If there is one thing we’ve learned about gold in recent years – and recent days – it is this: gold is not a haven investment… There are many theories about gold’s correction. [Let’s take a look.] Words: 781
So says David Berman (www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/markets/markets-blog/) in edited excerpts from an article* entitled Gold Is For The Fool – If You Are Looking For Safety which Lorimer Wilson, editor of www.munKNEE.com (Your Key to Making Money!), has further edited ([ ]), abridged (…) and reformatted below for the sake of clarity and brevity to ensure a fast and easy read. The author’s views and conclusions are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original article. Please note that this paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.
Berman goes on to say, in part:
We learned this lesson before, when gold – pitched by some observers as the safest thing going, next to matches and tins of beans – fell alongside just about every other asset when investors feared the onslaught of a global recession in 2008. [Back then] gold began to fall long after stocks began their slide, and it bottomed out a little earlier as well. Still, it fell 29 per cent from peak to trough…providing little comfort to investors looking to it as a store of value during troubled times.
We are now seeing a similar pattern. Gold peaked above $1,900 (U.S.) an ounce in early September, about four months after the shine came off the S&P 500 and investors began to fret over the latest twists in the European debt crisis and the U.S. economic recovery. It has since tumbled more than 13 per cent in little more than two weeks – an alarmingly sharp decline that puts it near the front of the pack among poor-performing assets this month, eclipsing U.S. stocks, Canadian stocks, European stocks and even crude oil. (Silver, often linked with gold as a precious metal, has done worse, falling nearly 29 per cent in recent weeks.)
Who in the world is currently reading this article along with you? Click here to find out.[The fact] that gold would settle back is not a huge concern among safety-conscious investors [as] any investment can correct but what is a concern is that gold has fallen at a time when investors have most needed it as a portfolio stabilizer and that its decline appears to be linked with asset tumbles elsewhere.
There are many theories about gold’s correction:
- that it is falling as leveraged investors are forced to meet margin requirements or
- that inflation forecasts are being scratched out in favour of deflation forecasts – but what is more likely is
- that gold has become a speculative, high-risk investment that just doesn’t cut it when investors become nervous. In other words, it behaves a lot like a stock.
The U.S. dollar – which gold enthusiasts deride as a product of an overactive printing press – is one of the big beneficiaries of the recent turbulence, as are U.S. government bonds. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, has bounced to a seven-month high, rising 6 per cent in September. At the same time, bonds have surged in price, sending the yield on the 10-year Treasury bond to multidecade lows last week. These are the havens investors have been looking for to offset declines in the stock market.
Gold might rebound in the days or months ahead [just as it did] from its low point during the last financial crisis to its recent high when it surged nearly 170% [but] those gains, [however,] largely coincided with a recovering stock market as well. Gold has been a valuable investment over the past number of years, but as a haven, it has been worthless.
Why is gold falling as the financial crisis worsens? After all, isn’t gold some sort of safe haven? [Let me explain.]Words: 605
What’s going on? If gold is the great anti-asset, the thing to hold when everything else is in collapse why is it nowtrading…[below $1,700 and] not $2,000? Words: 1147
Is physical gold the best available ‘safe-haven’ or is it the U.S. dollar – or perhaps even U.S. Treasuries? Words: 793
As investors look for safe havens in a potential market panic, I am reminded of the adage, “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” Today, I see several metaphorical one-eyed men in this land of the blind that could serve as safe havens were there to be a market panic. All of them have significant flaws. In this post I would like to discuss them one by one. Words: 780