At the end of July, gold dropped below US$1,100 per ounce and many experts predict that the fall will not stop until US$800 or US$600 is reached. Yet, at first blush, the economic environment would seem ideal for a bull market: low inflation, low interest rates and overpriced stock markets have always been the perfect mix to support gold.

Gold prices will stay well below the peaks reached in 1980 and 2011 as long as public opinion in the United States believes that the Federal Reserve is in control and knows what it is doing. It will take panic and inflationary expectations to persuade investors to increase the share of gold in their portfolios. Today, these requirements are not being...

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Professor Enrico Colombatto
The prevailing explanation for gold’s downfall is psychological
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