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Showing posts with label US presidential election. Show all posts
Showing posts with label US presidential election. Show all posts

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Gold logs modest rebound from 6-months low


While we saw palladium diverged last week, gold prices remained weak. The strong dollar has been weighing on the yellow metal, but a stronger oil prices may well give it some support if stronger oil prices encourages investors back into commodity baskets.

Last week gold was on the negative side as its prices tracked lower in London on the morning of Friday November 18, with continued strength in the dollar pushing it to six-month lows.

The spot gold price was recently quoted at $1,208.45/1,208.70 per oz, down $6.55 on Thursday’s close. And reached $1203 earlier in the day -it’s lowest since May.

The dollar index was recently at 101.35, up 0.35% – it is holding around its highest for 14 years amid expectations that the US Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next month.

The US dollar has strengthened alongside increasing expectations of a US rate hike in December.

Fed officials who spoke last Friday had indicated that rates should go up next month and that the Fed could adjust its outlook as and when more details of president-elect Donald Trump’s policies become visible,.

“The market is almost fully priced for a rate hike in December at 98%.

Bullion has fallen 5.4 percent this month as of Friday's close, pressured by nerves around the U.S. election and speculation over the timing of an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve.

The overnight Fed comments gave the dollar the support required to continue its stunning run higher and it is hard to see gold being able to rally the support required to break away from $1,200 as we head toward the December FOMC meeting.

US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said that US interest rates could rise “relatively soon” due to an improving domestic labour market and stronger growth.

Should the US dollar continue to rally, gold is likely to remain under pressure.

These low prices have induced some interest in the physical market this increasing the demand for gold. Russia purchased the most gold in 18 years in October – central bank holdings rose to 50.9 million ounces from 49.6 million ounces, ANZ said in a note.

Gold prices rose in Asian trade on Monday, snapping a 3-session losing streak, buoyed by physical buying after the metal slid to a 5-1/2- month low on Friday.

Gold is highly sensitive to rising rates, which lift the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding assets such as bullion, while boosting the dollar, in which it is priced. Hence any positive development over the interest rate hike immediately puts pressure on gold this pushing its prices down

Meanwhile, gold premiums in India, the second largest consumer of the precious metal, jumped to two-year highs in the week to Nov. 18 as jewellers ramped up purchases on fears the government might curb imports after withdrawing higher-denomination notes from Circulation.

Spot gold seems to have found a support at $1,204 per ounce; it may hover above this level for one day or bounce moderately.

Gold moth continue to struggle against a backdrop of a firmer U.S. stock market, a stronger dollar and rising global rates and there are chances for prices to weaken below $1,200 in the next few weeks leading into the Federal Open Market Committee.

But ETF investors are continuing to pull out – holdings have dropped by 54 tonnes or 2.5% to 2,109 tonnes as of November 18 after rising 33 tonnes in October, 27 tonnes in September and 16 tonnes in August.

With US markets set to close later this week for Thanksgiving holidays, volatility is likely to be pronounced into the end of the month, Commerzbank noted.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION EFFECT ON GOLD: RSBL

 By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

As US elections head for the home stretch with both the leading candidates heading for a photo finish, financial markets across asset classes are jittery. Higher volatility is visible across all markets, be it oil, gold, bonds, currency or equities.

A prelude to how markets are expected to behave was given by world market on reports of Donald Trump closing the gap on Hillary Clinton in the presidential race. While most investors expected Hillary Clinton to win the elections, recent disclosures by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Clinton’s e-mail controversy has helped Trump regain lost ground.
We shall take a look at how various asset classes are expected to behave if Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump moves to the White House. 
Gold markets thrive on uncertainty, it usually does before US elections. But this time around market experts feel uncertainty will continue and help gold prices if Trump wins. A Trump win is likely to bring in uncertainty till he comes clean on his policies. Equities are expected to drop down 10-15 percent . Rupee depreciation is expected and gold may rise up to 40-50 $


A Hillary win will leave markets unshaken. Since more are in favour of a Hillary win, her victory is not expected to make the markets volatile.

Irrespective of who wins studies  show that as the dust settles, the year following the elections could be bad for gold prices.   

US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION EFFECT ON GOLD: RSBL

 By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

As US elections head for the home stretch with both the leading candidates heading for a photo finish, financial markets across asset classes are jittery. Higher volatility is visible across all markets, be it oil, gold, bonds, currency or equities.

A prelude to how markets are expected to behave was given by world market on reports of Donald Trump closing the gap on Hillary Clinton in the presidential race. While most investors expected Hillary Clinton to win the elections, recent disclosures by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Clinton’s e-mail controversy has helped Trump regain lost ground.
We shall take a look at how various asset classes are expected to behave if Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump moves to the White House. 
Gold markets thrive on uncertainty, it usually does before US elections. But this time around market experts feel uncertainty will continue and help gold prices if Trump wins. A Trump win is likely to bring in uncertainty till he comes clean on his policies. Equities are expected to drop down 10-15 percent . Rupee depreciation is expected and gold may rise up to 40-50 $


A Hillary win will leave markets unshaken. Since more are in favour of a Hillary win, her victory is not expected to make the markets volatile.

