Two Milestones for Gold
In the past week, gold quietly marked two important milestones.
First, as of Monday the price of gold is now showing a gain for the year. The closing price of gold on December 31, 2007 was $833.75. The price of gold today is $854.60. That makes gold up 2.5% for the year to date. If gold can hang onto this gain into the end of the year, this will also mark the eighth year in a row that gold has had a positive return. For the year and for this decade, gold has humbled its naysayers and rewarded its investors.
Second, on Tuesday the price of gold exceeded the price of platinum. The two metals now trade within a few dollars of each other with gold at $854.60 and platinum at $858. This is a big change from earlier in the year when platinum was trading over $2,200 per ounce, more than double the price of gold. If I'm not mistaken, the price of platinum has been higher than the price of gold for this entire decade. Not since the 1990's has gold been more expensive than platinum. Considering that platinum is thirty times scarcer than gold, this makes a strong statement about the demand for gold.