The expert's opinion
The analist Eduardo Bolinches quotes:
15th of May 2013
The more I look at gold the more I realize that very few people understand what’s going on with the yellow metal. In part this is due to the fact that gold brings emotions to the surface faster than any other investment I can think of, and emotions have little or no place in the markets. Bringing a varied group of investors together to discuss the yellow metal is like sticking Protestants and Catholics together in a room and telling them to discuss birth control. It may be entertaining, but the discussion goes nowhere. Right now the folks who like gold are complaining that the Fed and the bullion banks, financial institutions like Citibank and J P Morgan, are manipulating the price of gold.
I believe that you can manipulate the price of gold until the cows come home and all you do is change the secondary and tertiary trends. If you’re really good, and these boys doing the manipulating are really good, you may even disrupt the primary trend, but you will not change it. A silk purse will never be a sow’s ear, and vice versa. If you want to see gold’s primary trend, here it is:
There are no mysteries! The primary trend was established in 2001 and it has been and is upward sloping. I never concern myself with the “why” of a price movement, but I’ll make an exception just this one time. The primary trend of gold is upward sloping because the United States began to print fiat currency excessively almost two decades ago, and since then every other major power in the world began to do the same thing. Currencies are not a store of value; they are promises to pay and that’s just a fancy term for debt! So when everybody goes off the deep end accumulating debt, the smart money searches out the one true store of value, gold. That’s where we are right now, searching for a store of value.
What if anything could change the primary trend from up to down? The only thing that could change the primary trend is if every major economic power announced today that they would live within their means and stop printing fiat currency. If that happened the price of gold would fall US $500/ounce that same night and it would keep falling for quite some time. Of course the chances of that happening are zero, so the trend will remain upward sloping for the foreseeable future. Why then the manipulation? Right now central banks have loaded their balance sheets with, for the most part, worthless debt and precious little real money. The manipulation is a play for time so they can somehow unload their worthless debt and accumulate gold. In short they want to print fiat paper and accumulate gold. Normally excessive printing would inflate the price of gold, but this time is different.
• The fact that everybody is printing,
This combination of events has gold heading lower for the moment and that benefits the central banks and smart money that want to buy cheaper gold.
Since we know the primary trend is intact and likely to stay that way for quite some time, the logical question is when will the secondary trend turn up? Just like many other analysts I though that the bottom was already in and the strong support at 1,522.10 was impenetrable; and like many other analysts I was wrong. Making a mistake doesn’t bother because I treat it as a learning experience, but repeating the same mistake is inexcusable. So now when everybody rushes out to say that the April 16th low of 1,321.50 is the low, I’ll have to pass on that for the moment and here’s why:
This is a Point & Figure chart that I published back in early April and is the work of John Strebler. At that time gold was at 1,580.00 and many were looking for a breakout to the upside. I noted back then that a break below the critical 1,522.10 support would leave gold in a sort of vacuum with nothing really to support it until it hit 1,089.00. As it turned out the plunge stopped at 1,321.50 almost one month ago, rallied up to the 1,470.48 resistance marking a 50% retracement from the point where it turned down and then it stopped.
More than a half dozen attempts to punch through that resistance failed.
In conclusion, I hope gold holds that support but if gold breaks down here I do look for a bottom in gold over the next couple of weeks and I am convinced a decline to 1,100.00, should it occur, will be swift and violent. I am also sure that we’ll be at the bottom for minutes and the bounce that follows will also be quite strong as the desire for physical gold completely overwhelms the paper market.