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Gold May Rise to $500 for First Time
Since 1987, Bloomberg Survey Says

By Pham-Duy Nguyen
Bloomberg News Service
Monday, November 21, 2005

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?
pid=10000087&sid=aqngaBjA._yY&refer=top_world_news

Gold may rise to $500 an ounce for the first time since 1987 as
investors purchase more bullion as a hedge against declining
currencies, a Bloomberg survey shows.

Sixteen of 28 traders, investors and analysts surveyed from Sydney
to Chicago Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 advised buying gold, which rose
$16.80 last week to $486.20 on the Comex division of the New York
Mercantile Exchange. Prices are up 11 percent this year. Seven
recommended selling gold. Five were neutral.

Gold sold in dollars gained against the major currencies last week,
including a 3.5 percent increase in euros and 5 percent in the
British pound. Gold rallied this year as mine output slowed, global
jewelry demand rose and investors grew more concerned inflation
would accelerate.

"Gold is trading like a currency," said Fulinda Malone- Rouse,
business-development manager in New York for EBS Dealing Resources,
a London-based spot market that handles $120 billion in daily gold,
silver and foreign currency transactions. Trading is up 30 percent
this year, and "we're seeing banks start to refocus on metals,"
Malone-Rouse said. "We're also seeing foreign-exchange traders trade
gold."

Gold for December delivery rose 3.5 percent last week on the Comex,
the biggest gain since August 2004. The rally was anticipated by the
majority of analysts surveyed Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. Bloomberg's
survey has forecast the direction of prices accurately in 47 of 82
weeks, or 57 percent of the time.

"I can see gold going through $500 an ounce in the very near
future," Barrick Gold Corp. Chief Executive Gregory Wilkins said in
an interview in Toronto. Since gold has traded above $500 only "a
handful of times," any return to that level may spur more investor
demand, he said.

Investors also are being drawn to gold as a haven because of the
threat to financial markets from avian flu in Asia, the war in Iraq
and the riots in France's suburbs, traders and analysts said. Demand
for gold coins, bars and bullion-backed shares rose 56 percent in
the third quarter from a year earlier, led by a 38 percent gain in
purchases in the Middle East, the producer-funded World Gold Council
said Nov. 17.

"They see holding large amounts of currency as high-risk," said
William O'Neill, a partner at Logic Advisors LLC, a commodity-
consulting company in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. O'Neill said
gold will trade between $520 and $525 for the rest of the year, a
change from his previous forecast of $485 to $490. "This is the day
of the hard asset."

Gold may also rise as central banks halt or slow a practice of
selling precious-metal reserves and diversify out of dollar assets.

Russia's central bank may double its gold holdings to 10 percent of
reserves from 5 percent, Maria Guegina, the bank's head of external
reserves, said on Nov. 15. The central banks of South Africa and
Argentina also said they may boost gold reserves.

"The markets work on fear and greed," Kevin McArthur, chief
executive of mining company Glamis Gold Ltd., said Nov. 18 in an
interview from Reno, Nevada. "The fear factor on central bankers is
such that they are buying. That is a very positive thing that's
happened in our industry."

Central banks, mainly in the U.S. and Europe, hold almost a fifth of
the world's gold as a reserve asset. In 1999, several European
central banks agreed to limit their sales of bullion, to prevent
price swings and make the market more transparent.

Investors may also buy gold to hedge against inflation, traders and
analyst said.

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said the bank is
poised to raise interest rates for the first time in five years to
stem inflation in the 12 euro nations. Bonds fell across the region.
European inflation, which reached 2.5 percent in September from a
year earlier, was 2.7 percent in 2004 and 2.2 percent in 2003.

U.S. consumer prices are rising at a 4.9 percent annual pace
compared with a 3.7 percent increase at the same time last year,
figures from the Labor Department showed Nov. 16.

"Inflation is real," McArthur said. "The flight to quality is to
gold."

Some investors buy gold in times of inflation to preserve purchasing
power. Gold surged to $873 an ounce in 1980 when consumer prices
jumped 12.5 percent. Gold reached a 16-year high of $458.70 an ounce
on Dec. 2 as U.S. inflation jumped to 3.3 percent last year, the
highest in four years, from 1.9 percent in 2003.

"Gold will continue to climb higher over the coming months," said
Stuart Flerlage, managing principal at Patronus Capital. "Investors
recognize that everything they spend money on has become more
expensive."

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