Gold Market Update

originally published Monday, September 17, 2012

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Last week was a momentous one when the financial world passed the point of no return. Right after a German court cleared the way for massive European QE to get underway, steamrollering opposition from German politicians and the German public in the process, the Fed announced not just QE3, which was expected, but open-ended and unlimited QE and suppression of interest rates over a longer timeframe. The Fed has declared open warfare not just against the dollar and savers in general, but against the entire American middle and lower classes, who will be progressively stripped of their assets and impoverished, the better to serve the interests of the banking class and the elites at large.

It is interesting that the Fed fired its biggest guns right after the German courts cleared the way for Europe to do QE on a grand scale in a similar manner. This means that the dollar and euro are going to go down in value pretty much in lockstep, so we are going to have to take this into account when looking at dollar index charts, which have a very heavy euro weighting, as going forward the dollar index chart may partially mask the ensuing dollar collapse. This brings us to another point ? is the rest of the world going to stand by and watch and do nothing as the dollar accelerates into a downward slide, which will have the advantage for the US of devaluing its huge debts in real terms and increasing its competitive advantage re exports? ? the answer to that is no ? everybody is going to be in on the game and the fiat race to the bottom will intensify fuelling accelerating global inflation even as economies shrivel.

Last week also signaled that we are entering the endgame stage ? where the accelerating demise of fiat leads first to rampant inflation and then hyperinflation, devastating global economies and leaving them a smoking ruin, at which point, finally stripped of their comfy sofa and TV set and other essentials of life like food and power, the masses go on the rampage, and ?do an Iceland? on the bankers and politicians who brought them to this pass. Then and only then can we start over.

The Fed is playing a very dangerous game. While it is, or should be, hard for any person of even moderate intelligence to understand why anyone would want to invest in either the US bondmarket or the dollar, given the hopeless debt problems afflicting the US, there are still a lot of investors out there who haven?t given up faith. These latest cavalier actions by the Fed have essentially given a 2 fingered salute to investors in US dollar assets, and could be the last straw that brings out a wave of dumping of US assets, especially as the effects of this policy become more and more apparent with passing time.

From all of the foregoing it should be obvious that with the starting gun having been fired last week on the fiat endgame, where wave of wave of money creation drives the value of fiat lower and lower, not just in the US and Europe, but around the world, the price of anything with real or intrinsic value is going to go up and up and up ? the most obvious beneficiaries being gold and silver.

The predictions made in the last Gold and Silver Market updates turned out to be correct. A pause was predicted, which we got and then a breakout and strong run, which also duly occurred. We were wrong last week, however, in predicting a ?sell on the news? reaction to the outcome of the Fed meeting. This was based on markets front running the news from the German courts and the Fed, but even we did not expect such unashamed generosity from the Fed ? it?s easy to be generous with other peoples? money, or rather money you yourself create out of thin air ? we didn?t just get QE3, which was largely expected and discounted, but open-ended QE, along with an extended commitment to hold rates close to zero. This is what ignited further strong gains in the Precious Metals and the broad stockmarket.

So what does all this mean for the Precious Metals, and for gold in particular? It means that they are to go up and up and up and not just against the dollar but against most other currencies, and as the fight to preserve wealth from the depredations of inflation intensifies, the scarcity value of gold and silver should guarantee gains that more than compensate for the loss in value of currencies ? in other words their gains should more than offset inflation. If, late in the endgame, as the increasingly desperate Fed and other Central Banks accelerate their already discredited policies to put off the day of reckoning by heaping still more debt on debt, inflation morphs into hyperinflation, then of course gold and silver will go parabolic and ultimately arrive at prices that would even impress that great Keynesian Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe who took Keynesianism to exalted heights that most of its proponents can only dream about.

Let?s now look at the charts to see how gold is shaping up. On the long-term 12-year log chart we can see that gold remains in a fine and orderly long-term uptrend that has been in force from mid-2005. In a freak move occasioned by the 2008 crash, gold broke down from this uptrend briefly, late in 2008, but its decline stopped at a classic support level and it quite quickly repaired the damage by hopping back into the uptrend, and it has been a case of onward and upward ever since.

