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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Gold prices to go up: RSBL

                                                                 - Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD RSBL

While financial uncertainties were influencing gold prices, we have lately seen geo political uncertainties giving the yellow metal's safe haven appeal a further support if not permanent a temporary one.  The failed military coup in Turkey did manage to shake the markets.

Spot gold prices turned higher, reversing earlier losses in late trade on Friday in New York after Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said a group within the country's military has attempted to overthrow the government. For several hours overnight on Friday violence shook Turkey's two main cities, as the armed faction which tried to seize power blocked a bridge in Istanbul and strafed the headquarters of Turkish intelligence and parliament in Ankara. But the coup attempt crumbled as Erdogan rushed back to Istanbul from a Mediterranean holiday and urged people to take to the streets to support his government against plotters he accused of trying to kill him. The government declared the situation under control, saying 2,839 people had been rounded up, from foot soldiers to senior officers, including those who formed "the backbone" of the rebellion.

Earlier on Thursday, spot gold price crashed down to a two-week low of $1,320.45 after the Bank of England’s (BOE), contrary to expectations, kept interest rates unchanged in its Thursday meeting. In a somewhat surprising move, the Bank of England (BoE) decided to keep rates steady despite fear over the health of the UK economy following the Brexit vote.

Holdings in Global Gold ETF’s rose on Friday but lost about 10 tons in total over the week to 2002 tons, which was the biggest decline since March/April this year.

Gold continues to trade range bound between USD $1,320 - $1,340, however participants are still looking to play on the long side and we are likely to see moves lower well supported.

I largely see the spot gold price supported at the $1,300 level due to a post-Brexit global economic uncertainty and possibly lower US interest rates and given this critical situation at Turkey, precious metals prices are expected to move higher as they have always been influenced by geopolitical uncertainties.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

UK Departs, GOLD prices shine: RSBL

                                                              - Prithviraj Kothari, MD RSBL

The most talked about and the most awaited trend changer of the year after the FED rate hike is finally out: UK has exited EURO after 43 years and BREXIT has been implemented. UK themselves have got divided during the results of the referendum where England and Wales voting strongly for leave, while Scotland and Northern Ireland backed staying in the EU. 

Undoubtedly, along with me almost everyone was caught by surprise. There were possibilities but a result like this is a bit hard to digest. Simply because it creates fractions in Euro group where countries like France, Netherlands could also take up a similar decision. It sent shock waves across the financial markets, with all the risky asset classes such as equities heavily down and safe-haven vehicles such as government bonds, gold and silver steeply higher. The volatility, uncertainty, fluctuation went beyond expectations. Gold saw investor favour resume on safe-haven Brexit buying. Let’s pick each market individually and see the effect Brexit had them.

Gold soared as much as 8 percent to its highest in more than two years on Friday after the UK referendum results, sending investors rushing for protection. Gold prices surged to its highest level in more than two years, at $1,359 since March 17, 2014, sending shock waves across markets. Gold is currently trading around $1316 a $40 lower from the high.

Major Indices:
All the major indices across the world were nearly 3% down while European indices fell to the tune of 5%. The indices have shown some resilience as the news item fades, but the uncertainty in the markets have reached to unprecedented level, calling in government, state heads to provide clarity on the future map ahead.

Even before the final numbers were out, India’s benchmark Sensex index opened over 700 points or 2.85% lower in the early trading hours When the trading ended for the day at 3:30 PM, the Sensex closed at 605 points lower, marking a decent recovery. Though BREXIT pushed Indian equity prices down, the governments has been very confident in their message and do not see a much long term impact on the Indian economy.

Currency - Pound versus others:
The British pound fell more than 10% against the US dollar, lowest since the 1980s. In morning trade, the rupee fell to 68.22 a dollar, the lowest level since March 1. Weaker pound will reduce burden on children studying in UK but it might get partially offset by a rise in cost of living. The dollar index shot higher on safe-haven buying, last at 96.10, the euro had dropped to 1.0912, the Aussie dollar had fallen to 0.7335, but the yen has had a massive rally to 99. In emerging market currencies, the Yuan has fallen to 6.6295 and most others had a knee-jerk reaction to the downside as the dollar has strengthened and as risk-off has hit the markets.

ETF investors are expected to boost their physical holdings following the vote. According to market estimates, they have just accumulated 7.3 tonnes of gold so far this week after buying 25 tonnes in the previous week.

For investors:
      Do not lay your investments in one asset class only. Returns on Gold have surpassed most of the indices returns in the current year. A whopping $100 movement and thereafter settling at around $1330, showcases the metal's safe haven appeal strength.

Investors currently see gold as a currency – it is rising alongside other safe-haven currencies such as the dollar and the yen. Gold’s upside potential will be dependent on the degree of uncertainty and instability stemming from the Brexit as well as the ability of central banks to provide a co-ordinated solution to calm the storm in the financial markets.

Gold set a fresh 2016 high although the rally was quicker and stronger than expected given that the UK would remain in the EU. Brexit helped it to be a white Friday for gold after the vote against markets expectation of it turning to be a black one. Gold has done what’s its best at- acting as a safe haven for its investor, giving protection against uncertainties and volatility.  Such environment is expected to persist for a few days until the central banks provide a co-ordinated package of measures to calm the financial markets, in turn triggering some profit-taking in gold.

