2011 was the year gold reached its all-time high against the dollar when it climbed from $1325 at the end of January to over $1900 by early September. And during that year investments in the GLD ETF were also at record highs.
Subsequently traders saw the gold price fall over the course of the next four years, ending its bear market run in January of 2016. But as we enter into a new Presidency in January of 2017, and conditions looking very similar to what occurred last year in the gold markets following the central bank's first rate hike in over a decade, something else is occurring that is sure to spark a run in the gold price and it is happening once again in the paper gold market.
On January 17, the GLD ETF had risen 13 of the last 15 trading days, creating a scenario for gold not seen since it rose to its all-time high back in 2011.
The popular gold-tracking GLD ETF has risen in 13 of the past 15 sessions through Tuesday, the first time it has done so since summer of 2011.
Gold has suffered a precipitous drop since peaking in mid-2016, with Donald Trump's election and the Federal Reserve's rate hike serving as two notable bearish catalysts.
Each of the events sent the dollar surging and yields rising — both of which are bad news for gold. After peaking at nearly $1,380 per troy ounce in July, gold found itself below $1,130 per troy ounce in the middle of December.
Since then, gold has staged a subdued but nonetheless persistent rise. In the 15 sessions since Dec. 22, gold has risen more than 7 percent.
The last time the GLD rose as consistently was in the 15 sessions ended July 26, 2011, which similarly saw the ETF rise a bit less than 7 percent.
To be sure, 2011 is not a year that gold fans remember fondly. The metal topped out just a few months later, in September, at $1,923.7. A gut-wrenching decline was ahead, and the value of the metal has pretty much been declining ever since. - CNBC