Tuesday, February 22, 2011


After its tenth consecutive year at a high, and after closing 2010 with a 25% increase, the price of gold will continue the same trend in 2011.
Precious metal experts, financiers and market analysts from different countries all agree that the combination of factors which encourages a high price for gold will continue to benefit the sector in 2011 and investors will continue to see gold as a safe haven in the face of a very delicate global economic situation.
Those who had already made an investment in gold are looking at the global context to decide if this is the time to take profits or else continue their investments in precious metals.
Those who had not however, especially in Europe, now see gold as the best value protection for their savings and investments or for anyone seeking to diversify their holdings. But the measures adopted by the Central Banks have also contributed to encouraging the increase in the price of this commodity.
Analysts from UBS have upwardly revised their forecasts for the price of gold. The reason is the uncertainty generated in the European financial system, the weakness of the dollar and the growth in inflation in Asian countries which are leading to growing debts in Western countries and an excess of liquidity in the USA.
Jim Rogers, the commodities investment guru, said that gold will continue to rise over the next decade, although it may fall off before it reaches historical values adjusted for inflation.
Anne-Laure Tremblay, a precious metals strategist from BNP Paribas, stated that “the price of gold is being helped by a weakly backed dollar and solid investment demand”.
Bill Bonner, of Moneyweek and the Daily Reckoning, stated recently “Back in the real world, gold is trading at about $1,400 an ounce, up from less than $500 five years ago. That’s a 23% annualised return, far outstripping the gains on stocks (1.1%) or bonds (6.1%). Fear is driving a lot of the rise.”
According to a report from Swiss private bank Sarasin, one of the main developers of sustainable investment products in Europe, “the price of gold over recent months has been mainly driven by investment demand. This is principally reflected by the growing quantities of gold held in exchange-traded funds (ETF)”.
“The outlook for metals will remain positive next year. There is sufficient demand from the investment perspective in order to maintain a relatively upward trend, particularly in gold”, said Darren Heathcoat, operations manager of Investec Australia in Sidney.
For its part, the German newspaper Handelsblat remarked in one of its columns that investors who are temporarily betting on gold “can rub their hands”. It added that central Banks have moved from being sellers to buyers of this metal and this is an unequivocal signal about the safest place for investors.

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