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Current Low-Price Environment Fertile Ground for Rebound
Current Low-Price Environment Fertile Ground for Rebound

Gold’s performance as of late is surprising, to say the least. Public debt levels continue to swell, currency debasement remains in vogue, and the East’s appetite for bullion is as insatiable as ever, and yet gold will likely close the year down around 20%.

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The Gold Bull Market Is Over - Just Like In 1976
The Gold Bull Market Is Over - Just Like In 1976

Goldman Sachs says gold is a “slam dunk sell” for 2014. Credit Suisse and UBS are bearish. Morgan Stanley advises “staying away from gold.” So I guess we’ve been wrong about gold and it’s time to pack it in, right? Au contraire.

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Fundamentals for Gold Unchanged as Economic Uncertainty Rises
Fundamentals for Gold Unchanged as Economic Uncertainty Rises

With fear and volatility gripping the financial world, many investors find it puzzling that gold—history's most trusted safe-haven asset—has yet to rebound. Following the Fed's taper pump-fake and Obama's appointment of Janet Yellen as the next Federal Reserve Chairman, the ingredients for higher gold prices are in place. What seems to be missing is positive investor sentiment.

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This Too Shall Pass
This Too Shall Pass

The core reasons for holding gold haven't changed. How, exactly, do the G7 countries escape their morbidly obese levels of debt without causing serious repercussions? Can you really print money at never-before-seen levels and have no negative consequences? Interest rates may rise, what would normally detract some investors from gold, but what if inflation rises faster?

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US Government’s True Colors Shine: Treasury Won’t Sell Its Gold to Raise Funds
US Government’s True Colors Shine: Treasury Won’t Sell Its Gold to Raise Funds

The last-minute decision to raise the debt ceiling last month put an end to the federal government shutdown and helped the nation narrowly escape default. Unfortunately, the hastily crafted deal is far from a long-term solution. When Congress and the White House revisit the issue in February, tax hikes and spending cuts will be weighed once again; it's likely that Washington will continue to kick the can down the road by lifting the debt limit higher.

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Higher Interest Rates: No Longer a Death Sentence for Gold
Higher Interest Rates: No Longer a Death Sentence for Gold

Conventional wisdom suggests that higher rates are bad news for gold. However, as detailed in a recent special report by the World Gold Council, an environment of rising rates is not necessarily a death sentence for the yellow metal. In fact, excluding the high real-rate environment of the late 1970s and the early 1980s, US real rates have actually exerted little influence on gold prices.

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The Looming Catalyst That Ensures Higher Gold Prices
The Looming Catalyst That Ensures Higher Gold Prices

These four factors are conspiring to diminish gold supply, creating a perfect storm that will, sooner or later, impact the gold market in several powerful ways. As these forces gather steam, you’ll want to make sure you already own as much bullion as you’ll need.

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The Downturn in the Spot Gold Price
The Downturn in the Spot Gold Price

Grant Williams, chief investment strategist for Mauldin Economics' Bull's Eye Investor, recently published a piece in his weekly newsletter Things That Make You Go Hmmm… that I thought loyal Hard Assets Alliance readers would find very interesting. At its core, the article gives a different take on the recent downturn in gold markets.

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Bloated Fed Balance Sheet Propelling Market Rally
Bloated Fed Balance Sheet Propelling Market Rally

With the S&P 500 in uncharted territory, mainstream financial media outlets have been busy cherry picking economic statistics to explain away the market's puzzling historic ascent. Like preceding surges, the rally's latest chapter is disconnected from the real economy's fundamentals.

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