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21st Century Gold Rush Revisited 2008

January 26, 2008

Back in late 1979, the lineups to buy Gold looked more like lineups to buy tickets to the latest rock concert. There they stood all wrapped up in their parkas and bulky sweaters wearing anything from construction boots to overshoes; there was even a sprinkling of executives in their Italian leather shoes, business suits and cashmere coats, all waiting to get in on a sure thing. The analysts and economists cited a litany of reasons to explain the Gold rush, but nobody cared. Gold prices were said to have become a barometer of political and economic fears, but in the end it was just pure GREED that drove the price until it finally peaked in January 1980 at $875 an ounce on the very day that the big surge of American buying was slated to drive Gold to $5,000. This was yet another example of "The Obvious is Obviously Wrong." All the good fundamentals for Gold had already been discounted. Tell me something that everybody doesn't already know, that's when you would have something of value on which to act upon. The only important factor was simply that prices were skyrocketing. Anybody who was already in was making money (of course not as much as they claimed) and everyone else was afraid of being left out in the cold.

Gold had fluctuated up- from $35 to $200 then back down to $100 then up to $250 and was selling for $250 when 1979 began. But by December, Gold devotees, amazed by the sudden surge above $700, began talking $1,000 plus, some were even trying to justify $5000 and even $10,000. The rocketing prices startled all the experts and frightened even those analysts who had forecast the precious metals boom, because none had foreseen anything like this. For the first five years of this Bull Market, the newspapers and magazines had completely ignored Gold, just as they have for the last 7 years. Then suddenly in late 1979, Gold and Silver started making front page headlines: Reports and articles on Gold and Silver began to appear everywhere and not only in the financial newspapers, but in the dailies and magazines as well. Are we once again approaching that deluge of newspaper articles on Gold and Silver? Not that I can see, but rest assured, before this Bull Market in precious metals is over, there will be similar front page stories all around the world and Kramer will be yelling booya, booya at every one of the Gold stocks that will permeate his program.


If you're worried that it's too late, that you missed the Bull Market that has just hit my minimum target of $900/oz? Ask yourself how much space is being devoted to Gold? On MSNBC's FASTMONEY the question was asked, "What was the best way to play the rise in Gold?" The answer came back very quickly, "although he didn't like Gold, the best way to play gold was to buy GLD, which is the ETF for gold bullion." None of the other panelists had any opinion. Does that sound like everyone is wildly bullish on Gold? The truth of the matter is we may not be finished with even the first Wave let alone The Entire Bull Market itself. However the end of the first stage may not be too far ahead of us as my minimum target of $900 has been hit but can still go to $1175, the upper end of my target range. So if you are not yet invested in Gold, don't jump in with both feet, SCALE IN instead. But definitely get your feet wet NOW.


The market is behaving almost exactly as I been forecasting in all my missives, with the UP move in Gold being led by the Major Producers such as ABX, NMT GG, AEM etc. However, the Juniors have hardly begun to move. So if you are nervous, you can wait for a 5% to 15% pullback in Gold before buying the Majors, OR you can start nibbling by accumulating some of the better Juniors (ones with excellent prospects, proven reserves and producing mines) NOW !

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As I have often reminded you, History Repeats. Today, as back then, most analysts and the media are completely ignoring Gold. It's only the so called Gold Bugs who continue to believe in this Bull Market. Well I'm not a Gold Bug; I'm a realist and economist who studies not only the past, but human nature as well. Right now you would be hard pressed to even find a quote on Junior Gold stocks, let alone get any quedos for precious metals or their stocks. As a matter of fact at TD Ameritrade, which is in Canada and owned by a Canadian Bank and is one of the biggest discount brokers, you can't even get a quote or a chart on any Toronto or Vancouver stocks that are not inter-listed in the USA regardless of their price or volumes. The last Gold rush lasted eight years (1972 to 1980) and was then followed by a 20 year Bear Market. This one started in either 1999 or 2001 depending on which technical analysis you prefer and we are still only about to complete Wave I of what in my opinion will be a Five Wave 16 to 20 year Bull Market in Gold which will coincide with a 16 to 20 year BEAR MARKET IN STOCKS.

