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Friday, 30 August 2019

Investors Increasing Their Gold Exposure

When some people just started writing off gold last week stating that it was a bubble, the yellow metal once again proved its opposition wrong.

Though gold consolidated in a narrow range of $1528 to $1493 till Thursday, it did manage to pop up on Friday.

Gold has risen nearly 8% so far this month and about 19% this year, and was set for a fourth straight week of gains.

Gold prices rose by 2% on Friday as investors construed U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s speech as leaning toward a dovish monetary policy stance and President Donald Trump’s latest comments exacerbated trade tensions with China.

Powell said the U.S. economy is in a “favourable place,” but gave few clues about interest rate cuts at its next meeting. However, he listed a series of economic and geopolitical risks the Fed is monitoring, noting these were linked to the trade spat.

Spot gold rose 1.9% at $1,526.60 an ounce on Friday, shaking off slight headwinds ahead of the Fed Chair’s speech.

Prices earlier rose to $1,528.79, the highest since Aug. 13, when spot gold had scaled a six-year peak of $1,534.31.

Contradicting to the price rise, data released showed that US jobless claims dropped 12,000 to seasonally adjusted 209000 for the week ended on Aug 17. The IHS Market Flash Purchasing Managers Index came at 49.9 below 50 levels for the first time since Sep 2009. The yellow metal hits an intraday low of $1493.44 and is currently trading around $1495.99.

Markets were eyeing US Fed Chair Powell's speech in Jackson's hole symposium for further direction.

Some early comments revealed that FED is going to be dovish but not outright one and the rate cut won’t be on accelerated mode.

The US 28.10y yield inversions are the real headache for economists whether or not the recession is coming now.

But the real culprit might be the USD-CNY i.e. Yuan on its depreciating fast and sooner it would be bringing more uncertainty and uncertainties are the best time to put money into gold.

Trump tweeted on 21st August that he is hoping a china deal. Fed minutes revealed all expected scenario and two of the members of the Fed actual wanted. 50% rate cut and finally did.25% last month and overall commentary was dovish and more centred around global economic weakness. Trump also ratcheted up the rhetoric on China, ordering U.S. companies to look at ways to close operations in the country, which sent equities tumbling and drove further inflows into safe-haven gold.

This came after China unveiled retaliatory tariffs against about $75 billion worth of U.S. goods.

The fact that Powell said that they (the Fed) will act appropriately to sustain expansion is pretty bullish for gold. The two primary tools they have are quantitative easing (QE) or lower rates - both those tools will cause gold to go higher

Powell’s speech prompted a backlash from Trump on Twitter, asking whether the Fed chair was a greater “enemy” than China’s leader Xi Jinping.

In normal times, investors need lower prices to persuade them to park their money for ten years, but when trouble is brewing, they are prepared to pay more for a secure long-term home for their cash.

Conventional thinking has it that gold, along with other “hard assets” such as real estate, flourishes when an economic boom, with attendant inflation, is driving investors and traders away from conventional securities such as cash, stocks and bonds and towards investments likely to hold their value.

There are three reasons why we believe that now is the right time to think about increasing gold exposure.

The first would be that broad market valuations are high, which would suggest that equity returns over the next decade could be lower than in the past decade. Historically, that has often coincided with strong returns for gold and gold equities.

Secondly, the case for the US dollar over the coming decade is weak. Primarily, this is the function of very large US deficits. Again, when the dollar is weak historically gold has performed well.

Finally, the most important; there are global macro policy risks. These are as likely today as at any point since the Second World War and the cause of that are record-high global debt burdens.

The risk here is that macro policy responses could continue to be unconventional and potentially become more extreme, driving real interest rates very low or even negative.

So as per our Managing Director Prithviraj Kothari's opinion, gold seems to be the best option to park your funds.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Play Cautiously and Take Utmost Care While Trading

Gold prices have risen nearly 16% this year, and by around $ 100 an ounce this week, as investors turned to the precious metal seen as a safe haven amid the bruising US-China trade and currency war.

