Gold closed up over $18 today as 1) the dollar fell and 2) oil soared to a new new record. Has Gold found its bottom; will we now see an upturn? -- I think it's quite likely.
Look at the black Price Oscillator (PPO) line -- top section of the graph below: As you can see, gold was significantly overbought when it crested $1,000 back in March, but the severe sell-off since seems to be overdone. Notice how weak (oversold) the PPO line is now? Additionally, did you note the recent upturn in the PPO -- an indicator of things to come?
Regardless of what the shills are now saying, our financial crisis isn't anywhere near over and when phase-2 hits us (soon), safety (gold) will be sought after once again.
Take recent Fed actions as the first clue things aren't "all well" in our economy again:
As of last Friday, the Fed now accepts Auto, Credit Card, and Student loan bonds as collateral for new monetary injections. (Buyer of last resort?)
" Action taken by the Federal Reserve on Friday targeting the global credit crisis, in concert with European central banks, included an injection of cash into the stricken student loan market through a special lending operation... In the move, the Fed is allowing investment firms and banks to use bonds backed by federally guaranteed student loans as collateral for the loans of safe Treasury securities that the central bank is making available."
" The Federal Reserve, along with other central banks, said Friday that it was increasing the funding it is providing to banks and announced that, for the first time, it was willing to accept bonds backed by auto loans and credit cards."
"Finding ways to avoid preventable foreclosures is a legitimate and important concern of public policy," Bernanke said in a speech at the Columbia School of Business in New York. "
A bill in legislation would allow the Federal Housing Administration to back as much as $300 billion in refinanced loans for homeowners facing foreclosure.
Bank of America, the No. 2 U.S. bank, was likely to renegotiate its deal to buy Countrywide, the largest U.S. mortgage company, or might even scrap the deal altogether.
Countrywide shares tumbled more than 10 percent, while Bank of America shares slid 2.1 percent.
As home prices continue their free fall and banks shy away from lending, Washington officials have increasingly relied on two giant mortgage companies — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — to keep the housing market afloat.
But with mortgage defaults and foreclosures rising, Bush administration officials, regulators and lawmakers are nervously asking whether these two companies, would-be saviors of the housing market, will soon need saving themselves.
Some financial experts worry that the companies are dangerously close to the edge, especially if home prices go through another steep decline. Their combined cushion of $83 billion — the capital that their regulator requires them to hold — underpins a colossal $5 trillion in debt and other financial commitments.
The companies are sitting on as much as $19 billion in additional losses that they have not yet fully acknowledged, analysts say. If either company stumbled, the mortgage business could lose its only lubricant, potentially causing the housing market to plummet and the credit markets to freeze up completely.
And if Fannie or Freddie fail, taxpayers would probably have to bail them out at a staggering cost.
May 5 (Bloomberg) -- The Federal Reserve said the share of banks making it tougher for companies and consumers to borrow approached a record after the subprime-mortgage collapse made them more reluctant to lend.
The quarterly Senior Loan Officers' Survey, published in Washington today, underscores the Fed's concern that $318 billion of credit losses and writedowns among financial firms is causing a credit crunch. The survey, conducted last month, also indicates that the Fed's interest-rate cuts and loans to banks have failed so far to defuse the threat to the six-year economic expansion.
I could go on with endless clues, but I'm sure you get the point -- The Credit Crisis ain't done just yet (maybe phase 1 is).
As Credit Crunch Phase-2 kicks in (soon), we will see people flock to Gold once again (as the ultimate monetary safety) and will likely see $1,200 gold by the end of 2008.
All the Best!