1. Gold prices have been bouyant after a long period of consolidation. I suggest its poised for a major move to $1100-1500. Much is made of the relationship betwen the gold price and USD, but the reality is that gold has tangible value in and of itself. It has a relationship with all currencies, not just the USD. The only reason that is not apparent is because gold is quoted in terms of USD. Of course, we have to consider the extect to which gold prices are growing of their own accord, and the extent to which they are growing because of USD weakness/strength. We can see from the following chart that gold is on an upward trend, and we should expect a price surge when the price breaks $US695/oz in coming weeks. The $720-730 price level widll be another resistance level. Once broken we should see alot of upward movement in gold prices.
2. Gold fundamentals look good: Gold prices have not risen as much as other metals since 2001. Jewellery demand has recovered as buyers have adjusted to higher prices (costs). Higher interest rates in alot of countries will be politically unpalatable in alot of countries, so expect our 'independent' central banks to go easy on monetary policy...thats to say they will be lagging so real interest rates should remain low.
3. Inflation is getting worse: Consider the world's 2nd largest miner - Rio Tinto - it just reported that cost increases grew as much as revenues at these times of high commodity prices. The government chooses to focus on wages and the 'manipulated' core CPI as a basis for determining inflation, but they are conspicuously flawed when you consider that they fail to consider the costs of 'actual' living. eg. They exclude rent or property values, they exclude food, energy, because these items are considered too volatile...of course that is true over the short term.