As the week opened, PBOC of China fixed Yuan at 6.97% against the dollar and Trump and US Fed commented that China is acting as a currency manipulator. As mentioned previously that whatever Trump has done against China in its history is the worst trade war of this decade. There was obvious that pain boomeranged into the US markets and Dow slipped nearly 750 points on Monday- the worst single-day fall of 2019. And big time sufferers are US companies and global economies as they are on the verge of recession.

Gold hit $1485 and that was a major target that I made clear over the time and now this parabolic rise should stop unless China does something nasty to un-nerve.

The dimming global economic outlook, fuelled by heightening trade tensions between the U.S. and China are boosting gold’s appeal as a hedge against financial turmoil.

Gold is likely to show higher volatility and now overall range is expected to be $1500-$1550.

Despite Chinas commitment, the PBOC fixed Yuan at a higher level and fixed USD/CNY at 7.05% on Wednesday. Gold is once again moving to new calendar year highs and it hit $15 higher. Now gold is also behaving like currency when there is a losing streak for USD as the global currency status. These are extraordinary times and no matter how the USD index or the US data comes out, there is next big leg of rally possible on both.

On Thursday, gold showed an intraday volatility of +3%. This kind of fluctuation exhibited in the global markets too. Meanwhile gold hit 5.5 years high of %1522 and also made the single biggest gain of 3 years at 17.25. Moreover, the US-China trade war has been intensifying in a slightly uglier manner and this is adding fuel to the rally in gold prices.

Gold is at a record-breaking high in the domestic markets too. Gold prices on Thursday soared past the Rs 38,000-mark for or the first time rising Rs 550 to hit a fresh high of  Rs 38,470 per 10gm here in the capital.  In Mumbai, agency reports pegged the price of 10gm of standard gold (99.5 purity) at Rs 37,091, while pure gold (99.9 purity) cost Rs 37,240 on Thursday.

Gold remains relevant given the elevated economic and geopolitical risks. Investors will continue to shift their strategic portfolio positions in favor of gold. But Our Managing Director, Prithviraj Kothari advises all the investors to play cautiously and take utmost care while trading in these high volatile patterns.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Gold Is Still Very Reactive to Daily News

The increase in the price of gold is not only limited to US dollar; it is pretty much the same in virtually all major currencies in the world, Recently Indian Government has decided to increase import duty on gold. Our Managing Director- Prithviraj Kothari has advised the market to wait for more stability. There are quite a few reasons why the gold bull market might indeed have returned and that the latest price action is not just bubble.

Gold traders limited the range view before the testimony and were eyeing on $1390-$1392 once again as a final support.

Gold spent most of the week under $1,400 even though China added 10 tonnes to its reserves and Poland reported a large acquisition of 100 tonnes.

Wednesday gold moved decisively up to $1,426 on the back of Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell's dovish comments at his semi-annual monetary policy testimony but then moderated with US inflation coming in above expectations overnight, although it has held above $1,400.

Spot gold rose 1.5% on Wednesday after Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s dovish remarks, where he confirmed the U.S. economy was still under threat from disappointing factory activity, tame inflation and a simmering trade war, and said the Fed stood ready to “act as appropriate.”

This statement weighed on the dollar. The U.S. currency against major other currencies extended declines for a second session.

All eyes were focussed on Powell over the past week as he presented his key semi annual monetary policy before the congress. What needs to be remembered is that it was a two-day testimony and maybe the last key event before locking the 28th- 29th July verdict. The extent of dovishness depended on change of words that he put on soon after the strong US payrolls.

On the second day of the testimony, Powell almost reassured that he is not changing the stance of June (which was dovish and rate cut prone) as he sees lot of headwind and slowdown especially the trade war-related tensions that are affecting the global growth. Morgan Stanley however thinks that the Fed will cut 0.5% on 25th July.

Gold prices fell on Thursday, erasing gains made early in the day after stronger-than-expected consumer inflation in the United States cast doubts whether the U.S. central bank will cut interest rates as aggressively as expected.

Spot gold dipped 0.85% to $1,406.8 per ounce, dropping nearly $6 after U.S. consumer prices demonstrated a pick-up in underlying inflation, increasing in June by the most in nearly 1-1/2 years.

