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7 Reasons Gold will continue to Grow
Correlation to Inflation
Certainly, during times of economic crisis, investors flock to gold . When the Great Recession hit, for example, gold prices rose. But gold was already rising until the beginning of 2008, That said, gold prices rose further, even as the economy recovered . Essentially that means, as more people buy gold , the price goes up, in line with demand. It also means there aren't any underlying "fundamentals" to the price of gold . If investors start flocking to gold , the price rises no matter what shape the economy is or what might be. That doesn't mean that gold prices are completely random or the result of herd behavior. Some forces affect the supply of gold in the wider market, and gold is a worldwide commodity market, like oil or coffee .
Unlike oil or coffee , however, gold isn't consumed. Almost all the gold ever mined is still around and more gold is being mined each day. If so, one would expect the price of gold to plummet over time, since there is more and more of it around. So, why doesn't it? Aside from the fact that the number of people who might want to buy it is constantly on the rise, jewelry and investment demand offer some clues. "It ends up in a drawer someplace." The gold in jewelry is effectively taken off the market for years at a time. Even though countries like India and China treat gold as a store of value, the people who buy it there don't regularly trade it (few pay for a washing machine by handing over a gold bracelet). Instead, jewelry demand tends to rise and fall with the price of gold . When prices are high, the demand for jewelry falls relative to investor demand.
Big market movers of gold prices are often central banks. In times when foreign exchange reserves are large, and the economy is humming along, a will want to reduce the amount of gold it holds. That's because the gold is a dead asset—unlike bonds or even money in a deposit account, it generates no return. The problem for central banks is that this is precisely when the other investors out there aren't that interested in gold . Thus, a is always on the wrong side of the trade, even though selling that gold is precisely what the bank is supposed to do. As a result, the price of gold falls. Central banks have tried to manage their gold sales in a cartel-like fashion, to avoid disrupting the market too much. Something called the Washington Agreement essentially states that the banks won't sell more than 400 metric tons in a year. It's not binding, as it's not a treaty; rather, it's more of a gentleman's agreement—but one that is in the interests of central banks, since unloading too much gold on the market at once would negatively affect their portfolios.
Besides central banks, exchange-traded funds (ETFs)— which allow investors to buy into gold without buying mining stocks—are now major gold buyers and sellers. Both ETFs trade on the exchanges like stock and measure their holdings in ounces of gold . Still, these ETFs are designed to reflect the price of gold , not move it.
Speaking of portfolios, A good question for investors is what the rationale for buying gold is. As a hedge against , it doesn't work well. However, seen as one piece of a larger portfolio, gold is a reasonable diversifier. It's simply important to recognize what it can and cannot do. In real terms, gold prices topped out in 1980, when the price of the metal hit nearly $2,000 per ounce (in 2014 dollars). Anyone who bought gold then has been losing money since. On the other hand, the investors who bought it in 1983 or 2005 would be happy selling now. It's also worth noting that the 'rules' of portfolio management apply to gold as well. The total number of gold ounces one holds should fluctuate with the price. If, for example, one wants 2% of the portfolio in gold , then it's necessary to sell when the price goes up and buy when it falls.
One good thing about gold , is that the purchasing power of gold has stayed quite constant and largely unrelated to its current price.
The Bottom Line
If you're looking at gold prices, it's probably a good idea to look at how well the economies of certain countries are doing. As economic conditions worsen, the price will (usually) rise. Gold is a commodity that isn't tied to anything else; in small doses, it makes a good diversifying element for a portfolio.
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But then the cup & Handle wouldn't be valid... The handle needs to stay in the upper channel of the cup in order for it to be a valid "cup & Handle".. Thus I don't think it will reach that area, due to many different reasons listed in the information and description above.
Let me know if its clear.