Bad News for Gold Lovers

8 Aug

Bad News for Gold Lovers

Considering my recent post about how big and bold jewelry is on the list of trends for 2008, this news from about the rise in gold prices is disheartening to say the least. It's no secret that metal prices, including gold, silver, and paltinum, have continued to increase, but this reports gold going way up to 4 digits! Crap! From Gold to Rise Above $1,000 on Jewelry, Lassonde Says:

Gold will surge to more than $1,000 an ounce driven by increased jewelry demand and a weaker dollar, Newmont Mining Corp. Vice Chairman Pierre Lassonde said.

“Gold's time is coming,'' Lassonde said at the Diggers & Dealers conference in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia today. The price will have three zeros, “I just don't know what the first number is going to be,'' he said, without giving a timeframe.

The supply of gold from mines is dropping as companies fail to make major discoveries and licensing issues slow down construction, Lassonde, 60, said. Gold jewelry demand is expected to rise from last year's value of $45 billion, he said. Gold at $1,000 would be 49 percent higher than today's price.

“The outlook for gold is bullish, but there's perhaps some vested interest in those forecasts,'' said Michael Widmer, the head of metals research at Calyon, the investment banking unit of Credit Agricole SA.

Gold for immediate delivery rose as much as $1.30, or 0.2 percent, to $674.30 an ounce today, and traded at $672.68 at 6:31 p.m. Sydney time. Gold futures reached a nominal record of $873 an ounce in January 1980, while the spot price reached a 26-year high of $730.40 in May, 2006.

`Bull Market'

“This bull market in natural resources will last a whole generation, that's 20 years,'' Lassonde said in remarks to the conference. “China and India will have hiccups but, no, they will not stop growing.''

Gold and oil will be the best performing commodities in the current cycle, while the prices of copper and molybdenum have peaked, he said. Gold will rise to more than $850 within 12 months, and will rise above $750 by fall, Lassonde said.

Calyon's Widmer said he's forecasting average prices of $650 for the current quarter, and $700 for the final three months of 2007. “The average for next year, I think, will reach $720,'' he said. “We can still go higher from where we are.''

The price of gold will be boosted by increased global wealth, which will spur jewelry sales, Lassonde said. Jewelry accounted for two-thirds of gold demand in the first quarter.

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  2. Missle December 18, 2008 at 9:43 pm #

    if many people feel the gold jewelry if high price,why not make another choice to look at silver jewelry.i think its price is very reasonable.

  3. WendyB August 8, 2007 at 8:04 pm #

    Well, Lassonde has reason to want to talk the price up. As I recall, there has been some drop in demand after the price hit a 26-year-high last year, which then pushed the price down (somewhat) from that high. I think $1000 gold would have a very profound effect on demand.

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