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Gold's new era

Breaking the highs of May 2006, gold has moved into a new era of investment demand...

THERE HAS BEEN a change of tides, and possibly a change that's as fundamental as a change of current.

   Mid-Sept. 2007 will be seen in history as an important week both for the global economy and Gold Prices alongside the other precious metals. Until then, the range of world Gold Prices was seen only in the context of May 2006 ceiling at $730 per ounce. After all what could have sent the gold towards new highs?

   Yes, jewelry demand was robust, but with India price sensitive – particularly to jumps in the Gold Price – this factor alone could not have produced new highs. The balance of supply demand factors while also good, did not seem capable of producing a run up in the price either.

   So the spur had to come from investment demand, which in turn had to be spurred on by Dollar and monetary factors. Or perhaps the oil price or a political development sufficiently significant to damage monetary or economic confidence, or create a large dose of new uncertainty.

   Yes, a general decay of confidence and rise in uncertainty would be sufficient to bring in investment demand on a sustained and large way. Indeed, when central banks are put on the defensive and have to react "as need be", the feeling of loss of control grows and creates a climate that precipitates long-term demand for the simplicity and intrinsic worth of gold.

   With the past month signaling a breakdown in vital confidence, the trigger for a growth in investment demand for gold was pulled. Funds flowed into the gold Exchange Traded Funds in quantities that were much larger than before. Some 26 tonnes a week for two weeks started the story. With the cut in the US Fed funds interest rate now established (and more to come), the fundamentals for gold and silver have never been better.

   Unfortunately, they are factors that will send wave after wave of changes in the global economy, fragmenting the monetary and economic unity that we have come to believe is the norm for the world. The signal we have been given is that we should expect tension on many fronts now – currency...political...or trade – and the resources front that cannot be reversed.The next big leg of the Gold Price bull market is underway.

   As investors, we have a need to keep in touch with these events and how they affect gold and other precious metals, just as we would need to keep in touch with the balance sheets of the companies we invest in. To date most gold and silver advisors have written about the definable market factors influencing the gold and silver prices, as well as the health of companies into which to invest. We have added the global gold markets and global currencies, alongside macro-economic features to this understanding. But this has to broaden still further.

   Now for one's understanding of the Gold Market to remain at a professional level, there is a critical need to understand the factors that drive investment demand alone and they lie outside the shape of most commentator’s analyses. Now, it will be absolutely necessary to comprehend each currency affecting the global economy and to understand the political factors that affect it.

For instance:

  • If oil demand runs ahead of supply, which countries will have to ration the oil that they can buy? How will such a scene lead to higher Gold Prices?
  • Just how far will the Dollar drop now that it is breaking critical support levels, and what collateral damage will this cause in the currency markets? Will gold reflect this fall more dramatically from now on?
  • What will be the knock-on effects of these events shaking the global economy, not just the events alone? How will this affect confidence and the growing levels of uncertainty?

We at Gold & Silver Forecaster will continue to cover these facets of the gold and silver markets, translating them into language you can translate into investment strategy. To learn more, click here now...

JULIAN PHILLIPS – one half of the highly respected team at – began his career in the financial markets back in 1970, when he left the British Army after serving as an Officer in the Light Infantry in Malaya, Mauritius, and Belfast.

First he worked in Timber Management and then joined the London Stock Exchange, qualifying as a member and specializing from the beginning in currencies, gold and the "Dollar Premium". On moving to South Africa, Julian was appointed a macro-economist for the Electricity Supply Commission – guiding currency decisions on the multi-billion foreign Loan Portfolio – before joining Chase Manhattan and the UK Merchant Bank, Hill Samuel, in Johannesburg.

There he specialized in gold, before moving to Capetown, where he established the Fund Management department of the Board of Executors. Julian returned to the "Gold World" over two years ago, contributing his exceptional experience and insights to Global Watch: The Gold Forecaster.

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