31 July 2015

Speculators, value investors and gold

I have written before on how gold is a pure epsilon asset and driven by narratives. This article by Michael Pettis takes a similar approach to China’s recent stock market problems but he makes a number of observations that apply to markets in general. I think these observations have application to gold in general as well as the current state of the gold market. Michael notes that there are two types of players in markets – value investors and speculators. He says that markets dominated by one or the other type will generally behave differently. [read more]


  1. Fundamentals of pricing are secondary to the whims of the HFT algos.

    Paper gold simply trumps physical gold.