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
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The chart above shows the gold price (left hand scale, red line) since 1968, when the Gold Pool broke down…[and] the price of gold was no longer fixed…
- From February 1968 to February 1980 gold rose almost 25-fold, from $35.50 per ounce to as high as $875 per [troy]ounce.
- Gold then started a multi-decade long decline towards $250 per ounce at the beginning of the 21st century. In the same time period, CPI doubled from 78 to 175.60.
- From then on, gold rose substantially, from about $250 to $1,920 earlier this year (x7.68), while the CPI rose from 175.60 to 226.42 (only 29%).
- gold isn’t tied to inflation, it is tied to low real rates which are often the by-product of inflation.
- when real rates are low, the price of gold can rise very, very rapidly.
- when real rates are high, gold can fall very, very quickly.
I wanted to see it myself, [and thought I might be able to] improve the “model” and I think I managed to do so, as my model “gold price” has a higher correlation with the gold price. With a lot of formulas in excel, I calculated the real short-term rates, level of inflation, and “calculated” a model price for gold, based on the models of Jake and Eddy…It took about 1 hour to calculate every combination of 100 leverage factors and 20 deflator factors. I found out that a deflator of 2.15% and 2.20% gave the best results, with a leverage between 5.7 and 6.95, instead of the 2% deflator and 8x leverage as Jake and Eddy found out. Based on these combinations, I was able to reproduce a “model” price for gold – and the results were rather impressive to say the least. The model price of gold based on a deflator of 2.15% and a leverage factor of 6.90 had a 95.52% correlation with the actual gold price [as the chart below outlines]:
For those who prefer to look at logarithmic charts below is such a chart:
Now, what does this all mean? Does the model have the potential to “forecast” the gold price? Maybe. It depends on the nominal short-term rates, and the level of inflation. The first one is pretty easy to “guesstimate”, as Bernanke promised to keep rates near zero for the next 2 years. The average annual (officially reported) rate of inflation over the last 43 years, has been 4.44%.
If we assume we would see a similar rate of inflation over the next 2 years, the Gold model “forecasts” a gold price of $4,380 (as can be seen in the chart below]:
To put things in perspective, please have a look at the logarithmic chart if you think the chart above looks “bubbly”.
From the beginning of this bull market, it would “only” be a 17.5-fold increase, compared to the 25-fold increase from 1968 to 1980. A similar 25-fold increase would lead to a gold price of about $6,250.
We now have another reason to believe legendary gold experts Alf Field [see articles #2 & #3 below] and 114 other analysts [see article #6 below] who are fully confident of a parabolic rise in the price of gold with targets of $4,000 and above. [Also read here (#7 below) a previous article I wrote on the future price of gold.]
Gold is in a bull market and, [believe it or not,] so are the gold stocks despite their struggle as a group to outperform gold… but [neither] is anywhere close to a bubble, nor the speculative zeal we saw in 2006-2007. Thus, it begs the question” “What lies ahead and when can we expect the initial stages of a bubble?” To figure this out we first need to get an idea of how long the bull market will last and then where we are now based on various indice analyses. [Below I do just that.] Words: 785
You have no doubt read countless articles on the price of gold costing x dollars per “troy ounce” or perhaps just x dollars per “ounce” but the difference between the two measurements is significant. For that matter, what’s the difference between a 24 karat gold ring and an 18 karat gold ring? Let me explain. Words: 863
143 analysts maintain that gold will eventually reach a parabolic peak price of at least $3,000/ozt. before the bubble bursts. Of those 143 a total of 103 see gold achieving a price of at least $5,000/ozt. and 20 predict that gold will reach a parabolic peak price of $10,000 per troy ounce or more. Take a look here at who is projecting what, by when and why. Words: 745
The correlation between the gold price from 1968 until 1979 and from early 2000 until today is an amazing 89.65%! More specifically, the correlation from 1975 until April 1979 and from January 2008 until today is an astonishing 97.83% suggesting that gold will reach an ultimate top of $5,000 per troy ounce before the bubble bursts. Words: 330
It is my contention that the price of gold rallies whenever the U.S. dollar’s real short-term interest rate is below 2%, falls whenever the real short rate is above 2%, and holds steady at the equilibrium rate of 2%. Furthermore, for every one percentage point real rates differ from 2%, gold moves by eight times that amount per year. So if the real rates are at 1%, gold will move up at an 8% annualized rate. If real rates are at 0%, then gold will move up at a 16% rate (that’s been about the story for the past decade). Conversely, if the real rate jumps to 3%, then gold will drop at an 8% rate. [Let me explain.] Words: 982
Some gold bugs say that this is only the beginning and gold will soon break $2,000, then $5,000 and then $10,000 per ounce but the question is, “How can anyone reasonably calculate what the price of gold is?” For stocks, we have all sorts of ratios. Sure, those ratios can be off . . . but at least they’re something. With gold, we have nothing…. [or more correctly, had nothing, until the development of my very own model for doing just that. Let me explain.] Words: 945
The return of the Euro debt contagion and drop in the bond markets across the world is pushing interest rates higher and it has investors concerned and rightly so – and nowhere has the concern been more prominent than in gold. [Let me explain.] Words: 759