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Jun 07 2024

Golden Intrigues

  • Jun 7, 2024

Chinese investors have flocked to gold as traditional investments have massively disappointed. Global central banks are also buying gold amid heightened geopolitical tension. Both trends help explain why gold has defied the gravitational pull of a stronger dollar and higher real yields.

Aug 05 2023

Gold: Not As Shiny

  • Aug 5, 2023

In mid-July, we sold our tactical portfolios’ small (2%-ish) position in physical gold ETFs. That holding had been built up from 2018 to 2020 to around 5.5% of the portfolio, then pared in early 2022 when Russia invaded Ukraine. That doesn’t mean we’re gold bears.

Jun 07 2023

Stocks Versus “Safe Havens”

  • Jun 7, 2023

While we aren’t clamoring to add long-term Treasuries in tactical accounts, we believe that the past 18-months’ action has left them more attractive versus stocks than during most of the last 15 years. However, compared to gold, the S&P 500 still trails on a total return basis measured back to Y2K.

May 05 2023

Three Themes To Watch—An Update

  • May 5, 2023

The Value/Growth dynamic seemed to indicate a return to the “lower rates are good for Growth stocks” regime. China reopening is still alive and well, despite a recent pause. The GSCI Industrial Metals/Gold ratio has broken below its recent range, which bodes ill for inflation expectations going forward.

Dec 23 2021

Can Santa Cap-Off A Stellar Year?

  • Dec 23, 2021

The S&P 500 is flirting with new all-time highs, and the news gets even better for followers of seasonal patterns: The Santa Claus rally has yet to officially begin!

Oct 07 2021

Gold: Still A Useful Dollar Hedge

  • Oct 7, 2021

A stronger U.S. dollar is “supposed” to be bearish for commodities, but it’s been a banner year for most commodities with gold among the few that are down on the year. However, keep in mind that gold tends to be a harbinger of major moves in industrial commodities, with a lead time of about six months—and its year-over-year change is now negative.

Aug 06 2021

Golden Milestone

  • Aug 6, 2021

Fifty years ago this month, Richard Nixon formally suspended the convertibility of U.S. dollars into gold. Editorials commemorating this have tended to have a celebratory tone, and why not? Abandoning the gold standard greatly expanded the arsenals and imaginations of policymakers, both of which have been on historic display over the last 18 months.

Aug 06 2020

How To Value Gold

  • Aug 6, 2020

July’s surge drove the yellow metal to the brink of its overvaluation threshold, where only 150 ounces of gold are required to buy the median-priced existing home (currently about $299,000). Impressively, gold made all but the last month of this move without attracting mainstream attention.

Jul 08 2020

Commodity Comeback?

  • Jul 8, 2020

Many analysts thought the last cycle would end with a bit of “fire” in the form of higher commodity and consumer prices, and they might well argue they would have been right if not for the eruption of COVID-19.

Jul 08 2020

How Much For Your “Free Lunch?”

  • Jul 8, 2020

The 41% S&P 500 rally would be half as large if measured in terms of gold, and a “unit” of the S&P 500 now buys 70% fewer ounces of gold than it did in early 2000. Meanwhile, when denominated in either silver or Bitcoin, the stock market rally has been almost nonexistent.

Jun 12 2020

Keep An Eye On What Your Stocks Will Buy

  • Jun 12, 2020

News that the Bureau of Labor Statistics may have undercounted the May unemployment rate by six percentage points should remind investors of the danger of taking government economic reports too seriously. Regardless of the figure, though, unemployment is no doubt near its peak for the downturn.

Sep 08 2018

The Commodity Bull That Equity Investors Missed...

  • Sep 8, 2018

While the bottom-line impact may ultimately be the same, there’s one thing we find more demoralizing than getting the direction of an asset wrong: getting the direction right and not getting paid for it.

Aug 05 2016

Commodities: More To Come?

  • Aug 5, 2016

Commodities have enjoyed a strong year thus far, and the GS Scores on the Materials sector have followed suit (albeit with a slight lag), as highlighted in June’s “Of Special Interest” section.

Aug 07 2015

Avoiding Gold

  • Aug 7, 2015

The vast majority of recent gold commentary centers on its extremely oversold technical condition and the related washout in all sorts of sentiment indicators, ranging from trader surveys to futures and options positioning. Maybe these conditions will produce a short-term bounce, but we’re going to stand with the message of our bearish longer-term work.

Jan 08 2014

Core & Global Portfolios Equity Exposure Maintained In December

  • Jan 8, 2014

The Major Trend Index remains positive and net exposure in both portfolios is 64%. For all of 2013, our average net equity exposure was 60% in each portfolio.

Jan 08 2014

Buy The Bridesmaid, Not The One Looking To Rebound

  • Jan 8, 2014

The investment leadership of a given year has historically had better-than-even odds of outperforming in the following year at both the asset class and equity sector levels.

Jan 08 2014

Commodities In 2014: Supply Remains A Concern

  • Jan 8, 2014

While gold garnered most of the headlines last year (down 27%), commodities performed badly across the board in 2013. We expect more of the same in 2014.

Nov 07 2013

No “Pop,” Just A “Hiss”…

  • Nov 7, 2013

In the 1970s, a cassette tape manufacturer asked listeners, “Is it live, or is it Memorex?” Forty years later, watchers of the stock market “tape” find themselves asking, “Is it real, or is it QE?”