We can see that gold has begun a major new uptrend in recent weeks, but is still some way from taking out its highs of August. It should have little trouble doing so before much longer, and given what went down last week, the chances of it double topping with those highs is now rated as close to zero. Once new highs are attained it should accelerate away to the upside, with the Fed graciously providing a monthly reminder of why it should do so. Before leaving this long-term chart we should note how it shows that the new uptrend is still in its infancy, and that the projected upper boundary of the uptrend allows us to estimate a target for this move in the $2400 area.

Those old boys who lusted after the likes of Bridget Bardot, showing commendable taste, even if it was not appreciated by their wives, will surely appreciate the curvaceous nature of gold?s ascent shown on its 12-year arithmetic chart. This is the chart of a commodity that is clearly accelerating into a spectacular parabolic blowoff move that could take it much, much higher than current levels.

The 2-year chart shows that we now have a clear and decisive breakout from the lengthy 3-arc Fan Correction. Moving averages are swinging into bullish alignment, with the 50-day about to rise up through the 200-day and in so doing confirm the birth of a new uptrend. Gold is now extremely overbought on its short-term RSI, shown at the top of the chart, but not so overbought on its MACD, which shows that there is room for further upside before it pauses for a while to rest. So it looks likely that it will run at the resistance at about $1800 and stop and rest to digest its gains at about this level, and there is some chance that it could press on as far as the highs of last August at over $1900 before consolidation set in.

The 6-month chart shows recent action in more detail. On this chart we can see that gold is now super critically overbought on its RSI indicator, and and it can continue higher in this overbought state for some time, the chances of a consolidation/reaction setting in soon are now quite high, the reading of this indicator puts us on notice to expect consolidation/correction soon, even if it continues higher for a little while first, and this would make sense given that all the ?good news? with respect to EU and Fed largesse is now common knowledge.

The latest gold COT are showing quite extreme readings so we may see gold pause to consolidate its gains soon, and maybe react somewhat, and it is appropriate that it should do so here having almost arrived at the first resistance level shown on its 2-year chart above. Here we should note, however, that these COT readings could ?fly off the scale? during a particularly dynamic uptrend, as we have seen happen with Crude Oil and the Euro fx COT charts in the past.

We will close by taking a quick look at the dollar. The dollar index has now broken down from its uptrend by a clear margin, and is expected to continue to drop. Last week the Fed declared open-ended warfare on the currency which will become the victim of relentless dilution going forward. The only mitigating factor is that other countries and trading blocs are going to follow the Fed?s example and go in for currency dilution of their own, with the German court last week clearing the way for massive Fed style European QE. What this means is global QE, so we should see gold rising against most currencies as their buying power is eroded by dilution. Given the magnitude of the Fed?s assault the support levels shown on this chart are unlikely to count for much, and it could easily crash them quite quickly. Over time however the dollar?s demise may be masked on this index chart by as Europe races to catch up in the QE stakes and the euro is thus subjected to similar treatment.

The above represents the opinion and analysis of Mr Maund, based on data available to him, at the time of writing. Mr. Maund's opinions are his own, and are not a recommendation or an offer to buy or sell securities. Mr. Maund is an independent analyst who receives no compensation of any kind from any groups, individuals or corporations mentioned in his reports. As trading and investing in any financial markets may involve serious risk of loss, Mr. Maund recommends that you consult with a qualified investment advisor, one licensed by appropriate regulatory agencies in your legal jurisdiction and do your own due diligence and research when making any kind of a transaction with financial ramifications. Although a qualified and experienced stockmarket analyst, Clive Maund is not a Registered Securities Advisor. Therefore Mr. Maund's opinions on the market and stocks can only be construed as a solicitation to buy and sell securities when they are subject to the prior approval and endorsement of a Registered Securities Advisor operating in accordance with the appropriate regulations in your area of jurisdiction.