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Mexican Funds could consider investing in gold

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

It would seem that Mexican pension funds are interested in gold and in particular after the lifting of years of strict investment regulations according to the World Gold Council.

Legislation from 2012 allowed Mexican pension funds to invest in gold and other commodities in 2013 and more over in foreign assets. Not such a long time ago, we also read about some pension funds in Japan (which actually hold the world’s second largest pool of retirement assets) which have also decided to invest in gold.

Mexican pension funds account for 22% of Mexican savings and could double up in assets by 2018 according to the Wall Street Journal . Although they will have to determine how much they can invest in commodities and foreign assets, they won’t be able to invest more than 10% of their assets in commodities.

One has to know that pension fund interest in gold rarely impacts the gold price  since it plays a very small role in the global market estimated at $236. According to Bloomberg, it was estimated  in 2012 that only $9 billions in Mexican pension assets will be eligible for commodities investment overall while US hedge funds sold gold heavily in 2013 .

It will be interesting to know how Mexican pension funds perform with gold in the future. There again, are we talking about ETF or real physical gold … ?

To be continued …

GLOBALIZATION: A VIEW FROM THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

THE ROYAL EXCHANGE by Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

There is no place in the town which I so much love to frequent as the Royal Exchange. It gives me a secret satisfaction, and, in some measure, gratifies my vanity, as I am an Englishman, to see so rich an assembly of countrymen and foreigners consulting together upon the private business of mankind, and making this metropolis a kind of emporium for the whole earth.

I must confess I look upon high-change to be a great council, in which all considerable nations have their representatives. Factors in the trading world are what ambassadors are in the politic world; they negotiate affairs, conclude treaties, and maintain a good correspondence between those wealthy societies of men that are divided from one another by seas and oceans, or live on the different extremities of a continent.

I have often been pleased to hear disputes adjusted between an inhabitant of Japan and an alderman of London, or to see a subject of the Great Mogul entering into a league with one of the Czar of Muscovy. I am infinitely delighted in mixing with these several ministers of commerce, as they are distinguished by their different walks and different languages: sometimes I am jostled among a body of Armenians, sometimes I am lost in a crowd of Jews, and sometimes make one in a group of Dutchmen. I am a Dane, Swede, or Frenchman at different times, or rather fancy myself like the old philosopher, who upon being asked what countryman he was, replied that he was a citizen of the world.

Though I very frequently visit this busy multitude of people, I am known to nobody there but my friend Sir Andrew, who often smiles upon me as he sees me bustling in the crowd, but at the same time connives at my presence without taking any further notice of me. There is indeed a merchant of Egypt who just knows me by sight, having formerly remitted me some money to Grand Cairo; but as I am not versed in the modern Coptic, our conferences go no further than a bow and a grimace.

This grand scene of business gives me an infinite variety of solid and substantial entertainment. As I am a great lover of mankind, my heart naturally overflows at the sight of a prosperous and happy multitude, insomuch that at many public solemnities I cannot forbear expressing my joy with tears that have stolen down my cheeks. For this reason I am wonderfully delighted to see such a body of men thriving in their own private fortunes, and at the same time promoting the public stock; or, in other words, raising estates for their own families, by bringing into their country whatever is wanting, and carrying out of it whatever is superfluous.

Nature seems to have taken a peculiar care to disseminate the blessings among the different regions of the world, with an eye to this mutual intercourse and traffic among mankind, that the natives of the several parts of the globe might have a kind of dependence upon one another, and be united together by this common interest.

Almost every degree produces something peculiar to it. The food often grows in one country, and the sauce in another. The fruits of Portugal are corrected by the products of Barbados; the infusion of a China plant sweetened with the pith of an Indian cane. The Philippine Islands give a flavour to our European bowls. The single dress of a woman of quality is often the product of a hundred climates. The muff and the fan come together from the different ends of the earth. The scarf is sent from the torrid zone, and the tippet from beneath the Pole. The brocade skirt rises out of the mines of Peru, and the diamond necklace out of the bowels of Hindostan.

If we consider our own country in its natural prospect, without any of the benefits and advantages of commerce, what a barren, uncomfortable spot of earth falls to our share!

Natural historians tell us that no fruit grows originally among us besides hips and haws, acorns and pig-nuts, with other delicacies of the like nature; that our climate of itself, and without the assistance of art, can make no further advances towards a plum than to a sloe, and carries an apple to no greater perfection than a crab; that our melons, our peaches, our figs, our apricots and cherries, are strangers among us, imported in different ages, and naturalized in our English gardens; and that they would all degenerate and fall away into the trash of our own country if they were wholly neglected by the planter, and left to the mercy of our sun and soil.

Nor has traffic more enriched our vegetable world than it has improved the whole face of nature among us. Our ships are laden with the harvest of every climate: our tables are stored with spices and oils and wines; our rooms are filled with pyramids of China, and adorned with the workmanship of Japan; our morning’s draught comes to us from the remotest corners of the earth; we repair our bodies by the drugs of America, and repose ourselves under Indian canopies.

My friend Sir Andrew calls the vineyards of France our gardens, the spice-islands our hot-beds, the Persians our silk weavers, and the Chinese our potters. Nature indeed furnishes us with the bare necessaries of life, but traffic gives us a great variety of what is useful, and at the same time supplies us with everything that is convenient and ornamental. Nor is it the least part of this our happiness that while we enjoy the remotest products of the north and south, we are free from those extremities of weather which gave them birth; that our eyes are refreshed with the green fields of Britain at the same time that our palates are feasted with the fruits that rise between the tropics.

For these reasons there are not more useful members in a commonwealth than merchants. They knit mankind together in a mutual intercourse of good offices, distribute the gifts of Nature, find work for the poor, and bring wealth to the rich and magnificence to the great. Our English merchant converts the tin of his own country into gold, and exchanges his wool for rubies. The Mohammedans are clothed in our British manufacture, and the inhabitants of the frozen zone warmed with the fleeces of our sheep.

When I have been upon the change, I have often fancied one of our old kings standing in person, where he is represented in effigy, and looking down upon the wealthy concourse of people with which that place is every day filled. In this case, how would he be surprised to hear all the languages of Europe spoken in this little spot of his former dominions, and to see so many private men, who in his time would have been the vassals of some powerful baron, negotiating like princes for greater sums of money than were formerly to be met with in the royal treasury!

Trade, without enlarging the British territories, has given us a kind of additional empire: it has multiplied the number of the rich, made our landed estates infinitely more valuable than they were formerly, and added to them an accession of other estates as valuable as the lands themselves.

GOLDEN ENCOURAGEMENTS

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

By Mark Rogers

While there is much speculation that there are moves afoot in some countries to rein in the private ownership of gold (see here and here), it is encouraging to read the following story (originally posted at L’Or et L’Argent) about how Singapore is opening up its markets to gold. This is yet another move in the free Asian economies to strengthen their positions, a welcome strength in view of the economic turmoil in the developed world and in China, whose economic future seems very uncertain.

