So says Frank Holmes (www.usfunds.com) in edited excerpts from his original article*.
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Here are the five reasons:
- Abundance of debt exists: It is precisely the debt strangling the eurozone which will drive gold demand over the longer term. The side effect to the abundance of printing by central banks in the U.S., Europe, Japan and England is bloated balance sheets amounting to nearly $8 trillion. This is double the amount that it was only three and a half years ago.
- Negative real interest rates to remain: Several developed markets have negative real interest rates and these rates are anticipated to remain negative for years to come. Historically, when the inflationary rate is greater than the current short-term interest rate, gold prices rose [Read: The Future Price of Gold and the 2% Factor].
- Central bank purchases to continue: Emerging market central banks continued their gold buying spree in March. UBS Investment Research says that Mexico bought 16.8 tons, Russia bought 15.6 tons and Turkey added 11.5 tons. Additional small purchases were made by Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Belarus…..HSBC Global Research expects this buying trend to continue for another five years.
- China buying record quantities: In March, shipments of gold from Hong Kong to mainland China grew to 62.9 tons which, according to UBS, is the third largest volume of gold in a decade. With ongoing rising demand, China may overtake India this year as the world’s largest gold buyer.
- India’s government abolished the excise duty on gold jewelry: This was one of the reasons for the jewelers’ strike, which drove gold imports to decrease 55 percent in India a few months back. Getting rid of the tax should encourage the restocking of gold and bring Indian gold buyers back to the market….
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Over the past decade, these Fear Trade and Love Trade drivers have spurred gold higher, even as the yellow metal experienced short-term corrections along the way. Only hindsight could show how these corrections set up buying opportunities.
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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
Great fortunes are made at super-bear market lows but you must have the money at the lows. [That is precisely] why gold is so singular and valuable. If you have gold at the bottom of the next bear market, you can exchange it for a collection of great common stocks or funds, and then sit back and relax.
The fundamentals supporting a mania in gold and gold stocks are such that I think a strong case can be made [to support my contention] that the current bull market in gold is far stronger than the one from the 1970s. [I present below] the major observations I feel…support such a thesis. Words: 700
Before we end the year we will hit new highs in both [gold and silver]. Then the mining stocks [will] react. The big problem has been [to date has been that] there is not this momentum in the prices of bullion, which is keeping people away from the gold stocks. If we can get the price of gold and silver going back up, I’m sure people will come back into the mining stocks.
This is not a typical bull market. Gold is not rising in value, but instead, currencies are losing purchasing power against gold and, therefore, gold can rise as high as currencies can fall. Since currencies are falling because of increasing debt, gold can rise as high as government debt can grow. Based on official estimates, America’s debt is projected to reach $23 trillion in 2015 and, if its correlation with the price of gold remains the same, the indicated gold price would be $2,600 per ounce. However, if history is any example, it’s a safe bet that government expenditure estimates will be greatly exceeded, and [this] rising debt will cause the price of gold to rise to $10,000…over the next five years. (Let me explain further.] Words: 1767
I believe that the price of gold will… reach… $3,000, $4,000, and even $5,000 [per troy] ounce…during the course of this long-lasting bull market, a bull market that still has years of life left to it…[although] prices will remain extremely volatile – with big swings both up and down along a rising trend…The future price of gold is a function of past and prospective world economic, demographic, and political developments [and in this article] I review some of these developments and trends – so that you can come to your own “golden” conclusions. Words: 3800
The current volatility in the precious metals market doesn’t necessarily indicate a change in secular direction. [In fact,] if today’s gold price was to rise by the same degree over the next 14 months [as it did from the beginning of 1979 into 1980, it would hit $4294/ozt. by Jan 2013! Let me explain.] Words: 420
Gold is operating on a smaller Contracting Fibonacci Spiral Cycle that is in synch with the larger Contracting Fibonacci Spiral the markets are in. Adding together the sum of parts… the price of gold will move up in price in 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020, with each subsequent leg moving less in percentage terms than the prior move. Gold advanced 4 foldish from 1999 until 2008 ($252/ounce to $1046/ounce) suggesting that gold should top out below $4000/troy ounce by the end of January, 2013…[on its way] to $7,000 and $10,000 per troy ounce by 2020. [Let me explain.] Words: 834
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