The fear factor among investors is high with investors unsure just where to put their money. Let’s review the options and come to a conclusion as to where best to invest our cash at this point in time. Words: 402
So says David Urban in paraphrased comments from a recent article* posted on Seeking Alpha.
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Urban goes on to say, in part:
Option #1: European banks? - Not based on the news this week which saw ratings cuts by Moody’s on Italian and Spanish banks.
Option #2: European sovereign debt? Given the risk from a potential Greek exit from the EU and problems in Italy, Spain and Portugal that option is highly unlikely.
Option #3: U.S. banks? Given the recent loss at JPMorgan that calls that strategy into question.
Option #4: U.S. Treasuries? With yields at their present lows they provide what Jim Grant has coined “return-free risk.”
Option #5: European stock markets? Across Europe have fallen as risks from Greece and Spain begin to properly price themselves into the markets.
Option #6: The U.S. markets? They have lagged behind on false hopes that economic growth will be strong enough to decouple from the world but recent economic releases have caused that theory to be rethought.
Option #7: Gold? For more than a decade now gold has provided yearly gains without a loss and while some may state that gold is in a bubble they could not be farther from the truth. A bubble would imply that everyone is rushing out to buy the yellow metal. Even at the peak last summer my local jewelry store had lines of people wanting to sell rather than buy. In contrarian fashion that indicates the bull market is far from over.
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Central banks around the world continue to add to their gold stakes with China, Russia (16.5 tons purchased), Turkey (11.48 tons) and Mexico (16.8 tons) making major purchases during the first quarter. Argentina made its first purchase since 2005 with the Central Bank adding 7 tons.
While we are into a seasonally slow month for gold the downside risk is limited….[so having a good proportion of my portfolio in gold seems like the prudent thing to do at this point in time].
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Lately analyst after analyst (161 at last count) has been climbing on board the golden wagon with prognostications as to what the parabolic peak price for gold will eventually be. That being said, however, only 51 have been bold enough to include the year in which they think their peak price estimate will occur and they are listed below. Take a look at who is projecting what, by when and why. Words: 644
Our Fractal Model suggests the wave for Gold in US Dollars will sweep up into the $3500 to $3600 area into the mid-year time-frame. The leading edge of that time-frame begins in May and extends out for a few months. A potential for Gold to spike to a $3900 extended fib level exists. Like all parabolic moves in Gold, the late stages create the biggest price movements. Personally, I would be happy with a huge Gold run up to the $3200 level. Words: 1400
There is a strong probability that the correction in the price of gold [down to $1,523] has been completed. The up move just starting should be…the longest and strongest portion of the bull market…at least a 200% gain… [to] a price over $4,500. The largest corrections on the way to this target, of which there should be two, should be in the 12% to 14% range. [Let me explain how I came to the above conclusions.] Words: 760
According to a recent Elliott Wave theory analysis gold is about to go parabolic reaching $3,495 in June 2013, $6,233 in April 2014, $10,899 in Sept. 2014, $18,712 in December 2014 and culminating in a parabolic peak price of $31,672 on January 16th, 2015! See the chart below. Words: 600
According to my 2000 calculations, if interest rates and inflation stay constant over the next 2 years, we could expect to see (with 95.2% certainty) a parabolic peak price for gold of $4,380 per troy ounce by then! Let me explain what assumptions I made and the methods I undertook to arrive at that number and you can decide just how realistic it is. Words: 740
The interim peaks in gold have been spaced 21 months apart over the past 6 years and have seen gains from 80.2% to 97.3%. As such, given the fact that the low of this last correction came in at $1,524 four months ago, we can expect gold to reach a new peak price of $2,750 to $3,000 in 17 months time (i.e. June/July 2013). [Let me explain in more detail.] Words: 976
The Fed is [going to] keep interest rates at zero until the end of 2014 [and that] is as aggressive as it gets and as bullish as it gets for gold. Inflation will be let out of the bag, maybe for the next three to four years. In this environment gold and silver are the best investments around…We are really talking about the next leg higher in this bull market…This is the leg I expect to take gold to $3,000 before the end of 2012.
Charles Nenner has been accurately predicting movements in the liquid markets for more than 25 years, and his most recent cycle analysis predicts that the current stock market rally is going to last through Q2 and then begin a major descent in 2013 – with the Dow eventually reaching 5,000! Read on to learn how Nenner’s unique system works and what he forecasts for commodities, currencies, bonds, interest rates and more. Words: 400
We are in for another bummer of a summer, with the Dow tumbling over the next several months to the 12,000-12,200 range…. [Let me explain why and how best to protect your portfolio and profit from what is unfolding.] Words: 580
Investors are being told that the worsening sovereign debt crisis in Europe will leave the U.S. economy unscathed….[because,] since we don’t make many things to export to Europe, our GDP won’t suffer a significant decline at all…. What [has been] conveniently overlooked, [however'] is the fact that 40% of S&P 500 earnings are derived from foreign economies and the seventeen countries that make up the Eurozone have collapsed into recession. [Let me explain what effect that will have on the performance of the S&P 500 this summer.] Words: 325
We are now at the mercy of oil and the commodity markets. Bernanke’s plan to print our way to prosperity is destined to fail. Ultimately, he is just going to spike inflation and collapse the global economy, resulting in a worse downturn than what we saw in 2008/09. Let me explain. Words: 510
With the S&P 500 at its highest level since the summer of 2008, investors previously sidelined by reoccurring fears of a double dip recession and nagging worries about a disorderly Greek default may now be tempted to hold their noses and dive into the market where, presumably, they will be swept along to the land of outsized profits by the Dow 13,000 wave. Having said this, it is worth noting that often the best time to sell is when everyone else is buying. Now may be that time. [Let me explain.] Words: 885
At the end of November 2011 the U.S. behavioral indicator for the U.S. stock market, based on insights on investor psychology, touched the crisis threshold for the fifth time (1971,1979, 1986, 2006) since 1970. If the current case follows the four prior cases, we expect a similar positive return from November 2011 to the end of October 2012 as in the four prior periods followed by a decline somewhere between 15% and 30%. [Let me explain.] Words: 317
Marc Faber has stated in an interview* on Bloomberg Television that “I think the market will have difficulties to move up strongly unless we have a massive QE3 (something Faber thinks would “definitely occur” if the S&P 500 dropped another 100 to 150 points. If it bounces back to 1,400, he said, the Fed will probably wait to see how the economy develops)….. If the market makes a new high, it will be with very few stocks pushing up and the majority of stocks having already rolled over….If it moves and makes a high above 1,422, the second half of the year could witness a crash, like in 1987.” Words: 708