What Gold Bubble?

10/01/2012 7:00 am EST


CMT Jordan Roy-Byrne of The Daily Gold makes the case why there’s no gold bubble—yet—and how traders can profit in the month ahead.

In an intermarket sense, the trigger for the coming bubble in gold will be the shift of funds out of bonds and into gold and the like. There are many different ways we can analyze this. By that we mean fundamental triggers, historical ratios, valuations, and potential money flows, etc., can explain the setup for and why this bull market will become a bubble. Today, we focus on intermarket analysis, which is one of our favorite subsets of technical analysis.

For a bull market to become a bubble, it needs to attract excess money flows from other asset classes. In other words, during a bubble, money flows from various asset classes into a single one. Prior to the bubble, the market must be an underowned asset class with room to absorb the massive flows. This chart, from Pierre Lassonde’s recent presentation shows gold’s share of global asset allocations. It currently is below 3%, which is extremely low in comparison to the 1980 figure of 14% and considering that the bull market is in its 13th year.

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Moreover, and this a point others have made, gold’s increasing share as part of the global financial pie is more a result of an increase in gold’s value than an increase in actual ownership. Back in 1999-2001, gold’s share was less than 0.5%. Now it is six or seven times higher. Yet, gold’s value is roughly six times higher!

While some of the newly created money and debt will find its way into gold, the biggest inflows into gold will come from other markets and particularly bonds. The bond market, which dwarfs the equity and commodities markets, is by far the biggest market in the world. In recent years and in response to the global economic malaise, the average investor and average institution have shifted funds out of equities and into bonds. Inflows into bond funds have been gargantuan while inflows into equity funds have been negative. Thus, in an intermarket sense, the trigger for the coming bubble in gold will be the shift of funds out of bonds and into gold and the like.

One way to monitor this is to graph gold against bonds. Below we show gold against bonds (bottom) and silver against bonds (top). Both charts are at an interesting juncture. The next breakout in both charts would surpass the 1980 peak and result in all time highs. Gold and silver have outperformed bonds for a number of years but the outperformance would accelerate upon breakout in these charts.

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In the meantime, gold and silver and the shares have begun to correct and digest the strong gains from the recent rebound. October is the only bearish part of the seasonally bullish period. Interim bottoms typically occur in the middle of or near the end of October. Thus, the coming days and weeks could be an opportunity to shed some bonds in favor of bullion and to pick up some stocks, which you may have missed at the last bottom.

Jordan Roy-Byrne can be found at The Daily Gold.

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