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Is this the right time to own Gold?

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On August 10, Ray Dalio, chairman and chief investment officer at Bridgewater Associates wrote in a LinkedIn blog post that investors should own 5-10% of their assets in gold. There have been many such calls in the past seven years by different experts, which haven’t been profitable. Therefore, let’s evaluate the conditions and decide whether it’s the right time to invest in gold?

Golden points

  1. Gold has is a time-tested asset class
  2. Gold is a safe haven, though experts have differing opinions
  3. Any crisis emanating from China, Japan or Europe can see a risk-off trade being taken
  4. Geopolitical tensions are another catalyst for gold
  5. The downside is limited and clearly defined
  6. Buy in a staggered manner as it is difficult to nail the bottom

What is gold’s status as an asset class?

Gold, as a precious metal and as a medium of currency has a very long history. The first known gold coins were used somewhere in 6th century BC, while gold mining is believed to have started at least 7000 years old.

Even in the last century, the world’s major nations were following a gold standard. Many opine that it was the best system and there have been intermittent calls to return to the gold standard to avoid credit bubbles stoked by the central bank’s ultra-loose monetary policies. This shows that gold, as a form of currency or as an asset has withstood the test of time.

Why is gold perceived as a safe haven?

A safe haven investment is one, which retains and sometimes increases in value during tumultuous market conditions when the perceived risky assets lose value. However, the researchers differ in their opinion about gold’s performance as a safe haven investment.

In a study by Baur and Lucey (2010), the authors noted that gold works as a safe haven only for a short time, about 15 trading days and is only effective as a hedge against stocks and not bonds. In another study, Baur and McDermott (2009), found that gold performed both as a safe haven and a hedge against the US and European equity markets but not for the remaining developed nations and the emerging economies.

On the contrary, researchers in Ireland concluded in their paper “Reassessing the Role of Precious Metals as Safe Havens – What Colour Is Your Haven and Why?” that gold acts as a safe haven in turbulent times in many countries. This was because of the low correlation of gold with the other markets, as shown in the table below.

Gold MSCI World MSCI Asia ex Japan S&P 500 Japan JPM Global Bond
Gold 1 0.13 0.24 0.07 -0.09 0.55
MSCI World 0.13 1 0.84 0.97 0.71 0.29
MSCI Asia ex Japan 0.24 0.84 1 0.76 0.65 0.43
S&P 500 0.07 0.97 0.76 1 0.63 0.18
Japan -0.09 0.71 0.65 0.63 1 0.11
JPM Global Bond 0.55 0.29 0.43 0.18 0.11 1

Monthly data from May 2011 to May 2016

Source: Bloomberg and Stansberry research

Gold acts as a safe haven investment during times of political and financial market stress, however, its effectiveness reduces once the markets move towards normalization.

What is the current situation that benefits gold?

We have a political gridlock in the US. It is unlikely that the current administration will be able to push through critical tax reforms or be able to boost fiscal spending to a level that will accelerate growth. If the Fed tightens and takes steps to shrink its massive balance sheet without adequate growth, the stock market is likely to fall.

The central banks kept interest rates low for an extended period and printed astronomical sums of money to drag the economy out of the financial crisis. Many experts believe that the central banks have used up all their bullets, therefore the next crisis will be severe and will last longer. If such a situation happens, gold might be the only place to hide.

Japan and China are sitting on piles of debt. Any major crisis in either nation will be catastrophic and may lead to a risk-off trade, where gold will be a beneficiary.

Also, the heightened geopolitical tensions between the US and North Korea, the trade conflicts with China, the uncertain relationship with Russia, and terrorist attacks can quickly turn ugly, boosting a move towards safe haven investments.

Ned Naylor-Leyland, manager of the Old Mutual Gold & Silver Fund notes that gold completed a golden cross in December of last year. A golden cross is when the 50-week moving average moves above the 200-week moving average. Every time the golden cross has occurred in the past 30-years, it has led to a bullish move in gold that lasted at least for three years, according to Naylor-Leyland. In fact, the last time this occurred in 2002, after which gold embarked on a massive bull run.

