NEW YORK ( FMD Capital Management) -- One of the most truly frustrating things in investing is to see a fundamentally sound investment seem to wither before your eyes.
No matter how much you research a particular security or theme, it sometimes just moves in the opposite direction despite all logical evidence to the contrary.
One of the best ways to explain this phenomenon is that "investing is not logical, it is psychological." Never has this been more prevalent this year than with the price action of gold.
Given the fundamental backdrop of unending quantitative easing, rising overseas demand, depreciation in the U.S. dollar and a finite supply of the precious metal, it would seem that gold prices should be on the rise. However, the spot price has continued to run afoul of nearly every significant momentum upswing this year.
This can be even more frustrating when the investment is a non-correlated asset class that does not respond to the same technical or fundamental price action as stocks or bonds.
Gold is known by some to be safe haven that can be a shelter from the auspices of a falling U.S. dollar or rising inflationary effects. To others, it is simply an investment to be bought or sold depending on the prevailing trend, production costs, or future outlook.
SPDR Gold Shares ETF
has been in a persistent downtrend since it peaked in 2012 and every rally has been met with relentless selling pressure. Hedge funds have shunned it, institutional investors continue to forecast its demise and retail investors have
never been more confused
about the future direction of the yellow metal.
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From a technical perspective, GLD has made a perfect head-and-shoulders pattern since it bottomed in June of this year. That pattern is bearish and adds another level of concern that the next leg will be downward to re-test the 2013 lows. There is certainly enough negative conviction in the marketplace to warrant another sell off.
However, there is also a very definitive level of support to wager on a modest bounce near these levels as well.