vrijdag 2 augustus 2013

Gold Backwardation Explained By James Turk

If you want to know what gold backwardation means, read this article of James Turk. Very interesting.

Let's say we have two currencies A (euro) and B (USD). Then the following is true:

- A's interest rate < B's interest rate
- A is in contango against B
- A's value rises going into the future
- Higher interest rates means a higher risk of debasement of the currency.


Now let's look at two other currencies A (USD) and B (gold):

- USD's interest rate < gold's interest rate (lease rate)
- USD is in contango against gold (or gold is in backwardation)
- USD's value rises going into the future (or gold's value declines going into the future = negative GOFO)
- Higher interest rates means a higher risk of debasement of the currency.

Now gold's interest rate is higher than the USD's interest rate. Which means gold has a higher risk of debasement than the USD. This is virtually impossible because gold cannot be debased.

Which means something has to give. This is a rare event and will mark a bottom in the gold price.

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