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Gold a Volatility Play? Where’s it Going? What Others are Saying

Gold a Volatility Play? Where’s it Going? What Others are Saying

mishtalk.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / June 6, 2017

A pair of interesting articles came my way regarding gold.

The first is from Incrementum AG. It’s part 11 of a series entitled In Gold we Trust.

The second, The Risks of This Low Volatility Environment & What It Means For Gold Prices, is from end Stefan Wieler of Goldmoney via HedgeEye.

The HedgeEye article discusses volatility suppression because six major central banks alone have together now purchased nearly 20 trillion dollars in assets, which is equivalent to almost 40% of the combined GDP.

Here is a snip on volatility suppression under Greenspan.

Shortly after Alan Greenspan became Fed Chairman, U.S. equity markets crashed by more than 10% in one day. It seems that the preceding Fed policy was designed to avoid spooking markets at all costs to avoid a repetition of the 1987 crash. As a result, volatility in the equity markets continuously fell for several years until the mid-1990s. When volatility began to rise again later in the decade on the back of the Asian crisis and turmoil in the wake of the failing LTCM fund, equity markets nevertheless kept on moving higher.