Thursday , 23 May 2024

Why Is the Price of Gold So Very Weak? Here's Why

As I see it, worsening financial crises lead initially to lower gold prices which are followed by some form of government intervention to alleviate the crises and that action, in turn, eventually results in renewed appreciation in the price of gold. The basic steps in such a transition are really quite straightforward. (Words: 477; Charts: 2)

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The article goes on to say, in part:

Gold Behavior During Financial Crises

One only has to go back a couple years to see how gold reacts during a financial crisis. The chart below shows the price of gold during the financial crisis…in March 2008…During this time, gold prices fell by about 25% and subsequently recovered all losses. This was a scary ride for anyone holding gold at the time, but it’s an incomplete view of gold’s performance during the crisis.

The second chart below shows gold during the same period priced in US dollars, euros and Canadian dollars (indexed to 100 for comparison purposes). During the 2008/2009 crisis…the US dollar was rising while the euro and Canadian dollar were falling and this is reflected in the different gold prices. Gold priced in Euros and Canadian dollars fell less and recovered faster than gold priced in US dollars. This is precisely because the US dollar was so strong during that period. However, as the monetary response began to unfold (QE1 announced December 2008) and trillions of US dollars were unleashed to backstop the financial system, gold in all currencies began to rally dramatically.

Worsening financial crises lead initially to lower gold prices which are followed by some form of government intervention to alleviate the crises. That action, in turn, eventually results in renewed appreciation in the price of gold. [As the author of the article puts it] really, the basic steps are straightforward:

  1. Economic/financial crisis leads to asset liquidation and dollar shortage
  2. Dollar shortage leads to dollar appreciation and gold depreciation (in dollar terms)
  3. One form of asset liquidation – forced gold selling – leads to gold depreciation (in all currencies)
  4. Eventual monetary response creates surplus of dollars
  5. Surplus of dollars causes dollar depreciation and gold appreciation…


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