Posted Monday April 12th – Important Message from the Gold Market below:
Ride the Gold Market to Glory …
I’ve got some important ground to cover with you today, so let’s get started.
First, no matter what happens in the world today …
No matter what happens in the markets …
No matter how good the economic news may be …
Nor how bad it may become …
Why? Because gold is a win-win investment, and because it’s now knocking on the door of its next rocket ride higher. More on that rocket ride in a minute.
First, I want to review with you why I think gold is a win-win investment: It’s because there are really only two possible economic scenarios that lie ahead …
Scenario #1: The Federal Reserve’s (and other central banks) efforts to save the U.S. economy and financial system succeed.
In the short term, that is. I doubt that they will succeed in the longer term.
But I do believe the Federal Reserve and other central banks have largely kicked the can down the road for now, and, thanks in large part to China’s economic growth, we are seeing definite signs of economic improvement, all over the globe.
So what happens next then?
The credit crunch affecting homeowners and businesses eases … money flows through the pipeline … and the trillions of paper dollars central banks have created begin to work their way through the system.
And no matter how hard central bankers try to reign them in, inflation begins to move up quite sharply.
The inflation we will see, however, will be unlike past inflations. It won’t be in wages. It won’t be in real estate prices. It won’t be in the latest tech goodies.
It will be fought in the arena of paper currencies versus tangible assets.
After all, under this scenario, the trillions of dollars worth of fiat money flooding into the global economy will be chasing fewer and fewer goods in the natural resource sector, pushing their prices inevitably higher.
Obviously, gold will continue to do quite nicely under this scenario.
Scenario #2: Government and central banks rescue efforts fail, economies slump again, sovereign debt defaults steamroll across the globe.
Bearish for gold? No way, Jose! The Fed and other central banks will just keep pumping trillions more dollars into the system, but to no avail, as they’re largely bankrupt balance sheets get exposed for exactly what they are — “Emperors and Empires With No Clothes!”
The greenback will experience the worst decline of all currencies, dramatically losing much of its purchasing power, partly due to the intentional willingness to devalue the currency coming out of Washington, and partly because all currencies will be losing purchasing power.
Gold will do quite nicely under this scenario as well.
So how high do you think gold will go in each of these cases?
In scenario 1, I see gold easily hitting my MINIMUM TARGET of $2,300 an ounce, the inflation-adjusted high that would be equivalent to what $850 gold was in January 1980, its first major record high.
In scenario 2, I see gold easily exceeding $2,300 an ounce … and heading to more than $5,000 an ounce.
Let’s Also Not Forget That Gold Demand Is Soaring While Supplies Continue To Shrink Dramatically
Many analysts are claiming that in either of the above scenarios, gold’s rising price will eventually bring oodles of new supply to the market, hence killing, or at least smothering the bull market for a while.
But in fact, the demand/supply equation in gold is heavily tilted toward rising prices, and even far worse than the long-term dire supply picture for oil. In fact, I would even venture to say that the world reached “Peak Gold Production” nine years ago.
Consider the following …
- The U.S. Geological Survey — a division of the Department of the Interior — recently announced that there are now fewer than 50,000 tons of proven gold reserves left in the ground worldwide.
At current mining rates, that means the world will run out of gold within 20 years.
- South Africa, the world’s former top producer of gold, is experiencing some of the steepest production declines.
South Africa’s production has plunged nearly 95% from its peak to its lowest level in 86 years, while mine production there has the potential to fall even further as the credit crisis continues to impact mining companies.
Adding to the supply crunch: Big miners are simply not finding world-class deposits. Why? Simple. Because all the elephant-sized gold deposits have already been found.
And on the demand side, gold is being gobbled up in record or near record amounts in every corner of the globe.
We all know that India is the world’s largest consumer of gold. But China isn’t far behind with total gold consumption valued at $14 billion in 2009.
Indeed, according to a very recent report from the World Gold Council, China’s gold jewelry and investment demand could double in the next decade to $29 billion.
Plus, I have absolutely no doubt Beijing continues to buy gold — on the sly — on practically every dip in prices, scooping up gold in many forms, from physical bullion … to gold certificates … and even via the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), where China has recently bought up $155.6 million worth of the gold.
Why is Beijing buying gold?
Plain and simple: It’s the best way China can hedge against the inevitable demise of the dollar.
Bear in mind, China only has about 1.6% of its total reserves in gold, compared to 70.4% for the U.S. … and 66.1% for Germany.
So if Beijing were to increase its gold reserves to just 5% of its total reserves, that would mean Beijing would buy up nearly 72 million ounces more gold. That alone would be enough to send the yellow metal to more than $2,000 an ounce.
Also bear in mind, all the gold that’s ever been mined in the history of the world is about 165,000 metric tons, or 5.3 billion ounces. And all of it could fit into a cube measuring roughly 25 meters a side.
Once Gold Closes Above $1,162 An Ounce, The Lid Comes Off
Gold is inching up on the charts, trading at $1,146 as I pen this issue. On my proprietary trading systems, $1,162 represents a critical area for gold.
Once the precious yellow metal — the world’s only real, tangible form of money and wealth — closes solidly above $1,162, the lid comes off. New record highs will be seen soon thereafter.
What if gold rallies to $1,162, but fails to close above that level? No problem. Gold would simply consolidate for a few more weeks or months, between $1,000 on the downside and $1,162 on the upside.
