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Investors Hated Gold…

Guest Post by EWI

Investors Hated Gold at Precisely the Wrong Time: What About Now?

Sentiment extremes often foretell major turns in financial markets

Editor’s note: You’ll find the text version of the story below the video.

I came across this sentence in an article about gold:

Nobody expects gold prices to turn up soon…

Another observer put it this way:

There doesn’t seem to be anything on the horizon that will make gold prices go up.

It would be easy to think these comments published last week, when gold’s price reached a 4 1/2 year low ($1,131.85).

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Negative Feedback 2; Points Proven

A couple weeks ago I wrote a post about some negative feedback (comes with the territory, if I am doing my job well enough) because I wrote about the very real economic performance that has so far come out of what I consider unsustainable and doomed to fail policy (and would be bullish for the gold sector I might add).

So I get to have some people call me a perma bear on one side and certain dogma defenders on the opposite side, both coming down on the writer who, right or wrong, is trying to clear out the b/s and just write the truth.

Now with the Gold Bug Psychology article I unsurprisingly I got the incoming from that camp as well.  Even though I am twice the gold bug some of the dogma defenders are because I am not threatened by my position and am willing to state the truth as I see it.  Nobody that I know of has put in the effort I have over the last decade in trying to describe gold as a value instrument and an insurance policy… and NOT a PLAY or a GAME.

Anyway, I give much credit to the gold websites (GoldSeek, 321Gold and Gold Eagle), each of which published or linked the article after it was submitted.  I’ll reserve comment on some of the readers though, because some of the responses have been all too familiar and are not bullish for gold either.

From GoldSeek comments, the same forum where above noted feedback on my supposed pro-economy stance came from…

The writer has the psychology of short-termism and of throwing in the towel.

The commenter obviously has not read me.  Throwing in the towel, eh?  I am waiting for him to do that and have been for years now.  I am going to become so bullish on the price of gold and especially gold stocks (for all the reasons this post doesn’t have the time to go into… again) when people stop defending their positions and when the macro funda that actually matter come fully in line (they are not).  I am already bullish on the value of gold.

I sum up the author as follows…

Incorrect Groupthink: Gold is money for the individual, and under the control of the individual

Correct Groupthink: Central Banking with paper money, for the greater good, decided by ivory tower wise men

What I find strange, is that he then comes across as being a part of the gold community…

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“Current Situation

So where are we at?”
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All after accusing the gold community of “groupthink”, and following pied pipers as if they were heroes.

This commenter actually thinks I am part of the evil conspiracy, ha ha ha… me!  Biiwii, a site that has proclaimed the virtues of gold’s value proposition for a decade+ and shit all over the Federal Reserve’s policy for that same duration.  Sum me up any way you want my man.  Then after doing so why not go back and read some of the millions of words I’ve written over the last decade.

“The precious metals bear market, beginning with silver’s blow out in early 2011 and the general top in the commodity and ‘inflation trade’ along with gold’s lesser blow out later that summer amidst Euro crisis hysterics, has been all about psychology”

Wrong because of one word. Change “psychology” to manipulation. It is manipulation that is the trigger, and psychology is only the reaction. The ignorant and biased author needs to learn the difference in cause and effect.

And his groupthink comment is just plain stupid. So are all people who do something, who buy the same thing, engaged in groupthink? Are all antique car buffs suffering from groupthink because they all like old cars? How about all the women who buy jewelry? Are all skiers under groupthink because they enjoy gliding down snow covered mountains on two pieces of wood (or fiberglass or whatever)? Or perhaps more relevant, are all homeowners who buy insurance even though their house has never burned down suffering from groupthink?

Terrible article, really written like a jackass.

Thank you for making my case.  When you stop calling names and when position defenders in general at least stop to consider that someone who is on your side (in your perceived war) is actually trying to help, we’ll be ready to move forward.

Sincerely,

Jackass.

 

Hulbert HGNSI and Gold

First off, I want to say that the plan explained by Steve Hochberg in the video associated with the previous post (free sign up required) meshes well with how I see gold currently.  The 1000 +/- level is very doable, folks.  Not a given, but quite doable.  That would close out investors’ fear from 2008 by having made a completed cycle on the rebound in greed.

In the short-term, gold was probably ready to bounce even before the war stuff hit the news yesterday.  Sentiment had become just deplorable, with gold bulls puking left and right.  The geopolitical thing is a negative, as it always is but the Hulbert HGNSI is quite a positive, as the gold timer community (ha ha ha…) plummets well into net short territory.

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So, geopolitical aside (and I always take that seriously as a negative for gold because it gets the worst of the gold “community” back to pumping) gold can see some decent rally activity off of sentiment and the improved Commitments of Traders structure.  But I think more downside may follow over the next few months.  Then?  Cyclical bull.