Given that the following article points out the strong position of gold in Hong Kong, readers might like to read this fascinating account of gold dealing there; amongst other interesting points is the note that the Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange Society is the world’s oldest gold dealing exchange. Gold and stability could have no sounder exemplification than the growth of Hong Kong as one of the world’s strongest economies throughout the twentieth century and still leading the way in the new millennium!

Singapore’s move comes in tandem with growing speculation amongst gold observers that there is a slow but sure momentum building up to a return to the gold standard. The financial turmoil in Europe and the erosion of the US economy is fundamentally a crisis of paper money and cannot continue without a major shift towards the kind of stability that a properly backed currency provides. This shift will come either when the relevant governments realise that such a resolution of their problems needs to be carefully managed – or it will be forced upon them if they continue to do nothing other than roll the printing presses, which will in the end precipitate a catastrophe of an order such that even they will not be able to deny the obvious.

I shall in the very near future be posting reviews of Detlev Schlichter’s Paper Money Collapse and James Rickards’s Currency Wars, which contain detailed analyses of how our present woes are the inevitable result of fiat money, and, in Rickards’s book, an outline of how a return to the gold standard should be managed.

Meanwhile:

Singapore bows before Gold

The world’s fourth largest financial centre is seeking to open itself to the gold market. Thus, it has decided that tax cuts will apply to precious metals including gold.

The Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam confirmed a month ago that an exemption would be made to the 7% tax rate, hitherto applied to gold and all other precious metals, in order to encourage growth in trade negotiations and in particular as an incentive for producers to participate in the market.

Singapore will thus be able to compete on an equal footing with other neighbouring markets open to the gold trade, the most important being Hong Kong where producers prefer to sell their bullion – free of tax. It is evident that having to pay a 7% tax in Singapore discourages investors. This measure is completely logical and fair since no kind of taxes should be applied to a safe haven investment – the latter being basically currency.

This reduction will be initiated as of next October – which prompted certain declarations to be made at the time this measure was made public, for example, `that an important producer has expressed a particular interest in opening a factory in Singapore in the light of the announced tax change’ and furthermore that there will be more gold trading companies present in the country.

Gold has risen sharply and this is why there is so much competition between countries which are putting in place strategies to meet current requirements. If Singapore wishes to compete with its Asian neighbours who have a significant advantage, it will be extremely advantageous for it to adopt this fully justified initiative which will enable the gold market to benefit from a fall in tax or an exemption. By maintaining high taxes, Singapore has risked putting off all potential investors – the latter being welcomed with open-arms in Hong Kong and Japan.

Gold still to outperform commodities reckons Broker

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The interaction of the world’s markets plays an important role in the fluctuations and evolution of the Gold Price. Politics, economic policies and strategies, world events and currency changes can all have an effect on the demand for Gold as investors, private and institutional look to protect their wealth resources. At Goldcoin.org we champion the safe haven that gold and gold coin investment can offer in these troubled ecomonic circumstances where we have rising inflation, instability across the world and are on the verge of a new period of severe financial crisis.
Here’s a snapshot update from our regular expert analyst Bill Downey who explains where the gold price is, where it might be going and some of the factors that are affecting it.

In Tuesday nights website update — initial resistance in gold was listed at 1464-1468 and the high so far is 1467. Second tier resistance for today was listed at 1474-1478 — and that would be the area to watch if we can continue to move higher today.

Initial support was listed at 1444-1455 and the low so far today is 1453.60

London Gold Fix $1461.25 -$8.25

While the June gold contract saw an initial downtrend overnight, gold prices have recovered above the prior session’s closing value in the early Tuesday US trade action. Gold appears to be partially undermined by declining oil prices and a dampening of overall inflationary fears.

News that a major commodity trading brokerage firm was recommending profit taking in commodities, may also be undermining the gold market slightly. However, another key brokerage firm suggested that gold would outperform most commodities directly ahead and that might help gold prices stand up to the partial liquidation wave in some commodity prices.
Indian gold prices were slightly weaker overnight and news of another quake in Japan applied some minor pressure to gold and other commodity prices overnight. While the trade balance report from the US can drive gold prices, expectations for a slight narrowing of the US trade deficit might be seen as a negative to gold prices, especially if that report lifts the greenback and adds pressure to the bond market. If that would be the case — we think it would be temporary. The US dollar is under pressure again today and the Euro has now traded at the 145 level — a very IMPORTANT price point.

While the gold market generally saw dovish comments from the Fed yesterday, dialogue from the Fed’s Hoenig today might be add to the downside tilt as they are trying to “TALK” their way into making the markets think that there is not going to be more stimulus. So that is the one thing that could return gold to testing the lower areas from last night.

Equity markets in Asia and Europe were weaker during overnight trading and early indications are for the US stock market to open today’s session with moderate losses as Alcoa reported lower than expected earnings and Japan raised the danger level of its on-going crisis. The Japanese Economics Minister said that last month’s earthquake and tsunami would likely have a larger negative impact on the Japanese economy than earlier projections. A proposal by the African Union to end the Libyan conflict was rejected by rebel forces. The German CPI during March was up 2.1% year-on-year, in line with forecasts. A survey of German economic sentiment during April was 7.1, lower than estimates. The UK CPI during March was 4.0% year-on-year, lower than projections. The UK Trade during February was 6.78 billion Pounds, a smaller deficit than forecasts. Major US economic numbers to be released this morning include the February International Trade Balance, as well as Export and Import Prices at 7:30 AM, and surveys of store sales will also be released during the session. In addition, Fed Regional President Dudley will give a speech during the session. The first leg of the Treasury’s monthly refunding, the 3-Year Note auction, will have results announced at 12:00 PM CENTRAL time.

Going to the gold charts:

Last nights low was right at the dotted trend line on 30 min chart we published on the website and as long as the 1444-1455 area holds the trend remains up. The market is NOT AS BULLISH as it looked when we entered the week — and even though gold has come back 13 dollars from the low — we’re not out of the woods just yet on this pullback. The 1468-1470 area is probably the most important price point to watch today. We want to see gold above 1468 on a closing basis to add more potential that the pullback is complete. Until then — we can’t rule out more downside pressure today.

It seems like the 9am-10:30AM EST period today might be where the rubber meets the road — and that time frame is when gold would be the most likely to try and pullback.

In summary — the trend is still up —but not as solid as last week– the 1468-1470 area is resistance. Support is the 1444-1455 area. We still favor the bulls —- but we might remain in the 1450-1470 area today in price.

by Bill Downey

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People often ask if it is the right time to buy gold?

Quite simply it is always the right time to buy gold if you are looking to protect and preserve your wealth.

