What we know about gold is that its:
2. Paper is not backed by gold: Well this is true, but it would be wrong to suggest that paper has no tangible assets backing , since under the modern banking system paper is created through the origination of credit, and that credit is backed by very tangible property. Home loans at the point of origination are backed by tangible collateral valued at 80-90% of the loan amount. Ever wondered why banks are reluctant lenders to business without tangible assets or regular income. The gold standard 'purists' would have us believe that they believe in a 'free market' but they were advocates of fixed price of gold, as when gold was fixed at $35/oz (pre-1971). But clearly that system didnt work since it required governments to subsidise its value. It actually makes more sense for the gold price to be free floating so gold is valued on the basis of supply and demand. Rest assured that there will not be too much volatility because the value of new gold output (2500tonnes) per annum is just 1.7% of the total above-ground supplies (150,000 tonnes). The implication is that gold would fall in value as mine costs fall but this would increase the purchasing power of all the existing gold in existence. This would be the productivity dividend. No other metal offers this benefit because other metals have a much larger proportion of their utility tied to industrial use.
Looking at the long term trend in gold in the chart below we can see that the current trend has been in place since July 2005. We can also see the historical importance of the $640 level. If that fails to hold, I think we are looking at a gold price of $US540/oz - upon which I expect support at gold's base line trend.
1. Strong global growth: The global economy is no lower US-centric since China and India are growing 3times the pace of the US. Whilst US GDP per capita might be 20x more than these countries, these 2 countries combined have 10x the population and increasingly they are contributing to global output.
2. Growth displaces yield: If global growth stays strong you can expect equities to be the focus and for weakness in bonds. There is the prospect that the Fed might provide the stimulus of lower interest rates to keep equities in play. I think the stimulus is likely to be a token 0.25% cut, and I think they will take it back when the market can hold it. I dont believe the Fed wants asset prices going any higher. I think they will be trying to keep then flat. The Fed will still be worried about inflation.