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Retired chief investment officer and former NYSE firm partner with 50 plus years experience in field as analyst / economist, portfolio manager / trader, and CIO who has superb track record with multi $billion equities and fixed income portfolios. Advanced degrees, CFA. Having done much professional writing as a young guy, I now have a cryptic style. 40 years down on and around The Street confirms: CAVEAT EMPTOR IN SPADES !!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gold

I have done very well shorting the gold price over the past year, but even I have avoided the kind
of whipsaw action seen latley. Gold for the short run has become a high beta "risk on / risk off"
play. The sharp recent weakness reflects the development of a risk off trade which favors the USD
and Treasuries at the expense of the pantheon of risk on assets such as PMs, stocks, commodities
and the Euro. AS the GLD chart shows, gold is sharply oversold in the short run, and has just broken
below the 200 day m/a. The bulls and bugz are at the point of forsaking gold, something they have not done since the latter part of 2008. Gold has arrived at a key juncture and needs a sudden swing toward
risk on to give the bulls a shot. GLD

To reach a deep intermediate term oversold, GLD needs to trade below 140.

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