The 70's Gold Market was an ending Bull Run that was followed by a 20 year Bear Market. The end of this Wave 5 that we are now in will only mark the end of Wave I of an on going 5 Wave Bull Market run. Remember that the majority of commodity markets have their most explosive and dynamic runs in their fifth and final Waves.

I have gone back in time to the 1970's and focused on Gold and Silver stocks just to give you an idea of what they will perform like in the future. The library that I went to had the Financial Post newspapers on microfilm all the way back to 1972, the very beginning of the last Gold and Silver Bull Markets. There were no articles that I could find when Gold first moved from $35 in1972 to $200 by 1976, completing Wave I. Hardly anybody noticed, certainly not the newspapers, when Gold dropped back down to $100 in late 1976, completing a 50% Wave II pullback. It was not until Gold was exploding past $200 and well into its Wave III move that a few scattered stories on Gold and Silver began appearing in the Financial sections of the News Papers and then not until late 1978 early 1979 as Wave III was peeking. Gold headlines did not hit the front pages and the news magazines until late December 1979 helping to fuel the final Wave 5 explosion into its eventual blow-off top. We are definitely not even close to that kind of action today'

The stock tables that I found were absolutely amazing and brought back some very fond and not so fond memories. In 1975, three years into its Bull Market, most Gold and Silver stocks were trading at under $2 and a great many were penny stocks trading under $0.25. Don't forget that we were at or near the bottom of the worst Bear Market since 1929-1932. Even with Gold up near 600% from the 1971 low of $35 to the 1975 top of $200, most Gold and Silver shares did little to make anyone take notice except perennial Gold and penny stock traders. Throughout 1973 - 74 I was holding seminars in an attempt to push Gold as the best way to make money during a falling market (the general markets were down 50+% in less than 2 years), but getting an order was like pulling teeth. It was not until Gold was well into Wave III after having retraced all of its first big sell-off and gone back well above $200 (the equivalent to $730 today) that I started to open some new accounts and get some decent orders, as the Gold and Silver stocks started their historic Bull Market runs that would end at unimaginable prices.

Some examples were: Lion Mines - 1975 price $0.07/1980 price $380. YES, that's right it's not a misprint - you could have bought 10,000 shares of Lion Mines in 1975 for around $700 dollars and if you held on for the whole 5 years until January 1980, you could have netted a total profit of around $3,799,300. Not bad ay!!!!! A few others were Bankeno - 1975 price $1.25/1980 price $430, Steep Rock - 1975 price $0.93/1980 price $440, Mineral Resources - 1975 price $.60/1980 price $415 and Azure Resources - 1975 price $0.05/1980 price $109. The Majors also performed superbly well, but nothing compared to the Juniors. WARNING: The Juniors, although they offered great potential, they also contained much greater risks as most of them ended up falling back to zero. So be careful.

No question about it; that was one of the biggest and best financial opportunities in history. I don't know of any other time, not even the bubble (how may of us could get in on the IPO's anyway), where in only a 3 year time span, you could have turned so little money into so much wealth. "You only need to make one good investment decision like that in your whole life to be super successful."

I believe we are now at a very similar juncture as we were in 1976/78, only this time the fundamentals are even better for Gold and Silver than they were back then. The similarities between the 1970s and today are uncanny. Then, as now, we were in a GUNS & BUTTER economy and we had just seized the assets of IRAN as they held 45 American hostages, oil prices soared while we lined up in long lines to buy gas and the Oil Sheiks couldn't wait to get out of US Dollars and into Gold and Swiss Franks (would you believe you had to pay 20% negative interest if you wanted to keep more than $100,000 in Swiss Franks). Back then, like today, our budget deficits were soaring out of control but unlike today, back then the US was still the world's largest creditor, instead of the world's largest debtor. Back in 1976, like today, inflation was just beginning to rear it ugly head which had to be finally stopped by Reagan and Volker raising rates sharply to 18% that brought on the 1980-1982 recession. Back then, every time the FED and the IMF auctioned off 4 million ounces, trading would be halted but would then re-open $20 to $40 higher. Who would have thunk it?

