May 26, 2024

Why The Gold Bull Market Is Only Getting Started

According to one market seer who has been a long term gold bull, the fear of higher inflation should not be viewed as the primary factor driving gold prices higher.

In an interview with Fortune Magazine, Stephanie Pomboy explains why she likes gold despite the powerful deflationary undertones of the world economy. Ms. Pomboy is the head of MacroMavens, a firm she founded in 2002. Major institutional investors and giant money management firms have become clients of MacroMavens based on Pomboy’s successful ability to forecast major trend moves based on macroeconomic factors.

Ms. Pomboy has correctly been bearish on the U.S. economy since late 2008, predicting a long period of deleveraging due to declining incomes and the deflated housing bubble. Deflated asset bubbles, declining incomes and a slow economy are not the classic ingredients for inflation. Pomboy correctly argued that low inflation, or actual deflation, would not prevent gold prices from surging higher.

Pomboy has a superb track record predicting gold prices. In a December 2008 interview with Barron’s, Pomboy prophetically concluded that “We are going to see a secular rotation from paper assets to hard assets like gold. The whole global competitive currency devaluation, including that of the dollar, plays right into that. We are acting as though there are no consequences to basically running the money off the printing press and handing it to the Federal government to backstop financial markets or bail out homeowners or what not. There is no consequence to doing this, unless or until the rest of the world says to us, ‘We don’t like this game’ and We don’t want to have all the dollar claims we are holding debased by [Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke] running his printing press.”

Those who heeded Pomboy’s advice have seen gains of about 100% as gold moved from the $850 range in 2008 to the current price of $1,675.   As a means of protecting capital against the debasement of all major currencies, gold remains the best hard asset to own.

In a follow up interview with Barron’s in February of this year, Pomboy made another extraordinarily accurate call on both gold and bonds.  Despite referring to treasury bonds as certificates of confiscation, Pomboy recommended buying U.S. government debt and gold, a seemingly contradictory stance.  As Pomboy explained it to Barron’s:

My bullishness on these flimsy pieces of paper is purely opportunistic. It is based on (1) my view that the perception of the economy has run far ahead of the reality and that disappointment will find yields declining. And (2), as I discussed in the interview, my belief that this will find the Fed extending QE–a policy which involves the Fed’s outright purchase of Treasuries… Not only is the Fed now the largest holder of Treasuries, but thanks to Ben’s printing press, it has unlimited capacity to buy. So this is one market where the fundamental laws of supply and demand do not apply.

Finally, for those who can’t fathom going long gold and Treasuries in combination? it’s simple. It’s the neatest expression of a bet on continued Fed monetization which, again, entails the direct PURCHASE of Treasuries!!! The wisdom of this trade has been on full display for ?oh? the last FOUR and A HALF years! The fact that it is still viewed as some kind of oxymoron only reinforces how much farther it has to go.

The Fed’s commitment to further assets purchases was revealed today when the Fed released the minutes of their last meeting.  Although the Fed temporarily stopped outright asset purchases when QEII ended, policy makers are already discussing when to resume the practice.  The Fed has already purchased about $1.6 trillion in government bonds, financed via quantitative easing.  As the economy slows further and government spending continues its upward spiral, anyone who thinks the Fed won’t start monetizing the public debt is delusional.

In her recent interview with Fortune Magazine, Pomboy remains bullish on gold and forecasts higher oil prices as emerging nations reduce dollar reserves.  According to Pomboy, “I’m really interested in strategic resources — commodities that emerging nations like China are trying to stockpile.  Oil would be at the forefront. I think it will continue to be a beneficiary of this global debasement of currency and the need for emerging nations to diversify the foreign exchange resources that they’re sitting on, which are being debased every single day. Why not take that money and spend it on building strategic oil reserves rather than watching it go up in smoke?”

Pomboy’s perfectly logical theory that emerging nations will sell dollar assets to buy oil implies that demand for U.S. treasuries will drop dramatically since emerging nations such as China have been one of the biggest purchasers of U.S. debt.   The absence of sufficient bids at Treasury auctions will immediately cause the following two events to occur:  1) the Fed will be forced to monetize ever greater amounts of debt in order to keep U.S. interest rates from rising and 2)  the price of gold will soar.


