"Rising expectations has the media giddy about the prospects for future economic growth and the gold crowd huddled together in fear. While perception sets short-term reality, it does NOT control long-term market forces. The sovereign debt crisis, largely believed to be contained to the irresponsibility of Europe, has infected the world and grows more troublesome with each passing day. Rising consumer expectations which are highly sensitive to rising stock prices show a strong inverse correlation to the price of gold. In other words, as consumer expectation rise, it tends to signal higher gold prices in the future. This correlation grows stronger during periods of economic stress."