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Why I Believe Gold Will Hit $3000/Oz.

May 23, 2007 2:21 PM ETGLD, IAU5 Comments
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David Urban

When most people think of gold they think back to stories about when most of the world's currencies were backed by gold. At the end of the last century, however, gold lost its luster as investors turned away because of low spot prices and profitability by mining companies worldwide. Investors were more interested in .com IPO's and technology stocks.

But since the turn of the century, especially in the last few years, gold has regained its luster among a small group of investors. Rising inflation, rising demand, and falling production along with underinvestment has created an almost perfect storm for investors.

One chart that investors should reference is the Dow/Gold price chart over the past 100 years. Just one look will tell you why I expect the ratio to fall to somewhere between 3 and 5 over the next 5-10 years.

Saying that gold will reach 3,000/oz may seem crazy but I will lay out three reasons why this will happen and the most important and final reason will be the one that you have never considered.

To start, gold has historically been known as a store of value. Thousands of years ago gold was used as one of the original currencies. In lean times or in times of increasing inflation people fled to gold as a safe haven to protect the value of their investments. Since 2002, the United States has had increasing inflation, significant money printing, and a depreciating currency which has left the country with a loss of purchasing power. It is no wonder that gold prices have moved up to almost $700/oz. Smart investors realize that gold will hold its value against a loss of purchasing power.

The second reason is similar to my interest in Uranium. When the gold price fell to around $300/oz. companies cut expenses and

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Comments (5)

Jim Johnson profile picture
"I believe that once gold moves above $700/oz it is a straight shot to $850, then $1,000. Once we break $1,000, get ready for a wild ride as Asian and Middle Eastern investors run to grab gold with American and European investors following behind. Eventually, the Dow/Gold ratio will go back to somewhere between 3 and 5 and the higher the Dow goes the higher my gold target will go."

Wow! Why would it stop at $3,000 though? Once it hits $3,000 it's a straight shot to $10,000 an ounce, and then from there it's basically a skip to $50,000. Now, everybody knows when it hits $50,000 an ounce it's a shoe in for a $1 Million an ounce. You should save a few bucks and just buy some from me for the low price of $1,000 an ounce now. That's practically a $999,000 profit for every ounce you buy from me.
Globalization makes available Middle-Eastern, Asian, and Indian labor to the corporations. If out there they believe in the value of gold, and to get from them what you want you have to give them what they want, then you might want more gold available. The question I pose is will the cheap labor pools last out there? ACM feels differently. Eastern Europe is out in a year or two. Indian engineering graduates often can't do much more than the incompetent ones we have in America. The exact words to describe Eastern European graduates were "mediocre understanding of theory at best." Try getting one of them to write a program for you. They can't code their way out of a paper bag any better than an MIT graduate hired Microsoft.
hired *by* Microsoft.

Pretty much any ivy league school where you are born into a degree and a position in a company. Pretty much any American school at all, as far as that goes.
I believe gold will go down,because soon we will get our butts out of Iraq, then possibly Afganistan.
Reckless spending will modify, thus the dollar gains and gold retreats.
Malkiel profile picture
"Thousands of years ago" people hunted with bones and stones: extrapolating back there is a pointless exercise since gold was almost the only metal they had, let alone had a use for. The furriners of the Middle East and Asia are not mindless chumps, they're experienced business investors who will not bid up gold into a bubble just because we might here. Gold has failed in all recent political and financial scares to hold its value, in fact it was a loser because leveraged owners had to sell, so the recent behavior of gold is a more fair indicator than talking about trends since last century or the stone age...
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