like Warren Buffett. We respect Warren Buffett. We’d love to sit and
have lunch with him one day. As an investor, Warren Buffett is in a class all
of his own. But the Oracle of Omaha just keeps bashing gold at every
an article published in Fortune Magazine, based on his upcoming annual
Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letter, Buffett again dismissed the yellow
metal. It is hard to argue with a man whose bank balance is a zillion times
bigger than yours. Obviously he has been right plenty and has the bank
balance to prove it.
But meantime, all the while that he has been bashing gold, it has bulldozed
its way up and gold bugs have been laughing all the way to the bank.
attacks gold with the usual weapons in the anti-gold arsenal: gold has no
inherent value; it underperforms stocks over time and has merely become a
self-inflating bubble in its long climb to record highs.
observed in a 1998 speech at Harvard that "Gold gets dug out of the
ground, then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury
it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility.
Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head."
the time of his Harvard speech, the price of gold hovered at around $300 an
ounce. If Buffett had invested just one of his many millions in gold that
year, he would have $5.7 million today, that’s an average return above
13% a year.
yes, it does make sense to keep gold in a vault. It’s valuable and
rare. You keep it safe from theft-- it keeps you safe from inflation, banking
collapses and the devaluation of fiat currencies.
we’ve touched on currencies, let's begin the technical part with the
analysis of the USD Index. We will start with the very long-term chart
(charts courtesy by http://stockcharts.com)
first chart is the very long-term USD Index chart. There is basically no
change this week as the daily index movements have been too small to be
visible from a 20-year perspective. The situation is still somewhat unclear
for the long term but appears to be more bearish than not.
short-term situation, however, is not that bearish. The USD has been moving
slowly higher in the past days and this trend may continue for some time.
the long-term S&P 500 Index chart, we see that a local top may already be
in or is about to be reached. The significant rally of the past month without
a meaningful correction increases the likelihood of a local top being formed
soon. Markets simply cannot continue to move higher indefinitely without
we compare recent trading patterns with the 2010 upswing, similarities are
still in place. A continuation of this anomaly would imply that a correction
is quite possible soon and we are near a local top now. Although it
can’t be seen on the above chart, the Dow Jones Industrials and the
Japanese Nikkei have both reached important resistance levels as well, a fact
which also points to an end to the recent rally (or at least a pause) for
these markets and the likely formation of a local top.
the Broker Dealer Index (proxy for the financial sector) chart, we have some
bullish implications, but it must be kept in mind that these are for the
medium term, not the short term. At this point, we could still see a
correction in the main stock indices and a verification of the breakout here.
The financials then could move back to the previously broken declining
resistance line based on several 2011 highs.
situation in the general stock market is bearish for the short term, as
important resistance lines have been reached or are now close at hand. After
a significant rally without a meaningful correction, a downturn would be in
tune with previous trading patterns and current investor sentiment.
financial headlines across the Internet have generally shown that the media
is very bullish for stocks at this time (General Motors’ profits highest in years!).
Combining this fact with our bearish technical indicators suggests that a
local top is very close.
Correlation Matrixis a tool which we have developed
to analyze the impact of the currency markets and the general stock market
upon the precious metals sector. The metals and currency markets are
negatively correlated while gold and the general stock market show a positive
correlation. The pending local top in the general stock market is therefore
likely to be bearish for the precious metals sector.
is also in line with our previous comments from our essay on the short-term bearish outlook for gold (February 14th, 2012):
So, will gold decline from here? Most likely
yes, but not very far. The additional confirmation of the short-term bearish
case comes from the general stock market, as gold has been recently moving in
tune with stocks. Consequently a turnaround in stocks could ignite a move
lower in gold as well.
the two main short-term drivers of the precious metals sector, stocks and
currencies are both providing rather bearish influences at this time.
Although the long-term fundamental picture is the most important (and the
long-term trend for gold and silver are up), the short term columns here
should not be ignored when the coefficients show significant strength with
precious metals and other markets.
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