Irrespective of who wins studies  show that as the dust settles, the year following the elections could be bad for gold prices.   

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

AN ACTION PACKED DECEMBER: RSBL

By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL






Gold prices appear to have found a base either side of the $1,250 per ounce, basis spot, with prices now getting some lift and silver prices are well placed to challenge recent resistance $17.78 per ounce


On Friday, 21st October,  San Francisco Fed President John Williams said at a mortgage conference that "it makes sense to get back to a pace of gradual rate increases, preferably sooner rather than later." His comments followed recent hawkish talk from central bank officials including New York Fed Chief William Dudley and Fed's vice chair Stanley Fischer, which prompted investors to price in an interest rate increase this year. 


The main concern currently is the conflicting scenario between Fed officials like Fischer and Dudley who have been signalling a rate hike before the end of the year, while the ECB has arguably signalled a likely extension of its asset purchases.


The ECB kept interest rates at historic lows last Thursday, and its President Mario Draghi kept the door open for more stimuli, effectively quashing any speculation that the bank was poised to taper its 1.7 trillion euro asset-buying programme.



Being only a few days before the U.S. presidential election, many analysts are not expecting the Federal Reserve to take any concrete steps.

However, expectations for a December move jump to 75%, the highest it has been all year as we see all the action happening in December.



As we head into what has seasonally been the best time of year for the sector, here are a few possible major data release that could influenced gold prices during coming months.


November 4th: The Non-farm Payrolls Report (NFP) for October will be released on this date. The gold sector usually sells off into this report and becomes very volatile after the release as trades are set beforehand based on the expected number of jobs created. This is a highly anticipated report as the results will be heavily factored into the Fed’s decision process of whether or not to raise interest rates in December. The market is factoring in a 70% chance of a quarter point raise on December 14th as of this post.


November 8th: The US election could very well be a major promoter as during the last Presidential Debate, Donald Trump made accusations of the election possibly being rigged against him. He has also stated if defeated, he will not commit to accepting the outcome, stating “I will tell you at the time”. This is a very dangerous statement and could easily trigger violence after the outcome. Also, if victorious, the decision could very well cause a “Brexit” type response in the gold sector as Trump is the anti-establishment candidate. 


December 2nd: The release of the final NFP report before the highly anticipated last Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting of the year will be released . This could possibly be the deciding factor on whether or not Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen decides to raise rates this year.


December 14th: On this date the market will finally find out the answer to the question of, “will she, or won’t she”. If the Fed decides to raise rates at the conclusion of the December 13-14 FOMC meeting, the gold sector could initially sell off as it did last December. This could be a buying opportunity as rising rates have historically been bullish for gold as we saw back in the late 1970’s when former Fed chair Paul Volcker raised rates to over 20%. During this time gold had the largest bull market in history as it soared from $105 in September, 1976 to $850 in January, 1980. Also, in December of last year after 7 years of zero rates, the Fed finally decided to raise rates a quarter point. 



There are a lot of major U.S. reports coming and if the data is positive then there is no reason why the U.S. dollar can’t go higher and that could hurt gold. So as the world waits the month of December for its Christmas Celebration, the financial markets await the same month as a lot of action is bound to take place.









The primary purpose of this article by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari is to educate the masses of the current happenings in the Bullion world.
Previous blog:
"Gold Crashed But Lands Safely: RSBL"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2016/10/gold-crashes-but-lands-safely-rsbl.html



AN ACTION PACKED DECEMBER: RSBL

By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL






Gold prices appear to have found a base either side of the $1,250 per ounce, basis spot, with prices now getting some lift and silver prices are well placed to challenge recent resistance $17.78 per ounce


On Friday, 21st October,  San Francisco Fed President John Williams said at a mortgage conference that "it makes sense to get back to a pace of gradual rate increases, preferably sooner rather than later." His comments followed recent hawkish talk from central bank officials including New York Fed Chief William Dudley and Fed's vice chair Stanley Fischer, which prompted investors to price in an interest rate increase this year. 


The main concern currently is the conflicting scenario between Fed officials like Fischer and Dudley who have been signalling a rate hike before the end of the year, while the ECB has arguably signalled a likely extension of its asset purchases.


The ECB kept interest rates at historic lows last Thursday, and its President Mario Draghi kept the door open for more stimuli, effectively quashing any speculation that the bank was poised to taper its 1.7 trillion euro asset-buying programme.



Being only a few days before the U.S. presidential election, many analysts are not expecting the Federal Reserve to take any concrete steps.

However, expectations for a December move jump to 75%, the highest it has been all year as we see all the action happening in December.



As we head into what has seasonally been the best time of year for the sector, here are a few possible major data release that could influenced gold prices during coming months.