Sure the price can vary but the real value in owning physical gold is that it is your outright property which cannot be wiped out during a crisis or financial collapse. So think of a stocks and shares investment (or any other “paper” investment) the day after a crash – now think of physical, tangible gold assets that you own the day after a crash. The difference is obvious – one is worthless and may even lead to debt, the other has inherent value that will still be sought and can therefore be traded or sold.

Buying gold nowadays is simple and accessible to everyone.

You do not need to physically possess gold at home to fully participate, indeed quite the contrary – keep it safe, keep it in a vault and keep it accessible to sell whenever you choose.

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Gold set to Breakout, Dollar takes a dive

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Here at Goldcoin.org we regulalrly feature expert Analysis from Bill Downey of Goldtrends.net to keep readers up to date with possible moves in the market.

Bill’s comments are drawn from a wide variety of sources and provide an up to date overview of the evolution of the gold price.

Here what Bill is saying:

In Sunday nights website update — resistance for today was listed at 1483-1490 and the high so far is 1476.50 — support was listed at 1458-1463 and the low so far is 1464.50

London Gold Fix $1469.50 -$1.00

Late Sunday night in the US and early in the Asian Monday trade saw commodities on the rise. However, news of a possible Peace deal in Libya and another 7.1 earthquake in Japan seemed to prompt a pause in oil price upside and in other commodity markets.

News of ongoing inflows into gold derivatives at the end of last week is lending to gold support so its generally a sideways choppy action we are undergoing this morning. The reversal in oil prices seemed to shift the attitude in a number of commodity markets this morning to a more sideways movement. With the big rise last Friday in commodities, it looks to be profit taking at the moment and not a start of a downtrend.

The Bretton Woods meeting hosted by George Soro’s over the weekend has calls for the US dollar replacement — but that was to be expected. The G20 meets in Washington DC on the 15th of the month and it would be interesting to hear the conversations that will take place there. With that meeting coming up at the end of the week — it is possible that gold may stay have some restraint later in the week, but the overall short term trend is still up.

The US Dollar is slightly bouncing this morning back to the 75 level but remains at key levels on the long term charts.

The Commitments of Traders Futures and Options report as of April 5th for Gold showed Non-Commercial traders were net long 230,758 contracts, an increase of 16,775 contracts. The Commercial traders were net short 287,091 contracts, an increase of 23,006 contracts. The Non-reportable traders were net long 56,332 contracts, an increase of 6,229 contracts. Non-Commercial and Non-reportable combined traders held a net long position of 287,090 contracts. This represents an increase of 23,004 contracts in the net long position held by these traders.

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit near the Tokyo area today, causing water pumping at the Fukushima plant to be shut down for 50 minutes. Major banks in the UK were told to raise their capital levels and separate their retail operations from investment banking activities. Chinese Exports during March were up 35.8% year-on-year, while Chinese Imports during March were up 27.3% year-on-year, both of which were above market expectations.

Going to the gold chart — the breakout from a five month trading range last week is in play and while there is consolidation today from last Friday’s upmove — it does not look like a downtrend is beginning at the moment.

A new red line on the chart shows the short term FIRST support for this weeks action near the 1455 area on a closing basis. Additional support would be the 1444-1450 area on intra day pullbacks. THus the two key areas are the red trend line —and the lower purple line on the up channel. As long as price is above those price areas — the trend remains up. Resistance is the upper purple line near the 1490 – 1492 area.

In summary, todays consolidation in the 1460 area is normal after a nice upmove from last Friday and the bulls still have the short term advantage. First support will be the Red trend line — and resistance for the remainder of today looks to be in the 1473-1478 area. A pullback in the 1445-1455 area this week might provide an area for finding initial support. The bulls still have the advantage at the moment and the action does not at this point indicate that the trend has turned down — but rather is consolidating in the 1460 zone.

by Bill Downey

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People often ask if it is the right time to buy gold?

Quite simply it is always the right time to buy gold if you are looking to protect and preserve your wealth.

Sure the price can vary but the real value in owning physical gold is that it is your outright property which cannot be wiped out during a crisis or financial collapse. So think of a stocks and shares investment (or any other “paper” investment) the day after a crash – now think of physical, tangible gold assets that you own the day after a crash. The difference is obvious – one is worthless and may even lead to debt, the other has inherent value that will still be sought and can therefore be traded or sold.

Buying gold nowadays is simple and accessible to everyone.

You do not need to physically possess gold at home to fully participate, indeed quite the contrary – keep it safe, keep it in a vault and keep it accessible to sell whenever you choose.

For further information click here.

The dawn over the Empire of the Setting Sun

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

An unfettered pack of lies

When we tell young people that in 1986 we were naive enough to believe the authorities who told us that the radioactive cloud had stopped at the French border, you attract, and rightly so, a few sniggers and mocking smiles.

When I tell these young students that it will perhaps be their turn in 20 years time to be the object of derision by their own children, surprise quickly gives way to incredulity and a certain amount of concern.

Let’s look again at the facts. Facts have this annoying tendency to be difficult to change although…

On 14 March 2011, a terrible earthquake ravaged Japan, following by a devastating Tsunami. Among the areas affected was the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant composed of 6 reactors which have since been experiencing difficulty. Chernobyl only had a problem with 1 reactor. We can therefore summarise the situation as Russia 1, Japan 6.

Since 14 March, the information provided by the Japanese authorities has been very limited, perfectly controlled and little short of the communication methods we used to see in the former USSR.

Let’s recall the accident at the Swedish nuclear power plant in 2006. The operators almost lost the nuclear reactor in less than 30 minutes owing to a fault in the cooling circuit allied to an electricity power failure (which really takes the biscuit for a nuclear power plant which is supposed to produce electricity), which was in turn linked to maintenance work. The safety systems (to keep things simple the back-up generators) were simply not turned on. A catastrophe was assured in 30 minutes this being the time needed for the start of fusion within the core of the reactor according to the articles and the experts who were at the time in agreement about the seriousness of this incident. For 15 days, the cores of the nuclear reactors in Japan have no longer been truly cooled…..but of course this does not cause any problem.

There is smoke escaping on virtually a daily basis from one or other of the damaged reactors, but of course this does not pose any problem.

The drinking water in Tokyo is from time to time unfit for consumption but the next day when the shops have run out of bottled mineral water and the entire population can no longer be supplied…the water becomes drinkable again. The sad alternative is to either let the population drink irradiated water or to die of thirst.

In brief, this accident which is jeopardising the “survival” of nuclear reactors potentially risks being more serious than the accident at Chernobyl. As stated by the Japanese prime minister: “the situation at Fukushima is unpredictable”.

But let’s get back to our little retrospective. Check it out for yourselves by calling on your memory (you will see that this works well) or by searching the internet for all the podcasts for this period which are to a large extent still online).

On Tuesday 15 March the European Commissioner for energy stated that it is “the apocalypse”.

