Surely, the swift and severe plunge in gold represents a buying opportunity, right? I mean, it’s not like the Fed finally stopped printing money, right? Wrong! As the old saying goes, “never try to catch a falling knife” and that’s especially true in the case of gold. Below are 3 fundamental forces working against gold prices and, combined, they could ultimately push the precious metal down another 25% from here.
So writes Louis Basenese (www.wallstreetdaily.com) in edited excerpts from his original article* entitled Three Reasons to Expect Gold Prices to Keep Falling.
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Basenese goes on to say in further edited excerpts:
After more than doubling – from $881 an ounce at the end of 2008 to a record of over $1,921 in September 2011 – gold dropped to a 34-month low last week. So much for being a store of value. What gives? The Fed, of course. The selloff is a continuation of the response to concerns over the Fed tapering stimulus.
~Bearish Sign #1: Capitulation, Not Conviction
So far in 2013, exchanged-traded funds have sold more than 500 tons of gold. That’s equivalent to about 20% of their total holdings. Clearly, a stampede for the exits is underway and it’s not just skittish retail investors hightailing it out of gold. Hedge funds want out, too. According to research firm, Eurekahedge Pte Ltd., the number of hedge funds investing in gold recently dropped to the lowest level since 2010.
As Tom Kendall, Precious Metals Analyst at Credit Suisse, puts it, “The word at the moment is capitulation.” I’ll say! Kendall notes that long-term investors, “who you would have expected to hold on through thick and thin,” are selling. I’m sorry, but sudden rebounds don’t materialize under such conditions.
~Bearish Sign #2: Where Have All the Institutional Cheerleaders Gone?
As you know, many investors abhor independent thinking. Instead, they rely on the “rah rahs” (aka cheerleading) emanating from major Wall Street banks. However, the banks aren’t wielding their influence to stem the gold selloff.
- Firms like Morgan Stanley (MS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) are lowering their price targets for gold.
- UBS (UBS), historically one of the most bullish banks on gold, is souring on the precious metal. Over the last year, the Swiss bank lowered its price target from $1,750 to $1,050 an ounce. It’s now advising high-net-worth clients to avoid gold, according to reports in the Financial Times.
- The analysts over at ABN Amro Group are even more pessimistic. They predict that gold will drop to $900 by the end of next year. That’s equal to a 25% dip from current prices.
~Bearish Sign #3: No Chinese or Indian Saviors
The last time that gold sold off (back in April), Chinese and Indian buyers swooped in to purchase coins and jewelry, which prompted a rebound in prices. Apparently, they’re not interested in saving the day again, though…so we’re talking about a global absence of buyers.
“We’ll need to see evidence of more physical buying and demand from central banks before gold really turns around” says Bart Melek of TD Securities. Translation: Gold prices haven’t hit bottom yet so look out below!
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