E Gold Stocks Collapse - Much Worse Than Expected

You would think that the recent collapse in prices for gold stocks was harsh enough to silence those who advocated their acquisition as the "best way to play the coming gold boom", but they are back at it with fervor.

Some investors share in the enthusiasm, too: "On March 18th 2020 the precious metals mining stocks began what will be the biggest bull run in living memory..." (The comment came from a reader of my posts and the ellipses are his.)

The implications of the statement are fairly clear. Get ready for an exhilarating ride to the moon, or thereabouts, if you are in the rocket ship named 'gold mining shares'.

Before you buy your ticket, though, here are some facts that may help you decide whether or not the gold stock rocket is for you.


WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO GOLD STOCKS

On Monday, February 24th, the NYSE Gold Stock Index, HUI, peaked in the morning at approximately 260. This was the same day that stocks in general began their initial descent. By the end of that week, the HUI was down nearly twenty percent at 210.

The twenty percent decline for the HUI was larger than the decline for stocks in general, with most major stock indices down close to seventeen percent.

After a week's reprieve, the decline continued in smashing fashion, taking the HUI down to 142, for a total decline of forty-five percent in three weeks.

While the losses for stocks in general were steep, reaching thirty percent for most major stock indices, the decline in gold mining shares exceeded that of other stocks by fifty percent. What happened to the "anti-stock(s)"?

Someone referred to gold as an/the anti-stock, so what was gold doing? Over the exact same three-week period, the price of gold declined almost fourteen percent.

That's not nearly as bad as gold stocks, so why did gold stocks decline more than three times that amount? Further, why are some people still so adamantly bullish about gold stocks?

Here are some things to keep in mind if you are still tempted, or persuaded, to invest in gold stocks.

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Kelsey Williams is the author of two books: Inflation, What it is, What It Isn't, And Who's Responsible For It and  more

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Adam Reynolds 2 months ago Member's comment

Will collapse in the coming weeks as the market does. People will have to liquidate their highest assets. Which is gold.