Financial markets across the planet are in free fall. The mega crash is fast approaching and it risks making the subprime crisis in 2008 seem like a mere trifle.

The next day, on Thursday 17, there was a great change in how information was broadcast and managed. A helicopter took off with some buckets of water to pour onto the smoking reactors “trusting to luck” (look back over the videos to understand the accuracy used).
Thanks to these wonderful images, the Press unanimously spoke with effect from Thursday of “Glimmers of hope at Fukushima “. The markets are rebounding, the main thing is safe (our money).
The Japanese can calmly go on exposing people to radiation.
Using the following link you can see around ten good definition aerial photographs of the various buildings at the Fukushima power plant. They are not very reassuring.

On Friday 18, some tankers from the Tokyo fire service also arrived to hose down the smouldering ruins which, I remind you, officially did not explode. In fact there were huge explosions witnessed by the entire planet, but they were not serious. Obvious they were just controlled degassing activities (hydrogen) which exploded but nothing to be alarmed about, the reactors are fine, honestly!. Thanks to this, the Press were unanimously able to lead with headlines such as “Encouraging Progress at Fukushima”!
I advise you to read the report entitled, “the Battle for Chernobyl” which provides an exhaustive clarification on the risks and challenges faced by the ex-Soviet empire in order to limit the extent of this nuclear catastrophe. It is important to note that hundreds of helicopters, thousands of armoured vehicles and more than 500,000 men were used to construct the sarcophagus around the damaged reactor. At Fukushima the problem is multiplied by six. How are they going to deal with it?

It is therefore certain at the time that I am writing these lines. We are faced with an unfettered pack of lies which we are forced to watch powerless as it unfolds. Except for the fact that the internet exists today and we have more chance to keep ourselves informed. We are experiencing a real Chernobyl 2 !!

Multiple under-estimated economic consequences

Is there any hope left? Doubtlessly there is, and being an optimist by nature, I want to believe that solutions can be found. Nevertheless, the official radioactive pollution is now spread over more than 100 km. Tokyo, the capital, is situated less than 250 m from the Fukushima nuclear plant. The entire North of Japan has been substantially affected, not to mention all the areas which have been wiped off the map by the double whammy of the earthquake and the tsunami.

The French government has just set up a special unit in order to plan as best as possible for the shortage of components which will certainly affect France starting from April leading to certain production stoppages and probably measures of technical unemployment in certain industries.

Apart from the losses in human lives, the cost of this double catastrophe (natural and nuclear) is far from being known and is certainly currently be played down. The last assessment talks about more than 28,000 who are dead or missing. There is more than 350,000 left without shelter in the North-east of Japan, 70,000 people have been evacuated within a 20 km radius around the plant. Between 20 and 30 km, 136,000 other people are waiting to be evaluated after being confined to their homes for more than 15 days.

Japan as the second largest economy in the World (or the third according to how China is classified) is a vital link for globalisation. Japan is heavily affected and faces a number of major challenges:

– A nuclear catastrophe which is absolutely not being overcome and which may eventually lead to a drama in the event of any worsening of the situation in one of the affected reactors.

– debt of more than 200% of GDP (by means of comparison, France has a debt ratio of around 80% to GDP whereas that of “bankrupt” Greece is 120%). At the time of the Kobe earthquake, the debt ratio of the Japanese state was only 85% of GDP (this was in 1995). The reconstruction effort risks leading to an unsustainable increase in this country’s debt which will speed it towards unprecedented economic difficulties. On 15 May 2010, the alarm bell was also sounded by the IMF and the rating agencies on the non-sustainability of Japanese short-term debt.

– Industry virtually at a standstill. The Japanese are the inventors of the Just in time methods which, even if they have convinced the World, demonstrate their limitations in the event of catastrophes. The consequence of the total absence of any stock is the halting of numerous production activities leading to massive shortages on supermarket shelves which still remain empty at the present time. No more water, less and less food, major power cuts which no longer make it possible to manage stocks of fresh or deep-frozen products.
With regard to the major international companies the example of aircraft manufacturer Boeing is striking with Japanese companies building 35% of some models of aircraft.

– A currency value which is spiralling upwards. The massive purchases of the Japanese yen and companies who are liquidating their overseas assets in order to repatriate them to cope with the National reconstruction effort have propelled the Yen towards an historical high. Added to the “natural” appreciation of the currency is major market speculation on fund repatriation forecasts.
The consequence is that a currency which is too strong triggers a significant decrease in exports, given that a brutal increase in the value of the currency cannot be offset by an increase in productivity especially in a country ravaged by a natural catastrophe of this size. Nevertheless, in the medium term and bearing in mind a expansionist monetary policy, the Yen should find a more acceptance exchange rate.

– Japan is a country with a very heavy population density. Many people but not many habitable spaces. On average, the price of real estate is the most expensive in the World. Banks therefore there have particularly large outstanding real estate loans. In the region of Fukushima, more than 70,000 people have already been evacuated. In Ukraine, next to Chernobyl, the town of Pripiat is still a ghost town 25 years after the explosion of the reactor. There the banks did not have any loans. There were only 45,000 inhabitants. What will become of bank debts in this case? How will the losses (because they are large) be managed? Might we again face a major international banking crisis as the extent of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe appears? Imagine the extent of the impact on real estate debts in the event of the evaluation of Tokyo which houses 35 million people…..a situation which it is quite simply unimaginable from a financial perspective. The economic system could not cope, or would cope with great difficulty. Perhaps this is why the situation in Fukushima is no longer alarming after 17 March 2011.

– Japan is an aging country, whose current population of 127 million has been decreasing since 2005 and is set to be halved between now and the end of the century to reach 60 million inhabitants.
But how can these debts be repaid without economic and demographic growth, Mechanically and mathematically, the less the number of inhabitants the bigger the total debt per head of population.

– The Fukushima nuclear accident has revived the fear about nuclear power. In the United States, no nuclear reactor has been built since the accident at Three Mile Island in 1979. After Chernobyl, there has been no further development of any nuclear power plant in USSR, the same will be true of Japan after Fukushima. In German 7 reactors have already been halted because they were deemed to be too dangerous.
The only rapid and credible replacements for energy in the short-term are Gas and obviously Petrol whose prices might be propelled to highs in the coming weeks. Economist are agreed, however, that a barrel of petrol whose price exceeds 120 dollars leads the World economy into a recession. As at 4 April the price of a barrel of petrol was still rising and seemed to have sustainably settled at over 110 dollars.

Towards an acceleration of changes which are already being felt

It is therefore to be feared that all of the cumulated factors discussed present a global systemic risk to the global economy which might be hard to redress in the aftermath of Fukushima and the slow agony of this nuclear cataclysm being witnessed in Japan. Perhaps we are witnessing the premature disappearance of a Nation, of the slow dawn on a Empire.

You wanted to save money in the short-term despite the life of mankind, you will lose mankind and you will lose money because there is no wealth without mankind.

