Waiting for Goldot Again

By: Gary Tanashian | Thu, Nov 19, 2015
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In August of 2005 I wrote an article entitled Waiting for Goldot. It seems silly now but the mood of the time was one of frustration for many gold bugs as the S&P 500 was on a robo grind upward and gold was seemingly going nowhere. The theme of the article was to have patience, gold was just fine. Of course, that period was in the midst of a more traditional inflation, when gold and commodities out performed stocks. So any measure of patience then was a tiny thing compared to what is needed today.

The bear market in which gold resides today is a complex thing, with global inflation and deflation interacting and producing among other things, a Goldilocks environment in the US and rock solid confidence in the Bernanke and later Yellen Feds. Greenspan was continually derided as he allowed a dangerous commercial credit bubble to expand right along with stock prices and the economy.

Today it is government credit that is expanding out of bounds. Maybe the fact that government can expand credit (debt) at will plays into the reasons that this thing is more intense and long-lived than the commercial credit bubble. After all, as lax as the situation got under Greenspan, market forces eventually bubbled up to the surface and knocked the thing down. So far in the current situation, nothing has even hinted at dissuading the still-expanding bubble. From Floatingpath.

Federal Share of Consumer Credit

Moving on to gold, I hope the monthly chart below puts the patience needed then and the patience needed today in perspective. 2005 was a simple flat consolidation immediately prior to the next big leg up in a massive bull market. As my above-linked article implied, people just needed reasonable levels of patience and perspective (P&P) and all would be fine. Today gold is in the 5th year of a bear market and people need exponential levels of P&P to see it through.

Gold Monthly Chart

Unfortunately, the worse the bear market has become, the more defiant those with interests in exposing the mechanics of the bear market (a veritable cottage industry) have become. Every bounce (as seems possible now) is seen and hailed as the next big opportunity to vanquish evil.

Hey, did you know gold is manipulated? Well, did you know that the S&P 500 is manipulated? What about government policy decisions? Religion? How about you yourself when you are in conversations with certain people? Human interaction itself can be manipulative. Gold is manipulated. So what? It is also in the grips of a bear market.

Further, the bear market has long been indicated to have a very valid target below 1000 (960 is the number we have had open for years). That is the support shelf formed by the great financial disturbance in 2008-2009. And if a more innocent Gary who wrote the 2005 article above was talking about bullish stock market frustrations then the current situation makes that look like child's play as well.

In short, we are on a cyclical sentiment reset that has lined up every last dogmatic gold bug and designated him for extermination. Based on a recent interaction I had with the gold "community", in which NFTRH.com was bombed with traffic rushing in not to read anything that I have to say, but to read a piece on CoT manipulation forwarded to me by Ted Butler, I had to conclude that the bear was not dead yet. There is still too much power left in the message of how poor virtuous gold is held at bay by evil money changers. I want to make clear that it is not Ted Butler or his work that I am criticizing. It is another element that turns this work into something that any sound investor should just be calmly biding or even ignoring until the time is right. Instead, too many people defend gold and fight the good fight, hearts in hand, at the behest of 'right vs. wrong' ideology. It's a hunk of metal, people.

Manipulation or not, the bear is going to die one day on its own.

From a gentleman who is a fairly new subscriber to NFTRH, reprinted with permission:

"Please may I ask if you would be able to write a short piece describing how you retain your composure and patience to wait for the next big gold macro trend.

As background I am one of the many who has been persuaded too soon by the gold bug false prophets to invest in gold and silver.

Equally, I am continually impressed by your stock chart sets ups for potential short term trading opportunities, although I recognise in myself I would be dreadful at executing them.

Thus as you can imagine, my current investment position combines accumulating cash and patience. However, as the weeks tick by waiting for the next big gold move, the tension is becoming increasingly unbearable."

I'll respond paragraph by paragraph, 1-4. This subscriber's email reflects a theme I have had hit my inbox all too often and it bums me out and needs to be talked about.

I don't want to sound at all like I am poking fun at people's impulse to do the right thing, live a respectable life and have some form of monetary honesty. But people pitching tired old lines this many years into a bear market have not yet been debunked, despite having exposed themselves as being agenda-driven years ago. Some were the heroes of the last cycle and are still at it on this cycle. I cannot shake the image of the generals (gathered in their masses. ;-)) in the rear while the troops fight on.

It's pop guns against Howitzers. That is by conspiracy theorists' own work uncovering powerful, corrupt and manipulative interests. You either own gold for the long-term and be quit about it or you keep it out of your life until you, not the ideological barkers, say the time is right.

 


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