Gold sentiment as a whole is negative, but it suggests that the metal may be nearly done falling.
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The patience of gold bugs is being tested - and I mean severely tested.
You have to be a true yellow-metal diehard to put up with this kind of abuse.
Yet they say good things come to those who wait.
Well, gold seems to have gone nowhere since 2013. In fact, the precious metal rose to $1,900 in 2011, then corrected to $1,200.
In late 2015, however, it bottomed at $1,050 and has been climbing on balance since. Gold stocks have done the same, bottoming shortly after, then rallying sharply. Despite their pullback from mid-2016, they're up nearly 80%.
I'd argue they're building up energy to spring much higher, as conditions continue to favor much loftier prices for the entire sector.
Every now and then an idea comes along that revolutionizes an entire industry. Today we call that "disruption."
But disruption can happen on a number of levels. Sometimes it can be so subtle it takes years or even decades to be fully recognized for what it is.
It doesn't always have to be groundbreaking either - often it's simply a tweak or a re-think of an existing idea that just... opens the floodgates.
And nothing is ever the same again.
That's exactly what happened to the world of resource financing in the early 1980s, when the royalty business model, then commonplace in oil and gas, was applied to the gold mining sector.
A brand-new, high-profit investment was born.
Today, royalty/streaming companies thrive, and so do their investors.
It's an investing segment no investor can ignore - especially now, at the start of a secular gold bull.
Over the next few years, royalty/streamers will be generating fortunes for those shrewd enough to claim a stake right now.
When Bitcoin was rising by $1,000 a day back in December, you didn't have to look far to find pundits speculating on whether the crypto might "replace gold" as a "safe-haven investment."
Of course, that was before the digital currency peaked above $20,000 and then dramatically plunged to under $7,000. That put paid to the "safe haven" talk.
By comparison, gold, that 5,000-year-old "un-crypto," has risen a modest 7% over the past year.
What's more, 2016 and 2017 marked the first consecutive years of gold gains since 2011 to 2012. We've talked extensively about all the ways there are to cash in on the resurgent gold bull.
But today, I want to tell you about a high-tech game changer I'm watching - one that promises to bring gold into the digital age.
Why is this "disruptor" important?
Well, it'll eliminate most of the old "hassles" - security, portability, storage - that have kept gold's potential "vaulted" and bottled up for centuries.
This promises to make gold incredibly easy to use as cash, with no more difficulty than we encounter using banknotes or plastic today - easier and as secure as Bitcoin, in fact, with none of the volatility.
When stocks tanked on Monday, the gold mining companies fell with the broad market early.
Then, something unusual happened: Around midday, when the sell-off accelerated, the gold stocks suddenly held their ground and, even better, quickly reversed into one heckuva spirited rally.
The rally came from a critical support area near the 170 level on the NYSE Arca Gold BUGS Index of gold stocks.
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Frankly, it's crazy.
By all accounts, gold has resumed its secular bull market after four and a half long, long years in correction mode.
The funny thing is... you wouldn't know it judging by the "mood" of the market.
Here's what I mean: The average American has, at least until very recently, given up on precious metals.
You couldn't even charitably call coin sales "mediocre."
January sales of U.S. Mint American Eagle gold coins were down 50.2% from the same month last year. Sales were halved, from 117,500 to 58,000. For all of 2017, full-year sales of silver and gold American Eagle coins hit their lowest levels in 10 years.
Gold stocks have fared even worse. And with major stock indexes trading near all-time highs, it's easy to see how gold may be losing its luster for mainstream investors. Sentiment is very negative as the miners have struggled to gain traction.
But those armed with facts, strong research, and foresight are able to see a tremendous opportunity forming in a small subsector of the gold market.
There's a rare anomaly taking shape at this very minute - one that offers incredible profits.
How can you invest in gold in 2018?
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When Bitcoin prices dropped 23% in one day, one gold dealer sold $1.2 million worth of the precious metal.
We weren't surprised.
A gold bull market is underway. We predict gold prices will hit $1,500 by the end of 2018 and could surge more than 300% by 2020.
That's why, today, we'll show you our best gold stock to buy in 2018.
Investors could take advantage of this trend by owning physical gold or gold-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) like SPDR Gold Shares.
But Krauth says one of the most lucrative ways to play the gold bull market is through gold mining stocks.
Gold prices are already taking off in 2018.
Since Dec. 12, the price of gold has climbed 7.24%, from $1,242 to $1,332 today (Jan. 18).
This hardly comes as a surprise. After all, gold is an excellent investment during times of geopolitical turmoil and stock market uncertainty.
And Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth has been pounding the table for months with his $1,500 gold price target for 2018. That would be another 12.6% gain from current levels.
The U.S. government is hoarding over $10 billion in gold bullion.
That's because, during economic uncertainty, gold is a safe haven.
It bears repeating: The gold bull market is back!
I admit that's a big statement, and I believe the implications for every single investor are profound.
It will mean much, much higher gold prices, of course - a historic bull run that no investor will want to miss.
How high is gold likely to go? I think we'll see $1,400 this year and, eventually, $5,000 before this bull run is over.