Indeed, even oysters risk deserting our New Year’s dinner tables. Affected and decimated by a mysterious illness, our producers have ordered spats from Japan in Sendau. Japanese producers are also lacking our oysters.

It is still not time to make the tally. Having said this, the Fukushima accident may well be the signing of the death warrant for the nuclear industry which is a dangerous industry and about which we neither know how to manage the dismantling work nor how to manage waste and whose costs are not taken into account in the operating prices for this energy which is more expensive than people think when all this indirect costs are included. This is not to mention the price to be paid in terms of a catastrophe which are quite simply unbearable both in financial terms as well as in human suffering. The “‘homo economicus ” will have to learn another form of sobriety.
From Peak Oil to the depleting of raw materials, from the challenges faced by agriculture in feeding our planet to the sharing of water (threatened resource) the World is changing.

The Japanese cataclysm will undoubtedly hasten these changes.

Translated from an article by Charles SANNAT

Gold Trends Intra Day Gold Update – April 5th

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

In last nights website update resistance was listed at 1437.50-1446 and the high so far is 1439. Support was listed at 1419-1425 and the low so far is 1430.

London Gold Fix $1434.50 +$2.00

There is a lot of cross current news this morning moving gold.

Gold prices were showing some positive action initially overnight despite minor strength in the Dollar versus the Euro and a few others. The gold market got marginal support from suggestions from the US Fed Chairman Monday night who labeled inflationary pressures as transitory, as that seemed to suggest that the Fed chief was a little less confident that inflation would indeed remain in check. In other words, the trade seemed to take the Fed comments overnight as a sign that inflation pressures were being acknowledged but were not fully entrenched yet. However, the Fed Chairman also suggested that recent price gains were probably temporary and that left the gold market somewhat confused. Indeed — he looked nervous during the discussion.

The gold market garnered some support from news of a credit downgrade of Portugal overnight, especially since the ratings suggested that the status of that debt remained under review.

Gold traded in the 1434 to 1439 area up until the London open. However, outside market action have limited gold prices early in the trade today, as some commodity markets like corn corn and soybeans started out on a softer footing–at least initially.

The gold market was also undermined by news of further Chinese tightening action overnight. The Chinese moved 25 basis points on lending and deposit rates and that event probably increased overhead resistance in the US gold market this morning near the 1440 area. Still — the last few rate increases from China had almost no effect — pretty much about what we’ve seen so far today. Over the last four hours — gold has tried to break below the 1430 area. Each hour has

The gold market will also be watching the GOP budget proposal release later this morning, as aggressive deficit reduction efforts could also be seen as a limiting development for gold prices. Paul Ryan has rolled out the plan and the big number is 6.2 TRILLION DEFICT REDUCTION OVER 10 YEARS —– The proposal was just released — so it will take a few days to see how the market absorbs this and how the debate unfolds.

Meanwhile the US BUDGET DEFICIT CEILING runs out FRIDAY — and the politicians are going back and forth in threats to not extend the ceiling on the Republican side.

While equity markets in Asia were mixed during overnight trading, stock indices in Europe are generally lower this morning. The Dollar was slightly higher against most of the major currencies during overnight trading, although posting a substantial loss versus the Pound.

A credit ratings downgrade of the sovereign debt of Portugal by one level this morning. Euro zone Retail Sales during February were down 0.1%, lower than expected. Major US economic numbers released this morning include a survey of US non-Manufacturing industries grew less than expected, but it wasn’t a barn burner.

GOING TO THE GOLD CHART — today we show the daily chart and the short term cycles we follow on the website. Orange circles are when the stronger trends usually peak — and the blue circles are when the weaker trend usually ends. While not all points work — take February for example — there is enough to at least keep an eye on developments. The trend is still up —- watch 1439-1444 as a key area.

On the downside — there has been a test every hour since 7AM EST of the 1430 area but so far it is holding— and that puts SUPPORT for the remainder of the day at 1425-1430. As long as price is above that area — its still up.

In summary —- the trend remains up —-We think that 1439-1444 is the PIVOT PRICE AREA TO WATCH — and closes above 1444 would increase the potential for the upside. PRICE ALWAYS RULES — but these short term trends need to be watched going into Wednesday. AS LONG AS PRICE HOLDS 1425-1430 support today — continue to favor higher.

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Gold Trends Intra Day Gold Update – April 4th

Monday, April 4th, 2011

In last nights update resistance in gold was listed at 1437.50-1446 and the high so far is 1439. Support for today was listed at 1419-1425 and the low so far is 1427.60

London Gold Fix $1432.50 +$1.50 LME

While the Dollar is slightly higher early, the Greenback remains within striking distance of last week’s lows. With the gold market overnight seeing a rather hot ECB inflation reading and seeing crude oil prices claw out another fresh new high for the move and a host of commodity prices trading higher, the gold bulls feel somewhat confident to start the new trading week.

Some players in the market expect some dovish comments from the Fed’s Bernanke today and after dovish dialogue from the Fed’s Dudley at the end of last week, the threat of rising US rates may become an issue but so far — it seems to be just talk. There is a G20 meeting mid-month so that’s something we’ll have to keep in mind.

Some players think that news of a release of RAD into the ocean in Japan is a limiting issue for gold, but one could also suggest that development could ultimately be inflationary if Japan is forced to seek alternative protein in the grain and livestock markets.

The Commitments of Traders Futures and Options report as of March 29th for Gold showed Non-Commercial traders were net long 213,983 contracts, an increase of 3,448 contracts. The Commercial traders were net short 264,085 contracts, an increase of 1,242 contracts. The Non-reportable traders were net long 50,103 contracts, a decrease of 2,205 contracts. Non-Commercial and Non-reportable combined traders held a net long position of 264,086 contracts. This represents an increase of 1,243 contracts in the net long position held by these traders.

While equity markets in Asia and Europe were mixed during overnight trading, early indications are for the US stock market to open today’s session with moderate gains.

The Bank of Japan’s Tankan survey of Japanese manufacturers projects that business conditions in Japan will worsen during the next three months as a consequence of the Sendai earthquake.

A Libyan envoy has traveled to Greece to begin discussing an end to hostilities in that nation. The US State Department is flying their employees out of Syria due to continued unrest.

Euro zone PPI during February was up 6.6% year-on-year, in line with market forecasts.

Going to the charts ……………..

On Friday’s update we discussed the tendency for gold to move higher after the USA unemployment data and after hitting a low of 1412, gold rallied back to the 1430 area for the close.

Coming into today and the 1439 high — it really comes down to whether gold is going to burst through the 1444 area this week. A WEEKLY Friday close above 1436 — and 1444 is needed to add to the upside potential. Although the trend is still up — the stronger trends we watch are due to peak here between today and Wednesday and a weaker trend is scheduled to begin and last into mid-month. Price always rules — and turn points are secondary — so we would want to see price begin to react and show weakness before we consider that the weaker trend has kicked in. But it’s something we need to be aware of should gold begin to trade lower. First Targets for this coming week to watch for is the 1440 to 1453 area. I’m looking to sell 1/2 my long short term gold positions from 1406 and 1418 should we trade up to the 1450 area.

