Five Fundamental Reasons Gold Will Soar

By Peter Krauth, Money Morning

Gold Fundamental No. 1: You Can’t Ignore Inflation: The 2008 stock market panic sent stock and commodity prices – including the price of oil – into a tailspin. And that launched the big debate about whether inflation or deflation would ultimately carry the day. Keep in mind that since 2001 – under benign price inflation of roughly 2.5% – gold has managed to rise about 400%. Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Reserve is widely expected to keep short-term rates near zero through this year, leaving the door open for rampant inflation.

Meanwhile, quantitative easing to shorten the recession has caused America’s monetary base to explode. Starting in October 2008, during a very short span of only four months, the central bank doubled the U.S. money supply, going way beyond anything ever attempted in the nation’s history.

Worldwide, central banks have rolled out an unprecedented $12 trillion worth of stimulus programs, with most of the money still to be spent.

Make no mistake, inflation will win out over deflation.

Gold Fundamental No. 2: Investment Demand is Exploding: Large institutional investors – hedge funds and pension funds – are making large allocations to gold, as are individual investors.

The proliferation of gold-focused exchange-traded funds (ETFs) bears this out. The SPDR Gold Trust (NYSE: GLD), the world’s largest physically backed ETF with 1,100 tons of the lustrous metal, is the sixth-largest holder of gold bullion. Individual investors have never had an easier avenue for owning gold.

This isn’t just merely a U.S. manifestation. According to the World Gold Council, demand advanced 15% from the second quarter to the third last year.

Asia, with a population that exceeds 2.5 billion inhabitants and a long-standing cultural affinity for gold, is stoking global demand in a big way. China is overtly encouraging its citizens to buy gold and silver, while offering them gold-linked checking accounts. China is primed to overtake India as the world’s largest consumer of gold. A quickly developing middle class whose members are experiencing rapid escalations in disposable income are a major bullish driver for the price of gold.

Gold Fundamental No. 3: Central Banks are Becoming Net Buyers: India’s recent purchase of 200 tons of International Monetary Fund (IMF) gold was the likely impetus that pushed gold up over the $1,200 level in December. But more important is the sea change that has seen central banks morph from net sellers into net buyers of gold. BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK), one of the world’s largest investment managers, said that 2009 was that turning point. If that was the case, it will have been the first time in 20 years, as central banks have been net sellers of gold since 1988.

Gold Fundamental No. 4: A Currency Crisis is Looming: The “PIGS” – Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain (or “PIIGS,” if you want to include Ireland) – aren’t in very good fiscal shape. And they aren’t alone. Iceland has already gone over the edge. The United States, the United Kingdom, and countless other economies are struggling. And that reality has ignited a crisis of confidence about fiat currencies in the minds of many investors. Money is nothing more than paper and ink, backed by the full faith and credit of the issuer. When investors find that their faith in the issuer is shaken, the value of that currency erodes. Additional sovereign-debt downgrades from ratings agencies are but one potential trigger of a currency crisis. Under such conditions, gold – the ultimate store of value, and the oldest existing form of money on earth – will soar as investors seek to protect their purchasing power.

Gold Fundamental No. 5: We’ve Yet to Reach the Mania Stage: As we’ve outlined before, the gold bubble that takes prices to all-time-record levels will inflate in three distinct stages. This process will start with currency devaluations in Stage One, will be fueled by growing investment demand in Stage Two and will experience its stratospheric ascent in Stage Three, the mania phase of this evolution.

Make no mistake, the $5,000 price point will most likely be reached in this third and final phase. The price of gold will behave like it is strapped to a jet pack. And today’s market prices will be dwarfed by the levels gold prices will ultimately achieve.

Keep in mind, the entire gold industry has an aggregate market capitalization (value) below that of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) alone (currently about $210 billion). So as the crowd piles in, the “big money” to be made will lie with gold explorers and producers, where 1,000% returns will not be uncommon, even from today’s prices.

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February 8, 2010 - Posted by | Buying Gold ?, Learn Gold

2 Comments »

  1. And it will probably soar beyond our wildest dreams … A bubble in, say, shares, stocks or commodities happens when people believe it will “go up and up” (and is, as a rule, as with housing recently and “tech” stocks at the beginning of the millenium, again mainly driven by money inflation). Gold in contrast is a hedge against inflation and against looming sovereign defaults. Inflation by definition is the increase in money supply. There’s no doubt that this has happened several fold in only two years. So there is inflation. Hence there is no gold bubble, as gold has not appreciated by a tenth even of what the monetary base has expanded!

    Comment by crisismaven | March 7, 2010 | Reply

  2. You have a strong analysis, thanks for commenting on this blog.

    Comment by NGDlover | March 20, 2010 | Reply


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