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Gold reached an all-time high of $1431 per ounce on 12/7/10 (COMEX nearest futures continuation). Will gold ever fall from the heavens back to earth, or at least toward earth?
With the exception of the recent rounds of Middle Eastern turmoil, many fundamental factors related to gold are old news. Thus a review of price and time analysis warns that gold probably will establish a noteworthy top soon. Calendar March 2011 is a likely time.
Think of the familiar chant: weak US dollar equals (results in; is paralleled by) strong gold, strong dollar means weak gold. Recall a related popular mantra in recent years. Weak dollar makes for strong US (and many other) equities, with a strong dollar reflected by declining or feeble equities. Some historical perspectives indicate that these ritualistic refrains often have merit. The dusty past also indicates that such financial perspectives are not Natural laws. Is a very weak US dollar (reflected by high gold prices, perhaps) in a rising interest rate environment bullish for the S+P 500 and similar stock benchmarks? Not necessarily, and not forever.
Although the dollar’s dreary dive often encourages gold to fly higher (and let’s keep viewing gold in US dollar terms), what about a very weak dollar? How enthusiastic will foreigners (and many Americans) remain in regard to the financing of the US fiscal deficit disaster? Sooner or later, the current significant dollar weakness- and certainly another round of noteworthy dollar depreciation- alongside rising interest rates will undermine the US and global economic recovery and create a bear trend for equities. These interrelated variables will reverse gold’s ascent and create (or accelerate) a bear marketplace for gold (and eventually commodities “in general”).
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