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Gold Monthly Commentary

Strong Year for Gold Despite Post-Election Stress

By Joe Foster

Portfolio Manager/Strategist

Joe Foster

Key Takeaways

  • Both gold bullion and gold stocks experienced consolidation in December as the U.S. dollar reached new highs. Gold bullion declined 1.8% while gold stocks gained 1.1% over the month.
  • 2016 was a strong year and turning point for the gold market with bullion up 8.6%, its first annual gain in four years, and gold stocks returning 54.4%.
  • Despite market exuberance post-election, we still see many global financial risks that could help change the current sentiment towards gold and believe that gold is in the process of forming a base for what may become a long-term bull market.

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