Gold, which enjoyed a spectacular run-up in price over the past
decade, appears to have lost its luster to many investors.
On June 20, gold registered a nearly 6 percent drop in price,
hitting its lowest point since September 2010, falling to $1,268.89 an
ounce during the day’s trading. The morning of June 21, gold recovered
a bit, heading towards $1,300 an ounce.
Silver, which started 2013 at the $30 an ounce level and began June
at $22.50 an ounce, dipped further, to $19.60 on June 20. By the
morning of June 21, silver again broke the $20 an ounce level.
One has to go back to September 2010 as well to find silver trading
at the $20 an ounce level.
The drop in precious metals — which was accompanied by a drop in
global stock markets — was interpreted as a response to comments from
U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke that the Federal Reserve
may be done with its monetary stimulus next year.
From August 1999 to August 2011, gold surged in price 650 percent.
An April 2011 Gallup poll showed that 34 percent of Americans thought
that gold was the best long-term investment. However, as investors
become more optimistic about the economy and fears about inflation
become less prevalent, gold loses much of its allure as a safe haven investment.
The latest sharp drop follows a $140 an ounce slide on April 15
where gold hit a then two-year low of $1,350 an ounce. That led major
analysts to declare that the golden age of gold was over and an April
10 article in the New York Times stated, “The stakes are high: the
last time the metal went through a patch like this, in the 1980s, its
price took 30 years to recover.” ■