November 4th: The Non-farm Payrolls Report (NFP) for October will be released on this date. The gold sector usually sells off into this report and becomes very volatile after the release as trades are set beforehand based on the expected number of jobs created. This is a highly anticipated report as the results will be heavily factored into the Fed’s decision process of whether or not to raise interest rates in December. The market is factoring in a 70% chance of a quarter point raise on December 14th as of this post.


November 8th: The US election could very well be a major promoter as during the last Presidential Debate, Donald Trump made accusations of the election possibly being rigged against him. He has also stated if defeated, he will not commit to accepting the outcome, stating “I will tell you at the time”. This is a very dangerous statement and could easily trigger violence after the outcome. Also, if victorious, the decision could very well cause a “Brexit” type response in the gold sector as Trump is the anti-establishment candidate. 


December 2nd: The release of the final NFP report before the highly anticipated last Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting of the year will be released . This could possibly be the deciding factor on whether or not Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen decides to raise rates this year.


December 14th: On this date the market will finally find out the answer to the question of, “will she, or won’t she”. If the Fed decides to raise rates at the conclusion of the December 13-14 FOMC meeting, the gold sector could initially sell off as it did last December. This could be a buying opportunity as rising rates have historically been bullish for gold as we saw back in the late 1970’s when former Fed chair Paul Volcker raised rates to over 20%. During this time gold had the largest bull market in history as it soared from $105 in September, 1976 to $850 in January, 1980. Also, in December of last year after 7 years of zero rates, the Fed finally decided to raise rates a quarter point. 



There are a lot of major U.S. reports coming and if the data is positive then there is no reason why the U.S. dollar can’t go higher and that could hurt gold. So as the world waits the month of December for its Christmas Celebration, the financial markets await the same month as a lot of action is bound to take place.









The primary purpose of this article by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari is to educate the masses of the current happenings in the Bullion world.
Previous blog:
"Gold Crashed But Lands Safely: RSBL"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2016/10/gold-crashes-but-lands-safely-rsbl.html



Tuesday, 29 March 2016

RSBL: Why Gold is still cheap?

                                                                             By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL


Before jumping onto the main topic, I would like to essay out some facts about Gold prices this year. (Assuming Silver prices have more or less followed Gold prices). I am sure; lot of people would be feeling that US$60 is a big decline for Gold prices in the recent weeks and few would even have increased their bearish bets against the precious metal. I must warn them by quoting that even after the recent decline; the precious metal is nearly 16% up from its lows.

Then why there is a decline?
1.  The U.S. central bank surprised markets last week by cutting its rate hike projections more than expected, down from four to two in 2016, citing the potential impact from weaker global growth and financial market turmoil on the U.S. economy. This led to a rally in the U.S. dollar index and in turn bearish for the metal.

2.  There was a brief safe haven status which Gold gained due to the attacks in Brussels.

3.  Throughout the last week various Fed members including Patrick Harker, the Philadelphia Fed president,  have come out in support of raising interest as soon as April – if the economic conditions were to move.

4.  One more reason is the Easter Holidays, where I would see the profit booking in the Gold prices is quite understandable.

Now coming to the main topic: Why Gold is undervalued according to me?
1.       Reducing the number of rate hikes from 4 to 2, clearly states that FED isn’t sure how the world economy would fare in the longer run. Even when US economy has been showing some positive economic numbers, they are unable to take the most obvious step and when the inflation picks up faster than the central bank expects, they would have to increase the rates quickly.

2.       A dovish Federal Reserve, a weaker U.S. dollar and negative real interest rates will all be positive for gold this year. Over the recent years, the most dominant driver for gold prices has been the direction of the US dollar. As we are now expecting a lower dollar over the coming years we expect it to play a crucial role in the movement of gold prices. As for the Fed the analysts say that even if the Fed does raise interest rates later this year -- a scenario they see as unlikely -- they will be perceived as being behind the inflation curve high will once again be a pushing factor for gold prices as investors will likely buy gold because of lower US real yields and as some may see gold as a possible inflation hedge.

3.      There are lot of crucial political events this year:
a.   Current leadership crises in Brazil
b.  US presidential election in November
c.   U.K’s June vote over its membership in European Union.
All of them would leave a lasting effect if they go against the market.

4.      Terror threat across Europe, Syrian conflict and other Geopolitical tensions will always make Gold has the safest investment during the turmoil.

5.       Moody’s Investors Service highlighted China’s surging debt burden in lowering the nation’s credit-rating outlook to negative from stable earlier this month.

6.       We are in a tug of war between slow growth and high valuations on one side and central bank stimulus on the other.

Looking at the renewed turmoil in financial markets by highlighting the Fed’s policy divergence with the ultra-easy stances of the ECB and Bank of Japan, the near future seems bright for gold. 


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The primary purpose of this article by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari is to educate the masses of the current happenings in the Bullion world.

- Previous blog -

 "Brussels explosion and Gold's Safe haven appeal: RSBL"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2016/03/brussels-explosion-and-golds-safe-haven.html


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