Aug 07 2013

A New Leg In The Commodity Decline?

  • Aug 7, 2013

For more than two years we’ve discussed the supply-side risks to commodity producers stemming from capacity built during the manic “Third Act” of last decade’s Three Act Play in commodities. Commodity-oriented equities have indeed underperformed since 2011, but to date, most pundits have laid blame squarely on the demand side.

Jul 09 2013

Gold’s Implications For Other Commodities

  • Jul 9, 2013

Gold’s recent weakness may be more ominous for industrial commodity investors.

May 11 2013

Gold, After The Deluge

  • May 11, 2013

Gold broke sharply lower in April, possibly sounding the death knell for the 12-year bull market in gold (and silver). We sold one-third of our holdings in the Core and Global funds in late February at around $1595/oz., cutting each fund’s position to 4% of total assets from 6% previously. Following the big bounce in late April, we sold another chunk at $1470/oz., leaving both Core and Global funds each with a small position of 2.5% of total assets that we’ll likely continue to hold, simply in the interest of diversification.

Oct 04 2012

Gold: Twelve Years And Going Strong

  • Oct 4, 2012

A textbook, commodity-like top in gold would be a panicky, spiky event that would take the metal well above $2000.

Jun 06 2012

The Changing Role of Gold In An Investment Portfolio

  • Jun 6, 2012

As global capital markets are yet again dominated by extreme macro-economic uncertainty, gold appears to be behaving as a hedge against extreme equity market movements, a store of value and an alternative to fiat currencies.

Feb 05 2012

Predictions for 2012…

  • Feb 5, 2012

From the stock market to politics to football, Doug Ramsey offers up ten predictions and thoughts for the New Year…. Even though we’ve already had a one month “peek” at 2012.


Feb 05 2012

Up Market In January = Up Year??

  • Feb 5, 2012

As January goes, so goes the year. 2012 looks like it could well be an up year for stocks based on the January barometer. Market cycle chart from 1958 also says 2012 will be the “time to buy.”


Sep 04 2011

Golden Milestone

  • Sep 4, 2011

The yellow metal itself celebrated 40 years of “independence” by pulling ahead of the S&P 500 on a cumulative, total return basis since the gold window was closed.

Aug 04 2011

The Bull Market’s Technical “Book Ends”

  • Aug 4, 2011

The 30-point collapse in the S&P 500 on Tuesday, August 2nd completed a bearish H&S pattern that has been several months in the making.


Mar 04 2011

Two Down… One To Go?

  • Mar 4, 2011

Doug Ramsey highlights the “point of recognition” in this month’s “Inside The Stock Market” section. This is the point of maximum market upthrust, the point at which even hardened pessimists become convinced that the economic recovery and bull market are for real.


Jan 05 2011

2010: Better Than It Felt

  • Jan 5, 2011

2010 was better than it felt for the equity markets, but while 2011 may be better for the economy, it might not be as strong for the equity markets. Could the bull market be running out of milestones?

Nov 03 2010

Perspectives On Gold: Relationships That Help Us Understand Gold Price Movements

  • Nov 3, 2010

All our asset allocation portfolios have commitment to gold and silver. This month’s “Of Special Interest” focuses on the yellow metal. Valuation matrixes are of little use, but we do present a variety of relationships that may help at least understand the price movements of gold.

Jun 03 2009

Warming Up To Gold

  • Jun 3, 2009

One might have expected gold and gold stocks to stumble as investors abandoned their defensive postures. However, spot gold and gold stocks (on a relative basis) are threatening to break out to new highs.

Oct 05 2008

Portraits Of Declining Inflation

  • Oct 5, 2008

Jim Floyd and Steve Leuthold believe that U.S. consumer price inflation has peaked and is headed for the +3% level by mid-2009. With current headline inflation running at +5.4%, that implies there is plenty of disinflation in the pipeline.


Sep 03 2008

We're Bullish (And Hoping For “Small” Gains)

  • Sep 3, 2008

Improving cyclical leadership could be signaling that the bear market is in its final stages. In 10 of the 12 past bear markets, cyclical stocks turned up prior to the conclusion of the bear.


Apr 05 2008

What A Difference The Currency Makes

  • Apr 5, 2008

A look at gold priced in dollars versus euros.


Oct 03 2007

View From The North Country

  • Oct 3, 2007

Not only is October ‘National Pork Month’ in the U.S., it is the “Year of the Pig” in China. This brings to mind the old stock market homily “A Bull can make money and a Bear can make money, but Pigs are losers.”

Jul 04 2007

View From The North Country

  • Jul 4, 2007

2007 half time report. Revisiting our original 2007 projections with some current modifications. Outlook for stock market, interest rates, inflation, profits, economy, the deficits, the U.S. dollar and gold.


Jul 04 2005

View From The North Country

  • Jul 4, 2005

A recap of the year so far, and our outlook for the second half of 2005.

Dec 05 2004

View From The North Country

  • Dec 5, 2004

Steve’s assessment of the current bullish and bearish factors. Also, Leuthold’s recent discussion of secular bear markets, sparked some debate among readers.

Jul 04 2004

View From The North Country

  • Jul 4, 2004

Steve's Half Time Report: A recap of the year so far, and our outlook for the second half of 2004.

Jan 05 2004

Different Pictures Of Gold Prices

  • Jan 5, 2004

Gauging how much impact the dollar’s decline has had on the rising gold price.