Gold is about to go higher…
Right now, gold is acting exactly as it did last year.
From January to mid-February 2016, gold was up 16%. From there, gold went another 12% higher over the next four months.
At the end of 2016, gold started another uptrend. It’s up 8% since mid-December.
The question now: Can we see another 12% rise from here like we saw in 2016?
In other words, is this rally sustainable?
We think it is. Here’s why…
How to Know If a Gold Rally Has Legs
Gold can move up for two reasons:
- A change in the U.S. dollar.
- A change in the underlying fundamentals of gold.
If gold is up based on reason No. 1, then this rally will probably be short in duration.
If gold is up based on reason No. 2, then this rally will probably have long legs.
It’s important to know the difference…
Gold’s Mirror Image
Usually, the U.S. dollar and gold trade inversely. If the dollar goes up, gold goes down. And if the dollar goes down, gold goes up.
That’s because gold is priced in U.S. dollars. As dollars become stronger, they’re worth more… So each dollar can buy more gold.
You can see this dynamic in the chart below. As the gold line rises, the dollar line declines. They are almost mirror images of one another.
If gold’s rally is based solely on the declining strength of the U.S. dollar, then it’s likely short-lived. If so, you’d be buying into a fake rally…
But we think there’s a fundamental change going on…
Global Forces Are Powering Gold
As we pointed out above, there are two main forces behind a gold rally: a decline in the U.S. dollar (short-term) or a change in gold’s fundamentals (long-term).
We believe the current rally is due to fundamentals.
A fundamental change is one that changes investors’ perception of gold’s value.
For instance, if investors’ faith in the fiat currency system decreases, they’ll see more value in gold. And that would increase gold prices.
One of the best ways to measure gold’s fundamentals is to look at its price in major currencies.
If gold is going up in all major currencies, chances are the rally will keep going. When this happens, it’s more likely that gold demand has increased.
You can see this in the chart below. It shows gold prices in four major currencies since the beginning of 2016 (the U.S. dollar, euro, yen, and Australian dollar).
As you can see in the first green box, gold started its big rally in January 2016. During that rally, gold rose in all currencies. This rally lasted one and a half months. And gold increased 16% in U.S. dollars.
This was a sign that demand had picked up in gold. And it was a sign of higher future prices.
Now, look at the red box carefully.
You can see that gold in U.S. dollars made a double top—first in the beginning of July and then again in the beginning of August.
But in the other currencies, gold declined sharply. This non-confirmation warned us that gold fundamentals had shifted and prices were going to head lower.
This was a clear sign the rally was over. And gold went down 17% in U.S. dollars over the following five months.
Now, look at the second green box. It shows gold’s rally since December 2016.
From the bottom in mid-December, gold rose in all four currencies. It appears to be taking a little breather now, just like last year… but this rally still has life.
The fact that gold is up in four major currencies simultaneously is confirmation that gold should continue rising from here.
Nick Rokke, CFA
Analyst, The Palm Beach Daily
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The recent five-year bear market in commodities forced miners to cut expenses and shed inefficient operations.
These new, leaner companies are ready to reap the rewards as commodities prices rise.
Investment bank UBS projects free cash flow (FCF) will increase in the next four years. (FCF is cash left over after the company pays all its bills.)
FCF is one of the most important measures of profitability.
With the free cash, companies can invest in better operations, pay a dividend, or buy back shares. Whatever management chooses, shareholders win.
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