What Happened To Gold?

March 1, 2012
What happened to gold on 29 February 2012? The precious metal dropped from $1792 to a low of $1686 in one day!

How does this shape up with our Elliott Wave expectations?

The answer is that the market is tracking well in line with expectations. Before dealing with the current move, it is an idea to go over what our expectations are. What we know so far is that Intermediate Wave III started at $1523 and that we have a target of $4,500 for the end of Wave III. We also know that Wave III will consist of five regular waves which we will label 1 2 3 4 and 5. Regular waves 2 and 4 will be the anticipated 13% downward corrections described in my speech to the Sydney Gold Symposium. Link at: www.jsmineset.com/2011/11/14/keynote-speech-at-sydney-gold-symposium-14-15-november-2011-by-alf-field/

Regular wave 1 will consist of 5 minor waves which we label (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) and (v). Waves (ii) and (iv) will be downward corrective waves one degree small than the regular waves. Thus they should be about half the magnitude of the 13% of the regular sized declines, say about 6%.

Minor wave (i) should consist of five minuette waves which we can label i ii iii iv and v. Again the minuette waves ii and iv will be downward corrective waves about half the size of the minor wave corrections of 6%. Thus the minuette corrections should be approximately 3%.

The following is the analysis of minor wave (i) showing the five minuette waves:

The two corrective waves are approximately 3% as expected. Waves i and iii are equal at 9% while wave v is almost exactly 61.8% of waves i and iii. This wave count is as perfect as one could wish for. Thus we can conclude that minor wave (i) was completed at $1792.

As described above, minor wave (ii) should be a correction of approximately 6%, but could range from 5% to 8%. A decline of 6% from the $1792 peak gives a target of $1685. In after hours trading yesterday gold reached $1686.

The COMEX chart, however, shows a low point of $1696.

It is possible that the entire correction in minor wave (ii) occurred in one day. A rally followed by a further decline to test the $1685 area is a more likely outcome. An 8% decline would bring the $1650 area into play. If gold drops below this level we will have to consider other possibilities.

Once the bottom of minor wave (ii) is in place in a convincing fashion it will be possible to make some more accurate longer term gold price forecasts.

Alf Field

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Disclosure and Disclaimer Statement: The author advises that he is not a disinterested party in that he has personal investments gold and silver bullion, gold and silver mining shares as well as in base metal and uranium mining companies. The author's objective in writing this article is to interest potential investors in this subject to the point where they are encouraged to conduct their own further diligent research. Neither the information nor the opinions expressed should be construed as a solicitation to buy or sell any stock, currency or commodity. Investors are recommended to obtain the advice of a qualified investment advisor before entering into any transactions. The author has neither been paid nor received any other inducement to write this article.

Alf Field was born and raised in South Africa. He is a Chartered Accountant by training. Together with a partner, he started his own funds management business in 1970 in Johannesburg. In August 1971, when the USA stopped converting US dollars for gold at $35, Alf perceived a major opportunity to buy large quantities of gold mining shares personally and for clients. In 1979 he migrated with his wife and four children to Australia. He is currently a self-funded retiree who manages his own portfolio. In 2002 Alf started writing articles on gold related subjects, including monetary history, as well as a series of gold price forecasts using the Elliott Wave technique.

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