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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Gold vulnerable for short term sell off

Gold has rallied to $845/oz overnight, but was sold back to $833/oz. This of course reflects the fact that gold is a relatively small market, and for that reason institutions were short-term selling before gold reached the $850/oz peak (resistance) reached in Jan 1980.
Well of late I lost a HDD due to a computer virus, so I've not made posts, but just to backtrack a bit. Gold is going to offer a stella performance for several reasons:
1. Strong Rand - South Africa produces most of the world's gold. the problem is, as gold prices go up, so does the Rand, and significantly so because of the huge reliance they have on precious metals (gold & platinoid metals).
2. Subdued growth in gold
3. Growing inflationary expectations - there is a fallacy that you can avoid inflation by suppressing demand. This is nonsense. Inflation is a monetary phenomena, not a demand issue.
4. Tensions in the Middle East - Iran will push the US to military action then back down
5. Outlook of low yields - real interest rates since we have a Fed cutting rates when inflation is stronger

It never ceases to amaze me the lack of appreciation people have for the speculative demand for gold. They look at Indian jewellery demand and think its significant. Basically what drives the gold market is speculation - at least in the times when it warants interest. Of course if there is no monetary concern, then gold is subdued. In those instances it trades as a 'physical commodity'. But when the value of money is being eroded or the asset bubble is in question, people and institutions flock to gold....a market the size of 2 Microsoft's. Its minute compared to the markets from which people are divesting, giving gold alot of upside. So though gold was sold off, dont expect it to stop. I suspect even gold shares might be bouyed by the outlook despite the late sell-off.



Finally a comment about Iran.
The reason that the Iran situation is good for gold is because there are signs that Iran is escalating the conflict over nuclear weapons. Ali Larijani, the chief negotiator for Iran's nuclear project, has resigned after 2 years. Larijani was a close friend of Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, though he appears to be at odds with the ayatollah and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. I think these 2 idiots are hoping to milk the US conflict for all they can get. Think about it – they are oil exporters and they probably have a stock of gold. President Ahmadinejad is very unpopular on economic policy, so clearly he has learned from the Bush-Blair-Howard team on how to win votes. President Ahmadinejad displaced the reform-minded candidate in the 2005 election. Polls suggest Ahmadinejad has lost half his support base. The president's term ends in 2009.
The replacement as chief of the National Security Council is Saeed Jalili, who supports the president. Interesting 183 of the 290 member parliament praised Larijani, suggesting most of the parliament is against this policy.
The president's term ends in 2009. Perhaps they hope to get greater concessions by pushing the US to war, as well as gaining more support in Iran (‘read anti-US sentiment’), or are they trying to ensure the president is replaced by another hardliner? I think they will continue to push until the US does drop bombs because they want to fuel US resentment. A few Iran lives means nothing to them.
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While some books (such as Coulson’s An Insider’s Guide to the Mining Sector) focus on one particular commodity this book (Global Mining Investing) attempts (and does well) to cover all types of mining and commodities.

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