by Adam Hamilton
Gold’s powerful surge in 2016 has been driven by utterly massive investment buying. This is a marked sea change from recent years, where investors relentlessly pulled capital out of gold. But with that dire sentiment reversing, they are rushing back in with a vengeance. Major investment capital inflows into gold are an exceedingly-bullish omen, as they are what transform a mere gold rally into a new bull market.
With gold enthusiasm growing, it’s easy to forget how radically different things looked just a few months ago. Back in mid-December the day after the Fed hiked rates for the first time in 9.5 years, gold dropped to a miserable 6.1-year secular low of $1051. The popular level of antipathy towards this asset class by investing professionals was mind-boggling. They universally believed it was doomed to keep spiraling lower.