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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Not only gold glitters!

It is easy to become somewhat myopic about gold. I was historically like that a few years ago. I have been following gold since the 1980s, and in this uptrend since 2000. I have made some good profits from the start, with stocks like Gympie Gold, Red 5, etc. These profits were typically made in 1-3 monthly price surges.
At the time I was reading a lot of stories about the US debt. It took some time for me to expand my understanding of economics sufficiently that I was able to challenge some of the assertions made, because falsehoods abound both in support and against gold. In this article, there is some flawed analysis of gold. This article was addressed to NZ readers.

1. Gold is risky? What market traded asset is not. Volatility can actually work very well for you, so don't be too critical of it. Also dropping context, gold is one of the few assets which has an inverse relationship to other asset classes, so its a defensive policy. Did it collapse with housing and equities? No, and its currently at all time highs whilst those assets stagnate.
My favourite exposure are small explorers with exposure to potentially large scale gold mines because of the upside in returns. If you can find an explorer with $5mil in cash, 1-3 good projects, and you are confident in the trend. If you have a few of those stocks, and you apply some level of sound technical judgement by reading technical reports, then you can really make a hell of a lot of money. i.e. 1000% plus. These stocks are of course the subject of my spec blog and Mining Fundamentals eBook (2nd edition).

2. Its unpredictable - there is actually a VERY STRONG correlation between oil & gold prices, and the dow jones, i.e. gold ratio falls to around 4-5 in times of financial crisis, so we are looking at a gold price of at least $2500/oz if the Dow is around 11,000. Just watch the Dow. Hold that ratio in context, there is no paradox. Its not suggesting they are directly correlated, the ratio is changing.

3. Its not the only defense - NZ investors don't have much access to it, but being commodity producers, and with a strong China/India, the AUD and NZD are pretty hard currencies anyway, so NZ'ers don't really need it. NZ does not produce much gold, but food is hardly an invaluable commodity, and its government preserves a fairly disciplined monetary and fiscal policy, so cash is ok.

I don't advise people to buy physical gold. The best exposure is an ETF and gold explorers. Some ETFs are leveraged, so be aware. I don't expect a banking crisis, merely a debasement of currencies because the government (sorry that's you) will be obliged to cover all mistakes (yes 'you') have made. i.e. Trusting governments unconditionally being the most apparent.
I actually don't like gold miners, particularly the large ones because they are already fully-valued, they are priced at a premium, and as we have seen with Rio Tinto-BHP, they can only have their wealth purged by governments. Basically, only bad things can happen. In contrast, the long suffering explorer can only find upside in 'select' cases. A contrarian investment. When asset values have been so discounted, they are priced at cash value. i.e. Their projects have no value. Of course you want some idea of the project's value, whether its commercial gold in drill core, structural geology or geochemical indicators of mineralisation, preliminary ore reserve and production cost estimates.
Andrew Sheldon
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