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Gold, is it ready to tumble?

During recent conversations with clients, the question that always comes up is Gold and whether it is going to continue to increase or will prices pull back.

During the 1970's, Gold prices soared to record highs just to see prices fall almost 70%. With this history in mind, it has economists nervous as we have seen gold prices surge in recent months.

So will history repeat itself….and is this a good time for investors to cash in and pocket their profits?  Analysts and industry experts say no!

A leading expert and chief economist at Dundee Wealth stated in a recent article that, “There’s still time to jump in; I think gold will go significantly higher. On an inflation-adjusted basis, gold has not had a new high,” he says. On an inflation-adjusted basis, the 1980 high of $850 remains the record. To top that in today’s dollars, bullion needs to top $2,400. “Gold is going through at least that,” he says.

Gold prices may see a minor correction which could be around the corner. The good news is that the correction, both in the short- and long-term, won’t be like the 1970’s. Policy response was slow back then, whereas today the policy responses are much faster which mutes the downside of a correction.

To predict when a correction may happen is impossible. We could see a correction if global factors responsible for fuelling gold prices slow, and more so when the market is at least somewhat satisfied that policymakers in Europe are addressing the market’s concerns, which is one of the drivers behind gold’s increase.

Another important factor contributing to gold’s current run is the increased interest of central banks which are holding large reserves. As an example, South Korea recently spent more than $1 billion in its first purchase of gold in more than a decade.

Another reason we are seeing gold prices increase is the large amounts being purchased by emerging markets such as China and India. There are several reasons why these emerging economies are purchasing gold. The first is the high rate of inflation, the second is growing wealth, and the third, which is often overlooked, is the market deregulation in these countries for gold.

While there are no immediate signs to suggest investors bail out of gold, we would recommend that you maintain a balanced portfolio and based on your personal risk profile. This could include holding gold in your portfolio.

If you would like more information on this topic or would like a review of your current financial plan, please call 778-478-9759, or e-mail [email protected].

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About the Author

Kevin J. Zakus has over a decade of experience in Financial and Investment Planning. He has a diverse practice which includes individuals and families starting the financial planning process, to established individuals and corporations requiring more complex planning.

Most recently Kevin served as a Branch Manager and Financial Consultant with a National Financial Planning Firm in their Calgary and Kelowna Offices. In 2006 Kevin and his family relocated to Kelowna where he continues to build his practice and spend time with his family.

When he is not meeting with clients, Kevin and his wife Julie, try to keep up with their four children and the many activities they are involved in. When they aren't running kids from one event to another, they enjoy spending time boating on Okanagan Lake, travelling, horseback riding and touring local wineries.

Areas of Practice include: Investment, Retirement, Insurance, Estate and Tax Planning.

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