Bullion Banks: Unexpected Allies

Ironically, it’s probably going to be the “love trade” (gold jewellery), not the fear trade, that makes the Western gold community a lot richer.

1. Most investors buy gold because they are nervous about the financial system, government debt/bureaucracy, central bank money printing, and dangerous geopolitical developments. In a nutshell, that’s the “fear trade” for gold.

2. The fear trade is a great reason to own a core position in gold now, and forever. Gold should be the first item bought in any investment portfolio. That’s because lowest risk assets must be bought first, not the ones that appear to offer the most potential reward.

3. Ironically, it’s probably going to be the “love trade” (gold jewellery), not the fear trade, that makes the Western gold community a lot richer.

4. In late 2013, I suggested that gold would undergo a sea change in 2014. One of the main gold price drivers of the fear trade was quantitative easing (QE). Most analysts believed in “QE to infinity”. In contrast, I argued that a “taper to zero” was coming, and it would be bullish for gold. That’s what has happened.

5.  My main theme for 2014 is not how high the price of gold is going, but how calm and confident investors should be about holding it.

6. Suddenly, gold community investors have a powerful and unexpected ally. Over the past month, most bank economists are quickly dropping their outrageous bearishness, and their “gold must be sold right now” rhetoric.

7.  Most of the top bank analysts are now calmly rationally embracing gold stocks as assets of quality.Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE: ABX) was added to the prized Conviction Buy List at Goldman Sachs….” – 24/7 Wall Street News, August 8, 2014.

8.  Not to be outdone, mega-bank RBC recently set a $25 target for Barrick, and gave it an “outperform” rating.

9.  I’ve argued that a key leading indicator for gold is the yen. Please click here now: click here now. Double-click to enlarge this key monthly bars char.

10. All of the technical indicators and oscillators are either flashing major buy signals, or very close to doing so.

11.  Forex trading is dominated by banks (commercial traders). Again, Western gold community investors may be surprised to find that the banks are allied with them. Please click here now.

12.  That’s a snapshot of the COT report for the yen in November of 2011, around the time when gold and the Japanese currency both began a significant decline.

13.  To view the current positioning of the banks in the yen, please click here now. The gargantuan net long position held by the banks, suggests they are anticipating a powerful rally in the yen, which I believe will be accompanied by higher gold prices.

14.  What about gold itself? Well, please click here now. This hourly bars chart for gold is quite interesting. After breaking out from a bullish wedge pattern, a small head and shoulders top pattern formed. A rally above the right shoulder destroys the bearish implications of that pattern, and that just occurred early this morning.

15.  Gold stock charts look solidly bullish, perhaps because of institutional liquidity flows based on bank economist recommendations. Please click here now. This daily GDX chart looks fabulous. There’s a stoker (14,7,7 Stochastics series) buy signal in play, and volume is bullish.

16.  I think the growing institutional liquidity flows will push GDX to my intermediate trend target zone of $31, without much difficulty.

17. In the big picture, the recent actions of the Indian central bank to allow non-bank exporters to import gold, has likely strengthened the all-critical Indian market more than the import duty has weakened it.

18.  Raghuram Rajan is probably the world’s most brilliant central banker. His superb strategy has quickly cut the Indian gold market bid-ask premiums to almost zero (from $100 – $200 an ounce), and forced the bullion banks to compete with non-banks for import volume.

19.  Having said that, a cut in the import duty would simply add to the “gold bull era party” that is in play, so please click here now.

20. Nirmala Sitharaman is India’s Minister of Commerce. She doesn’t wield as much power as Finance Minister Jaitley, but she’s still a strong ally of the gold jewellery industry, which is India’s second largest employer.

21. Please click here now. The world’s most advanced gold processing facility is now in India, and mines have begun sending substantial amounts of ore there for refining.

22.  LMBA certified, this refinery is a state of the art operation with 150 tons annual refining capacity, and more like it appear to be on the way. The head of MMTC says he envisions 6 -7 such operations in the coming years, handling about 1000 tons of gold annually.

23. This is a huge game changer, because these refineries could totally eliminate the need for India to import gold bars from Switzerland and other countries. The gold jewellery bull era will feature a much more direct link between the Western gold community’s mining companies and Indian jewellers, a win-win situation for all!

24. Of all the precious metal sectors, silver is the one I like in the most immediate timeframe. Please click here now. The stoker oscillator is flashing a fabulous buy signal this morning, and I’ve set a $23.50 intermediate trend target, based roughly on the 161% Fibonacci retracement line. Hi, ho, silver!


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