What is the downside risk in gold if we are proven wrong?

As seen above, gold can protect your wealth in case of a black swan event. Therefore, keeping a certain portfolio in gold is a good strategy.

The risk is that the investment made in gold will not return a dividend or pay any interest. It will remain as a dead investment until you sell it. The US markets can extend their bull run for a few more years. Under such a circumstance the investment done in gold will be a wasted opportunity. If the risk on trade continues, gold will fall out of favor and may fall.

After understanding the fundamentals, let’s see what do the charts forecast.

What do the charts forecast for gold?

Long-term trend

Gold remains in a long-term uptrend. It completed a 50% Fibonacci retracement of the large upmove from $255.1 to $1923.7 and is currently stuck in a range between $1045 on the lower end and $1400 on the upper end.

Gold was similarly stuck in a range after topping out in 1980. Subsequently, gold remained in a trading range for about 21 years, before starting its next uptrend in 2001.

The present consolidation is already in its sixth year. If history repeats itself, gold may remain in a trading range for a long time before starting a new uptrend.

However, the downside seems limited. Therefore, traders can buy gold on dips and sell it on rallies near overhead resistances. All long positions should be protected with a stop loss of $1030.

If, however, the world faces any new financial crisis, gold can resume its uptrend and rally to new lifetime highs. However, it is difficult to pin point when this is going to happen. As many traders don’t want to hold their positions for the long-term, let’s analyze the daily charts for short-term buy setups.

Short-term trend

On the daily charts, $1300 is a strong resistance, as gold has returned twice from those levels. On the downside, $1200 is a strong support because gold has bounced twice from these levels. Therefore, a breakout of $1300 will most likely carry gold to the upper end of the larger range to about $1400 levels. On the other hand, a breakdown below $1200 will push gold down to $1120 levels.

However, as gold has been in a range and it has a history of long consolidations after a stupendous rise, long-term traders can invest in a staggered fashion.

First 25% of the proposed allocation can be done at the current levels. If, however, gold fails to breakout, the next 25% allocation can be done at the lower end of the range at $1200. We expect this level to hold.

The final 50% allocation can be done when gold resumes its uptrend. All stops should be kept at $1040 levels.

Our risk is defined, but if the world faces another financial crisis, gold is likely to rally to a new lifetime high.

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  1. Dji127

    August 27, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Awesome write up on Gold, thank you. Why did gold trade in the tight range between 1980 and 2001? Manipulation or?

    • Rakesh Upadhyay

      August 27, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Hello Dji127,

      Thank you. No, the range was not because of manipulation.

      Gold is seen as a safe haven and a risk-off trade. The US equity markets saw some of their strongest gains between that period buoyed with a strong economy. Therefore, gold was out of favor and remained range bound.

      Thank you.

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Crypto Update: Altcoin Season Is On The Horizon

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Altcoin season is a term used in social media and other online communities to describe the part of the market cycle where altcoins, such as Ethereum or Ripple, experience a meteoric rise in value against Bitcoin and the US Dollar. During this period, many altcoins enter a parabolic state that enables them to grow anywhere from 200% to 3000%. This was the case in the last alt season, which was from December 2017 to January 2018.

While this highly anticipated season can bring a lot of profits, it can also end in disaster to those who fail to correctly time the market. During the last season, many were slaughtered as they entered only after news of market explosions. Little did they know that they were already buying the top. Therefore, it is crucial to enter positions just before the season starts. The price movements in the last two months have given us reasons to believe that altcoins are preparing for a bull run.

In this article, we reveal why we believe that the altcoin season is on the horizon.

Altcoin Market Cap Appears to be Bottoming Out

The altcoin market cap is the market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies minus Bitcoin’s market capitalization. We use this measure to track the amount of capital going in and out of all altcoins. The largest altcoin market cap ever recorded was at $554.916 billion in January 2018. Since then, the numbers have nosedived and even touched $78 billion in September. That’s an 85% devaluation.

The good news is $78 billion may have been the bottom as the entire altcoin market is working hard to generate a bullish higher low setup.

