What Gold is Not
Kitco Commentaries | Opinions, Ideas and Markets Talk
Featuring views and opinions written by market professionals, not staff journalists.
I was reading a post by Martin Armstrong called…
Gold and the Changing Fundamentals
…and in it he published a question from an email sent by a reader:
“Mr. Armstrong; You are obviously the person worth listening to when it comes to gold. Every fundamental these people have argued to support gold has proven completely false. Confusion in gold is really very high. You have to be really stupid at this point to listen to this nonsense. Can you express any opinion on gold?”
“These people” the emailer is talking about are obviously the gold “community” at large and the “gold analyst” (ha ha ha, gold analyst; hi, I am a gold analyst; I analyze a piece of rock that does nothing whatsoever) community in particular. First of all, anyone who belongs to a community is already implicitly sworn in as biased. Secondly, a gold analyst is just another term for gold-obsessed idealist who really wants you to be obsessed with it too.
Don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of market and gold mining analysts very much worth their salt. Within a market analyst’s analysis there is gold analysis, just as there is tin, hogs, corn and global equities analysis. Within a mining analyst’s work is the ability to help us pick real companies in which to invest and avoid the plentiful scams out there. I have two who I trust through our long-term relationships; Inca Kola News (IKN) and a personal contact who is not public (although I think he should be). You should either do intensive fundamental work or have access to reputable sources for it.
But the surest way to spot one of the promoters that Marty often rails about is their singular, dogmatic focus on a piece of metal that pays no dividend, is no one’s liability and basically does nothing. There is literally a world of other assets and markets orbiting around the shiny rock in the middle, which does nothing other than get marked up in times of monetary and systemic anxiety and marked down when all’s seemingly just swell.
Armstrong goes on to talk about how the younger generation is going to go digital and kick gold to the curb (that’s debatable, Marty) and that gold will go opposite the US dollar (most often yes, but not always). He then talks about the real question surrounding gold…
The real issue is not whether gold is money, silver, copper, bronze, seashells, sheepskins or cattle. The real question is will money be COMMODITY based (Tangible) with its roots in barter or will it be simply a representative of economic output that can be electronic? That is the real question. Are we headed into a future as in Star Trek where physical money is obsolete?
Well, I am not ready to board the Starship Enterprise just yet, but I will say that over the years (even well before gold entered its bear market) I have either poked fun at or aimed bile at those promoting…
The gold “community” always wants you to have a solid reason for events other than ‘well, looks like we screwed up… again’.
The way to start not screwing up is to drop all the wrong headed stuff that has not worked for basically ever, and start using what does work. That would be something along the lines of say… I know, the Macrocosm. The big 4 are right there. Gold vs. the stock market, economic contraction, Yield Spreads (i.e. Yield Curve stops flattening and/or begins to steepen) and by extension, declining confidence.
It’s not rocket science (nor the Starship Enterprise for that matter), but so many people have been pre-programmed by other people who have pretended for too long to be experts on something so simple it appears complex to the average person.
Gold is an anchor. That anchor digs into a sea bed of stability as the tides go in and out. But if you’re playing gold as a play in the casino, well you get what you deserve. The average gold-obsessed analyst assists casino patrons as they throw the dice and hope that whatever rationale comes up will be the winner. But it ain’t “Chindia Love” or inflationary economic growth that are going to do it, especially for the gold miners, which would leverage gold’s standing vs. cyclical assets.
So with the gold sector in some stage of capitulation and approaching NFTRH‘s current downside targets, it’s best to remember why you may or may not be interested in buying. It’s already been proven, time and again, that it is not for the standard reasons that the “community” * pitches to you. We are setting up for a potentially epic opportunity… but only if the right analytical parameters come into play would it be an intense and extended affair.