Meanwhile, I am using gold as a macro tool; probably the best macro tool I have when comparing it to other assets that are positively correlated to economies.  Gold is just a tool around here after all; a tool for market evaluation and a tool for monetary value.  It’s not an idol.  When the ones who obsess about gold with wildly glaring eyes are back on the pump, take caution.

Separately, also at MarketWatch we see that the word is getting out that these ‘golden’ and ‘death’ crosses that inexperienced TA’s often get hysterical about are indeed opposite to the hype.  The supposedly bullish golden ones are more bearish than the death ones.  Too funny, and sadly all too true.

What I like about market management is that there is no shortage of bullshit out there to decode and debunk, but casual observers tend to take it seriously.

Sentiment Shifting for Gold Bugs

Warning… Condescension ensues… NFTRH 307’s opening segment, dated 9.7.14:

From a post on the HUI at the site last week:

“There are worse things that could happen than filling a gap and scattering the wrong kind of gold bugs back out.  Then it would be up to the longer-term charts to do the heavy lifting if the daily does fulfill this downside potential.”

The gap was filled, the top end of the anticipated support zone was reached and indeed, the wrong [i.e. momentum players] kind of gold bugs are scattering back out.  The hard sell down on Thursday was very likely due in large part to the selling by traders with a fetish about gold as a geopolitical or terror hedge.

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AAII Now Over Bullish

Individual investors are lathered up again and chasing the renewed stock rally, at least on a relative basis to their usual stance.  This market sentiment indicator is usually a sign of impending market disturbance although timing is not finite with this data.

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AAII bull/bear ratio from Sentimentrader.com

NFTRH 303 Exerpt; Market Sentiment

A brief excerpt from this week’s NFTRH 303 (check out the compelling historical ‘public opinion’ view of gold)…

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Newsletter writers, in their effort to look right with the market, took a sharp turn toward bearish. So of course, the market then bounced hard.

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Two Sentiment Pictures

These two charts can be found any time you want in the public charts list linked above.

First is a view of the near all-in state of the average mutual fund.  And  this is before the most recent surge higher, as the data are delayed by a month.  As with sentiment indicators reviewed weekly in NFTRH, this is a picture of an ingredient that is properly configured for a market top or correction, but not necessarily an indicator of one.  A correction or bear market is coming, with only the timing at issue.  Risk is rising with every surge higher.

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Meanwhile, the hatred of gold and silver continues unabated.  Unbelievably, there have been times when people fell all over themselves to buy metal in Central Fund’s vaults for 20% and even 30% premiums.  Now they will not even accept a 6.5% discount.

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Gold Sector Sentiment, StockTwits Style… yoh

On April 14 I posed to StockTwits as follows…

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and promptly received these…

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Then the flags broke down.

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One Sentiment Gauge in Europe Reaches ‘Epic’

Guest Post by Elliott Wave International

A visual history of complacency and fear as seen by the 10-year spread over German Bunds

The one-two punch 2014 winter storms that battered the southeastern United States left $13.5 million in damages in Georgia alone and thousands of residents displaced due to burst pipes and power outages. I am one of the displaced. Three months after the flood, I’m still living out of suitcases in a hotel while my apartment gets rebuilt.

I’m ashamed to admit before Icepocalypse, I had the least comprehensive homeowner’s insurance. Why bother, I thought. This is Atlanta. The only blizzard this city’s seen in the
last decade is on the dessert menu at Dairy Queen.

But now, you better believe the first thing I’m going to do when I move back in is upgrade my policy to cover all and any acts of man and God — fire, tornado, sharknado, alien invasion, you name it.

It’s human nature. You can never truly prepare for the worst until you experience it first-hand. Then, and only then, do you go above and beyond to protect your health and welfare.

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2014: State of the US Markets

What better day than today’s predictable hard bounce to present the other side?  If you believe the bounce and want to be a happy bull, just step along from this post.  If you don’t mind considering other opinions or are like me in thinking 2014 stands a better than even chance of being the year that the current cycle ends, check out EWI’s 24 page report by clicking one of the graphics below.

We have come to a point in this cycle where we are supposed to feel ashamed for having bearish views or opinions.  Prechter’s wrong again after all.  The thing is, even a bull could use some alternate opinions.  I am not talking about a market crash.  Please.  I am talking about a macro view.  That should be someone’s basis for operation.  I have my views and they have not changed since early last decade because the things I had negative views about have not only not changed, they have intensified and shifted (commercial credit replaced by official credit).  But there is still a debit waiting out there.

We who hold a negative big picture macro view were stupid until the 2008 liquidation made us geniuses.  Now we are stupid again and trend followers are smart.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  EWI is an affiliate and I make a commission on sign ups to their services.  So consider this a promo.  Also consider that EWI was founded by someone who was an influence of mine.  So it’s not just a pitch.  We’ve only recently gotten with the idea of partially funding all the free information here with ads, like most blogs have routinely done all along.  Consider this an ad that I wholeheartedly recommend.  And the darned thing is free for crying out loud.

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