Why Financial News?


A great deal of economic news is opinion, conjuncture or based on statistics that are often falsified or misconstrued.   Plus the news we see is prejudiced by what commerce thinks we want to see.

Advertising revenue is the driving source of news.  Audience determines ad rates and ad rates determine profits so all the news is aimed at attracting readers, not necessarily informing them.

Plus a lot of economic news is unreliable, or so unusable that it will just waste our time.

Let’s look at an example of a very recent economic news about the price of gold and the US dollar.

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30 day gold chart from Kitco showing dollar price of gold from Feb 22 to March 1, 2017. (1)

A February 24, Wall Street Journal article said “Dollar Edges Higher With Trump Speech Looming” (2).

Then  the Wall Street Journal article of  February 25, 2017, says “Gold rises as dollar falls” (3) said:  “Gold prices rose to their highest level in 3½ months Friday, lifted by dovish expectations of Federal Reserve interest-rate increases and political uncertainty in the U.S. and abroad.”

The Kitco gold chart above shows that yes gold did rise and fall, but the information was basically useless.  Gold’s price (in dollars) was falling when the Journal suggested it was rising and on February 25th gold’s price was falling when the Journal said it was rising.

More importantly the rising and falling was nominal.  Only huge leveraged traders could have earned more than the cost of trading gold that week.  Overall, for the week, the price of gold had a blip and then ended almost exactly where it began.

To have read this economic news was a waste of time.  Even worse, to have acted on what was written would have been a waste of money.

We need to use mathematically based financial news to make investment decisions.

The excerpt from our Purposeful Investing Course (Pi) outlines how investors use the Pi strategy in up to seven layers of tactics based around Financial News.

Pi Tactic #1:  Determine purpose of investing and use math to reveal good value in stock markets around the world.

Pi Tactic #2:  Diversify 70% to 80% of portfolio equally in good value developed markets.

Pi Tactic #3:  Invest 20% to 30% equally in good value emerging markets.

Pi Tactic #4:  Use trending algorithms to buy, sell or hold these good value markets.

Pi Tactic  #5:  Add spice speculating with “ideal conditions”.

Pi Tactic  #6:  Add spice speculating with leverage.

Pi Tactic  #7:  Add spice speculating with forex potential.

Here is another excerpt from the course that shows how to use math to determine “ideal conditions” for the price of gold.  The mathematical ratio to work with for gold is its price in relation to inflation.  The goal is not to determine if it will go up or down in the short term.  Gold’s price will rise and fall, sometimes too much, sometimes not enough.  When investors have a value line to determine when the price is too low, then accumulating gold for the long term increases the odds of profit.  This excerpt shows how Pi determines the value of gold.

#1:  Gold price to inflation.  This is perhaps the most speculative of the ratios since a meaningful inflation rate is hard to define. Statistics can be misleading.  In the Silver Dip Report 2017 there is an analysis of inflation that shows the median house price has increased 49 times but the average American house has changed greatly since 1944.

Gaining a true perspective on gold’s value is also difficult because the price of gold was fixed for many years.  The gold price was fixed at $35 an ounce at the end of WWII.  The fixing did not take into account the huge inflation this conflict created.  This also impacts any accuracy in understanding what the real price of gold should have been at the end of the war.

These factors can distort the accuracy of the picture. How much is gold really worth now?  What is its real value?  This is truly THE golden question.

Here are a few theories that can help us understand the relationship between the price of gold and cost of living.

First, we use gold’s 1944 price and the costs of houses and cars and wages at the same time.  Since the mid 1940s US median income increased 29 times.  House prices rose 47 times. The cost of cars jumped 36 times.

Gold was up 35 times in the same period from $35 to $1,235 an ounce.

If these conclusions are accurate,  it means that gold was a reasonable hedge against inflation.  Had you stored a pile of the precious metals away in 1942 to buy a car, you could do it.  A house maybe not, but again the statistical house purchased today might be very different from the statistical house purchased in the mid 1940s.

