By Colin Twiggs
June 2, 2009 2:30 a.m. (4:30 p.m. AET)
Rising bond yields, rising gold and silver prices, rising crude, and a falling US Dollar index warn of inflation ahead. The anomaly is that we presently enjoy falling prices (deflation) caused by the global credit contraction. But steps taken to stabilize the financial system will lead to either massive instability or inflation — with the latter being the inevitable choice. The difficulty is in timing the switch from one strategy to the other. Perfect timing is as difficult to achieve as stepping from one moving train to another traveling in the opposite direction. A simpler approach would be to shift gradually over time, phased in a number of small steps.
For example, one strategy would be to hold treasury bonds in times of deflation, switching to shorter term bills and TIPS as the threat of inflation increases, and then to gold and stocks when inflation is confirmed. You could either try to pick the exact moment to switch your entire position — or phase in to each new position over a number of months.
Spot gold is accelerating towards watershed resistance at $1000. Breakout followed by confirmation of the new support level would signal a primary advance with a target of $1130, calculated as 1000 + ( 1000 - 870 ). Respect of resistance, or a false break that reverses below $1000, however, would warn of another test of primary support at $870.
Spot silver continues in a strong primary up-trend — an encouraging sign for gold. The target of $17.00 is calculated as 14.50 + ( 14.50 - 12.00 ). Reversal below the rising trendline would warn of another test of the new support level at $14.50.
West Texas Crude continues a strong primary advance, warning of rising inflation. The target of $65 has been exceeded and we can expect a correction to test the longer-term [green] trendline. Reversal below the long-term trendline is unlikely, but would signal trend weakness.
The US Dollar Index continues in a strong primary down-trend, also warning of rising inflation. The interim target of 79 has been reached and we can expect a retracement to test the declining trendline. The weakening dollar is a bullish sign for gold.
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