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Is It Time To Start Buying Gold?

11/01/12 08:55:21 AM
by Koos van der Merwe

Gold is a currency hedge. When the US dollar weakens, gold shares should rise.

Security:   CBOE, XGD-T, ABX-T
Position:   Accumulate

When gold was no longer fixed at $35 per ounce and it was allowed to float, the US dollar became the currency against which all the currencies of the world were measured as to performance. In 1971, President Richard Nixon announced that the USA would no longer redeem currency for gold. The gold standard was finally abandoned. The appeal of the gold standard is, however, still strong as a control against inflation, but its return will probably not happen. The price of gold still very much influences the movement of the US dollar, and vice versa.

FIGURE 1: The CBOE GOLD INDEX VS. US DOLLAR INDEX
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Figure 1 is a chart showing how the CBOE Gold Index (CBOE) movers versus the US Dollar Index. When the US Dollar Index rises, the CBOE Gold Index falls, and vice versa. A look at the chart shows this very clearly. What does the future hold?

FIGURE 2: BARRICK GOLD SUGGESTING A BUY
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Figure 2 is a daily chart of Barrick Gold Corp (ABX-T). The red-green buy sell indicator is a one-period moving average offset by 10 periods (green line) and a one-period moving average offset by six periods (red line). A move above the green line is a buy signal, and a move below the red line is a sell signal. The share price has given a buy signal on October 29. Note the stochastic 21,5,3 indicator has also given a buy signal.

FIGURE 3: I-UNITS GOLD INDEX
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In Figure 3, I am showing the Canadian i-Units Gold Index, which appears to be forming a bullish flag pattern. The pattern is suggesting that a break above the upper resistance line at approximately $21.80 will see the price target, $25.38 (22.21 - 17.22 = 4.99 + 20.39 = 25.38). The 14-period relative strength index (RSI), however, is still weak, suggesting that further weakness lies ahead. The Elliott wave count following the first rule does look correct, but this count could change as the price develops.

A trader could look at gold shares as suggested in Figure 2. A more cautious investor could wait for the i-Units Gold Index to give a buy signal before looking at gold shares. The advantage of buying the index rather that the share of any mining company is that mining expenses is not included in movement of the index.




Koos van der Merwe

Has been a technical analyst since 1969, and has worked as a futures and options trader with First Financial Futures in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Address: 3256 West 24th Ave
Vancouver, BC
Phone # for sales: 6042634214
E-mail address: petroosp@gmail.com

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