By Myra P. Saefong
For many gold traders, the only story worth following is the one about the Federal Reserve and when it will increase the benchmark interest rate.
Not so for Frank Holmes, a longtime mining fund manager who is chief executive of U.S. Global Investors and co-wrote the 2008 book “The Goldwatcher: Demystifying Gold Investing.” He currently co-manages the U.S. Global Investors Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX, -2.04%
In an interview with MarketWatch, Holmes said four factors — shrinking real interest rates in the U.S., a dip in the dollar that led to a so-called “death cross” formation, a jump in the global purchasing managers index and signs of increased demand from China — suggest that gold could finish the year higher, perhaps as high as $1,350 an ounce, which would be about 25% above Thursday’s close.