very mature, and prone to inflationary pressures.

  21. I expect to see major bank economists become much more bearish about the US economy in the summer of 2014, based on the maturing business cycle. That's like going to weigh on the amount of tapering the Fed will engage in. Gold investors probably have little to fear from modest tapering.

  22. Mining companies are cutting on production, and scaling back their exploration projects. That's going to affect the supply/demand balance of the gold market.

  23. I have no long term worries about gold stocks, mainly because of the relentless growth of the middle class of Chindia (China and India). Over the next 10 -15 years, I expect the Chindian middle class to almost triple in size, from about 550 million people now, to about 1.4 billion, and almost all of them should be keen to buy gold. As that happens, the American super-crisis should fade as a gold price driver, except for brief moments of time during economic cycle extremes. I think the growth of the Chindian middle class (and in particular, the enormous growth of the upper middle class) will create a more stable gold market with an upwards price bias, for many decades to come. Their growing involvement in the gold market should create much higher prices, and solid dividend payments for gold stock investors.

  24. The gold community is very tough, and I'd like to shed some light on why so many emotionally strong gold stock owners may have found themselves emotionally “broken” over the past few years. Most investors look at their portfolios and say, “It's the drawdowns!”. I disagree. Please click here now. You are viewing the weekly GDX chart. It's not just the drawdowns, but the lack of rallies that creates emotional despair amongst gold stock investors. I think that situation will change now that gold stocks are chopping production. They are becoming “lean and mean” entities rather than bloated hedgers. For another view of the GDX weekly chart, please click here now. Note the phenomenal volume, and the powerful position of the stokeillator. The biggest rally in gold stocks of the past three years, may be almost here!

Nov 5, 2013
Stewart Thomson
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