The chart shows two red arrows —- the lower arrow shows the Feb lows how the market pulled back to 1325 on four occaisions in one week but was not able to break lower. The same condition happened last week — where there were four pullbacks to the 1410-1412 area — all of which produced a nice bounce back up. The lows were right on the lower purple channel line on the chart. This kind of action usually favors higher prices.

Thus, from a swing trade standpoint — as long as we remain above the 1408-1410 price area on a closing basis — the trend is still up.

Resistance is the 1439-1447 area today and first support is the 1427-1432 area.

In summary — the gold market trend is still up. A daily close above 1436 and/or 1444 would be helpful and favor higher prices into Tuesday/Wednesday. Going forward —- as we mentioned — the potential for gold to peak this week and begin a sideways to lower trend into mid month is a consideration when we look at short term cycles. However the seasonals do favor higher overall into the month of May so an April pullback — should still garner higher prices into month end and early May should we get a pullback. The trend is still up.

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Might the price of gold reach $US 5.000?

Friday, April 1st, 2011

No-one has a crystal ball to look into the future. However, this did not stop Rob McEwen, Chairman and Executive Director of Minera Andes and US Gold Corporation, from voicing any doubt in his belief that if the current trend continues the price of gold might reach $5,000 an ounce over the next three to four years.

McEwen based his predictions on the constant demand for gold from sovereign states, central banks and investment funds which are quoted on the stock market. Moreover, he justified this time frame and the forecast of $5,000 based on the historical price of metal and the ratio for the Dow Jones share gold index since 1970.

“Gold is used as an insurance by poor governments”, stated the executive during a mining conference being held in Hong Kong. What is certain is that no-one is in a position to say that McEwen does not put his money where his mouth is: this businessman has ensured that some 90% of his own personal assets are deposited in physical gold and he added that he owns a 31% shareholding in Minera Andes and 20% in US Gold Corp, both based in Toronto.

Currently the price of gold is over $1400 an ounce owing to the fear of investors about the situation in Libya and Japan. Since last year, the doubts caused by a global economy not managing to recover from the international financial crisis which broke out in 2008, has made gold into the asset preferred by investors who are looking to get out of “paper money”.

In these times, the economic uncertainty has become more accentuated owing to the risk of default by Portugal which is in the middle of a political and economic crisis which has led to the fall of the Prime Minister José Sócrates. According to some European sources, the financial rescue of Portugal will cost in the region of $100 Billion.

Gold Trends Intra Day Gold Update – April 1st

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Last nights website update listed resistance at 1437-1446 and the high so far is 1436.50 — support was listed at 1419-1425 and the low so far is 1413.

The big factor supporting gold recently has been inflationary expectations, which were given a boost yesterday by strong rallies in grains and livestock as well as ongoing strength in crude oil. Comments yesterday from the Wal-mart CEO that consumers face “serious inflation” seemed to be laying the groundwork for higher retail prices ahead.

With a new month — and a new Quarter — the Media is really spinning the data of a US economic recovery as the new hires came in at a plus 212K this morning. The spin of course is that the feds are going to be able to stop printing and supporting the economy……….and to carry it further, they will also begin to talk tough on how they are going to curb inflation — when in fact they are the reason for inflation. Media is spinning that the stock market had its best quarterly gain in 13 years, and manufacturing is having a great year and the unemployment rate is going down. This spin of course is to lead the market to one conclusion — that the feds could increase interest rates…………….to which we say………….. not at the moment.

Underneath it all —- the US Dollar — has rallied very strong against the yen again this week in what must be considered intervention. But it has been enough to rescue the dollar from its precarious position on the charts.

The news has produced a hard sell off in the metals so far this morning. One item we discussed last night was that the short term stronger cycles were due to peak between today and this coming Wednesday. But since the Metals usually exhibit strength at the beginning of a new month — the key now will be to see if Gold can stabilze here and regain it’s composure going into today’s close. This has also often occured on these report days for the metals so it is not out of the question for gold to bounce back as the day wears on — and is another factor we discussed in last night’s update.

Going to the chart — we can see that today’s sell off was once again a 4th TEST of the 1410-1412 area and another hit on the lower purple channel line.

Perhaps more important is the failure for gold to have closed above the 1436 area we’ve been watching for. This remains an important price point. Support is the 1410-1415 area for the remainder of the day —-and resistance is the 1423-1429 area and then 1436.

In summary — a bounce back from the lows is underway — and if gold can remain firm and push up into the close it will keep the trend up. Any close below the lower purple line will put the upside in question.

From a historical standpoint — short term trends are due to peak in the first week of April — and last into mid month. Closes below the lower purple channel line will add to that potential. We’ll pick it back up next week. Lets see if gold can push back up as we move into the close. As long as we remain above the purple channel line — the trend is still up.
What we want to see now — is a strong finish for the metals.

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1 Billion+ Investors to Buy Gold as Chinese Gold Rush Grows

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

We have previously reported at Goldcoin.org in Chinese queue at malls to beat Bernanke’s inflation with gold that the a Chinese Gold rush is underway from investors who are looking to beat inflation and devaluing currencies by buying and hoarding gold bullion and gold coins.

In January 2010, China recorded an inflation rate of 1.5%. But just 12 months later, the rate of Chinese inflation has climbed to 4.9%.

Rising inflation has sent food and property prices in China skyrocketing.

The price of food in China has increased 10.3% on an annual basis. The price of grain rose 15.1% and fruit prices were up 34.8% since January of last year.

Chinese inflation has been fuelled by an economic stimulus during the financial crisis two years ago of $585 which has resulted in excesses of liquidity in the economy.

The Chinese Government has tried to curb the inflation with measures such as raising interest rates several times and tightening lending requirements but so far this hasn’t worked. Even worse is the fear sweeping through the Chinese economy that inflation could go out of control and even lead to hyperinflation.

This has already prompted Chinese citizens to buy gold and their appetite for the yellow metal is insatiable.

This trend is not only set to increase but possibly explode into action following recent reports that the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) is actively recommending that over 1 Billion Chinese citizens buy gold as a way of preserving and protecting their wealth against inflation, economic crisis and the falling values of major currencies .

This recommendation was given in the Financial Markets Review from the PBOC and its publication coincided with the decline of several major currencies against the value of gold notably, the Swiss Franc fell 2.5%, The Japanese Yen 2%, The Pound Sterling 2% and of course the US Dollar  which fell 1%.

Chinese buy almost half the Gold produced in the world

According to the gold-specialising Swiss Bank UBS the Chinese demand for gold in the first 2 months of 2011 exceeded  7.05 Million ounces.

