Gold is doing what it is supposed to do!
Equity markets are tumbling, “NASDAQ 100 Rout Erases $1.5 Trillion in Market Value in 3 Days” reads one Bloomberg headline.
The big names such as Apple lost over US$225 billion, Microsoft almost US$200 billion, Amazon and Tesla each lost US$175 billion market value over the three trading days from May 4 to May 9.
Bonds are also declining in value as yields are rising. The market selloff has been the most extreme in the tech sector, but most major indices are lower year-to-date.
The chart below shows the gold price along with five different equity indices. In order to compare performance since the beginning of the year, we set January 4, 2022, to 100.
Equity markets have tumbled sharply since the beginning of the year while the gold price is positive.
To recap, you own gold because it does not move to the beat of someone else’s drum.
It has zero counterparty risk, so no bank or prime broker holds your position for you in some mingled pot of securities belonging to over-leveraged hedge funds.
No hedge fund has ever blown itself up by holding physical gold, but if they hold levered gold then it’s no longer the hard, tangible golden asset that you need to have in order to prevent said blow-up!!
The Market Interaction in Gold and Stock Markets
Taking a longer view of the same equity indices and the gold price, the chart below is set at 100 at the beginning of 2000. The sharp rise in the NASDAQ (tech stocks) since the start of 2020 can be seen in the chart – and now the subsequent fall.
Those same tech stocks that are plummeting now, are the ones that drove the NASDAQ higher in 2020 and 2021.
This 2000 onwards chart shows the secret bull market in physical gold has been unmatched by any of the five equity indices.
As we have written many times before … gold outperforms because it reflects the heat of inflation caused by central banks. Equities cannot keep pace because companies compete with one another in a way that consumes money thereby preventing the rapid compounding of results by a single company.
Equally as important to note – equity indices rise and fall with the waves of liquidity fed into our banking system, yet gold is outside the system and immune to those waves.
Bond prices are also declining. Higher inflation expectations are pushing government bond yields higher – US 10-year Treasury yields, and UK government Gilt yields have risen to over 3%.
Bond yields are inverse to bond prices, so a rise in bond yields means that the bond prices are going down. Speaking of bond yields, this week’s GoldCore TV guest, Patrick Karim, has some great charts which he shares with us in our latest interview. He believes both gold and silver are set for a sustained rally.
He reaches this conclusion when looking at both US 10-year Treasury yields and US 30-year Treasury yields…
Patrick also talks to us about the importance of looking at the gold price in different currencies. The gold price, like other commodities and currency prices, is generally quoted in U.S. dollars.
The U.S. dollar has risen sharply in 2022 as the Federal Reserve (the U.S. central bank) is tightening policy and raising interest rates faster than other central banks. This means that gold in other currencies (another way to think about this is the cross rate of gold in other currencies) has risen more than the price of gold quoted in U.S. dollars this year to date.
Check out our interview with Patrick Karim to see some shocking charts showing the gold price in other currencies.
Is Bitcoin the New Gold?
And where is Bitcoin on all this – selling off as much or more than equity markets! Maybe the endless years of claims about bitcoin being the new digital replacement for gold are put to rest in 2022.
So far it does not seem that bitcoin outperforms gold during times of trouble. The bitcoin trades more like Nasdaq stocks trade rather than like physical gold. Stories abound now about investors and companies being over-leveraged in bitcoin.
Billionaire CEO of Microstrategy, Michael Saylor, lead the company into taking on US dollar debt in order to invest in bitcoin, a move which in 2022 looks increasingly reckless.
The key point here is not that bitcoin is down in 2022 while gold is down by less. No, the key point is that during this crisis bitcoin is down whilst gold is up.
Bitcoin has been touted as gold 2.0 on many occasions, the implication that it can do even more than gold. However, right now it is not making itself many friends.
The final chart of our tour this week is gold divided by the SP500 equity index. You can see that a ratio value of 1 is not unusual. Perhaps in 2022, this will occur again when gold and SP500 are both trading at US$2,900 US!
Watch this week’s interview to find out why Patrick Karim believes gold and silver are set to soar, and why we are all “Going to have to go to gold, there is no escape.”
GOLD PRICES (USD, GBP & EUR – AM/ PM LBMA Fix)
10-05-2022 1862.25 1857.35 1510.84 1506.87 1763.18 1760.40
09-05-2022 1865.40 1860.90 1518.81 1511.42 1775.30 1766.92
06-05-2022 1884.30 1882.35 1527.98 1525.64 1784.24 1778.82
05-05-2022 1895.20 1892.30 1508.01 1528.79 1788.31 1793.90
04-05-2022 1868.70 1863.65 1493.09 1492.60 1774.14 1769.54
03-05-2022 1857.90 1869.70 1482.23 1491.27 1768.91 1771.35
29-04-2022 1915.45 1911.30 1525.08 1522.35 1811.63 1814.59
28-04-2022 1890.00 1888.50 1509.35 1520.05 1795.31 1797.85
27-04-2022 1896.15 1885.80 1506.68 1501.85 1787.31 1787.74
26-04-2022 1903.40 1904.60 1497.02 1501.97 1779.68 1784.99
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