Altcoin market cap daily chart

A quick look at the daily chart reveals that the altcoin market chart is creating an inverse head and shoulders pattern. This structure is one of the most reliable patterns to indicate that the bottom is in. The higher low (right shoulder) tells us that participants are willing to buy at a higher price.

Bitcoin Dominance Looks Toppish

The Bitcoin dominance chart monitors the percentage of the cryptocurrency capital that can be attributed to Bitcoin. Bitcoin dominance has been on the up and up ever since it bottomed out at 32% on January 12, 2018. It climbed as high as 58% on September 9, but it has been sputtering since. This is a very good sign for altcoins.

A look at the chart reveals that Bitcoin dominance is toppish. It is moving near the apex of a rising wedge. More importantly, it appears to have created a bearish lower high setup. As we always say, the lower high kills bullish momentum.

What does it mean for altcoins and the alt season?

First, this chart doesn’t necessarily show that Bitcoin’s capital is decreasing. On the contrary, Bitcoin’s market cap is in the process of creating a higher low, which means money is flowing into the market. So if Bitcoin’s capitalization is not decreasing, then it would mean that new capital is being injected into altcoins. To be more accurate, altcoins appear to be growing at a faster pace than Bitcoin at the moment.

This would explain the bullish higher low setup of the altcoin market cap. Significantly more money is coming than leaving. Investments are flooding in that it threatens to send Bitcoin dominance into a downtrend.

Bottom Closely Resembles 2014 Bear Market

Technical analysis is the study of historical price movement. This is one of the reasons why we keep going back to the 2014 bear market. We study it to see if participants are behaving the way they did back then. What we discovered was surprising.

2014 altcoin bear market

During the 2014 bear market, altcoin market capitalization suffered a 86% devaluation in 38 weeks before it established a bottom. In today’s bear market, the altcoin market cap plummeted 85% in 36 weeks. From the looks of it, the bottom was already established on the 36th weekly bar on September 10, 2018.

2018 altcoin bear market

These are astonishing resemblances in terms of percentage loss and bear market length. If the resemblance continues, as clues suggest, then the altcoin season may be around the corner.

Bottom Line

The altcoin season can be profitable to people who enter the markets right before the explosion. In our analysis, we showed the stabilizing altcoin market capitalization, weakening of Bitcoin dominance, and mirroring to the 2014 bear market. All these clues tell us that alt season is on the horizon.

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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: BCH/USD Bulls Have the Potential to Capitalize, Following a Bullish Technical Set Up

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  • BCH/USD broke out and retested a long-running descending trend line, but has failed to capitalize on this further.
  • George Hotz, also known as Geohot, says “Bitcoin Cash is the real Bitcoin.”
  • CoinText.io expands its Bitcoin Cash payment SMS service to Brazil and further European countries. 

“Bitcoin Cash is the Real Bitcoin”

George Hotz, also known as Geohot, an American entrepreneur and hacker, was recently commenting on Bitcoin Cash. Following the BCH Devcon in San Francisco he attended, Geohot demonstrated how to generate a BCH private key from scratch using python coding.

During his python video, George spoke highly of Bitcoin Cash. He said, “I’m using Bitcoin Cash because it’s the real bitcoin.” His reasoning for the preference of BCH over BTC was due to it having significantly lower transaction fees. Stating, “Transaction fees are super low on bitcoin cash.”

Bitcoin Cash Being Used in Brazil with CoinText.io

SMS cryptocurrency payment service, CoinText, has launched their services in Brazil and three other European countries – Poland, Romania and Croatia. CoinText doesn’t require apps, logins or Internet, and users can send Bitcoin Cash via SMS. A new wallet is automatically created when people have received Bitcoin Cash via SMS.

Specifically commenting on the Brazilian expansion, CoinText founder and CTO said, “Brazilians have been suffering from corruption and bad monetary policy,” says CoinText founder and CTO Vin Armani. “Cryptocurrency offers a way for them to peacefully opt out of a corrupt system.”

