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Gold, and the price of gold, is a HUGE story at the moment. Its been up and down like a roller coaster. So why the interest in gold?
Gold is traditionally seen as a safe haven for investors.
During times of global insecurity, people have always bought and held
Clem Chambers at ADVFN has set this movement at "$1,000 an ounce this year", the metals consultancy GFMS thinks it will "hit $700 either later this year or early next year" and James Turk at Goldmoney.com has said "I think we will go well above $1,000 per ounce of gold before this cycle is over."
Why is gold rising in value?
There seem to be some clear reasons.
Gold reason 2: Oil prices continue to climb higher due to an increasing global demand for diminishing resources. The main oil fields in the Gulf are being pumped flat out, yet the demand from China and India continues to grow. Major unrest in oil-producing countries like Nigeria and Venezuela, threaten oil supply, as do terrorist attacks on Saudi oil refineries, and hurricanes battering American refineries. This results in higher energy prices that go on to cause inflation - and gold is a traditional safe haven against inflation.
Gold reason 3: Exploding demand for gold by the Indians and the Chinese. Their economies are booming and their middle classes are celebrating by buying gold. In 2005 the gold jewellery market used up a massive 2,736 tonnes of gold. In the US, according to the US Treasury, gold American Eagle coins are being bought in record numbers.
Yet all this is at a time when there is less gold around. The World Gold Council notes that supply in 2006 dropped 20% from the equivalent quarter in 2005. More gold is being consumed than is being mined and as Pierre Lassonde, president of Newmont Mining, puts it “Even if gold was $1000 an ounce, it still takes four to seven years to open a mine.” If gold is scarce, and people want it, they pay more for it. Therefore the price of gold goes up.
Gold reason 4. And finally cash is trash. The US dollar is crippled by huge trade and domestic deficits. Last year the US notched up $662 billion in trade deficits and the domestic debt stood at over $500 billion! US consumers are up to their eyeballs in debt to the tune of 200% of GDP. This knocks confidence in the dollar, and one of the best ways to get rid of this debt is to inflate it away by devaluing the paper currency. Jim Jubak on MSNMoney.com states that “the easiest, and perhaps only politically appealing, way for America to deal with its massive debt load is to inflate its way out”.
Inflation has ALWAYS worked for governments in debt in the past.
The US Fed stopped publishing the M3 data, (the rate at which they print paper money) so that economists can no longer calculate true inflation. John Maynard Keynes said “Not one person in a million understands inflation” and the Fed intends to keep it that way.
Adrian Ash writing in Money Week (26May 2006) shows that since 1913, when the Federal Reserve System, America’s central bank was setup, the dollar has lost 99 percent of its value. A dollar now is worth a nickel then. In Alan Greenspan’s tenure, roughly the last twenty years, the dollar has LOST HALF its value. It buys HALF the stuff now than it did then. And what if it halves again in the next twenty years (which it will do with inflation at just 3%)? This is REALLY BAD NEWS for anyone with savings or a pension. Could you afford to see your savings halve in value? Cash would seem to be trash.
So why hold on to paper money when its going to be
worth less in the future?
Yet gold holds its value. In 1998 the World Gold Council said that one ounce of gold would buy the same amount of bread as it did at the time of Nebuchadnezzar, more than 2,500 years ago. The Smart money seems to be convinced, and is moving away from the dollar and into gold. The Chinese and Japanese central banks are starting to ‘diversifying’ their huge US dollar stockpiles into stores of real value - including African mineral mines, oil fields, and … gold.
All these factors have led to analysts predicting GOLD RISING EVEN FURTHER in price over the next 3 to 5 years.
Daniel Sacks, manager of Investec’s Global Gold Fund has the price going even higher stating that even at over $600 an ounce, gold is still well below its 1980‘s $800 peak - which adjusting for inflation would be around $2,000 in today’s money.
Christopher Wood; emerging market analyst at CLSA, a division of Credit Lyonnais, says:” Gold is at the very beginning of a multiyear bull market that will take gold many times higher than the present level. Gold is not going to start attracting the attention of mainstream investors until it starts appreciating in all currencies, rather than just the US dollar. This hasn’t happened yet, but it will. “ he has a gold bullion price target of $3,400 an ounce within the decade.
And all this is based on the well known factors stated above; the US government debt, the dollar devaluing (down against the Euro nearly 40% in five years), the Iran situation, the Iraq war, North Korea, the bird flu, the surging demand for gold jewellery, the rocketing oil price and energy crisis! - and all this ignores the HUGE PRICE SURGE that would be caused by the conspiracy theory of banks being forced to buy back gold.
So the question is simple, is the price of gold going
to rise further?
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