Since the financial crisis in 2008, it is undeniable that precious metals have been the best performer. One would assume that market participants have been piling into Precious Metals. Certainly some money has moved into the sector, smartly anticipating the continuance of a major bull market and looming severe inflation in the next several years. Yet, most funds have moved into fixed income (corporate bonds and treasuries) as the chart shows.
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Corporate Bonds have been an even better performer than treasuries and rightly so. Not now, but a year or two years ago one could find great yield with the bonds of blue-chip companies, who will be in business for the years to come. Meanwhile, Uncle Sam has taken on the losses of the private sector amid a worsening economy. To begin with, Uncle Sam’s balance sheet was a mess.
How does this all relate to Gold? Another way to track fund flows is to compare markets via intermarket analysis. Gold has performed very well but most money has moved into fixed-income. Gold will begin to accelerate when money starts moving out of bonds and into Gold. The chart below shows Gold vs. the total return of Corporate Bonds.
This ratio just broke out from a 31-month base! Since the crisis, Gold and Corporate Bonds were performing about equally. Now Gold has gained the upper hand. This breakout could be the start of a new trend in fund flows over the next several years. Look for money to favor Gold and other Commodities as inflation becomes a major concern. Ignore those who are promoting stocks as a way of beating inflation. Their interests are not aligned with yours.
How does this affect Gold right now? Gold is in a correction. We have upside targets of $1450-$1500 with a downside target of $1280-$1290. No one can predict the future but we can assess probabilities and manage risk. If this breakout holds then it means money in fixed income is starting to worry about inflation. After all, the above chart is providing an early indication. This is what separates our work from the crowd. We analyze numerous charts to decipher and decode the message of the markets.
Disclosure: Positions in Junior Miners