by Jennifer Robinson | FTMDaily Staff Writer
HOUSTON, JUNE 15
Standard Chartered published a report on gold yesterday that explained several factors that they believe could drive the price of gold to $5,000/oz. The report based its prediction on three factors:
– Limited gold production
– Buying by central banks
– Increasing demand by India and China
All three of these factors could potentially drive the price of gold to $5,000. Of course, other factors – such as investor sentiment, political action, competition from gold stocks, and others – play a role in the price of gold in today’s market. However, simple economics tells us that a slowdown in supply, coupled with an increase in demand drives up the price of any good.
Here is an excerpt from the Standard Chartered report on gold:
We are bullish on gold. Most market commentary on gold has centered on the direction of US dollar movements or inflation/deflation issues. We go beyond this to examine future mine supply, which we think is just as important a driver. Our comprehensive study of 375 gold projects supply suggests a very limited production growth profile for the next five years. A ten-year bull market in gold has done little to drive gold production. The gold miners are running to stand still. A lack of funding from equity markets and a shortage of large gold mines makes it difficult for the industry to compensate for the depletion caused by aging mines and falling grades. In our base case, our 375-mine supply model shows net production growth of 3.6% pa. over the next five years.
The limited supply comes at a time when central banks have completely changed their tune on selling down their gold stocks and now appear likely to accelerate their net buying programmes. China is way behind the curve. Currently, only 1.8% of China's foreign exchange reserves is in gold; if the country were to bring this proportion in line with the global average of 11%, it would have to buy 6,000 more tonnes of gold, equivalent to more than 2 years of gold production.
We believe that these factors – limited gold production, buying by central banks and increasing demand from India and China – can potentially drive the gold price to US$5,000/oz…
We believe the best ways to invest in the gold cycle are buying physical gold (a safe asset) or investing in junior gold miners (highest leverage to the gold price) that are 1-2 years away from production. We are cautious about the gold majors. Project plans of the big five gold producers by market cap suggest an average production CAGR of only 4% in the next five years. They need to depend on expensive acquisitions in order to grow further. As a form of affirmation, the share price index we constructed for the gold majors underperformed the gold price by 147ppt over 1995-2011.
This report highlights three factors that could potentially drive the price of gold to historically high prices. The report was released amid a sea of gold news, including the latest CFTC data, stating that ETF gold holdings increased by 10.7 tons over the week ended June 10, showing evidence that investor interest in gold is continually growing.
The question on every investor’s mind is: When should we expect to see gold hit $5,000? Well, no one really knows with any certainty. However, our team does expect gold prices to be up during Q4 of 2011. Over the past decade, the fourth quarter has seen gold going higher on a very consistent basis.
Here at FTMDaily, our investment philosophy has changed little over the last several years. We hold to a philosophy called P.A.C.E., which includes precious metals (P.A.C.E. stands for Precious metals, Agricultural Commodities, and Energy). We believe that precious metals are a wise investment for those investors seeking inflation protection.
We agree with Standard’s report that one of the best ways to invest in the gold bull market is by purchasing physical gold. To learn more about our investment philosophy, and to see how gold fits into it, check out the FTM Quarterly Newsletter (you will receive full access to the FTM Investment Portfolio as a subscriber).
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