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Cautiously Optimistic on Gold and Silver

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This article explores the current market trends of gold and silver amidst uncertain economic data. Discover the potential impacts on precious metals and get insights on the market outlook. 


The Interplay Between Economic Data and the Outlook for Precious Metals


It appears that economic data is not what it once was. Back on July 5, I posted this tweet:




Here is the actual data:




My point was, how could employment data consistently beat forecasts and exceed those expectations by a cumulative 39%, given the deteriorating state of the economy?

Now we get this:




So, the payrolls data was exaggerated, but for what purpose? In order to justify rate hikes by the Fed?

Then we got this:




And this:




I believe it is suffice to say that the employment data is unreliable at best.

And if that were not enough, GDP and inflation data are also revised down: 




Why did statisticians get these important data points so wrong? That’s a discussion for another day, but it has three primary effects: first, the data cannot be trusted; second, it means that the economy is in much worse shape than we were led to believe; and third, the Fed is out of ammunition for another rate hike.

Markets across the board responded as expected. Stocks jumped, the dollar dumped, as did yields, and metals, miners, and bitcoin soared:




Data Manipulation and Its Effects on Gold and Silver


Looking forward, we have both the ISM Manufacturing data on Friday and the normally market-moving Non-Farm Payrolls. I say “normally” because will anyone but the algorithms believe the data?

With rate hikes seemingly off the table for now, what could stop gold and silver going higher, the dollar falling further, and yields too?

The most recent COT data for gold showed the following:




This is bullish to say the least. In silver, the banks remain LONG too:




Suffice it to say that everything is looking good for both gold and silver right now, but until we take out 2011 in gold, I remain cautiously optimistic.









Markers to Watch for Silver




Silver is overbought here on multiple indicators. A pullback looks likely in the short term, but will it be brief and then continue higher again? Or will it break the 200D MA and, more importantly, the rising channel since it bottomed in September last year?


Conclusion: Precious Metals Trajectory


I’m long both metals and miners, but I remain cautious. That said, if we do go back down, I expect that to be the low once and for all before we finally head higher.


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About the Author

David Brady has worked for major banks and corporate multinationals in Europe and the U.S. He has close to thirty years of experience managing multi-billion dollar portfolios including foreign currency, cash, bonds, equities, and commodities. David is also a CFA charter holder since 2004.

Using his extensive experience, he developed his own process utilizing multiple tools such as fundamental analysis, inter-market analysis, positioning, Elliott Wave Theory, sentiment, classical technical analysis, and trends. This approach has improved his forecasting capability, especially when they all point in the same direction.

His track record in forecasting Gold and Silver prices since has made him one of the top analysts in the precious metals sector, widely followed on Twitter and a regular contributor to the Sprott Money Blog.

*The author is not affiliated with, endorsed or sponsored by Sprott Money Ltd. The views and opinions expressed in this material are those of the author or guest speaker, are subject to change and may not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprott Money Ltd. Sprott Money does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness and reliability of the information or any results from its use.


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