This unbelievable demand is the equivalent of 47% of all gold produced in the world during the same period. So the Chinese are buying almost half of the world’s gold production.

If this continues then the Chinese are set to buy in excess of 42.3 Million Ounces of Gold this year!

To put this quantity into context it is more gold than China’s Central Bank officially stores in its reserves.

The Financial Times recently quoted a senior executive at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China ICBC, who spoke of the “voracious” appetite for gold in China…

China’s largest bank started a physically-backed gold savings account in December with the World Gold Council. Account openings have already surpassed 1 million, with more than 12 tonnes of gold already stored on behalf of investors.

Zhou Ming, deputy head of ICBC’s precious metals department, said the nation’s largest bank sold nearly 250,000 ounces of physical gold in January — the equivalent of 50% of all the bullion ICBC sold last year.

Added to this is the continuing diversification out of Forex by the People’s Bank of China into gold and other precious metals. They have around $3 Trillion which they would like to change because the weakening dollar is eroding its real value. How much gold will they need for $3 Trillion?

We know that China has been accumulating gold surreptitiously by buying up its own domestic production.

This suggests that increasing gold production was part of a long-term strategic plan to become a global leader in gold investments among governments.

The World Gold Council even reported:

Some market participants believe that China may also be continuing to buy local mine production, which it has done regularly in the past. There is certainly no shortage of experts, both domestic and from overseas, advising China to do so.

The World Gold Council estimates China’s gold demand could double in 10 years as more investors embrace precious metals.

But even in the short term, the expected demand for gold in China over the coming month will be enough to put significant strain on global supplies.

According to Tom Bulford  “China has spent the last decade buying every ounce of gold it can lay its hands on.

In fact, the Chinese have increased their deposits by 1,054 tonnes since 2001.

That’s 76% more than it was buying just a decade ago!

And it’s not just the Government we’re talking about here.

Ever since private gold ownership was legalised in China…and the Shanghai Gold Exchange opened – regular Chinese citizens have also started buying up gold in a BIG way”.

Quite simply, the Chinese seem to want to buy ANYTHING gold…

…gold coins…gold bullion…even foreign gold miners.

In fact, according to Want China Times…

“Chinese state-owned gold miner China National Gold Group announced… that it will step up overseas mergers and acquisitions in an effort to increase its gold stockpiles by 100 tonnes this year.”

Chinese production figures

China Produced $35 Billion in Gold in 2010

According to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, gross output from domestic production increased 67% to 230 billion yuan ($35 billion) in 2010.

Of this, China’s gold industry earned 5 billion yuan ($3.8 billion) in profit — 78% more than in the previous year.

China’s gold mines produced 9.9 million ounces of gold in 2010 — an increase of 7% over 2009.

Meanwhile, total domestic gold output grew 9% to 12.0 million ounces. (source WGC)

India is also encouraging Gold acquisition

Traditionally there has always been a strong demand for gold in India  with its specific seasonal demands for weddings and a cultural attachment to jewellery. However, they are also strengthening demand in Asia which is fast becoming the most important Continent for gold investment.  Gold is selling extremely well to the ordinary citizens looking for wealth protection and preservation. There are over 460 Post Offices that sell gold direct to the people. India also has public companies that offer credit to anyone wishing to purchase gold – in other words you can get a loan to buy gold!

This incredible demand throughout Asia is sure to impact the price of gold which may not have been factored in to the so-called expert calculations/ predictions/guesses.

Gold Price set to go skyward with Asian demand and World events

Similarly there are other significant factors that cannot have previously been factored in to annual gold price predictions such as;

  • The continuing European Sovereign debt crisis with Portugal the latest Eurozone country in difficulty,
  • The on-going Japanese catastrophe following the Earthquake, Tsunami and nuclear crisis,
  • The popular uprisings in North Africa and around the Middle East with Syria and Yemen on the brink and the conflict in Libya worsening by the day. This has drawn military (and therefore financial)  resources from France, the UK and the US which have their own deficit problems and now has involved NATO countries.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to see how all of this can be paid for or accommodated in a World Economy already faltering.

It is no wonder that the Chinese are hedging against another crisis and with their ever increasing hoards of gold they are aiming to back the Yuan with gold and ultimately replace the Dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

We are heading for a spot of $1500 within weeks – and then…..$3000+

In view of the colossal demands for gold already discussed, the possible collapse of the dollar and the unknown outcomes of other world events a crisis bigger than 2008 looms large and we cannot predict which event will trigger it but be sure that it will happen. When it does make sure you have copied the Chinese and secured your wealth in the only safe haven for the crisis ahead. Buy Gold and buy now before the price takes off exponentially surpassing $2000 and even £3000 an ounce before the end of the year. The worthless dollar, hyperinflation, extraordinary demand and debt crisis dictate the course of gold to re-establish itself as the only real measure of currency and wealth. When the dust settles and re-evaluations have been made just pray you have gold as it will be worth upwards of $3000 an ounce.

Gold Trends Intra Day Gold Update – Mar 30th

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

In last nights update resistance was listed at 1422-1428 and the high so far today is 1430. Support was listed at 1406-1413 and the low so far today is 1414.30

London Gold Fix $1419.00 +$5.00 LME

The gold market dipped last night to daily support at 1414 on forecasts from Gold Fields Mineral Services predictions of increased gold production in 2010 but the gold trade hasn’t been overly focused on the supply side of the equation. In fact, the gold trade generally thinks that investment and demand are easily poised to outdistance increases in supply. Gold Fields Mineral Services pegged world gold production in 2010 to have increased by 3%, with China contributing a gain of 6% and Australia contributing a somewhat shocking expansion of 16%.

While today’s gold upmove began shortly before he payroll reports, there is still a bit of caution of upcoming Fed dialogue, which this week has clearly tended toward a hawkish bias. For now, it sounds more like talk than action. Some traders are suggesting that the knock on impact of the Japanese disaster has already tempered prices and will in turn slow upcoming numbers throughout the world and that Fed tightening expectations are premature. With 3 US Fed members scheduled to speak during the trade again today and with unemployment reports due tomorrow, it is possible that metal prices will remain in the 1420-1430 area for the remainder of the day.

Monthly Japanese auto production readings showed a decline of 5.5% last night. Overnight the wires from North Africa suggested that the Libyan forces regained ground against the rebels.

Going to today’s chart — today’s push to 1430 has at least put us back above the 1420’s and currently trading near the 1425 area. End of month and beginning of month usually favors the upside in the metals so the upside is still favored into next week. The next big event will probably be the unemployment data on Friday. The potential for gold to remain in the 1420-1430 area until then has potential. Resistance for the remainder of today is the 1430-1435 area. support is 1419-1422. The next key area’s to wach would be a close above 1436 and 1444 as this would be suggestive that the upside still has the advantage. Trends are favored higher into next week.