A move in which is further helping the adoption of Bitcoin Cash, via the CoinText service, he further noted, “Adding Poland, Croatia and Romania brings us closer to connecting the entire continent of Europe,” Armani added. “CoinText’s end-of-year goal is to enable all 740 million European residents to text money to each other’s phones for pennies.”

Technical Review – Daily Chart

BCH/USD daily chart

BCH/USD price action of late has been very much mundane following a promising breakout from a long-running descending trend line. It had been contained below and rejected on several occasions, from the back end of July. Bulls managed to pull off a decent breakout to the upside, which took place between 26-27th September.

After observing the break above, then pullback for a retest of the breached trend line, it looked very promising. This as such played out to the textbook, however bulls failed to capitalize and drive further north. Instead, the price remained within a consolidation nature, a lack of commitment in either direction. Perhaps the bulls are sitting on the launchpad, ready to send this into orbit, time will tell here.

Looking at technical areas of interest, to the upside, resistance has capped upside well into $500 territory. Tracking from $455-80, which has been evident the past few sessions. A firm push higher, will allow $550 region to come back into play. In terms of buyers, they can be found from the current price, all the way down to $400 the round figure.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Crypto Update: Coins Turn Lower After Choppy Weekend

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The major cryptocurrencies are slightly lower today in early trading, as Sunday’s modest rally faded away without major technical progress. Most of the coins are stuck in narrow trading ranges, and last week’s spike well above the current price levels, as buyers failed to take control of the market.

That said, we haven’t seen strong negative momentum either, and although the bearish long-term setups remain intact, there is no immediate danger of new bear market lows in the segment.

Patience is still the name of the game for crypto investors, since there is no evidence of a broader trend change that would justify a more constructive investment position. Our trend model is on sell signals across the board on both time frames, and the bearish pressures are still apparent on the charts, even considering the lengthy consolidation period. Given the negative long-term trends, odds still favor a test of the lows in most case, particularly in the light of the lack of bullish leadership.

IOTA/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While most of the majors are still above the lows hit just before the Tether-turmoil, there are several relatively weak coins that could lead the market lower in the coming weeks. Especially Ethereum, Liteocin, Dash, and EOS point a negative picture of the market, while Ripple and Bitcoin are still the most encouraging form a bullish standpoint, even as they also failed to signs of bullish momentum.


BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin is back near the $6400 level today, after drifting towards the $6500 resistance during yesterday’s rally,  but the coin is still well clear of the $6275 support level, trading clearly within last Monday’s range. Our trend model continues to be on a short-term sell signal, while the long-term picture is still neutral for the largest digital currency.

Traders and investors still shouldn’t enter positions here with further resistance levels ahead near $6750 and $7000 and with support levels below $6275 found near $6000, $5850 and between $5000 and $5100.

Altcoins Slightly Lower as Stellar Fails to Break Out

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple and Stellar have been showing some positive signs last week, but they both failed to make significant technical progress, confirming the segment-wide selling pressure. Ripple is threatening to move below the $0.42-$0.46 level, despite the rally above its triangle consolidation pattern, and a break below $0.42 would likely trigger a test of the $0.355 support.

For now, the short-term sell signal remains in place due to the lack of follow-through, and traders should be cautious with new positions. Strong resistance is still ahead at $0.51, $0.54, $0.57, while further, weak support is found near $0.375.

Stellar/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Stellar is trading very close to the key long-term support zone near $0.24 that has been dominating trading for several weeks, and despite the rally attempts, the coin is still not out of its bear market. That said, should a broader trend change occur, Stellar would likely be among the leaders of renewed advance, but for now, traders and investors should still stay away from the coin.

The declining long-term trend is intact, with strong resistance levels ahead near $0.265 and $0.2835, while support levels are found near $0.235, $0.21, and $0.1935.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is still stuck in a very narrow range after the weekend, with the $200 support/resistance level still being in the center of attention. The bearish broader setup is unchanged in ETH’s market, with the coin still being relatively weak among the majors.

Traders and investors shouldn’t open new positions her, with further support found near $180, $170, and $160, and with strong resistance zones ahead near $235 and $260.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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