What To Expect From Gold And Silver In 2012
As the New Year draws in it is worth asking what 2012 has in store for the gold price and silver price. To assist us we turn to one of the most experienced analysts and investors in the precious metals, James Turk. Mr Turk is right more often than about anyone else when it comes to the gold and silver markets. Read more to find out how 2012 might affect your gold and silver investments.
With 2011 coming to a close and investors concerned about the recent plunge in both gold and silver, King World News interviewed James Turk out of Spain to get his take on what to look for in 2012. When asked what investors in gold and silver should expect in 2012, Turk stated, “Yeah, I think the big theme in 2012, Eric, is going to be the continuing problems here in Europe. Not only with the sovereign debts, but I think you are going to see increasing focus on the insolvency in the banks themselves. That’s going to be the big story in 2012.”
Solvency issues continuing to drive gold and silver
“The major drivers for the metals have been banking and financial problems worldwide. So, I see no reason to suspect that the metals are going to do anything except go higher next year. As we speak, gold is up 17% (for this year), so if we finish around here that will be the eleventh year gold has traded higher. The average annual rate of appreciation over those eleven years is just about 17% per annum.
But I’m actually looking for something much better than average next year, simply because people are increasingly understanding that Europe is spinning out of control. The US government’s own financial condition is (also) spinning out of control, Japan is spinning out of control, the UK is spinning out of control, there are no safe havens, except the precious metals.”
Recent weakness in gold price and silver price
When asked about the recent smash in both gold and silver, Turk responded, “You know, Eric, we’ve seen so many of these takedowns over the past ten years and they are so contrived. They basically go to the various technical points that cause people to sell and you get all of the gurus on television saying the bull market (in gold) is over and we are starting a new bear market.
But you have to ask yourself, “What fundamentally has changed to make me want to sell my precious metals?” If anything the fundamentals have become even better than they were at the beginning of the year, given the fact there are so many problems out there that haven’t been solved. Given the fact that when you own physical gold or physical silver you don’t have counterparty risk, that’s going to become an increasing issue in 2012 as well.
The last couple of weeks are no different than what we’ve seen many, many times before and to me, even if you look at it from a technical perspective, gold is still in an uptrend. (Also), that flag formation on silver is still forming very, very nicely. When we break out of that flag, I think you are going to see the price of silver double in (roughly) three months.
Price forecasts for precious metals
So, $70 silver by the end of March, is that realistic? Yes, I think so. Gold over $2,000 in 2012, probably in the first quarter, yeah. That’s very realistic as well because the things which have been driving the metals are still very much in place. So forget about a downdraft here and there, just see it as a buying opportunity.
View gold and silver as a form of savings and when is all said and done a few years from now, you are going to be very, very happy acquiring the precious metals at these prices.
I think the insights the ‘London Trader’ discussed with you are truly remarkable and I really recommend that everybody read that interview a couple of times to make sure all of the points he is making sink in…Yes there is tightness (in the physical market) and you see it in the interest rates.
There is nothing I can see out there that’s bearish for gold at the moment. In fact, the way I look at it is everything I see is very bullish and we are down to the level that you are starting to see that huge physical demand. That’s usually been a good sign you are at a major low and likely to go higher.”
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