-- Published: Friday, 4 April 2014 | Print | Disqus
By Peter Degraaf
Historically the month of March is not very ‘gold-friendly’. April and May are more conducive to providing a rally.
The first chart is courtesy Seasonalcharts.com.
The March pullback came on schedule and appears ready to turn into a rally, - see gold chart in this essay.
This next chart is courtesy Mark J. Lundeen firstname.lastname@example.org
The chart shows the number of US dollars that are currently circulating. The number is over 1 trillion dollars (including many $100 notes), and rising exponentially. This is in addition to the trillions of dollars in digital form, which make up the money supply.
The next chart is courtesy Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
This chart shows the US Monetary Base, which continues to rise exponentially. The two tiny ‘blips’ in yr 2000 and 2001 represent the large amounts (at the time) of money shoveled into the system by Mr. Greenspan to keep the system afloat during Y2K and ‘911’. The amount of money that is added at this time is mind boggling. During the last 30 day period the base increased by 80 billion dollars. No ‘tapering’ here. While not all of this money will find its way into gold and silver, some of it will, and as the rally that began on December 31st picks up steam, more and more of this liquidity is expected to move into the precious metals sector.
"Gold, unlike all other commodities, is a currency...and the major thrust in the demand for gold is not for jewelry. It’s not for anything other than an escape from what is perceived to be a fiat money system, paper money, which seems to be deteriorating."
-– Alan Greenspan, former-US Federal Reserve Chairman, August 23, 2011
This next chart is courtesy Macrotrends.net (a site with excellent charts).
This chart compares gold to the US monetary base. The interpretation is that gold is cheaper than at any time during the past 100 years! The current reading is 0.4! When it climbs back to the 4.0 zone, (10 times today’s gold price), it will be time to sell gold and look for something else.
This next chart is courtesy Mark J. Lundeen
This chart confirms the fact that gold is very cheap at this moment. Mr. Lundeen compares the current gold price to the purchasing power of a dollar in 1920. He calculates that gold needs to rise to $8750 in today’s dollars to return to what it was worth in 1920. This sets the stage for a continuation of the current gold bull market. Mr. Lundeen has created a similar chart for silver (not shown) which shows silver would need to rise to $435/ounce to equal its worth in 1920. This price dovetails with the price arrived at by Mr. John Williams at Shadowstats.com.
"Gold still represents the ultimate form of payment in the world. Fiat money in extremis is accepted by nobody. Gold is always accepted."
-- Alan Greenspan, May 20, 1999
This next chart is courtesy one of the internet’s most astute chartists, Mr. James Turk. The chart was last shown at Kingworldnews.com
The chart shows the energy that is being provided by the US FED (by way of money printing), benefiting both the S&P (red line), and gold (black line). The gold price was pushed out of this relationship when huge numbers of contracts for paper gold were executed at the COMEX in mid-April 2013. On Friday April 12th 2013 at the opening of trading at the COMEX, 3.4 million ounces of gold contracts were dumped in the June contract. On Monday April 15th, another 10 million ounces hit the tape. The amount of gold (in the form of contracts) that was dumped over the two-day period represented 15% of total world gold production. Meanwhile, to fill demand from China, hundreds of tonnes of physical gold were released by the Bank of England, while a large amount of gold was pried away from GLD the gold ETF, in response to rising demand from Asian countries. Chinese and Indian people love bargains! That gold is now gone! It cannot be sold again! This has created a situation where, like a rubber band, the gold price is expected to snap back into the previous alignment, (unless you expect the FED to stop printing money).
The following charts are courtesy Stockcharts.com unless indicated.
Featured is the daily gold chart. Price broke out at the 200DMA (red line) in February and since meeting with resistance at $1400, a test of the breakout has been underway. The supporting indicators (green lines), are providing hints that support is available here. A breakout at the black arrow will tell us that a bottom may well have been carved out. The green arrow points to a ‘golden cross’, with the 50DMA moving into positive alignment with the 200DMA.
An almost hysterical antagonism toward the gold standard is one issue which unites statists of all persuasions. They seem to sense - perhaps more clearly and subtly than many consistent defenders of laissez-faire - that gold and economic freedom are inseparable, that the gold standard is an instrument of laissez-faire and that each implies and requires the other."
-- Alan Greenspan, "Gold and Economic Freedom", 1966
Featured is the index that compares gold to the S&P 500 index. In late 2011 this index became temporarily tilted in favor of gold. The reversal of direction that came about as gold dropped in price while the S&P 500 rose to new highs, appears to be ready to change direction again. Confirmation will come about when price breaks out at the blue arrow. The three supporting indicators (green lines) are ready to turn up.
"In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value. If there were, the government would have to make its holding illegal, as was done in the case of gold. If everyone decided, for example, to convert all his bank deposits to silver or copper or any other good, and thereafter declined to accept checks as payment for goods, bank deposits would lose their purchasing power and government-created bank credit would be worthless as a claim on goods. The financial policy of the welfare state requires that there be no way for the owners of wealth to protect themselves.
This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists' tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights."
-- Alan Greenspan, "Gold and Economic Freedom" in Ayn Rand, ed., Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (New York: Penguin Group, 1967), 101-108