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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Gold close to $1220/oz previous high after $40/oz gain

The gold price has rallied to the $1200 level, very close to the $1220/oz level we anticipated about a week ago. We await the next moved, as the gold price approaches its previous high.
In the wake of the Rudd governments taxation announcement it could be expected that the gold stocks with overseas exposure will perform better than those with local exposure. I would also expect established producers to do better than those companies which are more than a year away from production. We also would like to avoid hedged producers. Most gold producers are actually unhedged.
The reality however is that gold might not yet break out to higher levels, so I would be looking for confirmation of that. I think the Greece financial crisis is not so significant in the grand scheme of things. I think its more significant in highlighting the fact that governments are inept, that they cannot be trusted, that they have a gross conflict of interest; that they have as much integrity as a murderer on death row. No, for those who might err, there are no good politicians. They are dishonest by necessity, otherwise they would not participate in a system which dispenses with integrity, honesty and objectivity. They are unthinking sheep which ought not be listened to. Why do you give them moral standing? Oh that's right, there is a 'metaphorical gun' pointing at your head.
I retain my belief that it will be some action related to Iran which will really get the price of gold moving. That will of course raise fears of inflation. Western governments will of course attribute all the impending ruinous inflation upon the Iranians, just like they blamed the financial crisis on banking CEOs. Makes you wonder why the banking CEOs are not more outspoken. Evidence of collusion? Hmmm...maybe, or maybe they are just scared.
Financial booms and resulting crises in the modern era are created by governments, particularly in the larger markets, where they are destined to have greater impact. Banking CEOs benefit from this, but they also benefit from governments not legislating to prevent 'inflated' profit growth prospects as a basis for remuneration. Of course bankers ought to have their 'sustainable' performance compared to other bankers, just as they compare their salary package to other CEOs. i.e. A CEO ought to get a base salary plus 2 x the % gain of the 200-day moving average of his bank share price relative to a nationwide bank index. If the bank has more than 50% of its business overseas, maybe he ought to be compared to an international index.
For more thoughts on the ethics of 'mixed economies' refer to my politics blog - where I have been very busy of late.
Andrew Sheldon
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