The gold cost of living relationship is true for the cost of going to a movie, up 33 times.  Apartment rentals are up 34 times.

But other basics have inflated far less.  Gas is up 19 times, but of course bounces around a lot.  Postage:  16 times.  Bread:  21 times.  Sugar: 10 times. Hamburger about 13 times.  Coffee:  11 times.  Eggs: 13 times increase.  Milk: 16 times.

Gold failed for keeping up with education.  The biggest increase is for Harvard tuition, up 107 times.  Or does this mean that a Harvard education has become a really lousy value?  That’s a question for another time.

This first comparison suggests that gold is not necessarily badly undervalued.  If the conclusions of the inflation are correct, this first comparison suggests that anytime gold drops below $1,225, it is likely at a fair value, about where it should be priced in relationship to other costs of living.

Second Comparison

inflation

Another way of looking at inflation is to lump all the price increases together.  In this instance, according to the inflation calculator website that uses the graph above, prices overall have risen 13.7 times since the end of WWII.

This second comparison would suggest that gold, up 35 times, has risen far more than inflation and is not a good value at $1,225.  However, because the price of gold was fixed at $35 an ounce, the original price must be suspect.

Third Comparison

If we use the 1944 inflation rate and compare it to the the price of gold in 1971, we see a value conclusion similar to comparison #1.

Why 1971?  That’s the year President Nixon told the Fed to stop honoring the dollar’s value in gold.  That meant foreign central banks could no longer exchange their dollars for U.S. gold, essentially taking the dollar off the gold standard.

Unhinged from the dollar, gold quickly shot up to $120 per ounce in the open market.  This $120 price is a glimpse of what the correct price of gold may have been in the mid 1940s.

If this third theory is correct, the price of gold has risen from $120 to $1,225, up about ten times, less than the 13.7 times inflation from 1945.

On the other hand, gold’s price rise from 1971 is still much higher than inflation from 1971 until now.  Then the inflation calculator website’s chart below shows inflation since 1971 has pushed prices up 5.8 times.  This would suggest that gold around $696 an ounce would be a good value.

inflation

However, since the $35 an ounce gold fixing obscures the true price rise, if we split the price half way between the $35 and 1971 price ($120), we perhaps have a more accurate view.  The adjusted price is $77.   If $77 was a more accurate real value for gold in the mid 1940s, then its price has risen 15 times and is in line with the 13.7 times cost of living increase.

Fourth Comparison

The fourth comparison uses a chart from Macrotrends.com that shows the price of gold since 1905 without adjusting for inflation.

inflation

The same site has this chart showing the price of gold based adjusted to the Consumer Price Index from 2015 till now.

inflation

In this comparison, gold’s actual price is almost the same as its adjusted purchasing power price, around $1,235.

Conclusion

The comparisons above are indicators that the price of gold is likely to continue rising and falling along the cost of living increases from a current fair value of $1,225.  This is the premise we use at Pi.

We keep the $696 price in mind when we calculate potential drawdowns, in case the assumption of a $1,225 fair gold price turns out to be horribly wrong.

These comparisons crystallize the fact that there is risk when it comes to speculating in gold.   They remind us never to speculate more than we can afford to lose or at least hold for extended periods of times. They also remind us not to catch gold fever when we read claims of $2,000 or $5,000 an ounce gold!  Unless inflation turns into mega inflation.

We are living in a high tide of news.  News can flood our every waking minute if we let it.  When it comes to investing, if we cut out the economic news and rely on mathematically based financial news instead, we gain time and reduce the frantic nature of our modern world.  This can reduce investment trading costs, help ease the behavior gap most investors suffer.  Turning off the economic news makes life less stressful and more comfortable and profitable as well.

Gary

(1) Kitco gold charts

(2)  www.wsj.com/articles/dollar edges higher with Trump speech looming

(3) www.wsj.com: Gold rises as dollar falls

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