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Speculators Are Finally Bailing Out Of Gold, And That’s A Good Thing - John Rubino

Speculators Are Finally Bailing Out Of Gold, And That’s A Good Thing - John Rubino
By John Rubino 2 years ago 1864 Views No comments

November 21, 2016

All this talk of massive new infrastructure spending financed with a tsunami of freshly-minted currency should be lighting a fire under gold. That it hasn’t is a testament to how out-of-whack the precious metals market had gotten during the first six months of this year.

As gold rose, the futures contract traders whose games tend to dictate near-term price action had set the metal up for a fall. Specifically, the speculators (who are always wrong at the extremes) were ridiculously long. With the suckers all-in, a big correction was needed to restore balance.

But it didn’t come. Several months passed with gold treading water, leading some to wonder if the paper market tail had finally stopped wagging the physical market dog.

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Now the long-overdue correction seems to have arrived. Gold is down 11% from its recent high, and the speculators are bailing. Here’s the Commitment of Traders (COT) report (courtesy of GoldSeek) for the week ending Tuesday the 15th showing a 17% drop in large speculator long positions. That’s a huge move for a single week. And based on the price declines of the subsequent three days, it’s likely that the next report will show a similar drop.

Meanwhile the commercial traders – the guys who sucker the speculators into these unwise bets – cut their short positions by an also notable 9%.

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Typically, a bottom occurs when both commercials and speculators are flat — that is, carrying more-or-less equal long and short positions. The latest report is still a long way from that kind of balance. But another few weeks like the last one and this indicator, at least, will be screaming “buy”.



John Rubino runs the popular financial website DollarCollapse.com. He is co-author, with GoldMoney’s James Turk, of The Money Bubble (DollarCollapse Press, 2014) and The Collapse of the Dollar and How to Profit From It (Doubleday, 2007), and author of Clean Money: Picking Winners in the Green-Tech Boom (Wiley, 2008), How to Profit from the Coming Real Estate Bust (Rodale, 2003) and Main Street, Not Wall Street(Morrow, 1998). After earning a Finance MBA from New York University, he spent the 1980s on Wall Street, as a Eurodollar trader, equity analyst and junk bond analyst. During the 1990s he was a featured columnist with TheStreet.com and a frequent contributor to Individual Investor, Online Investor, and Consumers Digest, among many other publications. He currently writes for CFA Magazine.


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