Gold Price Prediction for September 2021
The below gold price forecast article is based on one of our premium (Aug. 6) gold analyses. Enjoy:
While gold’s rally on Sep. 3 allowed the yellow metal to retrace more than half of its 2021 decline, the music stopped at its July highs. Moreover, with mining stocks often leading during periods of sustained bullishness, the drastic underperformance of the HUI Index, the GDX ETF and the GDXJ ETF signal that gold’s relative strength is unlikely to hold over the medium term.
Moreover, with the recent event-driven rallies first underwritten by Powell’s dovish comments and then spearheaded by the Delta variant’s depression of U.S. nonfarm payrolls, progress on the health front will likely elicit the opposite reaction in the coming months. And once sentiment shifts, we’ll likely witness a move to/below $1,700.
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Just as the previous turning point triggered a reversal in gold, the same is likely to take place shortly.
Moreover, let’s keep in mind that the yellow metal is also following the ominous roadmap from 2012. For example, if we break out the measuring tape and analyze the shape and the length of gold’s price action back then and compare it with today, it’s a tailored fit. Furthermore, the timeframe of the initial decline in 2012 approximately mirrored the length of the consolidation that followed. We see the same thing today – gold has been consolidating for more or less as long as it had been declining.
To explain, I wrote previously:
Gold’s recent relief rallies are barely visible on the daily chart. And while the yellow metal garnered strong support following the initial collapse in 2012 (rallying first to its 50% Fibonacci retracement, and then to the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement), today supporters are nowhere to be found (as evidenced by the tepid consolidation on the right side of the chart below). This tells us that the gold market is much weaker right now than it was in 2012 and 2013. As a result, the medium-term outlook remains profoundly bearish.
On top of that, following a bounce in 2012, gold suffered one of its most meaningful historical drawdowns. For context, I’m excluding the 2008 analogy here because the level of volatility during the 2008 financial crisis has yet to materialize across the financial markets. Also, please note that the chart ends where a really huge decline starts, so the real follow-up is much more bearish than it seems based on the chart alone.
Furthermore, if you analyze the bottom-right side of the chart below (marked with a large ellipse), you can see that in February 2013, gold recorded a corrected upswing following its initial plunge. Thereafter, gold fell back near its previous lows before recording another short-term upswing. However, after the dust settled, the yellow metal plunged once again and made lower lows. As a result, the back-and-forth movement that we’re witnessing today is perfectly normal and quite similar to 2013. And again, while gold recovered most of its decline, gold mining stocks haven’t been as lucky. And because our short position is in the GDXJ ETF, the underperformance of the gold miners is what matters the most.
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To explain, back in 2012, gold wasn’t confronted with a failed breakout of its previous highs. However, with the yellow metal unable to hold its August 2020 highs and maintain the breakout above its 2011 peak, even a fire hose of liquidity from the Fed couldn’t sustain the optimism. Thus, after gold corrected roughly half of its initial decline and then proceeded to rally back to the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level in 2012, the recovery was much stronger. This time is different – the yellow metal hasn’t risen visibly above its intraday lows to date. As a result, the outlook is even more bearish now than it was then.
For more on the 2008 and 2012 analogies (key factors for the medium-term outlook), I wrote on Jun. 4:
The analogies to how the situation in gold developed in 2008 and 2012, provides us with an extremely bearish price prediction for gold. Many other factors are pointing to these similarities, and two of them are the size of the correction relative to the preceding decline and to the previous rally. In 2012 and 2008, gold corrected to approximately the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level. Gold was very close to this level this year, and since the history tends to rhyme more than it tends to repeat itself to the letter, it seems that the top might already be in.
In both years, 2008 and 2012, there were three tops. Furthermore, the rallies that took gold to the second and third top were similar. In 2008, the rally preceding the third top was bigger than the rally preceding the second top. In 2012, they were more or less equal. I marked those rallies with blue lines in the above chart – the current situation is very much in between the above-mentioned situations. Also, the current rally is bigger than the one that ended in early January 2021 but not significantly so.
Remember what happened when gold previously attempted to break above major long-term highs? It was in 2008 and gold was breaking above its 1980 high. Gold wasn’t ready to truly continue its bull market without plunging first. This downswing was truly epic, especially in the case of silver and mining stocks; and now even gold’s price patterns are like what we saw in 2008.
