Is gold ready to turn a corner?
Shares in just about anything related to the precious metal have plunged over the last year. But rising inflation may revive the sector.
The chairman and founder of Barrick Gold (ABX), Peter Munk, is stepping down.
For the shareholders, that move is coming way, way too late. Barrick Gold, one of the world's largest gold miners, is off by almost 50 percent for 2013.
That is certainly not atypical for that sector, though.
Shares of Goldcorp (GG), the largest gold company in the world, have fallen more than 40 percent over the last year of market action. SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), the main exchange-traded fund for the yellow metal, is down nearly 25 percent for 2013.
Over the same time period, iShares Silver Trust (SLV), the main exchange-traded fund for silver, has declined by more than 30 percent.
That naturally raises the issue of whether it is time for long term investors to buy gold and silver securities.
"The last decade at Barrick has been marked by a series of strategic missteps," wrote Robert Baillieul at The Motley Fool. "The company bungled its way out of a commodity price-hedging program that cost investors billions. In a costly empire building campaign, Barrick purchased mine after mine at unjustifiably high prices. And its forays outside of precious metals and into copper resulted in a $4 billion writedown."
The company's accumulated deficit –- cumulative profits less dividends over the entire life of the company -– is $4.71 billion.
"Even when you add dividends back to that figure," Baillieul continued, "Barrick has generated barely any GAAP profits over its history as a publicly traded company. The tragic misallocation of capital has left the company saddled with nearly $16 billion in debt and almost nothing to show for it."
But that hardly means that gold and silver will never rise again.
In an interview in The Wall Street Journal, former secretary of state and Treasury secretary George Shultz warned about the threat of inflation due to the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve. Inflation is always bullish for gold, as investors lose faith in fiat currencies and seek shelter in precious metal assets.
Demand from India and China is also a huge positive factor, too. The two largest consumers, individuals and the central banks of the world's two most populous countries both prefer to invest in gold.
For companies like Yamana Gold (AUY) and Wishbone Gold PLC (WISHY) that have holdings in Australia, increasing demand from Asian markets should be very rewarding for shareholders. In a recent interview, Wishbone Gold Executive Chairman Richard Pouldon pointed out that Asian buyers now want the hard asset, not the paper security.
No matter what form, investors are looking at lower prices for gold and silver in the short term. But as former Secretary Shultz warned, inflation should be coming -- due to the quantitative easing measures being deployed around the world by central bankers.
If prices start rising due to inflation from monetary policy, so will the stock prices over the long term for Goldcorp, Barrick, Yamana, and Wishbone Gold PLC.
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Why not add to long term positions of both gold and silver,
as part of an overall diversified mix?
Just don't bet the farm.
If nothing else, the grandkid girls love to play with sparkly treasures!
Now it is only worth less than 8/10,000 oz.
The paper fraud is and has been on for decades ----- CASE CLOSED
You best call your senators and demand a vote on the AUDIT THE FED bill before any fed governor is confirmed. Otherwise your inaction becomes complicity in the fraud and you better not be YELLEN about inflation later.
Historical gold valuation ratios are still way off. Silver seems like a much better bet right now.
Evidently AllYourBase, YOU haven't been shopping at the supermarket lately. Maybe prices haven't gone up that much, but the sizes are going down, BIG TIME. THAT alone, is translating into inflation per pound, ounce, or whatever measurement your using, of at LEAST 10-12% per year. If YOU consider THAT very low or no inflation, I'd like to see YOUR definition of high inflation.
And for you thumbs down commenters. Take out your calculators and do the damn math!! If you CAN!! This shrinkage of product has been going on for YEARS!!! And it's a damn sneaky thing to do to consumers.
Remember the good old days when meat was measured by the QUARTER POUND [that's 4 ounces for you mathematical illiterates], then it went to being measured by the ounce, then the tenth of a pound and by the hundredth of an pound??
Remember when coffee and potato chips came in ONE POUND CONTAINERS OR BAGS??
Remember when candy bars were two and four ounce sizes? And more??
Take a look at your packaging and see how much they've shrunk.
THAT'S what inflation has done to your purchasing power.
It's NOT JUST RISING PRICES, IT'S SHRINKING PACKAGES.
And That's a BIGGER lie than the government saying inflation isn't high, because it's HIDDEN more.
Benzinga? LOL. is that you Sheldon?
I'll keep my precious metals and wait it out. Sooner or later, precious metals will rip like never before. Sooner or later push will come to shove.
Obozo, Bernake and next Yellen I expect to destroy and continue to destroy the dollar. I read the comments, somebody mentioned the word "Audit". That would certainly make Gold rip, lets audit the Fed, and Fort Knox. No audit since 1952 and no audit of the Fed ever, you just know there's some dirt there. And how come Germany can't have their Gold back for several years. That's BS. It probably ain't there.
Just read the report by the Gold Council. China and India are going nuts buying Gold. USA is barely mid-list.
You know that expression "spending money like a drunken sailor" well Obozo was never in the service..
In my opinion the "short answer" to the question is YES...
Some sneaky stuff going on behind closed doors, I think ?
And yes we, it has been down longer then 12 months..
A little upside in positions today of 2%+, in Gold and Silver miners.
I think China may want to back their Yuan with Gold ??
That would put a scare or at least bring up questions in the currency world or Forex.
Yeah. I was "annoyed", thought for a minute that train wreck was going off the cliff...??
psych...Some precious metal positions, do pay dividends; Not always, but you need to pick your poison.....We get about 1.5-1.7% on one and around 3.5% on another...
Although very slow the last 18-24 months, I expect some sort of breakout within 6 months..
Unfortunately I have to wait on one position, but would dis the other for 10-15%..
Over the last few years 15-35% was easy to make on Gold...Not in today's trades.
It helped us reposition during and early in Recession.
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