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Does Gold's Lack of Reaction to a Weak Dollar Invalidate Its Bullish Outlook?

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Gold will likely rally strongly in 2013, perhaps topping close to the $2,500 level. Here's the rationale.

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Gold fell more than 1% on Tuesday hitting its lowest price in nearly a month. The most concerning part about this decline is that it took place with the dollar's simultaneous plunge. My firm has already touched upon the usual negative correlation between gold and US dollar in the past, and while it is certainly true most of the time, there are periods where precious metals fail to react to the dollar's weakness. There are various hypotheses why this is so this time and one of them is the "fiscal cliff" issue.

Buyers are supposedly waiting on the sidelines because of uncertainty over the "fiscal cliff" -- $600 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts that are due to kick in the New Year. Republicans and Democrats dug in on talks Wednesday, with both sides urging quick action but offering no compromises. They seem to be playing "chicken" in a political stare-down that shows no signs of breaking. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama rejected a nascent Republican plan that would have extended the bitter fight over the fiscal cliff into next year.

Some pundits say the fiscal cliff problem will cause the price of gold to soar and there are those who claim the opposite. The arguments go like this: Going over the fiscal cliff will probably send an earthquake through the markets causing fear, which could drive investors into gold as a safe haven. In addition, it will weaken the US dollar which is likely to strengthen gold. If politicians are able to avert going over the cliff, markets will continue to focus on the QE Ponzi scheme, the debasement of the dollar and the inevitable inflation, all bullish for gold.

On the other side of the fence are those who say that going over the fiscal cliff will be bad for gold. The US will go into a recession and gold will stumble along with everything else. Not going over the cliff could renew bullish sentiment for equities and decrease the appetite for gold.

We personally believe that the outlook for gold in the medium and long run is bullish and the "fiscal cliff" can do more good than harm to the yellow and other precious metals. We continue to expect the situation to be resolved by printing more money. No politician wants to be blamed for stocks' and economy's collapse (even a necessary one). Our best bet is that gold will rally strongly in 2013, perhaps topping close to the $2,500 level. To see what our rationale is, let us move on to today's technical part with the analysis of the USD Index. We'll start with the medium-term chart (charts courtesy of http://stockcharts.com).



In the chart, virtually nothing has changed this week. Again, what was stated in last week's article is still up-to-date:
A consolidation has been ongoing for over a month, and the index now appears ready to move lower. The decline and consolidation here are a reflection of the upswing and consolidation seen recently in the Euro Index.

Let us now have a look at the US currency from a short-term perspective.



In the chart, we see that a top formed almost right at the cyclical turning point. With about one half of the previous decline corrected, it appears that a period of decline is once again in place here.
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