With gold poised to close 2010 a hair's breath away from its all time nominal high price, all those who had been calling for a major correction in the gold metal "just around the corner", have been completely discredited. In fact, what may come as a surprise to many, gold is Reuters' best performing asset class of the year, well above the Nasdaq, and nearly doubling the S&P performance YTD. Yet the fact that gold continues to be a risk hedge as we suggested first about 6 months ago, has not deterred the empty chatterboxes from providing empty predictions: ten days ago we provided Doug Kass' prediction that gold is about to tumble. Granted our read of his "analysis" was one that suggest a jump in the price of gold was imminent. Sure enough, gold since then surged by nearly $50. And with global central banks having to beat their heads over the issue so well encapsulated by John Taylor, namely that global assets barely generate enough cash to service global debt, lat alone retire it, the only long-term outcome will be one of continued fiat devaluation and appreciation in hard currencies such as gold and silver (naturally with bouts of marked volatility, where one will be able to BTFD). So where will gold end 2011? Here are some more respected pundits' views on what may happen to gold in the coming year.