– “Gold remains in secular bull market”
– System is addicted to unsustainable debt
– Persistent deflationary forces threaten system
– Monetary authorities to take increasingly risky measures to engender inflation
– Debt based monetary system is crux of problem
– “All available means” deployed to prevent global government bond bubble from bursting
– Aversion to owning any gold whatsoever displays “ignorance of monetary history”
– Gold’s qualities as store of value and medium of exchange to be “rediscovered”
– Have “gold price target of USD 2,300” in three years
The bull market in gold remains intact and may soon reassert itself according to Asset Managers Incremental in their must read yearly “In Gold We Trust” report.
“We are firmly convinced that gold remains in a secular bull market that is close to making a comeback” the report states.
Incrementum list the most important arguments in favor of diversifying into gold
The persistent deflationary pressures we have witnessed since 2011 caused by “widespread, chronic over-indebtedness” threaten the system which requires ever more borrowing to bring cash into being to pay down interest on existing debt.
Relative to the monetary base, the gold price is currently at an all time low. In our opinion, this is a temporary anomaly, which we believe provides an extraordinarily favorable buying opportunity.
Gold’s position is assured because of the total reliance of our debt-based monetary system on unsustainable inflation. The report states that “we have all become guinea pigs of an unprecedented attempt at re-inflation.” QE and negative interest rates “are a direct consequence of a systemic addiction to inflation.”
Low interest rates, the only conventional weapon available to central banks to tackle deflation are no longer adequate as individuals and businesses simply cannot afford to take on more debt.
Therefore, “ever more dubious” measures are being taken – beginning with QE and then negative interests but which Incremental see as possibly leading to financial repression and even a ban on cash.
Incremental point out that it is our current “uncovered debt” monetary system which is at the heart of the problem. “This system requires exponential inflation of the supply of money and credit”. However, given the problem outlined above “the financial system finds itself in an increasingly unstable situation.”
Government bonds are at the heart of this system. The majority of assets held by central banks and institutions are government bonds and therefore the political commitment to prevent the bursting of the enormous bubble in those bonds and the unwinding of the system is unbreakable.
Incremental believes “all available means” will be deployed to prevent a crash.
The report states that gold bullion’s time honoured qualities as a store of value and medium of exchange will be “re-discovered” in coming years.
“Lengthy periods of rising price inflation and negative real interest rates are the main catalyst” for a loss of confidence in paper currencies among the wider public and this is what we can expect in the coming years.
People will then seek something tangible as a store of value.
“Gold is quite cheap relative to stocks and bonds, but also relative to a number of hard assets. As a result, widespread assertions that gold continues to be exorbitantly overvalued are not tenable.”
“Even if one does not share our bullish assessment, an overly critical attitude towards any gold investment whatsoever in our opinion displays ignorance of monetary history.”
The report does an excellent job of bringing together all the empirical data and distilling and crystallizing the bullish case for gold today. Not surprisingly, we share the views of Ronald Stoeferle and Mark Valek and have in recent months highlighted many of the angles they bring together so well.
We also are very close to their price target and have long held the view that gold prices would rise to over $2,400 per ounce, the real, inflation adjusted high from 1980, before this secular bull market is over.
As ever, the report is well worth taking the time to read. It includes many excellent charts that are well worth taking the time to look at in order to better understand the excellent fundamentals of the gold market.
Any open and fair minded individual would have to concede that the report makes an extremely compelling case for a diversification into gold today.
Today’s AM LBMA Gold Price was USD 1,174.40, EUR 1,048.38 and GBP 745.89 per ounce.
Yesterday’s AM LBMA Gold Price was USD 1,174.60, EUR 1,052.51 and GBP 748.80 per ounce.
Gold fell $1.30 or 0.11 percent yesterday to $1,173.10 an ounce. Silver slipped $0.03 or 0.19 percent to $15.87 an ounce.
Gold in Singapore for immediate delivery inched up 0.3 percent at $1,177.20 an ounce near the end of the day, while gold in Switzerland went a few dollars higher prior to selling pressure capped the gains and saw another correction.
Gold is lower in all major currencies this week. Today, gold is marginally higher over uncertainty with the Greek debt crisis as safe haven investors returned, equity markets dipped and Chinese stocks crashed.
Silver briefly hit a three month low at $15.50 an ounce. Palladium crashed to nearly a two-year low, seeing its largest one day fall since September, on demand concerns.
On a weekly basis, palladium is down 4.7%, its biggest weekly loss since mid January and its seventh in a row. Platinum’s actually posted the smallest weekly drop, of just 1%.
Asian and European stocks have fallen sharply. The Chinese stock market crashed7.4% overnight. They have had the biggest two-week loss in more than 18 years and are close to entering a bear market after extending losses from their June 12 peak to 19 percent in less than three weeks.
European stocks are down 1%, with investors getting more and more nervous about the complete lack of progress and increasingly entrenched positions in the Greek debt crisis negotiations. We are heading into crunch talks at the weekend and last ditch, ‘make or break’ discussions by euro zone finance ministers will resume on Saturday,
Financial authorities and the Troika have prepared a “Plan B” to protect the euro zone from financial market turmoil. Creditors are trying to force Greece to repay the International Monetary Fund 1.6 billion euros ($1.79 billion) on Tuesday.
Some European bonds also saw losses. Italy’s 10-year bond yield rose four basis points to 2.13 percent, trimming its drop for the week to 15 basis points. The yield on equivalent-maturity Spanish debt increased two basis points to 2.09 percent.
SPDR Gold Shares, the world’s largest gold backed ETF climbed 6.9 metric tonnes yesterday, its biggest one-day increase since February 2nd. That has brought the fund’s weekly inflow to 11.3 tonnes for far, also the biggest since the first week of February
The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) said on Friday it had granted the Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM) a licence to use its Good Delivery List as part of TOCOM’s accreditation procedures. The agreement is effective from Friday, the LBMA said, adding that it has had similar deals in place with NYSE Liffe and NYMEX/CME for a number of years. More
Shanghai Gold Exchange volume climbed to a record today as prices declined incentivizing value driven Chinese buyers as Chinese stocks crashed 7.4%.
Volumes for bullion (99.99% purity) traded on SGE rise to a record 48.325m grams from 36.356m a day earlier, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. This exceeds the previous record of 45.717m on March 26.
In late morning European trading, gold is down 0.04 percent at $1,173.95 an ounce. Silver is off 0.47 percent at $15.81 an ounce and platinum is also down 0.36 percent at $1,077.49 an ounce.
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