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April 12, 2018 | Gold’s Brick Wall

Mike 'Mish' Shedlock

Mike Shedlock / Mish is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction.
For the past four years, every time gold hit the 1350-1370 level or so, it is turned down sharply.

Yesterday, gold surged nearly $24 intraday. John Rubino at Dollar Collapse noted Gold Tests Resistance – Again, posting a similar chart.

A monthly gold chart provides much needed context.

Gold Monthly

What Have You Done For Me Lately?

As an asset class that has performed quite well since 2000, it’s interesting that gold is so despised.

The popular games at the moment are “momo”, TINA, and passive index investing. In reality, it’s all the same game. Eight stocks in the nasdaq make up 48% of the index.

If you are in the Nasdaq index and think you are not hugely involved with high-price momo-darlings, you are mistaken. The S&P 500 has a 41% technology weighting.

TINA says There Is No Alternative, not even gold.

The Herd

The Herd is right until it’s massively wrong, just as happened in 2000 and 2007.

Technically Speaking

Technically speaking the longer gold is bottled up beneath this resistance, the faster the move once it does break out.

Fundamentally Speaking

Passive investment, TINA, and MOMO strategies will get crushed (timeline unknown), the late-stage economy will hit recession, and the Fed will respond with cuts.

It’s a mistake to assume stocks will respond the same way next time as they did the last three times the Fed pulled a QE rabbit out of its hat.

It’s not too hard to envision a scenario in which gold is the beneficiary the next time central banks attempt to inflate. And that is what I believe will happen.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock

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April 12th, 2018

Posted In: Mish Talk

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