Will Gold Price Glitter Or Fizzle In 2016? (Part 1)

December 28, 2015

gold barSince gold’s 2011 high of $1,920, the gold market entered a brutal bear market that has even worn out the many experienced precious metals investors. There are two questions that seem to be on the minds of investors: “Is the gold correction over?” and “When will this new bull market begin?” In this article, I will do my best to answer these questions.

I do believe that the bear market is almost over and that we have one more low, due to the Fed’s forward guidance.  Thus, in my opinion, the bear market will most likely end this year.

Why Gold will probably make one more low

Earlier this month, the Federal Reserve decided to raise the Federal Funds rate for the first time since 2006 by 25 basis points. In its forward guidance, the Fed said it would raise interest rates four more times in 2016. By 2017, interest rates are estimated be roughly 1.5 percent. Moreover, by 2018 interest rates are estimated to stand at 2.4 percent. As a way of trying to keep the Fed credible, I think that the Fed won’t be done when it comes to interest rate hikes; no matter what the government economic data reveals.  I do think that the Fed will try to raise interest rates 2-3 more times. This is why I say there will be one more down turn in the precious metals sector.  Once the Fed follows through with another interest rate hike, the market will start pricing in more rate hikes in the future. In my opinion, this will generate more sell orders in the precious metals market. So now let’s explore were gold’s bottom could be. 

Fellow Gold-Eagle analyst Christopher Aaron has given us a range of where he thinks gold is going to bottom. And I believe he is very accurate in his range estimation. This range has provided three bottom targets that every gold investor should watch closely.

My first bottom target is the $1,000 dollar level, where Gold is headed as I am writing this. I believe this to be a realistic target due to India’s famous central bank purchase made in 2009. At that time, the Central Bank of India bought over 200 metric tons of gold from the IMF. When the second largest gold consuming nation in the world makes that big of a purchase, when gold is already trading at over $1,000 an ounce for the first time in its history at that time; I think it is safe to say that they believe the days of three digit gold prices are in the past. Due to this fact, I think some pretty sophisticated substantial buyers will enter the market in the $1,000 area.

Now I want to disclose that markets can overshoot on the upside and on the downside as well. Consequently, it’s more than likely that gold prices won’t bottom at $1,000 exactly, i.e. it could go to $997 or $993, or even $1002 an ounce. Nonetheless, $1,000 range is my first target. 

My next bottom target is the $960 range. This would complete a 50% retracement from the 2011 all-time high of $1,920.  I believe this would be the most likely target for historical reasons. Looking at this chart below (provided from the Weber Global Report), you will see the price movements during the last gold bull market in the 1970s.

gold price chart

If you look at the middle of the price chart, you will see that from December 1974 to August 1976 there was 50 percent correction had occurred, right before Gold made new all-time highs later that decade. But it isn’t just the 1970s bull market in gold that experienced a roughly 50 percent correction.  Look at this chart below

gold price chart germany

This chart provided by Wikipedia, is based on the price of gold valued by Deutsche Marks during the Weimar hyperinflation era. If you look at the 1919-1920 price movement, one can see that a strong (albeit brief) correction occurred during Germany’s hyperinflation era also.

Based on history, the $960 dollar area should be the bottom. But if gold doesn’t bottom there, my last target is the 1980 high of $850 an ounce.  The reason I picked that low is because when trend traders trade markets, they look at two important points of Technical Analysis…and that is support and resistance. In any market, support can turn into resistance, and resistance can turn into support. I believe the $850 dollar area is a strong level of support due to the fact that it was an all-time high in the price of gold for over 25 years.  

Those are my three targets, but please be aware that doesn’t mean I am right. My experience tells me markets are generally emotional…and can act irrational from time to time. So it is entirely possible that the Gold Price could decline further than my expected targets. If that were to happen (and I turn out to be wrong), I would watch the $700 dollar area, which is the 2008 low. I don’t believe it will go that low. However, when it comes to markets, never say never, as they can surprise all of us. Not likely, but If the $700 area is broken, then all bets are off.

John Manfreda majored in Pre-Law at Frosburg State University and received his MBA at Trinity University. He is a former Bullion Broker and resource investor for 10 years now. Buying oil stocks in 2000 was his first big splash, and now he sees even greater opportunities in the resource arena, especially in the precious metals and mining sector. He is also founder of the J22 report which is currently in the works. He has been featured in Forbes, the Edmund Burke Institute, The Money Show, the Examiner, the Smart Money investor, CNN, USA Today, Stockhouse.com, Newsmax, Yahoo Finance, the Business Insider, NBC, Zerohedge, and the Globe and Mail. You can reach John at: [email protected].

It is estimated that the total amount of gold mined up to the end of 2011 is approximately 166,000 tonnes.
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