1. I prefer the “KIS” motto to the more common “KISS”. I define it as, “Keep It Simple”. Simply put, gold bullion is the ultimate asset, but when the price declines, Western investors often become nervous.
2. Some investors try to mitigate their worry, by reviewing factors that make gold the “queen of assets”. That helps, but I think a simple focus on gold demand versus supply is all that is required to own gold without worry.
3. In 2009 – 2010, the fear trade (the Western super-crisis) created massive and consistent demand for gold. Institutional investors literally flocked into gold ETFs.
4. That demand became so huge that it started to equal Indian and Chinese gold jewellery demand. In turn, that caused global demand to overwhelm mine and scrap supply, driving the gold price relentlessly higher until 2011.
5. Another part of the fear trade is geopolitics, and today’s bombing of ISIS targets in Syria is probably why gold is rallying this morning. Unfortunately for gold price enthusiasts, geopolitics has yet to create the kind of demand that the super-crisis did.
6. While the super-crisis has faded as a price driver, and geopolitics is not yet in play, global demand is still roughly equal to global supply now, because Chinese demand has grown and Indian demand is returning to its normal state.
7. ‘With the festive season round the corner, analysts feel gold and jewellery sector may see higher sales. “Gold demand will get a boost as festivals such as Navratra and Diwali approach,” Bloomberg quoted Ashish Shah, Head of AC Choksi Share Brokers Equity.’ – The Financial Express News, September 23, 2014.
8. The bottom line is that there is nothing for investors to fear in regards to lower gold prices at this point in time, because demand and supply are well-balanced.
9. Still, there is a regular ebb and flow of Chindian demand. When it’s strong during a particular month, as it was in June when India officially imported over 100 tons (and probably another 20 – 30 tons in the black market), gold tends to rally $50 -$150 higher.
10. When demand is a bit soft, as it was in July and August, the price tends to decline, by about the same amount. Many analysts tend to get quite excited about these intermediate trend movements, but I would suggest they are movements like the tides of the oceans.
11. The simple fact is that the ebb and flow of Chindian jewellery demand does not suggest great bearish or bullish price action is imminent, but it does move the price modestly higher or lower on a regular basis.
12. Gold is probably the most stable market in the world right now, and whether the next $100 price movement is to the upside or downside is most likely going to be determined fundamentally by whether October Chindian jewellery demand has upside strength, or downside weakness. There are some hints as to what is likely coming:
13. Please click here now. As “Golden Week” begins in China, children are celebrating by walking across a sidewalk of gold!
14. Indian jewellery stocks are also rallying strongly, probably in anticipation of good sales during the Diwali season.
15. Technically, gold also looks ready to rally. Please click here now. I bought the recent “ebb” in Chindian demand, in modest size. Leveraged traders and options traders should wait for my price stoker oscillator to rise above the 20 line before buying, to capture a potential “momentum” style move.
16. I’ll be a very light seller at $1240 and $1270, and I’m hoping to see gold trade at those prices on this “stoker up cycle”. Gold has arrived at light sell-side HSR (horizontal support and resistance) near $1228 this morning, and ALGO traders are likely selling there.
17. Please click here now. This daily GDX chart looks bullish, and I’ve been a substantially bigger buyer of gold stock than bullion, into this decline.
18. Clearly, patience is required. Note the position of my price stoker on that GDX chart. The last time it flashed a full crossover buy signal (where the lines are under 20 when the signal occurs) for gold stocks was in early June. That’s over three months ago!
19. There has been a lot of drama displayed by investors and analysts since that last buy signal, but there is nothing out of the ordinary occurring with gold stocks. Chindian demand was modestly soft for a few months, and so the price of gold stocks, which are leveraged to gold, declined more aggressively than bullion did.
20. I sold some gold stock for gold bullion in late June, and now I’m buying it back, without any drama. I’d like to see the entire gold community join me as I do that, albeit in a very modest way.
21. Some investors in the gold community have asked me if I would buy the US stock market now. Please click here now. I only buy significant price weakness, so the answer is no. I will be a buyer of the Dow at 14,200. That’s the thick green HSR line I’ve highlighted on this monthly candlesticks Dow chart. Aggressive investors, who feel they are missing out on the action, could buy at 16,600 or 15,600. My personal focus for my stock market monies is the stock market of India, which is vastly outperforming the US stock market, and will probably continue to do so for many decades. I view the US stock market like a rotary phone relic, and India as a “must own” Iphone!
22. Sugar is a great asset, and it can be a key leading indicator for silver prices. Please click here now. This daily sugar chart looks excellent. There’s a commodity-style (short term) double bottom pattern in play, and my price stoker is pushing at the 20 line, on a crossover buy signal. This technical action suggests something similar is coming in the silver market.
23. Please click here now. That’s the daily chart for silver. Strong jewellery demand in October should produce sharply higher gold prices. If it’s strong enough, silver should be able to move well above sell-side HSR in the $18.75 area.
24. In closing today, I want to highlight an intriguing pattern that has developed on the COT report chart for gold. Sentimentrader charts commercial hedger activity very well. Please click here now. It appears that the commercial hedgers are steadily moving towards a net long position in the gold market, and there’s an inverse head and shoulders bottom pattern in play. Whether they are focused on the super-crisis, geopolitics, or gold jewellery, is unknown, but this bodes well, for all the world’s gold investors!
Stewart Thomson of Graceland Updates, Guest Contributor to MiningFeeds.com