Gold: $1109 price target still prevails (Brian Bloom)

Was gold's technical buy signal genuine?



Within the context of a Primary Bull Market, the price destination target of $1,109 an ounce for gold remains prevalent; as can be seen from the 3% X 3 box reversal Point & Figure chart below (courtesy

Chart #1 – Gold Price: 3% X 3 Box reversal P&F chart


Intriguingly, on the more sensitive scale, $10 X 3 box reversal P&F chart below, a sell signal was given on October 15th.; and the price destination on this chart is $1,560 an ounce, which level (if it is reached) will penetrate the rising blue trend line on the downside.


Chart #2 – Gold Price: $10 X 3 box reversal P&F chart


Of course, this begs the question as to “why?”


If Dr Bernanke is up to his eyeballs in Quantitative Easing and the US dollar is inevitably going to collapse as a consequence, then why are the P&F charts anticipating a strong downside technical reaction? (Within a Primary Bull Trend, for the benefit of those who find such questions as offensive as nails scraping on a blackboard)


Well, as a starting point, let’s have a look at a chart of the US Dollar.


Interestingly, according to the chart below, the market is in two minds about the dollar index. It tried (and failed) to rise above its falling trend line and there is now as much chance of the dollar index falling back to 76 as rising to 102.



Chart #3 – P&F chart of US Dollar Index.


The following two charts may shed some light. They are reproduced from an analysis done by Tony Boeckh (


(Note: Tony is one of the world’s pre-eminent economic analysts. He was one of the founding editors of the Bank Credit Analyst)


Chart #4 – Risk Zone Nations with high Debt:Cash Flow ratios


Explanation: Tony pointed out that Gross Savings within a country represents the cash flow that is available to service and/or pay down its debts. He credited this method of analysis to Bruce Ramsay, a contributing editor to the Boeckh Investment Letter


 “Debt/CF multiples of 30x or lower are a good indicator of financial strength and countries in this zone can be considered to have optimum leverage.”  

 By contrast, countries with ratios of above 30:1 are likely to be headed for financial trouble – perhaps debt reconstruction or default.

 Note from the above chart that one of the supposed bulwarks of the Euro zone – France – has an upward trending ratio that is now above 60:1.


Whilst all of the above nations – including Japan – are headed for trouble – the following chart shows the ‘basket cases’ of Europe.


Chart # 5 – Extreme Leverage Nations


Against this background “Safe Haven” countries are few and far between.


Just how nerve wracking this indecision has been is apparent from the chart below, which shows that the agglomerated index of global industrial equities is reaching a point of decision where the probabilities favour a breakdown – flowing from the Head and Shoulders reversal pattern that “might” be in the process of evolving. (Source: )


Chart #6 – S&P Global 1200 Industrial Index

Summary and Interim Conclusion

 Whilst the S&P Global 1200 Industrial Index shows indecision with a bias towards bearishness, the clearly emerging financial stresses in the PIIGS –and now France – seem to be pointing to the inevitability of a debt restructure and/or default within and hence either a restructure and/or breakup of the European Union.  Japan is also showing evidence of further financial deterioration. All of this points to the potential for deflation, and this would explain the ‘surprising’ (at face value) bearish targets of the P&F charts for the Gold Price despite the fact that it is obvious to “everyone who has half a brain” that the gold price must explode upwards because the US Dollar is heading for collapse.

This brings us to the inevitable question: What will happen to the US’s equity market?

The chart below (courtesy dates back to the 1920s and clearly shows that the S&P 500 index is hitting resistance of the upper trend line.

Chart #7 – S&P Industrial Index  1925 – 2012.

Conceivably, the world is awaiting the outcome of the US Presidential elections to determine whether the US dollar index (chart #3)  will fail to rise above its descending trend line and whether the S&P 500 will break above the upper trend line (as it did when Dr Greenspan pushed the monetary pedal to the metal). Arguably (by some) if Mr Obama is re-elected then the Dollar Index will collapse and both gold and the S&P will rise through the roof. Arguably (by others) if Mr Romney is elected then the US economy will continue to recover, the dollar will rise to 102 and the S&P 500 will consolidate.


Unfortunately, people in today’s world have been conditioned to react to “sound bites” and its not necessarily as clear cut as the above; for two reasons:

  1. The Gold price charts (P&F) are giving off signals that most gold bugs will not be predisposed to want to pay attention to; and
  2. The S&P Global 1200 index is representative of over 70% of the world’s equities and, together, Europe and Japan have economies that are greater than that of the US.

In this context, it becomes important to take a view of the Japanese Stock Market. (Source: )

Chart # 8

Arguably, this chart may have significant downside support but it is moot whether the chart will continue to crawl along the bottom or enter a rising trend.

Overall conclusion

In context of several European countries having excessively high (and deteriorating) ratios of debt/cash flow – and in context of a global equity market that is reaching for a decision point that seems more likely to break down than up because of this – the gold price is behaving in a manner that is contrary to the expectations of “most people” and is signalling the possibility of deflation. Intriguingly (as has been alluded to in earlier blogs) the US economy seems to have upside potential.  Whether it can capitalise on this potential in the foreseeable future seems to be dependent on who will win the presidential elections.

Author note:

That there is reason to be far more bullish about the US’s economic future than is generally understood, may be seen from the “Context” page of my website at , which also has a link to a video entitled “The Five Breakthrough Technologies Reshaping the Economy”.

However, I have been opining for a couple of years now that “Business risk” is far less threatening in today’s economic environment than “market risk”. What I mean by this is that one should be investing in fundamentally undervalued businesses rather than in situations that seem appealing on a relative technical strength basis. Apple and Facebook are two examples of the latter where investments have been made on sentiment rather than on future business fundamentals. From the perspective of “buy low and sell high”, the equity and bond markets both seem to be generally high. Therefore there is too much “market” risk.

Nevertheless, within a fundamentally over-valued market there are always fundamentally undervalued opportunities. Going forward, what will very likely change is that the ubiquitous short term “trading” mentality will be bludgeoned out of the markets and a far healthier “investor” mentality will take its place – where investors recognise that dividends and cash flows are important and that capital gains may take years to manifest.

The evidence as reflected in the chart below – of the ten year treasury yield – is that yields may well have bottomed. Dr Bernanke cannot have it both ways. He cannot expect to flood the markets with cash – which will inevitably lead to price inflation – and also expect yields to remain low. At some point, Dr Bernanke’s honeymoon will end and the market will swat him aside.

In theory (as his doctoral dissertation apparently concluded) the reason that the Great Depression manifested was that there was a liquidity crunch – which is why he is behaving like a demented fireman with the high pressure cash hose set to maximum. In reality, the credit crunch was merely a symptom. The Great Depression manifested because oil and related technologies had not yet taken over as the primary drivers of the world’s economy. It took a World War to facilitate that. From this analyst’s perspective it seems that the “continuation of QE to infinity” is not as certain as many people seem to believe.

Chart #9 – P&F chart of US 10 Year Treasury note Yield


Brian Bloom

Tea Gardens, NSW, Australia

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