The Gold-Oil Ratio Approaches All-time Lows

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Includes: GLD, IAU, OIL, USO
by: Kirk Lindstrom

Crude Oil Price in Gold: This chart shows the price of oil ($WTIC), the price of gold ($GOLD) and the number of barrels of oil one ounce of gold would buy for dates between January 1990 through today.

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Currently, one ounce of gold will get you 6.68 barrels of oil.

I think the chart makes it quite clear why Saudi Arabia and some others think oil is too high.

When Bill Clinton was president of the US, one ounce of gold could buy between 7 and 28 barrels of oil with the lowest ratio, 7.23 barrels of oil for one ounce of gold, occurring shortly before his last day in office.

It is interesting that during President Bush's term (following Bill Clinton) one ounce of gold bought between 6 and 16 barrels of oil with the lowest number of barrels per ounce in 2005 at 6.15. At today's record high prices for oil, we get slightly more barrels of oil (6.26 vs 6.15) for an ounce of gold!

Also of note is the 19 year support line indicates we are near an extreme level again.

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