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Gold Trends Intra Day Gold Update – Mar 29th

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

In last nights website update resistance was listed at 1426-1434 and the high so far today is 1422. Support was listed at 1406-1413 and the low is 1410.90

London Gold Fix $1414.00 -$6.00 LME

Gold prices appear to have come in from over seas action on a slightly weaker footing. Apparently prices for gold related items in Japan continued to slide overnight and that could be the uncertainty of the Japan crisis.

Indian gold prices were also softer in the wake of weakness in a host of commodity prices in the US on Monday. Some gold players probably saw the hawkish dialogue from US Fed members speaking in Prague this morning as a negative, while others might have noted some residual concern within the Fed for the “Four” uncertainties facing the market. The Fed’s Bullard suggested that macroeconomic uncertainty was on the rise over the last few weeks because of Japan, the Middle East, the Euro zone debt crisis and also because of the US fiscal situation.

Last week, the gold market seemed to draw support from evidence of weak US economic readings, as that fostered some talk of an extension of easy money policies. While somewhat hawkish dialogue from the Fed over the last 24 hours might temper the impact of weak US data on gold prices, the trade should still take a long look at the reaction in gold prices to the Consumer Confidence report and the Case-Shiller home price survey this morning as both of those reports are expected to be soft.

The Dollar is higher against most of the major currencies during overnight trading. A Regional Fed President said that the US Fed may start to normalize policy before global uncertainties are totally resolved. Western and Middle Eastern nations will meet in London today to plan for a post-Gaddafi Libya. Japanese officials have found traces of plutonium around the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.

From a chart perspective — the inability of gold to close above 1444 last week continues to exert pressure on prices again this morning. Last nights high at 1422 kept gold inside the trading range we’ve been in for the past five months. Today’s lows have retraced back down to yesterday’s price range near 1410. This adds additional pressure on yesterday’s reversal back up. Support is the 1405-1410 (purple line) area and 1390-1398 where the dotted trend lines are.

Price needs to close back above the 1425 level as a minium to reverse the pullback that began last Thursday. The 9am to 10:30am EST timeframe needs to be watched carefully today.

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Gold Trends Intra Day Gold Update – Mar 28th

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

In last nights website update support in gold was listed at 1418-1423 and 2nd tier support was listed at 1406-1412 and low so far is 1410.

London Gold Fix $1420.00 -$14.00

There are a number of cross currents going on in gold this morning. We’ve been looking for a pullback into today due to options expiration in gold — and the rollover from April gold into the June contract. Both of these factors seem to have played out as gold and silver are lower. Another factor we’ve been watching is the US dollar and the key uptrend line that is hovering at. Over the past three days the dollar has been able to climb back above 76 – and that area needs to be watched.

Gains in the Dollar overnight has added to the bears the initial edge this morning. One of the “stories” being floated is that Kadaffi will have to sell some of his gold to support his effort. We think the story has no legs — but it does add to the “spin” that the desperate shorts seem to be trying to expouse.

While the gold market hasn’t paid that much attention to supply side developments lately, news of higher Russian gold production for the first two months of 2011 has contributed to the slightly weaker price bias early this morning. The Russians saw their two month gold production rise by almost 14% over the prior year and that combined with concerns of slower global growth ahead has added to some pressure as well.

The Japanese situation continues to escalate and potentially drag on long enough that the trade is wondering if a slowing impact in industries besides automobile manufacturing could develop. Some players feel that the gold market is under pressure because of recent hawkish comments from the US Fed and also because of some market predictions that US QE2 is still set to end in June. News of a shift in political power within Germany (one of the few stalwart economic zones) adds to the uncertainty in Europe. All combined — the gold market has pulled back into Monday morning.

Support for the remainder of the day is the 1406-1410 area and resistance is the 1422-1426. In gold, I’m long 1/2 a position at 1406 — and added at 1418 last night for an average 1412. I’m using a stop at 1398 for the moment. From a chart perspective — the lower purple channel line is support — and so far gold has not reached that low point and the lower dotted trend line does not come into play until the 1385-1390 area. We’ll have to see how the price pattern looks — as our thinking is that options expiration and the roll into the June contract is what has temporarily brought gold down to this level on Monday.

The key now is for gold to get back above the 1425 area.

What we really want to see is a close above 1444 to give more confidence that gold is ending its trading range and is ready to move higher. The end of the month usually favors higher price into the first week of the month and we’re still looking for that at the moment. A short term peak will be due to begin sometime in the first 7 days of April — so we’ll be keeping an eye on that as well.

In summary — we’d like to see the lows develop here on Monday and push higher into the latter portion of the week.

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Gold Trends Intra Day Gold Update – Mar 25th

Friday, March 25th, 2011

In last nights website update resistance was listed at 1438-1445 and the high so far today is 1438. Support was listed at 1418-1423 and the low so far is 1430.50

London Gold Fix $1434.00 -$8.25

In the early action today, April gold prices are sitting roughly $10-12 below the Thursday highs. A large portion of the corrective action was seen at the end of the prior trading session and prices this morning are trading in the mid to upper 1430’s. A margin rate increase in silver was probably the catalyst for the sell off on yesterday….. but it was certainly coincidental that we mentioned if a sell off into options expiration on Monday for Gold was in play that Thursday would be the most likely day.

Many gold players continue to think that the Euro zone crisis will provide support to gold prices going forward, as the fear of contagion or knock on influences have returned to the forefront.
Others in the trade noted that gold was able to gain in the face of weak US economic readings and that is considered a change of pace from the pattern that was seen in the beginning of March. In other words, some traders think that a series of weak US data points are capable of extending US QE and that in turn might give rise to a future inflation problem.

The Dollar is holding against most of the major currencies but is still fighting to get back above 76 and still remains in trouble on the charts as we close out the week.

Japanese authorities have suggested that one of the Fukushima reactors was leaking due to a broken core has increased an already dangerous condition.

Syria protests have been escalating as demonstrations are being driven by political demands. Economic issues and inflation concerns are behind the unrest. There are scheduled protests in UK also this weekend.

In today’s gold action, price is in a trading range and is very choppy. With the weekend approaching, yesterday’s downdraft, options expiration on Monday, the middle east and Japan situation, and traders moving from the April contract into June–it has created a lot of cross currents in today’s trade. Support for the remainder of the day is the 1420-1425 area and resistance is the 1438-1444 area. A close above this area would tend to favor the upside going into next week.

I cut my short term position in gold in half last night so as to lighten up for the weekend. Should there be a pullback into options expiration on Monday — I’ll look at adding it back in the 1415-1420 area or at the lower purple trend line on the chart.

In summary — yesterday’s pullback seems more manipulative action — and price should remaining choppy and range bound for the remainder of the day. The charts and the trends still look up into the first week of April. If there is a pullback early next week we’ll look at the price patterns and see if there is a good setup.

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