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Gold And Silver: Three Green Lights

President of Graceland Investment Management
August 19, 2015

The FOMC minutes release tomorrow should bring some short-term weakness to global gold prices, but I expect many individual gold and silver stocks to continue their strong rallies. 

That’s the daily gold chart.  After bursting upside from a small symmetrical triangle pattern, gold has rallied to about $1122.

The 14,7,7 series Stochastics oscillator is overbought now.  Gold enthusiasts should cheer for higher prices, but be open to the possibility that a small and sharp correction could start now.

A pullback to the triangle apex in the $1090 area is not just possible but likely, but the longer term charts suggest gold has started a major upside rally.

That’s the weekly gold chart.  In the big picture, gold has essentially been in a drifting rectangular pattern, with a slight downside bias.

Note the superb position of the 14,3,3 series Stochastics oscillator.  Sizable rallies ($150 - $250) often follow set-ups like the one that is currently in play. 

While FOMC-linked short term weakness is likely, the August – December time frame is typically gold’s strongest part of the year, particularly if the monsoon rains in India are good. 

They have been excellent.  As a result, farmers appear set to buy sizable amounts of gold in the coming months. 

During gold’s strong season, Indians can buy as much gold as all the world’s investors now hold in the SPDR gold fund.

Most gold community analysts think higher interest rates are negative for gold prices.  I strongly disagree, and so do many of the world’s top bank economists. 

Clearly, Commerzbank bank’s Carsten Fritsche shares my view on gold and rate hikes.

I believe the Fed is very concerned about Western government spending, particularly in America.  Rate hikes lower T-bond prices.  They force institutions to move liquidity flows away from the public sector, and into the private sector.  Money parked in T-bonds and wasted in government entitlement programs does not boost money velocity, which is required to boost GDP.  I think Janet is preparing to pull the plug on the US government’s multi-decade “spending gone wild” mindset, and she’ll do it with rate hikes.

Higher rates also give banks tremendous incentive to make more loans.  Those loans can significantly boost bank profits, and strengthen the financial system (slightly).  For gold investors, the great news is that the loans can reverse declining money supply velocity, and raise the rate of inflation. 

I think Janet Yellen should raise rates in September, but whether she hikes in September or December doesn’t really matter.   India’s Prime Minister wants the UAE to invest USD $1 trillion into India.  The UAE wants India to cut the gold duties, and a cut looks more and more likely in the coming months.  In addition, Shanghai appears to be ready to launch a gold fix by the end of the year.  These three key “traffic lights” for gold (US rate hikes, Indian duties, Shanghai gold market infrastructure) seem ready to turn bright green!

That’s the daily silver chartRate hikes that ramp up money supply velocity could be one of game changers that silver investors have been patiently waiting for.

A decent inverse head & shoulders pattern is forming, and a rate hike would likely be the catalyst to activate an upside breakout.

That’s the GDX daily chart.  It’s not as overbought as the gold and silver bullion charts.  There’s room for the rally continue, even if bullion swoons a bit.

That’s the GDX weekly chart.  Note the “epic” rise in trading volume that has occurred since July of 2013. 

The 14,3,3 series Stochastics oscillator has crossed to a buy signal, and has yet to rise above the 20 line.  That implies tremendous potential for higher prices.

Since gold stocks began declining in 2011, I’ve used my unique pyramid generator to systematically and methodically double my overall gold stocks position, both for myself and the funds I manage.

In contrast, most gold stock fund managers have liquidated massive amounts of stock over the past two years.  They may have given bullish forecasts and tried to keep a stiff upper lip, but their liquidity flows tell a horrific story of liquidation and capitulation.  

Their selling probably magnified the decline.

As with bullion, the overall GDX price action since 2013 has taken the form of a drifting rectangle.  This has been accompanied, ironically, by what I consider to be very emotionally charged statements from gold stock analysts.  Predictions for wildly higher and dramatically lower prices have not played out. 

That’s because gold is an asset in “flux”.  US financial system risk is declining (but not gone).  Deflation is ending, and inflationary road signs are clearly appearing.  Rate hikes, a duty cut in India, and a Chinese gold fix are imminent.  The downside bias of the drifting rectangle in gold, silver, and related stocks is ending, because the fundamental drivers of it are changing quite dramatically.  All hands now need to be on the accumulation deck, of the good ship called…. gold!


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