Gold to Top $2K an Ounce by 2014
Asian economies behind the dramatic climb, report says
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2011 1:10 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Maybe Glenn Beck has been right about gold all this time—a new report says the precious metal could top $2,100 an ounce by 2014, and could come close to hitting the staggering $5,000 mark by the end of the decade in "a possible ‘super-bull’ scenario," reports the Telegraph. The key is less economic problems in the West and more continuing growth in the East, according to a report by the Standard Chartered Bank.

Rising demand for gold in China and India will be the force behind the bull run: Incomes in those two countries are expected to rise to 30% of the US level by 2030. "Assuming that the relationship between rising income levels and gold holds, gold prices could reach $4,869 by 2020," the report said. But higher mine production in the coming years "should overwhelm demand growth beyond 2014."