Gold Prices: Record-Breaking Volume

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It is often said that in market analysis: “volume precedes price movement.”

Gold has just posted its highest quarterly volume of all-time for futures trading history, for the quarter ended September 30. The closing data shows that for the period, over 17.5 million contracts traded hands. This eclipsed the previous record volume by a whopping 3.5 million contracts. What’s more, the new record surpasses the number of contracts that were traded during the quarter in which gold made its all-time price high of $1,923 per ounce, which came in Q3 of 2011.

Something is happening here in the gold market, for those who would pay attention to the hints now presenting themselves.

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As Gold Breaks Out, Miners Remain Historically Undervalued

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While ownership of physical gold should be the cornerstone of a precious metals portfolio, we are overweight the miners at this juncture. Despite gains of 100% – 500% in 2016, the gold mining sector is still historically undervalued relative to gold.

Throughout history, ratios between real asset classes revert to the mean when they become radically undervalued, and this time will prove no different. For those contrarian-minded investors who have a higher tolerance for reward and risk than the above targets for gold bullion alone would provide, the opportunities in the gold producing equities are quite significant.

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