The stock market and the economy are in the midst of very tough times. Everywhere you turn there is bad news about the economy. You hear it on the radio, TV, in newspapers, and bars and pubs. The Dow goes down 500 one day, up 300 the next, and then down 700 the day after that. Investors might be accurately depicted as being in panic mode. Everything about the economy seems unsure right now.
Gold is usually bought as a hedge against these uncertain times. If there is one asset you can count on, it has always been gold. Gold has never gone to zero in value and usually when the economy is in trouble and stocks are going down, gold is seen as a safe haven. Many people buy gold stocks as an insurance policy against a tough economy. It makes one wonder why, in the midst of all this turmoil and uncertainty, gold has not gone up?
Lately, when stocks have been taking a dive, all stocks have been going down, including gold stocks. Usually it is more of a one or the other type of thing. This might be happening for several reasons. First, when the dollar is weak, and it has been very weak in recent years, gold goes up. Lately though, the dollar has been making a bit of a comback which might be contributing to golds decline.
Another reason why gold is not going up may be because of the activity of banks and hedge fund managers that are in trouble. Because they have made a lot of bad bets which has led to this weakened economy and stock market panic, many investors want their money right now. These financial institutions may be having to sell their good investments such as gold in order to cover their losses. This continuing selling of gold will of course drive the current price of gold down. As long as enough of these hedge fund managers are selling, gold will continue to stay at current levels.
These are some of the reasons why gold has been a disappointing investment in recent months. If you are like most people, it is nice to see at least one thing in your portfolio go up as the rest of your investments go down. Gold and gold stock has always been that thing up until now and hopefully it will make a comback soon.