Monday, 15 August 2011

New Higher Margin Requirement for Gold an Investor Opportunity


After months of patient waiting, the gold stocks came to life yesterday. Right across the board, whether it was junior or senior gold producers, the stock prices of gold companies were up sharply Wednesday.

Hopefully, my readers have been following my guidance and seeking refuge in the gold-mining companies. Since the spring of this year, gold bullion prices have been rising sharply, while gold stocks stood pat. I have been writing that the leaders of the gold bull market would shift from the actual bullion to the gold stocks, and that’s what started happening Wednesday.

Since the middle of June, the Dow Jones U.S. Gold Mining Index (an index comprised of the largest U.S. gold-mining companies) is up 12%, while the general stock market has gone down 11% in the same time period!

But, like all good things, as the price of gold bullion hits $1,800, there are forces that want to put a wrench in the 10-year gold bull market, as many believe gold has become too speculative. Hence, this morning, we learn that CME Group Inc. (CME), the world’s largest futures market, changed the rules without advance warning and increased the minimum amount of cash speculators and investors must deposit to trade a futures contract of gold.

In summary, margin requirements, with a flick-of-a-switch, have increased by 22% this morning. You may remember, the CME did the same thing to silver (increased the margin requirements for trading silver a few months ago) and silver fell sharply in price.

Well, I have news for the market, and better news for my readers. The bull market in gold is too strong to have the metal fall in value by 30% as silver did after the CME increased the margin requirement for trading silver futures.

For my readers, any pullback on the price of gold bullion caused by the CME’s newly imposed margin requirements would present a perfect buying opportunity for the junior and senior gold-producing stocks, once again. This is how to invest in gold now.

Michael’s Personal Notes:

On Tuesday of this week, the Federal Reserve made the unprecedented action of specifically saying how long it would keep short-term interest rates low. I’m sure you have heard. The Fed will keep rates low through mid-2013.

On the news of a prolonged period of interest rates that are low, U.S. Treasuries rallied. It doesn’t matter if Standard & Poor’s has cut the credit rating of the U.S. It doesn’t matter if Congress has just given the Obama Administration another $2.1 trillion to spend. Investors want U.S. Treasuries.

Yesterday’s auction of $24.0 billion in 10-year U.S. Treasuries was the first offering of U.S. debt since Standard &…

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