Report: Gold Prices to Increase Over $200 in Three Months

With a strong performance in 2019 nearly in the rear view window, a pair of analysts predict even more in 2020. Here’s why they believe gold will surge.

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In his latest piece, Forbes contributor Simon Constable looked at some of the reasons why analysts are calling for gold’s price to jump to $1,700 as early as March. A recent report by Wolfe Research examined the up-and-down price patterns of various financial assets, noting that gold’s pattern is signaling a 15% move up over the next couple of months based on previous performance.

John Roque and Rob Ginsburg, the report’s authors, have analyzed the gold market’s technical chart and found a persistent pattern dating back to 2015. Since then, there have been seven instances where gold has taken a sideways turn on the chart for a prolonged period of time after a price spike. Roque and Ginsburg explained that these instances of sideways price movement, such as the one seen over the last couple of months, serve to form a new and considerably higher base for the metal. As historical precedent shows, each of these sideways turns is followed by a conspicuous price gain averaging at 15% over the next 75 days with a median gain of 14% over the next 83 days.

Although Constable notes that the average percentage means that the amount gained over the next three months could vary, the analysts are certain that we are seeing an eighth such pattern forming and are forecasting gold prices to jump to $1,679 by February. As the pair explains, the pattern on the chart started forming when gold climbed to $1,546 in September and then fell to $1,455 in November, which began creating a base that will lead to the predicted breakout.

However, the analysts see far more in store for gold than just a 15% percent jump over the next three months. The Wolfe report echoes the opinion of various analysts who are stating that gold is currently enjoying an unprecedented amount of momentum. While the report mostly focuses on technical movement, analysts have repeatedly said that gold is being supported by an immense amount of tailwinds, including a deteriorating global economy, a slew of geopolitical risks and the looming threat of a supply glut in the not-too-distant future.

Regardless of whether gold meets the $1,679 mark by February or trends a bit lower, Roque and Ginsburg have few doubts that the current cycle of price gains stands on much stronger footing than previous ones. Therefore, no matter how much gold gains in the short-term, the pair expects the cycle to culminate in gold surpassing its all-time high of $1,900, last seen during the financial crisis of 2011.

Hedge Funds, Central Banks Seeking Protection with Gold

With gold prices dipping in the past few months, here’s why some of the most prominent of these institutions took advantage of the buying opportunity.

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In an interview with Kitco News, Phil Streible, senior market strategist of RJO Futures, shared his views on why some of the largest buyers of gold seem to be stockpiling the yellow metal despite a lack of overt volatility. Even though the latest batch of economic data that revolves around lower interest rates has held up, actions from big investors and central banks alike suggest that both could be preparing for a coming crisis.

This notion is supported by gold’s recent price pullback, which may have offered big buyers an opportunity to stock up after a major price spike this summer. As Streible noted, gold has a little more room to trend lower with major support at $1,425, meaning that these big investors could continue to take advantage of lower prices before gold bounces back to its major resistance at $1,550.

Speaking about the buyers themselves, Streible noted that Ray Dalio has been perhaps the most prominent figure in the gold market in recent weeks, having added roughly $1 billion of put options on the S&P Index. Dalio, the billionaire investor who manages Bridgewater Associates, the world’s best-performing fund, has long been an advocate of buying and holding gold, and has based much of the fund’s strategy around the yellow metal. A move like this could potentially indicate that Dalio and his team are seeing something that other investors aren’t and are making the most of an opportunity before a coming storm.

Another source of heavy gold demand has been central banks around the world, with various nations who were previously absent from the gold market raising eyebrows with their sudden multi-ton purchases of gold bullion. Last year set an all-time high record of gold purchases from the official sector, with the total year-end figure clocking in at 651 tons while most forecasters had previously expected a number closer to 300 tons. This year, many are expecting central banks to outdo themselves again, with early predictions placing the total gold purchases by central banks in 2019 above 750 or even 800 tons.

Streible thinks that there is little question that central banks are seeking protection and safety through these gold purchases. The analyst named the various trade wars currently taking place as perhaps the key reason why central banks are rebalancing their portfolios in favor of gold.

Streible also noted that, despite the U.S. dollar’s inverse correlation of gold, the greenback has pulled back alongside the yellow metal. Streible sees this as a result of lower interest rates that are pushing investors to take their money out of banks and move it elsewhere, adding that this is comparable to other fiat sell-offs during times of perceived currency weakness. Although the Federal Reserve appears to be holding a neutral view on the U.S. economy, Streible said that investors should look out for potentially disappointing trade data, scheduled for release next week.

U.S. Economic Anxiety Rises As Big Name Retail Chains Continue to Close Massive Quantities of Stores

All over the U.S., retailers big and small are closing dozens – or even hundreds – of their stores. Why is this happening and, more importantly, what does it mean for the future of the country’s economy?

Michael Snyder, the man behind the Economic Collapse Blog, is not the only one who thinks this is a sign of sinister things to come. Middle class families have long been the main driving force behind the economy, thanks to the ‘spending money’ they could put aside from their incomes. But now, as the middle class is being “systematically destroyed”, as Snyder puts it, consumer spending just isn’t there anymore.

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Large and well-known retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch and Barnes & Noble will have closed hundreds of stores by the end of 2015. Sure, part of that could be attributed to the rise of online retailing, but that’s far from the real culprit behind struggling sales: lack of money to spend.

A troubling statistic sheds light on why people suddenly have less – if any – money to spare. An analysis performed by Enterprise Community Partners revealed that one out of four American citizens now spends half of his or her income on rent. With the rest being spent on things like groceries and gas, it’s not hard to see why little is left for discretionary spending.

This situation sounds bad enough, but Snyder believes the worst is yet to come. He quotes Thad Beversdorf’s belief that consumer spending is showing “the initial signs of a severe pull back” to strike an unpleasant point: the current trajectory of our economy is eerily reminiscent of the build-up to the collapse of 2007/2008.

Snyder concludes by wondering: if thousands of stores are being closed already, what will things look like when an economic crisis truly hits the U.S.? “Once it does, the business environment in this country is going to change dramatically, and a few years from now America is going to look far different than it does right now,” he warns.