Gold prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have risen to such a point that it’s almost inevitable that someone will ask the question: “Am I too late to the party?”

According to the analysts at Thomas Weisel Partners Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TWPG), gold prices exhibited strength from August to early December 2009 because of the Fed’s quantitative easing announcement in March, China’s announcement of increased gold reserves in April and purchases of IMF gold by India in October, writes Ed Liston for Bezinga. Gold prices may continue positive trends on concerns over fiscal and monetary policies, comment the analysts. [Why investors are still flocking to gold.]

  • SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD): down 2% in the last month

    • Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX): down 2.4% in the last month


    The 52-week range for GLD was between $78.87 to $119.54 while the 52-week range for GDX was between $27.15 to $55.40.

    The analysts say that the year-end shares outstanding will increase 10% for gold miners because of equity risings. Net debt is estimated to drop 16%.

    Gold miners have been increasing their reliance on project financing. The P/NAV multiples are contracting from 1.40x to 1.16x, according to the report, which reflects the miner’s acceptance of higher gold prices, larger operating margins, equity dilution and lower exploration successes. [Time for mining ETFs to shine?]