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…What should prices be for gold in 5 years given our debt-based QE manipulated economy – $2,500/ozt, $4,500/ozt. or perhaps even spike as high as $10,000/ozt?. Check out my model. Its correlation since 1971 is 0.97 with an R-Squared value of 0.95.
This post is taken from the original article by Gary Christenson and has been edited ([ ]) and abridged (…) for the sake of clarity and brevity.
Consider the following graph of:
- actual gold prices (each annual data point is the average of about 250 daily prices) and
- calculated gold prices based on an updated empirical model.
What the above graph does NOT do:
- It is an empirical model, NOT a mathematical proof. It guarantees nothing. While the model has worked for five decades, it could become less effective tomorrow, next year, or never.
- The model does NOT use gold or silver prices to produce calculated gold prices.
- It is NOT a price prediction for paper gold contracts on the COMEX.
- It is NOT a timing model. You shouldn’t TRADE based on this model.
What the above graph DOES do:
- The model shows an estimated value for (annual average) gold prices based on macroeconomic variables. It is a valuation model.
- The calculated gold model uses official national debt, crude oil, and the S&P 500 Index as input variables.
…An examination of the [above] graph shows that:
- Calculated prices approximately match the annual average of daily gold prices.
- Calculated prices may bottom and rally several years before the paper gold price bottoms and moves upward.
- Calculated annual prices don’t reach gold’s high and low daily prices because daily prices spike too high and crash lower.
- Buying for the long term makes sense when daily gold prices are low compared to the “calculated” price. (Think early 2019.)
- Selling a portion of core positions is sensible when daily prices are well above “calculated” prices, such as in 2011.
What Will Gold Prices Be In Five Years?
I don’t know, but almost certainly much higher. The model depends upon:
- national debt (which will be much higher).
- National debt will rise rapidly. The 100-year average increase is almost 9% per year, every year.
- Current economic conditions, no credible spending restraints, “QE to Infinity,” and the coming recession will boost deficits and debt into the stratosphere, even without more wars.
- crude oil prices (which will probably be higher in five years).
- Crude oil prices rise and fall. They traded below $11 in 1998, reached $147 in 2008, but moved below $30 in 2016.
- Mid-East tensions and inflationary expectations are rising. It’s reasonable to expect crude oil prices will not fall much from current levels and might rise considerably
- and the S&P 500 Index (which will be flat to higher—maybe).
- The S&P 500 has risen from 100 in the 1960s. It is overvalued today and likely to fall, but in the long-term it will rise as dollars are devalued. Assume it corrects and then rises slowly. Remember, the S&P 500 collapsed over 50% after its 2007 high.
- The model is not a prediction or guarantee…but it has a nearly five-decade history of success. Correlation for the annual model since 1971 is 0.97. The R-Squared value is 0.95.
- Buy when the market price is at or lower than the calculated gold price, such as now or after the next correction.
- Sell when market prices drastically exceed calculated fair value, such as in late 1979, early 1980, and July-August 2011.
…The model, depending on assumptions for debt increases, crude oil prices and the S&P 500, suggests a fair value of $2,500 to $4,500 in five years. A spike much higher, perhaps to $10,000, is not unlikely.
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