Ultimate Price Of Gold Will Shock The World As Loss Of Global Confidence Leads To Economic Collapse

Gold had another stellar week while stock markets gyrated wildly.   As measured by the closing London PM Fix Price, gold gained $77.25 on the week, hitting all time highs and closing at $1,736.   After the London close, gold recovered from an earlier pullback and closed in New York trading at $1,747.30, up $11.30 from the London close.

Silver ending the week down slightly at $38.29 while platinum gained $91 to $1,800 and palladium edged up $5 to $747.

Gold has gained $253 or 17% since July 1st when it closed at $1,483.00.  The rapid price gains have pushed gold above its long term trend line.  Gold is now trading at $290 (or 20%) above its 200 day moving average.  On previous occasions in late 2009 and the fall of 2010 gold also traded more than $200 dollars above the 200 day moving average and the result was a minor pullback or sideways consolidation.


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Gold may be overbought on a short term basis but the fundamental reasons for owning gold are expanding exponentially.  Public realization that dysfunctional governments are incapable of solving our economic problems is resulting in a loss of confidence.  A loss of confidence combined with a debt crisis and out of control spending can have only one result – increasingly worthless paper money and stocks as the  world central banks attempt to prevent an economic collapse with zero interest rates and printed money.

Gold Outperforms paper stocks

Government and  central bank policies have been destroying the value of the US currency for decades and have given birth to crashing housing markets, lower incomes, depression level unemployment and numerous stock market crashes.  When one  considers that the last hope of preventing an all out depression now lies in the hands of the very central banks who have already brought Hell down upon us, we should all be very, very scared.

If the last ditch efforts of the Central Banks fail to contain the financial collapse that is imminent, expect to see governments institute totalitarian measures in order to maintain a semblance of organized society.  As bankrupt empires collapse, they also attempt to expropriate every last dollar of wealth from its citizens in order to maintain their grip on power as long as possible.

The most recent large scale example of the implosion of an empire was the USSR, whose sudden collapse surprised CIA analysts who had been studying the Soviet Empire in detail for decades.  Ironically, those even more surprised by the collapse of the USSR were the politicians and bureaucrats who ran the country into the ground as they remained oblivious to their economy killing policies.  Tragically, misguided and misinformed middle class citizens of the USSR saw the value of their rubles collapse along with pension plans, bank savings and other financial assets.  Those who walked away with more than they had, other than corrupt politicians, were those few citizens who converted paper money into gold or silver before the financial system imploded.

A potential short term price correction in gold is a meaningless concern.  Developed world economies are in inexorably decline from which there is no escape.  The primary concern for most US citizens should be to develop a financial strategy that does not leave them impoverished when the end game arrives.

Unfortunately, most Americans have a religious conviction that “The Government” will save and nourish them as has been promised by every politician of this century.  These promises will all be broken but Americans won’t believe it until it happens, at which point there is no financial escape.

As a worldwide systemic financial collapse grows more probable with each passing day, Americans remain in denial and place their life savings in US government debt and bank accounts, secure with the promise that they are “guaranteed by the government”.   Sorry folks, bankrupt governments don’t keep promises.  The proof of American citizens’ faith in paper assets is their very low commitment to gold and silver.  The public will belatedly turn to gold and silver en masse when the system starts crashing down around them.  This event will be the real rush to gold and at that point, prices will rise thousands of dollars per week.

When establishment journalists warn of a “bubble” or “top” in gold, don’t get annoyed – simply buy more gold, especially on pullbacks.  The ultimate price of gold will wind up shocking even the biggest gold bulls.  When gold demand is insatiable and supply very limited, attempting to figure out the ultimate high price for gold is a fruitless exercise. (see Why There Is No Upside Limit For Gold and Silver).

Precious Metals Prices 8/12/11
PM Fix Since Last Recap
Gold $1,736.00 +$77.25 +4.66%
Silver $38.29 -$0.95 -2.42%
Platinum $1,800.00 +$91.00 +5.32%
Palladium $747.00 +$5.00 +0.67%