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Private Briefingwith WILLIAM PATALON III, Executive Editor
It’s one of the most powerful lessons I learned during my years as a business journalist. And it’s one that I’ve recounted to you folks on a regular basis.
The lesson: The most intriguing stories unfold in the shadows – long before they make a splash in the headlines.
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[Editor's Note: As you can see from the chart, gold has been on an 11-year tear. But according to Peter, that's just the beginning. In today's 2013 forecast Peter outlines the five forces that will push gold to new all-time highs.]
No two bull markets are ever the same, and gold is no exception.
During the last secular gold bull market in the 1970s, gold rose from $35 in 1968 all the way to $200 by late 1974.
Then the unthinkable happened. Between late 1974 and mid-1976, gold prices were cut in half, dropping from about $200 to $100.
At the time, many gold investors sold out in disgust, never to return.
But then a funny thing occurred. Gold prices started to climb again, rising from $100 in mid-1976 all the way to $800 by January 1980.
And anyone who was fortunate enough to own gold at $35 earned better than 20 times their investment in just 12 years.
Twenty-one years later, a new bull market began. Since 2001, gold has consistently performed in what now appears to be a record-setting run.
In fact, since 2001 the average return on gold is now just shy of 18% annually over the last 11 years.
I know of no other major asset that has turned in this kind of performance -- ever. This rise in gold prices is simply unmatched.
This is what a stealth bull market looks like, one that I fully expect will keep powering on.
Now, let's have a look at where gold prices might be headed in 2013...
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