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Old 02-01-2012, 09:34 AM   #383
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http://seekingalpha.com/article/3155...iversification

2012 Outlook For Gold: Positive Fundamentals Remain And Crucial Diversification
1 comment | December 22, 2011 | includes: AGOL, DGL, DGLD, DGP, DGZ, DZZ, GLD, GLL, IAU, PHYS, SGOL, UBG,

Introduction

With just a few trading days left in 2011, we can take stock of gold’s performance vis--vis other assets.

Gold is 13.7% higher in USD, 12% higher in GBP and 14.4% higher in EUR. Gains were seen in all fiat currencies and even stronger performing fiat currencies such as the CNY (yuan) and JPY (+9% and +8.75% respectively).


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G10 and Gold in USD in 2011 (YTD)

Stock markets globally had a torrid year with the S&P500 down 1.3%, the FTSE down 8% and the CAC and DAX down 19% and 15% respectively. Asian stock markets also fell with the Nikkei down 17%, the Hang Seng 20% and the Shanghai SE down 22%.

The MSCI World Index fell 9%.

Thus, gold again acted as a safe haven and protected and preserved wealth over the long term.

While gold reached record nominal highs at $1,915/oz in August, it is important to continually emphasize that gold remains well below the real high, adjusted for inflation, in 1980 of $2,500/oz.

Gold today at $1,625/oz is 18% below the record nominal high of $1915/oz in August 2011. More importantly, gold remains 46% below its real high of $2,500/oz.

Since 2003, we have said that gold would likely reach the real high from 1980 for a variety of important fundamental reasons – such as global debt levels, global demographics and geopolitical, macroeconomic, monetary and systemic risk.

Money Creating Central Banks May Push Gold to New Nominal Record in 2012

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