Experienced precious metals investors are familiar with the many "drivers" which have been identified for the precious metals market. However, this is simply another way of saying that bullion is a good proxy for many of the dynamics in markets (and the overall economy) today.
This is a concept which is especially useful with respect to investing in a "short" position (i.e. betting that a particular investment will go down rather than up). "Shorting" a market is inevitably a much more high-risk investment than going "long".
To begin with, there is the potential for infinite losses. Bet "long", and you can never lose more than 100% of your investment (assuming we avoid the insanity of "margin" in our accounts). Bet "short" however, and there is no limit to potential losses, since there is no (theoretical) limit on how high any particular investment could rise (except for bonds). Add to that the further risk of being forced-out of your short-position, and we can see that this is a particularly precarious form of investing, best left to trading experts.....read on