Financial Meltdown, Back-To-Back “Stick Saves” & Gold

On the heels of more turbulence in key global markets, today 40-year veteran, Robert Fitzwilson, put together another extraordinary piece. Fitzwilson, who is founder of The Portola Group, discussed financial meltdown, back-to-back “stick saves,” and what this all means for battered traders and investors in the gold market. Below is Fitzwilson’s outstanding and exclusive piece for KWN.

Fitzwilson: “There is a term in ice hockey called a stick save. Instead of using the curved end of the hockey stick, the player uses the handle end to move the puck. It has been described as having no points for style, and often fails, but sometimes saves the day for the player and his or her team.

Below is a chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average from 1970 to the present. You can clearly see two stick saves early last decade and the second during the 2008 meltdown.

The first stick save was engineered largely by the policy of driving rates to zero. While it saved the stock market and thrust the real estate markets to new heights, it sowed the seeds for the horrendous crash in 2008….

“A larger stick save was required in the 2008 debacle, requiring the completion of the zero interest rate objective as well as the creation of massive amounts of money on a global and historic scale.

It is no wonder that many people are terrified of equities when one looks at this chart. The volatility has been incredible. You can barely see the Crash of 1987 on the chart, although that was a stomach churning decline on the order of 23%.

The chart below is for gold during the same period.

While the Dow Jones has increased by roughly 14 times since 1980, the price of gold has merely doubled from the peak. Despite that disparity, most people look favorably at the chart for stocks, and are adamant that gold is overvalued.

For stocks, valuation metrics are used such as price-to-earnings ratios. For gold, there is no attempt to relate the price to the forces that drives the metal’s price. What drives gold is the excessive, massive creation of fiat currency. Since 1980, the amount of debt-based money has exploded. If that simple valuation metric of comparing the price of gold to the amount of money is applied, gold is drastically undervalued.

Source: http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2013/7/3_Financial_Meltdown,_Back-To-Back_Stick_Saves_%26_Gold.html

4 Absolutely Spectacular Gold Charts & Commentary

With oil surging and gold and silver rebounding, today top Citi analyst Tom Fitzpatrick sent King World News four incredible charts and commentary covering the gold market.  Fitzpatrick takes KWN readers through a fantastic look at the gold market as only he can, and KWN readers around the world will enjoy this extraordinary piece.

Here is Fitzpatrick’s piece along with 4 tremendous charts:  “(Below is an article covering gold from the) New York Times, 29 August 1976 (3 days after the corrective low had been posted in 1975-1976 before Gold started a 3 year rally into late 1979/early 1980):

 

“Two years ago gold bugs ran wild as the price of gold rose nearly six times.  But since cresting two years ago it has steadily declined, almost by half, putting the gold bugs in flight.  The most recent advisory from a leading Wall Street firm suggests that the price will continue to drift downward, and may ultimately settle 40% below current levels.
The rout says a lot about consumer confidence in the worldwide recovery.  The sharply reduced rates of inflation combined with resurgence of other, more economically productive investments, such as stocks, real estate, and bank savings have combined to eliminate gold‘s allure.
Although the American economy has reduced its rapid rate of recovery, it is still on a firm expansionary course.  The fear that dominated two years ago has largely vanished, replaced by a recovery that has turned the gold speculators’ dreams into a nightmare.”

The above note is probably a close representation of consensus market view at the moment.

We are biased to believe that the low in this correction may have been posted for Gold.  However it is early days and we need to see some more positive price action to support this view.

–  Crude has consolidated but still looks bullish overall

Between 1973 and 1974 the DJIA fell 45%.  As the Equity market then recovered Gold went into a corrective phase within 3 months that saw it fall 445 as the Equity market rallied.

This time around gold has in fact been much more resilient.

–  It did not peak until Sept 2011 (2 1⁄2 years after the Equity market bottomed out).

–  It has so far corrected 39% with an Equity market that has rallied 140% off the March 2009 low (DJIA).  In 1975-1976 it corrected 44% as the equity market rallied 76%.

“In 1976 the Gold correction ended in August and the Equity market began a deep correction in September (27% over 18 months).  During that period Gold rallied by about 78% and over the 1976-1980 period it multiplied in value by a factor of 8 from just over $100 to over $800.  The final part of that rally saw Gold rise from about $470 to $850 over about 4 weeks on the back of the USSR invasion of Afghanistan.  Even without that move it still multiplied by about 4.5 times in just over 3 years.

So what are we looking at to increase the likelihood of the low being in?

In addition, daily momentum is turning up from more oversold levels than those seen before the $270 bounce in 2012.  On a daily chart this is the most oversold we have Been since the turn higher in Gold in 2001.

It has become very stretched to the 55-and-200-day moving averages which now have a big gap between them.

An important thing to note is that Gold broke its support level the same week as the S&P broke above its 2007 high.  As long as the equity market stays resilient (As we saw in 1975-1976) it may be a drag on Gold’s ability to rally substantially.  In the 1980-2000 period when financial assets were aggressively rallying, Gold took a back seat.  We may need the market to be more concerned about the financial/economic backdrop before Gold can get any real traction again.

Source: http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2013/7/3_4_Absolutely_Spectacular_Gold_Charts_%26_Commentary.html

Stunning 500 Tons Of Gold Now Being Moved Each Month

On the heels of continued volatility in the gold and silver markets, today James Turk told King World News that he is seeing shocking movements of 500 tons of physical gold each month. Turk spoke about this remarkable situation as well as other key developments taking place in the ongoing war in the gold market.

Turk: “We have recently seen one of the greatest interventions in the history of the gold market by Western central banks. Gold is one of the world’s least transparent markets, and misleading central bank accounting keeps it that way. But sometimes, by looking at different pieces of the puzzle, a picture starts emerging. So I have put together some of the pieces together….

“For example, there have been bottlenecks in moving metal, which is clearly flowing from West to East. Supply from mining in the West, excluding Russia and China which do not export their production, is about 160 tons per month. In addition, there may be another 50-to-80 tons per month of gold already in the aboveground stock which moves around as a result of normal flows among countries and changing demand for different gold products.

But I estimate that recently over 500 tons per month have been moving around. This has had the effect of creating some transportation bottlenecks. The transport providers have not been able to cope with this remarkable development. Similarly, the refiners have not been able to cope with the historic level of demand by fabricating the metal needed to meet the frantic buying, even though they are operating 24/7. So we have to ask ourselves, where is all this metal coming from?

We are talking here about physical metal, Eric, and not just selling paper-gold with futures and other derivatives. The reality is that there has simply been too much metal moving from West to East — far beyond what has been dishoarded from ETFs and other visible sources like the Comex vaults. Much of this physical metal had to come from central bank vaults. That point is clear. But an important question still remains unanswered.

Even though Western central banks killed the gold price during the last couple of months with their dishoarding, we do not yet know precisely why they killed the gold price. What did the central planners want to accomplish by dishoarding so much metal in such a short period of time?

Source: http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2013/7/2_Stunning_500_Tons_Of_Gold_Now_Being_Moved_Each_Month.html