Interest rates, oil prices, earnings, GDP, wars, peace, terrorism, inflation, monetary policy, etc. -- NONE have a reliable effect on the stock market
By Elliott Wave International
You may remember that after the 2008-2009 crash, many called into question traditional economic models. Why did they fail?
And more importantly, will they warn us of a new approaching doomsday, should there be one?
This series gives you a well-researched answer. Here is Part IX; come back soon for Part X.
Myth #9: Inflation makes gold and silver go up.
By Robert Prechter (excerpted from the monthly Elliott Wave Theorist; published since 1979)
This one seems like a no-brainer. The government or the central bank prints more bonds, notes and bills, and prices for things go up in response. Gold is real money, so it must fluctuate along with the inflation rate.
Once again, it doesn't happen that way. Let's examine the history of inflation and the precious metals since the low of the Great Depression.
Inflation occurred relentlessly from 1933 to 1970, yet gold and silver remained unchanged over the entire time. True, the government fixed the price. But markets are more powerful than any government, and if the market had wanted precious metals prices higher, it would have made them go higher. [Read more...]