My previous comments on the analogies to 2008 and 2012 remain up-to-date:
Taking into consideration that the general stock market has probably just topped, and the USD Index is about to rally, then gold is likely to slide for the final time in the following weeks/months. Both above-mentioned markets support this bearish scenario and so do the self-similar patterns in terms of gold price itself.
Moreover, while the pace of gold’s decline in 2012 started off slow, the momentum picked up later on as the drawdown became even more vicious.
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The relatively broad bottom with higher lows is what preceded both final short-term rallies – the current one, and the 2012 one. Their shape as well as the shape of the decline that preceded these broad bottoms is very similar. In both cases, the preceding decline had some back-and-forth trading in its middle, and the final rally picked up pace after breaking above the initial short-term high.
Interestingly, the 2012 rally ended on huge volume, which is exactly what we saw also on May 19 this year.Consequently, forecasting much higher silver or gold prices here doesn’t seem to be justified based on the historical analogies.
The thing I would like to emphasize here is that gold didn’t form the final top at the huge-volume reversal on Sep. 13, 2012. It moved back and forth for a while and moved a bit above that high-volume top, and only then the final top took place (in early October 2012).
The same happened in September and in October 2008. Gold reversed on huge volume in mid-September, and it was approximately the end of the rally. The final top, however, formed after some back-and-forth trading and a move slightly above the previous high.
Consequently, the fact that gold moved a bit above its own high-volume reversal (May 19, 2021) is not an invalidation of the analogy, but rather its continuation.
On top of that, with the Fed’s confidence game won or lost by whether or not inflation proves “transitory,” wouldn’t the central bank appreciate lower gold prices? If you think about it, it would be awfully convenient for the price of gold to decline in order to prove the point of the transitory nature of inflation.
Also eliciting shades of 2013, the U.S. 10-Year Treasury yield has bounced off of its 50-week moving average. And when a similar development occurred in 2013 (the red shaded area on the right side of the chart below), it preceded the most violent part of gold’s medium-term decline. As a result, further momentum in long-term interest rates could accelerate the pace of gold’s likely drawdown.
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Now, as you know, I’m not a fan of all the conspiracy theories that are out there, and I’m not the first to shout gold manipulation or silver manipulation every time the yellow or while metal goes down, but I also know that being realistic is one of my strengths. With the situation being what it is, and since the communities of top investment bankers and the community of officials interlace, I think that we have yet another reason to expect that the gold price is going to slide in the following weeks/months.
Finally, there are more layers to the analogue from 2008 that are extremely important.
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Please note (in the lower part of the above chart) that back then, the final huge slide in the mining stocks started when the GDX ETF moved back to its previous highs, while the USD Index moved a bit below its rising support line based on the previous tops. That’s exactly what happened recently as well. The final bottom in the GDX ETF formed about 3 months later at about 1/3 of its starting price.
The recent high was $40.13 and 1/3 thereof would be $13.38. While I don’t want to say that we will definitely see the GDX ETF as low as that, it’s not something that would be out of the ordinary, given the analogy to 2008. Now you see why the large bottoming target on the GDX ETF chart with the lower border in the $15s might actually be conservative… As always, I’ll keep you – my subscribers – updated.
“Ok, but what price level would be likely to trigger a bigger rebound during the next big slide?”
Well, the 76.4% Fibonacci retracement level (it’s visible as the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement level on the above chart as inverting the scale is used as a workaround) also coincides with gold’s April 2020 low. Taken together, an interim bottom could form in the ~$1,575 to $1,600 range.
For context, back in early March, the yellow metal continued to decline after reaching the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement (visible as 38.2% Fibonacci retracement) level, while, in contrast, the miners began to consolidate. Gold finally bottomed slightly below the retracement – at its previous lows. This time around, we might witness a similar event. And while the story plays out, the miners’ relative strength should signal the end of the slide (perhaps with gold close to 1,600), while gold will likely garner support sometime thereafter (at $1,575 – $1,580 or so).
Remember though: this is only an interim target. Over the medium term, the yellow metal will likely form a lasting bottom in the ~$1,350 to $1,500 range.
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