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Commodities / Gold and Silver 2011 Jun 09, 2011 - 02:07 PM GMT

By: Jeff_Clark

Commodities

Jeff Clark, BIG GOLD writes: The gold price has been rising steadily for almost a year now, with nary a correction. It fell only 4% last month, and the biggest decline since last July was January’s 6.2% drop. These barely register as “corrections” when one considers that we’ve had 18 of them greater than 5% since the bull market began in 2001.


We’re getting used to a persistently rising gold price. Any decline is met with more buying, pushing the price to new highs. But how long can we realistically expect this pattern to continue?

The answer will ultimately be determined by the fundamental factors pushing on the price – more Greece, more money printing, and more economic bad news will all drive gold higher. But even then, have we really said goodbye to big corrections?

History can provide a clue. If we could find a time period within a gold bull market where the price sidestepped major falls, then it might be reasonable to think we’ve entered a period where it will continue steadily climbing. On the other hand, if gold saw big corrections even during, say, a mania, we might need to be on the lookout for them no matter how bullish the factors are today.

Here’s a chart of the corrections that occurred during the final two years of the 1970s mania – one of gold’s biggest parabolic runs in history.

During this historic run, there were seven significant corrections. On average, that’s one every 3½ months and a 10.1% decline. You’ll also see that they were very sharp; four lasted less than ten trading days and all were less than a month. This all occurred in the middle of the mania.

If history is any guide, our correction in January was small, and will be the first of many.

In fact, historical precedent shows that volatility is the norm, even during the Mania Phase of a gold bull market. Big moves, both up and down, are common. I can’t point to a date on the calendar, but sooner or later we’re going to have another downturn, and it won’t be the only one.

This means that great buying opportunities will present themselves regularly. And not just for gold but also for silver. To find out how and when to buy, and what forms of silver you should own, read our FREE 2011 Silver Investing Guide.

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Nashnas
18 Jul 11, 20:40
GOLD CORRECTION

Dear Jeff

Right now the bulls seems so much in control, we have almost given up thinking about a correction. Lets know if you think of a near term correction in Gold and to which level?

regards


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