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February 01, 2023

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Gold is above $1900! Where do we go from here?

Gold is above $1900! Where do we go from here?

Gold has started off 2023 with a bang. The yellow metal keeps on going and now a major resistance level has been taken out. Very exciting as the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference is just around the corner. Should see some excited CEOs and positive sentiment.

Why this big move in gold? Let’s start with the simple explanation. Markets are beginning to price in a Fed pivot or pause.

Two charts here really matter for gold:

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Gold is known as the anti-dollar, and the US dollar has been falling hard as markets expect a turn from the Federal Reserve. The dollar is near a support here, but many traders are watching the psychological important 100 zone for a reaction.

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Yields are also dropping. Since gold doesn’t yield anything, when yields drop, gold will do well especially since real yields are still negative when you factor in inflation.

However, for a major drop in yields, it would mean that the markets are pricing in the Fed cutting perhaps due to recession. Personally, I think the markets are acting too prematurely if that’s the case. The Fed meeting in February will be key and bond yields could react in a volatile manner if the Fed maintains its hawkishness and stays the course.

 

There is one other factor which isn’t getting too much discussion from the mainstream media, but definitely is by the contrarians. China is buying a lot of gold. The question is why?

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) increased its gold holdings for the second consecutive month. The PBoC raised its holdings by 30 tons in December and 32 tons in November. China now reports holding 2,010 tons of gold. During the third quarter, central banks purchased a record 400 tons of gold. Central banks’ total reported gold holdings are a record 36,745.8 tons.

Some would argue major central bank buying, but one must ask why is China leading the pack. The simple answer is war. The Chinese have seen what happens when you go to war. The Russians saw about $300 billion of their reserves frozen by the US. Russia is holding up because their central bank has been buying gold. Since sanctions have been imposed way back in 2014, as the Ruble depreciated against the US Dollar, Gold vs the Ruble has appreciated.

If China invades Taiwan, then they know their reserves will be frozen. The Chinese have been slowly selling off their US and EU debt since 2021. They know during a war those will be frozen. The US cannot do anything about gold.

Just something to consider given the current geopolitics and on goings in China.

 

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Let’s start our gold analysis by looking at the weekly chart. Gold had a major breakdown back in September 2022 when gold broke below $1680. I was expecting a move down to $1500 as long as the price remained below $1680 which now acted as resistance.

Instead, gold did not sell off. Gold actually closed back above $1680 confirming a false or fake breakdown and a reversal. This is very bullish.

I want to highlight the line I have drawn at the $1875 zone. If we can confirm a strong weekly close, which is pretty much guaranteed unless we see a major sell off in the last few hours of the trading day, then we have another major breakout.

The next target comes in at the $1975 zone.

For bulls, notice how gold can never remain above $1975 on a weekly close basis. We also tend to sell off around this zone. I do expect a sell off initially. Perhaps back to $1875. And then the next wave up will see us finally confirm a strong weekly close above $1975. This would then take us to new record all time highs this year.

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Gold on the daily chart is just running away. As a trader, I would wait for some sort of pullback to get in. I don’t recommend chasing. I have drawn out what I would like to see in arrows. We may not pullback now, but I would love to see one. Perhaps we just rally up to $1975 before we do pullback. If that is the case, I will remain patient.

Let me end off with one more chart.

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This is the gold/silver ratio. It indicates how many ounces of silver is required to equal one ounce of gold in price. Currently, it takes about 79 silver ounces to equal 1 ounce of gold.

Silver bulls love this chart because historically, when silver was money, the gold/silver ratio was close to 15. This means that silver is highly undervalued according to silver bulls.

I use the gold/silver ratio differently. For trading, it tells me when to enter gold or sell gold. Subsequently, it tells me when to buy silver or sell silver.

When the gold/silver ratio heads higher, it is time to buy silver since silver is cheaper.

When the gold/silver ratio heads lower, like it has now, it is time to buy gold since it is cheap. As you can see from my chart, a new uptrend is about to begin. We bottomed at major support and a trendline has broken. This is hinting at a move higher for gold. Much higher.

 

So is this gold move really due to market pricing in a Fed pivot? Or is there something more geopolitical occurring? Followers know that gold does well in a confidence crisis. When people begin to lose faith in the government, the central bank and the fiat currency, they go to gold. In this way, when I see gold rise quite quickly I start to get a bit worried. To me, there is something else brewing. I am leaning more towards China preparing for something.

But I am a trader, so I work with what I see on the charts, not what I think is going to happen. The charts are very bullish gold, and we should expect to see previous highs be tested this year, and likely new record highs.

 

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1 thought on “Gold is above $1900! Where do we go from here?”

  1. China may be preparing for war – but more likely an economic war as in the establishment of an ‘alternate reserve currency’ with BRICS nations that cover 75% of the global population. Backed by gold and other commodities. It is also widely estimated China has under-reported total gold holdings and hold 10 to 20 times what has been reported. The USA acts as if they are the Global Manager of Fiat Currencies and will soon wake up to the fact that they don’t even have the status of hall monitor. Nothing supports this premise more than the aggressive accumulation of gold bullion by the non-western aligned nations. It is a known fact that for years gold has been moving from west to east. Dozens of countries eastern and southern countries are applying to join the BRICS nations. The debasement of fiat currencies by western nations is a problem that they have been kicking down the road. And surprise – next time they try to kick the can they will find it has been filled with fiat cement. OUCH !

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