But I have no doubt that gold will blast off and give me that major buy signal. Just as I have no doubts whatsoever that gold is going to soar to at least $2,300 an ounce, if not higher.
As I said at the outset, hold all previously suggested gold recommendations that I’ve made for your core holdings. And get ready to ride them to glory.
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From Sunday April 12th
Important Message from the Gold Market …
When you’ve been trading gold for 32 years like I have, you develop a sixth sense for the precious yellow metal.
You can hear it speak to you. You can feel its heartbeat. You can interpret its signals.
Gold anticipates the not-so-obvious and often completely unforeseen economic developments better than any other investment I know of.
That’s why I am writing to you today. Gold’s rally last week to as high as $1,156 an ounce has an important message for all of us: It’s telling us that all is not well with the world and that something major is brewing out there.
What’s going on out there that’s not so obvious and that gold is picking up on?
It’s the relationship between China and the U.S. — and the implications of that relationship not just for the Chinese yuan, but also for the U.S. dollar.
You see, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner travelled to Beijing this past week, where he got on his knees with his hat in his hand, begging Beijing to push up the value of its currency.
Now, no doubt, in the media, you’ve been hearing for years that China’s currency is undervalued.
But gold is telling you something different.
It’s telling you the other side of the story.
It’s telling you that if the Chinese yuan is undervalued, then the dollar must be overvalued against that currency too.
And that means that the U.S. dollar will soon resume its sharp decline in value, especially against what is now the world’s second largest economy.
So, right now, I want you to be prepared. First, by this heads up I’m sending you. And second, by understanding the historical progression of the relationship between gold and the dollar.
So let’s step back in time a bit …
How Gold and the Dollar
Were Irrevocably Separated
It’s 1947. We’re in a London office on St. Swithins Lane. Inside are six members of the London Gold Committee. A bullion expert from N.M. Rothschild & Sons says, “Gentlemen, it is eleven o’clock.” We begin.
Each member immediately calls his office on a special direct telephone line to determine how much gold is available for sale and how much is bid for.
All heck is breaking loose because there’s not enough gold for sale to meet demand. Reason: Investors around the world have been jittery for weeks. They’ve been watching America’s financial position deteriorate.
In fact, America’s balance sheet is in such terrible shape that Treasury Secretary John Snyder had earlier been forced to announce new bond offerings to help cover the worst budget deficit in the history of the U.S. ($45 billion in the red), not to mention a $247 billion national debt.
The official price of gold is $35 an ounce and climbing. It seems like everyone wants the yellow metal. They’re worried that the value of the U.S. dollar will plummet in international currency markets.
Everyone’s hanging onto the gold they have, making the market even tighter.
Over the next few months, the buying pressure mounts, driving gold’s price up to $43.25, a gain of 23.5%. There are frequent rumors that the U.S. Treasury’s stockpiles of gold are dwindling. The squeeze is on.
The bull market in gold lasts until 1951 when Washington announces the so-called Treasury-Federal Reserve Accord, stipulating that the Treasury and the Federal Reserve act separately with respect to dollar policy and monetary policy.
The agreement effectively hands Washington the ability to spend unlimited amounts of money, with the Fed backing up the check book.
Twenty years later, the Bretton Woods Agreement on currencies is disbanded as Washington spends so much money and the Fed prints so much out of thin air that there simply isn’t enough gold to go around. Period.
Then, in 1973, all ties between gold and the dollar are officially cut by President Richard Nixon. Gold skyrockets from $43.25 an ounce to $850 over the next seven years, nearly a TWENTY-FOLD GAIN.
Now, Compare Our Nation’s Debts
Today with Those in 1947, 1973 and 1980
In 1947, the official national debt was $247 billion. The price of gold was $35.
In 1973, the official national debt was $469 billion. The price of gold was $43.25.
In 1980, the national debt was $930 billion. The price of gold reached $850 an ounce.
Today, our official national debt is a whopping $12.78 trillion. That’s …
- Thirteen times greater than it was in 1980
- Twenty-seven times larger than our 1973 national debt, which broke the back of the gold standard
- And nearly FIFTY-TWO TIMES larger than our national debt in 1947
And I emphasize, that’s just the official debt.
Today we also have more unfunded contingent liabilities than ever and more than any country in history, with our total outstanding debt and liabilities now exceeding $137 TRILLION.
Let’s Connect The Dots …
1943: Gold jumps as the world worries about our $247 billion national debt.
1973: The gold standard is abolished by President Nixon as our national debt hits $469 billion and all over the world investors are redeeming their weakening dollars for gold.
1980: Gold skyrockets to $850 an ounce as our national debt hits nearly one trillion dollars.
April 2010: A trade war between China and the U.S. heats up dramatically. Treasury Secretary Geithner travels to Beijing and essentially begs China to boost the value of its currency to “rebalance the global economy.”
And what country in the world has the biggest stash of U.S. dollars that would effectively be sold to boost the value of the yuan?
Gold’s reaction: It starts to jump again, and flash buy signals.
Why? Because gold speaks the truth. That any revaluation higher in the yuan means mountains of dollars are going to be dumped, causing a massive dollar devaluation.
Not surprising, considering our national debt alone is now almost $13 trillion, more than twenty-seven times larger than is was when the gold standard was abolished.
My view: Listen to gold and what it’s telling you. I have absolutely no doubt that what’s going on between China and the U.S. … including Geithner’s visit to Beijing … is the next inevitable step in the demise of the dollar … and all about inflating away the U.S. debt problems.
Stay safe and cautious,
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