In an article entitled "Ignore the 'buy gold now' crowd" on CBS MoneyWatch this Monday, columnist and equities analyst Larry Swedroe criticizes forecasters who remain bullish on gold despite its monumental decade-long run.
He links to an interview in which I forecast that gold will rise above $5,000/oz before this bull market ends. Unsourced, Swedroe modifies my prediction to $2,300/oz by the end of 2013. While I typically forecast overall market direction rather than timing, I'm fairly comfortable with the words Swedroe put in my mouth. I believe gold will continue to rise and close 2013 significantly higher than present levels, and I'm invested accordingly. What I find most disconcerting in Swedroe's piece is everything that follows. He goes on to question both a) investment forecasting as a practice and b) gold as an asset in general.