I have been
writing about risk management for quite a while now in the newsletter and
want to be a little more explicit about it now here on the site. We'll use
weekly charts to illustrate.
gold price has done nothing unusual, even after yesterday's hard decline to
the 35 week exponential moving average. If it breaks through that level, then
a bearish sign will be in place and the next stop would likely be the noted
support zone in the low 1600s.
Gold in Euros
is in a bullish Ascending Triangle, but this week's decline has bumped the
gold price below the 40 week EMA and to the lower, ascending line of the
triangle. The purple EMA 60 must hold to avoid a bearish signal.
The HUI Gold
Bugs index suffered an important breakdown when the 'neckline' to the 2011
topping pattern was broken. This has opened up a Pandora's Box to lower
prices. The neckline was something I considered important support and now
that it has failed, gold stock bulls are left grappling with myriad
possibilities as to where the next lasting support level will come. If and
when HUI retakes and holds this neckline, the risk profile improves greatly.
A bright spot
- if you can call it that - is that the HUI-Gold Ratio (HGR) remains in its
state of higher lows, indicating that where ever the sector bottoms, a buying
opportunity would be at hand if (and this is an absolutely critical if) the
HGR remains intact. If it does not, then the bull/buying opportunity case is
the HGR held strong as the HUI made a slight positive while gold got hammered
again, for the 3rd time since the last CoT data
release. It must hold above the early November low.
above shows what the net commercial short position 'should' look like at an
important bottom (ref. 2008). Commercials were sufficiently benign and large
speculators were nearly as bearish as they get at the bottom last summer. But
this time the CoT has thus far refused to relent.
Of course, including yesterday's affair there have been 3 gold and silver
smash downs since the latest CoT data release,
which only includes the data as of November 27.
simply must be shown to have improved markedly (as of yesterday, Tues. Dec.
4th) come Friday's 3:30 ET release. No ifs ands or buts.
It would not
be my style to start making too loud a racket about risk now that the
predictable damage is well in progress. Risk of a 'normal' correction was in
play back in September as precious metals sector sentiment became over bought
and over bullish. NFTRH noted as much at the time.
correction became abnormal when the HUI lost 460 and with the CoT's stubborn refusal to reverse. HUI-Gold Ratio remains
a positive indicator as long as it holds its higher low to the mid-November
low. Yesterday was a good start. Sentiment has improved as gold bugs have
gotten more bearish over the last 2 months, but this negativity is not at an
extreme, which it usually is important bottoms. Also, going just by eye, too
many people appear to be trying to call a bottom.
metals sector made some good signs yesterday, but there has been technical
damage on the gold stocks and the metals are at an important juncture. The
metals are positive today in pre-US open (12/5) in what appears to be follow through to yesterday's positive signs.
But there is
a big mess happening in Washington and we are still within the noisy time
frame that has been expected into mid-December and the coming FOMC meeting.
Risk management continues to be indicated as long as HUI remains below the
neckline. Additionally, gold must hold the weekly EMA 35 to avoid a date with
the low 1600s and it must hold the Ascending Triangle in Euros to remain
predict the future, but we sure can use simple parameters to manage risk. On
the bigger picture, we are watching for an 'inflationary' rally to continue
in the broad markets, but putting aside whatever unofficially official
manipulation may be happening in the precious metals, monetary data like
adjusted money supply will eventually tell the tale. There is a man named Prechter, and he talks a lot about the undeniable forces
of deflation. The US dollar looks sick and this could anticipate an
inflationary attempt, but let's just keep an eye on the Fed and its ability
or will to inflate the real money supply.
management is always in style, especially until some of these parameters
start becoming more clear and/or we get through the
first half of December in good shape.