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Monday, 20 June 2016

BREXIT – Unity of Europe challenged: RSBL

- Prithviraj Kothari, MD RSBL

Clearly FED dominated first quarter of 2016 with respect to price movements in precious metals market and specially Gold. Moving here, there are lot of key events that could be considered game changing for Gold and Silver prices.

The June FOMC left the borrowing rates target unchanged while St. Louis Fed president James Bullard said the U.S. economy might need only one interest rate increase through 2018. The Fed's actual pace of rate increases has been much slower than what was mapped out by the committee in the past. This mismatch between what they are saying and what they are doing is arguably causing distortions in global financial markets, causing unnecessary confusion over future Fed policy, and eroding credibility of the FOMC.

Gold prices endured an extremely volatile session last Friday after Thursdays aggressive wash-out, grinding its way higher throughout the European and U.S. days to close out the week on a positive note (+1.6% higher for the week).

The Bank of Japan also did nothing to reassure the markets with a "shock and awe" monetary ease, impotent to act on the eve of Brexit and the upper house Japanese Diet election.

Everyone has been talking of the Brexit and as to how it will affect Gold prices. Those concerns were echoed by policymakers around the world last week. The Bank of England called the referendum the largest immediate risk facing U.K. financial markets, and possibly also global financial markets. Lets have a look as to what exactly Brexit is and how will it affect the financial markets and more importantly what effect it can have on the yellow metal.

 International policymakers are ramping up their warnings on the dangers of a British exit - popularly known as "Brexit" — from the political and economic alliance that has united Europe for the past four decades. Voters in Britain will decide whether to leave or remain in the European Union in a referendum on Thursday, but financial market volatility has already spiked as polls show a growing desire to abandon the partnership. 

The International Monetary Fund on Friday issued one of the direst forecasts to date, calling the impact of Britain's departure from the European Union "negative and substantial." The fund predicted that a Brexit could reduce economic growth by up to 5.6 percent over the next three years in its worst-case scenario. The gloomy outlook is driven by an expected sharp decline in the pound and severe disruptions in trade as the nation is forced to renegotiate deals with countries across the continent, potentially on worse terms.

Gold is the obvious beneficiary of a dovish Fed, negative interest rates in Germany and Japan and the safe-haven bid to hedge Brexit risk.If Brexit happens then we may see gold trade at $1350 an ounce in the days to come. If Britain does not vote to leave the EU, gold prices could fall to $1220 as an immediate liquidation move.

If Britain leaves EU, the other states would also look for this option and the idea of unified Europe would fail. The challenges are coming at an already weak moment for Europe's economy — and the world's. Europe is still recovering from the series of financial crises that have been roiling countries such as Greece and Italy along with others across the continent. Waves of refugees from the Middle East are spurring political and cultural unrest.

In short, A Brexit would be bad for the U.K., it would be bad for Europe, and it would be bad for the world, and will further add to the current global uncertainties thus sending shockwaves through all financial markets but a positive for safe haven status of Gold.

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Tuesday, 31 May 2016


 By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

Just when gold had started entering in to the good books of majority of the market players, it once again started losing its appeal. Gold has started trending differently from the beginning of May. Along with platinum, palladium and silver, it is heading for the biggest monthly loss since November as investors anticipate higher borrowing costs in the U.S.

Gold has pared this year’s rally after retreating more than 5 percent in May as investors raised bets on the Federal Reserve increasing interest rates from as early as next month, causing the dollar to rally. Higher rates curb bullion’s appeal against interest-bearing assets.

At the start of this month, markets were excessively dovish, pricing almost no probability of a U.S. rate hike in June but a run of better U.S. economic data plus the minutes of April’s FOMC meeting have seen U.S. forward rates move up, the dollar rally and gold has naturally sold off.

The fundamental data released that changed the game for gold were:

  • The U.S. Federal Reserve continued to lay the groundwork for an interest rate hike in the next two months, with Governor Jerome Powell saying he felt the U.S. economy was on a "solid footing" and within reach of the central bank's inflation goals.
  • The U.S. economy is set to grow by a 2.9 percent annualized rate in the second quarter following the latest data on durable goods orders and advance goods trade, the Atlanta Federal Reserve's GDP Now forecast model showed on Thursday. 
  • U.S. business spending intentions weakened in April for a third straight month amid soft demand for machinery, but a surge in contracts to purchase previously owned homes to a 10-year high supported views economic growth was gaining speed. 
  • Japan's core consumer prices fell 0.3 percent in April from a year earlier, the second straight month of declines, keeping the central bank under pressure to deploy additional stimulus to achieve its ambitious 2 percent inflation target. 

Gold crawled higher early on Friday but stayed near seven-week lows and remained on track for its biggest weekly decline in nine, with positive economic data boosting expectations U.S. interest rates will rise in the next two months. The dollar stayed in consolidation mode early on Friday after its rally to two-month highs ran out of steam with bulls looking for fresh from the head of the U.S. central bank.

Now the market eagerly waits for the Fed officials will gather in Washington June 14-15 to decide whether to increase rates for the first time since December.

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