(I will leave the explanation as to why for another time)

Although history repeats it never does so in an identical fashion, so that it only ends up being recognizable long after the fact. These are just some of the real fundamental cornerstones of why Gold is in a Bull Market today and why the recent TOP made in the general equity markets and subsequent sell off (almost exactly on the schedule that I was looking for) is really only the very beginning of a 16 to 20 year Bear Market sometimes referred to as a Kondratieff Winter (see my Jan.1, 2008 letter). The first casualty was the crash of the Real Estate market (exactly as called for in my March 2007 letter DENIEL) to be followed by the imploding of the credit markets, Banks, Brokers and Stock Markets as the take-over and privatizing craze came to an abrupt end. We are about to witness the Laws of Supply & Demand in action.

{For your own information, I recommend you read "The Dollar Crisis" by Richard Duncan. Balance of payment deficits of an unprecedented magnitude have resulted in credit induced economic overheating on a global scale. There is a limit to how much money and credit can be created out of thin air and still keep the US and world economies going.}

Greenspan and then Bernanke were attempting to create a soft landing by slowly raising rates. But Berenanke is now being forced by the know-nothing trio of Wall Street, the Media and the Politicians, back to cutting rates (doing exactly what got us into trouble in the first place) in a vain attempt to keep the economy from falling into a steep recession. Greenspan was lucky but has painted the FED and the world into a corner that his successor who will not be so lucky and will not be able to get us out of our troubles without a whole lot of pain and suffering. Investing in Gold and Silver and their shares and holding them for the foreseeable future could be the only major financial decision you may ever have to make.


Do NOT trade in and out. Just buy some stocks and bullion now, add to you positions on any short term sell-offs or on break-outs to new highs and wait until you see Gold and Silver splashed all over the front pages of all the newspapers and magazines across the country and the world. Or better yet, subscribe to my new Letter and I will keep you abreast as to what to do on a timely basis. If you have not yet taken a position, then scale into any precious metals mutual fund. Or the GDX. As Gold continues to rise, use your increased buying power to increase your positions. By the time that front page story, which ran in January 1980 appeared, most Gold and Silver stocks were trading over $50 per share and quite a few were trading over $100 -$200, some even as high as $500 per share. Only a few years earlier, you could have bought those same stocks quietly for between $1 to $5. I know it's hard for most of you to believe that Gold and Silver will surpass their old January 1980 highs, but that is what a 20+ year generational Bear Market will do to a whole generation of investors who have grown up with falling real assets (Gold, Silver and commodities) and rising paper assets (stocks and bonds). When the tide of human emotions swings and paper assets really start to fall hard, the lust and fervor for real assets will be unbelievable. Gold will have to increase to over $2,500 just to get back to its previous 1980 high in real dollar terms. The bubble will look like small potatoes compared to some of the upcoming gains in the Gold and Silver and Commodity Bull Market of the 21st century. But unlike the bubble that was based on easy financing, unrealistic dreams of profits, aggressive accounting and pure greed, the coming explosion in Gold and Silver stocks will be about not only Greed, but abject FEAR as well. There is nothing more powerful or can stand in the way of a combination of a Bull Market based on both GREED and FEAR.


When the entire world wants a piece of the Gold and Silver Bull Market, they will discover that there is only a relatively limited supply of shares and you can't create a Gold mine out of thin air like you could a company. The combined total of all Gold stocks in the world is less than that of the equity of EXXON and GE. Yet there are 8,000 Mutual Funds in the US alone and it is estimated that there is over $1.2 trillion in Hedge Fund money and that's not counting all the leverage ability they have at their disposal. Can you imagine what happens if suddenly they wake up and begin a rush to Gold? Most mutual funds have not even looked at Gold and yet they have a mandate to be fully invested. What do you think they will do when discover that the only stocks going up are Gold and Silver stocks? Remember most mutual funds cannot go short, so what better way to make money in a falling market than buying into the only markets that are rising?

The Gold and Silver stock sector is very small compared to the bond and stock markets and it won't take much buying, percentage wise, to push these stocks into the stratosphere. I am sure that most of you have friends who can't name even one Gold stock. But I'm also sure that in the not too distant future, they will be touting you about the latest hot new Gold issue coming out of Vancouver or Alberta or Denver even though they don't know where Vancouver and Alberta are. That will be the first major sign that the top is near.

I firmly believe that the current opportunity in Gold and Silver and the companies that mine them may be presenting you with a once in a lifetime opportunity where even a modest investment could change your financial destiny.


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