The core U.S. consumer price index, excluding food and energy, rose 0.3% in June, data showed on Thursday, the largest increase since January 2018. The U.S. Federal Reserve had last month downgraded its inflation projection for the year to 1.5% from the 1.8% projected in March.

Bullion rates were quick to slump following the data, shedding nearly 1% in the latter part of its session, with the dollar erasing some losses.

Gold prices inched higher on Friday as investors shrugged off concerns that stronger-than-expected consumer inflation in the United States could influence the U.S. central bank’s decision on aggressive monetary policy easing.

Spot gold rose 0.3% to $1,407.31 per ounce as during trading sessions, having touched $1,412.20 earlier in the session.

Fed policymakers are scheduled to meet on July 30-31, where investors will look for further cues on monetary policy easing. Nonetheless, gold remains a valuable asset amid rising geopolitical tension, growing macro uncertainty and a maturing economic cycle. The market expects synchronous rate cuts globally, which will make non-yielding gold attractive for investors.

Gold is still very reactive to daily news but it is forming a trading channel of $1,380 to $1,440 and the longer this continues the better - the market needs to consolidate before attempting another leg higher, which we feel is the more likely outcome than it breaking back down.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Market Should Wait for More Stability

Last week, the price of gold spiked above $1,400 per ounce, a level that, signals the beginning of a new bull market for gold. Many factors have been driving gold’s price higher, including recent changes in the U.S. Federal Reserve’s outlook that increased the chances of future rate cuts, the European Central Bank’s comments from earlier this month signaling that further rate cuts may also be a possibility in Europe, falling U.S. Treasury rates and a declining U.S. dollar.

The surge in the price of gold following the Federal Reserve meeting indicated a material change in market behavior as the adjustments to the Summary of Economic Projections (SEP) fuel betted for lower US interest rates.

Some disappointing numbers coming in from the US strengthened gold prices further. The US economy showed fresh worrisome signs on Monday as home sales and consumer confidence sank. Sales fell 7.8% to a five month low in a sign that low rates aren't spurring activity. Consumer confidence also dove to 121.5 from 131.0 as the expectations survey cratered. Those numbers added to the pessimism in the US dollar early and lifted gold for the sixth day.

On a day filled with economic data and Fed speakers, it was St Louis Fed President James Bullard who stole the market's attention with a hint that a rate-cutting cycle isn't coming. Instead of a series of rate cuts, Bullard implied there would be one or two.

Like a typical Bollywood masala movie, there were a lot of twists and turns that continued on Fed chief and other Fed members as FED GUV had appeared just before the Powell’s Speech on 25th June, and he said that an emergency is not beyond the realm for the Fed.

Later Powell came out and stated that Fed and the independent Body don’t come under political pressure and that one weak data doesn’t necessarily mean a weak economy.
However, comments from St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, a 2019 voting member on the FOMC, suggested the central bank will insulate the US economy with an “insurance cut” as the official insists that a reduction of “50 basis points would be overdone.”

Moreover, Chairman Jerome Powell pointed out that the baseline outlook for the US economy “remains favorable and it seems as though the FOMC will take a more reactionary approach in managing monetary policy as the central bank head pledges to “closely monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook and will act as appropriate to sustain the expansion.”
With that said, details of a US-China trade deal may ultimately lead to a minor adjustment in monetary policy, but Chairman Powell and Co. may have little choice but to re-establish a rate cutting cycle as the Trump administration continues to rely on tariffs and sanctions to push its agenda.

These price movements had a spill effect in the domestic markets too. Local gold prices hit a record ₹35,960 per 10 grams on Tuesday, having jumped more than 10% over the past month. People generally don’t tend to buy gold in such a high volatile markets. Such high jump in prices is welcomed with a dampening demand as investors and consumers would prefer to buy gold in a more stabilized market.

So all in all, the DOW turned weak. The US 10y yields did not gain and still hover 2.00%. This is one indicator that rate cut will be there and dovish view has to be maintained by FED and that’s the reason that gold cannot be bought at $1405-$1425. Our Managing Director Prithviraj Chauhan known as The Bullion King of India has advised markets to wait for more stability and clarity on the global economic front.