E Gold And The Need To Explain Price Action

People are obsessed with the price of gold. And the demand for answers to the question "Why?" continues to grow. Why did gold go up/down $20.00 today? Why?

All too eager to provide the answer, journalists respond as follows:

Quote: "A weak U.S. inflation print may be just what gold prices need to finally stay above $1,300." ...WSJ Aug 2016

Seriously? I thought higher gold prices were the result of inflation.

Quote: "Negative interest rates are sweeping the world as countries try to devalue their currencies, and that’s helping the price of gold." ...Feb 2016

The ongoing devaluation of the U.S. dollar has been taking place for over one hundred years. Gold's continually increasing price - over time - reflects that devaluation. There is no correlation between gold and interest rates.

Quote: "Gold prices were on track for a second straight day of losses Tuesday after United Nations sanctions against North Korea were less severe than many initially expected." ...WSJ Sep 12, 2017

Apparently more severe sanctions would have led (or did lead) to higher gold prices. Why? And why do sanctions that "were less severe" lead to lower gold prices? The answer in both cases is: they don't.

Quote: Analysts and investors have also said that demand for haven assets has weakened early in the week because damage from Hurricane Irma was less severe than expected. Many investors favor gold during times of geopolitical uncertainty. ...WSJ Sep 12, 2017

Another case of unrealistic expectations being dashed on the rocks of reality. Unfortunately, the explanation after the fact is just as bad as the original expectation. Contrary to the statement above, gold is not influenced or affected by "geopolitical uncertainty"; regardless of what investors think.

Quote: Gold prices climbed Thursday after the European Central Bank left its accommodative monetary policies in place. ...WSJ Sep 12, 2017

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