One of the points we’ve made several times over the last year is that traders stuck in an old paradigm are frequently selling gold for the wrong reasons.
The most egregious (or just plain silly) example is that gold often drops when the euro drops.
This happens, not because there’s anything wrong with gold at such times, but because gold is priced in dollars. Instead of being thought of as a store of value in many investors’ minds, gold is viewed as a hedge against weakness in the dollar.
But what are dollars priced in?
Unfortunately, in today’s world currencies are valued in many people’s minds by their “strength” in foreign exchange markets.
Maybe that’s in part because nobody believes CPI statistics anymore.
At any rate, the dollar is frequently valued in relation to its main competitor for reserve currency status. In other words, to many players in the market, the dollar is priced in euros.
So when the euro gets slammed, the dollar rises, and this apparent “strength” of the dollar makes gold seem less attractive as a hedge, and gold sells off.
You can see this inverse correlation between gold and the dollar – as well as a very tight correlation between gold and the euro – in this chart of recent price action.
In our view, this set of relationships clearly shows the error of those caught in this trading paradigm.
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The euro is not backed by gold, nor anything at all.
It’s a floating abstraction, even more nebulous than the dollar. Gold is a solid commodity, the ultimate safe haven people all around the world turn to when the acceptance of paper currencies and other assets is in doubt.
There’s no valid reason for gold to gain and lose value in concert with the euro – it’s merely an artifice of both gold and the euro being “not the dollar.”
This point is clearly evident in a longer-term chart of the same variables as above.
And which would you like to speculate on, going forward?
The answers are crystal clear to us here at Casey Research, and they form the basis of our recommendations in our metals newsletters.
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