BEAUMONT, Texas, Dec. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Presidential election year politics will disrupt markets, leading to a strong year for physical gold and rare coins in 2016, and a drop in the Dow Jones stock market average, predicts Michael Fuljenz, an award-winning precious metals and numismatic writer and President of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas (www.UniversalCoin.com).
"Nothing is guaranteed, of course, but I predict that new supplies of gold will decline from last year's levels due to the cost of mining versus the price gold. However, the public's demand for physical gold, such as American Eagle and Canadian Maple Leaf gold coins, will rise even higher from 2015's impressive levels," Fuljenz stated.
He predicts gold could rise to $1,200 or as high as $1,300 in 2016 depending on the strength of the U.S. dollar compared to other global currencies and the continued strong purchasing of gold by central banks.
Fuljenz emphasizes the long term strength of gold, noting that at the end of 2015, gold was about 270 percent higher than it was in 2000 while the Dow Jones average was only about 50 percent higher. Compared to 2005, gold was about 140 percent higher and the Dow average was up by about 75 percent.
In his latest weekly, free Metals Market Report, he makes seven "Fearless Forecast" predictions.
- New gold supplies will likely decline from 2015 to 2016. This past year was likely the "peak year" of global mining production. Lower supplies and/or rising demand will lead to higher prices in 2016.
- The tensions in the Middle East, particularly in Syria and Iraq (vs. ISIS) will escalate. This will push gold prices higher in "spurts" as terrorist acts take place around the world.
- Physical demand for gold will rise from 2015's record levels, pushing gold higher. The United States Mint, the Royal Canadian Mint and other global suppliers of gold bullion and gold coins will once again run short from time to time, rationing coins to dealers or delaying delivery, perhaps pushing premiums up.
- The dollar will peak by mid-2016 and then decline toward the end of the year, in terms of other major currencies, such as the euro, the pound and the yen, pushing gold up in terms of the dollar. The Fed will likely not raise rates many times in 2016, due to the possibility of a deteriorating U.S. economy and the threat of deflation.
- Rare coins will likely outpace gold bullion in 2016.
- Politics will disrupt markets, leading to a strong year for gold and rare coins, and a drop in the Dow Jones average.
- Wall Street will turn favorable toward gold.
The full Michael Fuljenz Metals Market Report is available free online at www.UniversalCoin.com.
Known as America's Gold Expert®, Universal Coin & Bullion President Michael Fuljenz has won national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals, including Book of the Year honors. A respected community leader in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, Mike also has served with distinction as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission, United States Mint and Royal Canadian Mint, and is on the Boards of Directors of the influential Industry Council For Tangible Assets, Crime Stoppers of Beaumont, Texas and is a member of the prestigious Professional Numismatists Guild.
SOURCE Universal Coin & Bullion