Gold Price Flat But the Gold Bull Market is Far From Over

What is going on in the gold market? Our favorite metal fell below $645 yesterday. Gold prices have gone nowhere in a year. Gold bugs are beginning to wonder. Is it time to give up on gold and embrace the Great Worldwide Credit Bubble?

We wouldn’t do that.

We are still in what Mises referred to as a Crack Up Boom. It is a great boom, to be sure. Prices of all sorts of strange assets – including Zimbabwe stocks – are going up. But they are going up not because they are becoming inherently more valuable, quite the contrary. They are going up because of inflation. There is much more purchasing power in the world. Much more liquidity. Much more cash and credit – concentrated at the upper end, where people tend to buy high-priced items.

There is no particular reason why a painting or a house should be worth a lot more today than it was 10 years ago. It still gives exactly the same service. It’s just that there is more money bidding for it.

For the moment, this inflation is loved by everyone – because it is boosting asset prices, not so much consumer prices. Still, consumer prices are starting to budge upwards, too – especially in the exporting countries, such as China. As basic costs increase, so does the incentive to use its great pile of cash to pay them – rather than recycle the money into the world credit system. Sooner or later, foreigners will tire of funding U.S. and British excess consumption. They will find it more appealing, or more urgent, to finance their own consumption. Then, the cost of financing will rise. M&A activity will decline. Companies, deals and households that depend on low-priced credit will go belly up. And the credit bubble will be over.

We don’t know when…or even how…this will come about. But at the end of a Crack-Up Boom the currency cracks along with asset prices. When that happens people will wonder what their own dollars, yen, euros and pounds are worth. A few will want to lay in a little gold just in case. Perhaps even a few central banks.

Gold has been in a bull market for almost exactly eight years. The price has risen from $256 to over $700…and since backed off to below $650. Anything could happen, but it would be an odd bull market in gold that produced so little excitement. And it would be an odd Crack-Up Boom that produced so little fear and destruction. And it would be a damned odd world in which a bunch of government employees in central banks could create a truly lasting New Era in monetary history.

No, dear reader, don’t worry. This bull market in gold is far from over. This New Era of paper money, backed only by faith, will crack up. Sooner or later, as we keep saying.

Bill Bonner
Markets and Money

Bill Bonner

Bill Bonner

Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries. A man of many talents, his entrepreneurial savvy, unique writings, philanthropic undertakings, and preservationist activities have all been recognized and awarded by some of America’s most respected authorities. Along with Addison Wiggin, his friend and colleague, Bill has written two New York Times best-selling books, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works have been critically acclaimed internationally. With political journalist Lila Rajiva, he wrote his third New York Times best-selling book, Mobs, Messiahs and Markets, which offers concrete advice on how to avoid the public spectacle of modern finance. Since 1999, Bill has been a daily contributor and the driving force behind Markets and Money.

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G Robertson
Gold is going up due to world debt – everyone thinks it’s ok to be so deep in debt – but that is a BIG lie. Funny thing about lies usually they live in perpetuity by telling them but not this lie. This lie doesn’t get told, and no one wants to hear about it, — it’s just a damn good lie that goes on-and-on in reality and in our silence. Ultimately someday soon we will see the lie uncovered. If you owed what the Feds owed it would be plastered in newspapers all over the world instead it (the… Read more »
Peter C

Gold I have never had the money to invest but now I’m hawking the house. I believe there is BIG news heading our way very soon 2 maybe 4 weeks. Conquest is definetly playing the game!!!

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