The chart below shows the Nominal Monthly Gold Price in £’s since 1979. The key Nominal Gold metrics are:
- The Nominal Gold Price is currently £1,054.16 which is 0.3% above the January 2013 Price of £1,051.35.
- Year on Year Nominal Gold Prices are only 0.4% below the March 2012 Price of £1,057.94.
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In contrast with US Dollar Investors we can see that UK Investors are just not seeing price falls. This is caused by Sterling devaluing against the Dollar at a rate pretty close to the fall in Gold Prices when measured in its globally quoted currency.
The chart below then takes the analysis one step further by adjusting for the continual devaluation of Sterling through inflation. If this is of interest then you might also be interested in understanding if Gold can protect UK Investors from inflation. The key Real Monthly Gold Price metrics are:
- Real Gold Peak Price was £1,168.11 in January 1980. At £1,054.16 we are 9.8% below that peak today.
- The long run average is £527.06 which is indicating a very large 100% potential overvaluation.
- The trendline indicates the Real Gold Price should today be £485 which would indicate even further overvaluation.
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Even though Gold has gone nowhere for 12 months I personally find myself around 22% underweight Gold against the target allocation that my strategy requires. This is caused by the value of many of my other assets rising considerably, which includes regular dividends that gold just doesn’t provide, combined with large contribution levels of new money entering my portfolio. At 25% underweight I’ll be pushing the buy button.
As always do your own research.
- Last gold price actual taken 14 March 2013.
- All other prices are month averages taken from the Bank of England.
- February and March 2013 inflation is extrapolated from the Retail Prices Index (RPI).