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Gold And The Public’s Complacency

December 30, 2015

gold bullionWe can all give many reasons why the gold price should be substantially higher. But reality trumps our reasoning, along with our wishes and desires.

This is no more evident than in today's market for the precious yellow metal.

Numerous conditions exist that normally act to drive gold higher in price.

The world's banking system hasn't fully recovered from the 2008 melt-down.

Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and other countries are teetering near the edge of a debt default. If a major bank or government defaults couldn't it snowball and create a global financial collapse even worse than before?

Further, monetary creation has exploded world-wide threatening massive inflation! Shouldn't these and other reasons be converging to sufficiently frighten people into taking action and buying gold? But they're not! So we must ask why?

Don't get me wrong. Unless this time is truly different gold will mark its final low and rise from the ashes. But, as it is always in markets, the question is one of timing. More importantly, how can we protect ourselves, and prepare for that time?

I have followed gold and gold equities on a daily basis since the mid-1960's. Since then, each major gold and gold stock Bear Market low was accompanied by a few similar conditions. First, the HUI after having a greater percentage fall than gold, struck its nadir and began rising while gold further weakened. Later, after gold marked its final low point and reconnected with the HUI, they jointly registered increasingly higher prices. Also, most gold bulls after suffering severe losses had either thrown in the towel and sold their positions, or wished they had. Further, the mood among gold's loyal champions was one of confusion, depression and even betrayal. The cloud hanging over the eternal metal's believers was indeed dark!

To my mind none of these conditions fully exist today. First, the HUI has been working sideways for several months. Until it impressively surpasses140 there is no legitimate reason to believe its decline has ended. For gold, its weak advance to date gives no indication other than wishful thinking, that it has truly reversed its bear trend. Finally, there remains abundant hope where many believe the worst for gold is over or is nearly so. The usual misery, despair, disgust and comments like, "I'll never look at or buy gold again" are all missing. Despite the fact that they've suffered substantial losses I believe there are still too many people hanging on, for gold to have hit its ultimate low point.

It recently struck me that there are two missing but necessary ingredients required to reverse gold's downward course. The first is "need". Presently, few really believe they need gold for protection! Further, there is nothing on the horizon that will soon change this state other than a surprise event or an advance resulting from an oversold or other technical condition. And, if either occurs, it may only result in an impressive rally, before the decline resumes its damaging path and takes gold to new lows.

Gold is coveted and needed most when people are afraid. The fear of a government or its collapse, the loss of the purchasing power of a country's money, or fear of a banking system failure are all reasons why citizens run to the safety of gold. However at present these fears are being held at bay, or have been papered over.

The U.S. banking system could have collapsed in 2008. But our citizens' concerns were assuaged by consoling words from the Fed and our government.

Greece, Italy, Spain and any of a host of other nations are struggling and may default on their debt. With each threat either the IMF, the European Union or its central bank have stepped in to quell the situation.

Even today there are important global banks that are not truly solvent and may ultimately fail. Further, the unprecedented creation of trillions of U.S. dollars or their equivalent in yen, euros, yuan and British pounds could unleash massive inflation. But there is no talk of either by the press to concern the world's population. With these potential threats and others, why are the overwhelming majority of individuals unconcerned? I believe that while all of these worries and fears exist in most minds, they don't pose an immediate threat. One by one each of these perils has been temporarily neutralized. They remain in the background and are not impending dangers, so most people won't act upon them. In a word, these nullifying actions have made people complacent. And until the complacency is broken, the need for gold by most citizens will remain subdued, if not absent.

Markets move in anticipation of events, and gold's is no different. I believe there are two possible scenarios that will act to end gold's decline. First, when the most forward observers and thinkers begin to cautiously accumulate gold. This, after sensing the U.S. and other major economies have begun sustainable economic expansions. Or, deflation takes hold and the important countries sufficiently expand their QE programs to threaten rampant inflation. While neither exists today, let's hope it's the former that prevails!

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Disclaimer: This article is written by Dr. Richard S. Appel, the editor and publisher of the former Financial Insights newsletter. It is made available for informational purposes only. He makes every effort to obtain information from sources believed to be reliable and to present correct ideas and beliefs, but the accuracy and completeness of his work cannot be guaranteed.

You should thoroughly research and consult with a professional investment advisor before making any investments based upon the contents of this or any of Dr. Appel's commentaries. Use of any information contained herein is at the risk of the reader without responsibility on our part. Dr. Appel does not purport to offer personalized investment advice and is not a registered investment advisor. Copyright 2015 by Dr. Richard S. Appel. All rights are reserved. Dr. Appel may be reached at [email protected]

Dr. Appel began his fascination with finance and the markets when he was in his teens. He consequently became and remains an avid student of both. He sold his optometry practice in 1980 after profiting from his precious metal, rare coin and gold stock investments. Prior to retiring, he was appointed to the New Jersey State Board of Optometrists by then Governor Brendan T. Byrne. He later was elected Chairman of the Board.  He is a noted rare coin expert, and was instrumental in developing the rare date Liberty Gold coin market from 1985-1995. He is passionate about learning and comprehending how all things in life work, and finding the truth in everything he contemplates. Dr. Appel believes this helps him enormously in his quest to understand and profit from the financial and economic markets and their cycles.

Dr. Appel was the editor and publisher of Financial Insights, a subscription based commentary on markets, finance and junior exploration companies.  While writing his monthly newsletter he was a prolific and widely read contributor to numerous hard money websites for his insightful thoughts and ideas. Presently, he is a rare coin broker and consultant with his company UniqueRareCoins.com.


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