In my more than 35 years of investing in hard assets, precious metals and mining, Iíve learned to manage my expectations of goldís short-term price action. Sure, there have been surprises along the way, but generally, the yellow metal has behaved relatively predictably to two macro drivers, the Fear Trade and Love Trade.
Last year, gold had its best first half of the year in decades, all in response to Fear Trade factors such as low to negative global government bonds and geopolitical risks, specifically Brexit and the upcoming U.S. election.
But the Love Trade failed to lift gold in the fourth quarter mainly because Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modiís demonetization efforts to combat dark money and tax evasion left many low and middle-income Indians without the cash to purchase gold jewelry for weddings and investment purposes.
Investing, like life, is all about managing expectations. But if you donít know what to look for, this can be difficult to do. Thatís why we put together this video to help educate investors like you on what we believe are the top five drivers of gold. I hope you find it helpful in informing your investment decisions. If you find any value in it, I invite you to pass it along to your friends and colleagues.
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