Twin Bubbles

By: Ed Bugos | Tue, Jun 4, 2002
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Dollar and Equity Bubble Taking Turn for the Worst

Who didn't see that sell off in the Dow Monday? Looks like we need a fresh scapegoat.

There'll be plenty scapegoats on the way down. Speaking of down, the Wall Street Journal finally broke the news. Their title was "No Safe Haven: Dollar's Slide Reflects Wariness About U.S." I got the tip early Monday morning and went out to buy a paper, marking the first time I've looked at the WSJ since promising myself never to pick it up again, a little over a year ago.

Now, the day they get the headline right is the day they get my subscription. Before the bull market in gold is over we predict they will. Thus, one day, not too long into the future, the headline will read: Gold Is Money.

COMEX GoldBy then maybe our headline will be the Gold Bubble!

Those clever analysts at Barclays beat us to it though. They say there's a bubble in gold prices today. So just to be thorough we went and looked at some graphs to get a handle on this breaking news.

Were we ever let down. To think that such a solid tip from as reputable a source as Barclays Capital could turn out to be a lemon, well, we were in dismay to say the least. They could use a good bubble analyst, preferably one that has more than just a lamentable understanding of money. If one can't tell the difference between what a bubble is and what it isn't, how can they know what is safe?

Maybe it's because we've been showing too many of those short-term charts lately, or maybe Barclays' charting service doesn't have long-term graphs. I don't know, but someone show me where there is a bubble in this market, please.

I couldn't find one. I tried until my eyes squinted. All I could find is a little upturn at the end of it all, so far. Did I miss a big move that hasn't been graphed yet? But I didn't give up hope. I knew that Barclays would have done its homework before throwing out a tip like that. So we looked at the charts of some of the gold equities.

TSE Precious Metals GroupLook at that. Well, it could be a bubble in the making, but so far, it's no bubble. It looks more like a break out to me. I wonder what Barclays would call a break out if not that? Normally, we wouldn't help out are competition, but it seems to me that even if we did it wouldn't matter much, and they sure could use it by our estimation.

So here it is. This is what a bubble looks like fellas':

It's quite simple really if you got hindsight. Even if we were wrong and gold prices went off to new lows from here. Today's rally isn't a bubble. It's a rally. But then, I guess the other side of this market's still in denial.

Maybe the rally in gold prices is hurting the bankers a little. They've been promising to sell all of their remaining bullion. Promises, promises. Wouldn't that be fun?

Did you know that when bankers sell their bullion, demand rises? Barclays doesn't. No, we won't pull our punches. They think they know that when gold prices go up demand falls. It would if the only thing gold was good for was jewelry. But I guess they've never heard of investment demand, or understand how the liquidity premium would work in the business of money. Very different guys.

NASDAQ Composite IndexDid they help the WGC come up with that Jewelry sales program?

Money has only one economic function. It enables the free exchange of goods and services within a market system. Where the dollar fails to do that, gold hasn't. For the dollar is just a money substitute, at its best.

Wall Street largely fails to recognize this still today. Money to the average person is something they can use to pay bills with. Money to an economist is what consumers hoard that they think will help them buy what they need in the future. That process, where the consumer decides on which commodity (or money substitute) to hoard, determines what every good and service in any economy will ultimately be priced in, or exchanged for.

That process is always evolving and policymakers are always trying to figure out how to get the market to prefer dollars (or euros), naturally to gold.

When they fail, as inevitably they must, gold prices rise, bankers whine, investors lose money (if they're long too many overvalued sectors, which they invariably are if gold prices are rising in the first place), inflation becomes visible to the owners of dollars, and capitalism takes a step towards purging itself of bureaucracy.

If Barclays doesn't improve its understanding of monetary issues, markedly, it risks being the last to sell its dollars.

The only reason to be bearish on gold in our opinion is if the US dollar and US stock markets can refute our bearish prognostication. Dollar bulls have a lot of work to do.

DOW IndustrialsThe Nasdaq crumbled today, giving up all of early May's gains. The composite closed at a new eight-month low, and just a hair above May's lowest (intraday) trade. The bears are telegraphing a test of September's low this week. The S&P 500 index went off to a bona fide fresh eight month low, with the same intentions. There is no good support left between Monday's close and 940, and we do expect a test of that level, at a minimum.

The Dow Industrials fell through the neckline of a three-month descending triangle (top) on the daily chart, and bears are headed for January's low, or 9529. That low is the last highest low in the intermediate bull market sequence the DJIA has been trending in since 9-11.

The immediate technical objective of the descending triangle formation is 9000, or 1000 points lower. Our target for the Dow low this year is 6000, maybe 7000 if they are lucky… the bulls that is.

Leading the Dow to September's lows are the components already there or below it, such as GE, Microsoft, IBM, SBC, AT&T, and Merck. Breaking down over the last few days have been United Technologies, American Express, Citigroup, JP Morgan, GE, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Coke, Disney, General Motors, and Caterpillar. The last four are still holding an intermediate bullish sequence, but are telegraphing weakness, as is the rest of the market.

It looks ugly out there in New Economy land! We are definitely sellers of most stocks.


Ed Bugos

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Ed Bugos is a former stockbroker, founder of, one of the original contributing editors to and former editor of the Gold & Options Trader. He continues to publish commentary on market and economic trends; and provides gold, economic and mining research to private clients worldwide.

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