Harry S. Dent | Friday, January 18, 2013 >>
Everyone has been expecting gold price to leap to new highs for months now, especially with new stimulus from the U.S. and Japan and more just starting to come from China (and likely Europe).
But markets don’t like to please most investors. When you think they should go up, they tend to go down and visa-versa!
So now the number of people doubting gold is steadily increasing. And to me that means we’ll see spike in gold price soon.
But hang-on a minute. You may have heard that I’m calling for gold to plunge to $750 an ounce. If you have, you might be wondering right now, “What is this guy smoking?!?”
Let me clarify for you. I DO believe gold will ultimately meltdown to lows last seen around 2008. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the gold price drops lower than that because that’s what bubbles do when they deflate. They drop down to pre-bubble levels, often lower.
But that’s my medium-term forecast for gold price. I’m talking gold $750 around 2015.
First, I see gold catching investors off guard… again…
Gold hit an all-time high of $1,934 in early September 2011. Ever since then it’s been trading between $1,520 and $1,800.
That’s two years of essentially going nowhere.
Well, there are two things that seem to drive gold price at the moment. The first is purchases in India and China, which together make up 52% of demand for gold. Particularly India mostly uses this gold for jewelry.
But both economies have been slowing… so gold hasn’t had the fire beneath it to flourish.
The second thing gold responds to is potential financial crises and the typical reaction to print money. Europe’s last big surge of money printing was in late 2011 and early 2012. There’s been nothing since. And China pulled back on monetary stimulus in the last year to curb its extreme real estate bubble.
It has only been the U.S. that stepped back up strongly in mid- to late-2012 with QE3 and QE3 plus. Gold rallied on that move, but has since pulled back, especially as a few members of the Fed have started to question the ability to do QE indefinitely.
As it turns out, those are the two factors that will drive gold up in the months ahead. For starters, I expect we’ll see more money printing and stimulus from China soon. And more will follow from Europe, especially if the U.S. finally slows in the firstquarter of this year as we anticipate.
Naturally, gold will welcome more stimulus with wide-open arms.
I also expect economic trends in China and India to be a bit stronger in the first half of this year… before a global downturn.
But, there’s another important reason I believe gold will surge ahead… before it rolls over. That is: everyone is now bearish on gold. More and more media articles are pronouncing it dead!
That is always a bullish sign.
And traders have been at their most bearish in years THREE times in recent months.
There’s a high chance gold will go to new highs in the next few months, where it will peak as global slowing returns and deflation in prices takes hold (at least into 2015 or so).
Don’t give up on gold yet, unless it breaks convincingly below $1,520.
And when we see a new high over $2,000, it’s time to start unloading the boat!
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