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Monday, 21 August 2017

Gold expected to cross $1375 mark

Gold prices have risen to the highest level since November last year as investors shift away from risky assets in the wake of geopolitical uncertainty.

Futures for the yellow metal rose to $1,303.90 per ounce, while spot gold remained just below $1,300 per ounce.

A market that was once worried about the nuclear war has now moved on a host of other factors that are creating concerns for various market players.

Let’s have a look at the various factors that created jitters in the market in the past week.

Barcelona Attacks - Heightened terror fears added to the risk off sentiment after at least 13 people died when a van plowed into pedestrians in Barcelona. The terror attack was a reminder of lingering geopolitical risks, with nerves still raw after last fortnight’s escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Investors fled into German and U.S. Treasury bonds and bought gold for the third day in a row, as the appeal of such top-notch assets grew further due to this deadly attack.

US Data - The global risk-off mood accelerated overnight on Trump "stability concerns", coupled with fallout from the Spain terrorist attack and lingering North Korea tensions.

Data released showed that Jobless claims for the week ending Aug. 12 came in at 232,000, versus expectations of 240,000. The Philadelphia Fed Index, gauging overall manufacturing conditions, came in at 18.9 for August, compared with consensus estimates of 18.5.

Industrial production grew 0.2% on the month in July, slipping below estimates of 0.3%.Concerns that Trump’s stimulus is in peril spiked following speculation that his top economic advisor, former Goldman COO Gary Cohn, was set to resign roiled markets on Thursday until reports that he’d opted to stay on board steadied the ship, however the weak dollar and dialling back of US Federal Reserve (Fed) monetary tightening expectations has given a modest lift to the precious metals, which stood up high.

US Dollar - The dollar was pulled lower on Wednesday as traders grappled with the prospect that the Federal Reserve might not raise interest rates again this year following the release of the Fed’s July meeting minutes.

The U.S. dollar retreated against haven currencies like the Swiss franc and the Japanese yen Thursday, following a day of negative headlines.

Earlier on Thursday, the greenback was propped up by weakness in the euro EURUSD, -0.0850% following the release of dovish minutes from the European Central Bank’s last meeting. The U.S. unit also remained stable as initial jobless claims and the Philadelphia Fed Index came in better than expected, but was weaker than the prior period, while industrial-production data missed expectations.

FED comments - The metal started its rise from $1268 on Thursday afternoon after the release of Fed minutes from the July FOMC policy meeting, according to which policymakers grew increasingly concerned about the sluggish inflation numbers. Whilst also on Thursday US President Donald Trump fell out with business leaders over his response to the recent turmoil in Charlottesville.
This followed a mixed session on Thursday in which gold strengthened a little while the rest of the complex was under downward pressure in spite of a friendlier macro backdrop (i.e. lower US real rates, equity losses) due to the release of dovish US Federal Open Market Committee minutes on Wednesday and dovish Fed speech.

Geo political uncertainty - Gold’s status as a safe-haven asset has seen investor demand surge during periods of heightened risk. In recent times, however, President Trump's combative style has seen safe-haven buying reach a sustainable high level. With tensions around North Korea and Iran rising, this is unlikely to subside any time soon.

Gold Supply - political uncertainty has been impacting investment in supply. In fact, global mine supply has fallen in 2017. According to World Bureau of Metal Statistics, gold production is down 2% y/y in the first five months of the year. Production in May alone was down 3.1% y/y. Growth in mine output is at its lowest point since the financial crisis, with risks only getting greater

Although Gold failed to break above $1300/oz today (Friday), it remains in position to do so because of its renewed strength in real terms. As long as the US$ index does not rally hard, we expect Gold to break above $1300 and reach $1375. The gold stocks as a group have been lagging recently but in the event of a Gold breakout, we foresee significant upside potential as the group could play catch up.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Push vs Pull for GOLD

Last week, gold clocked its largest weekly gain in some seven months. The move came higher as investors flocked to gold, which is often viewed as a safe-haven investment in times of uncertainty.
Last Thursday, markets kept a close watch in the Jobs report that was due on Friday. Apart from the Job report there were many other highlighted events in the week-

Jobs Data- U.S. job growth surged more than expected in January as construction firms and retailers ramped up hiring, but wages barely rose, handing the administration under President Donald Trump, both a head start and a challenge as it seeks to boost the economy.


This report pushed gold prices higher and the sentiments have been continued for this week too.
The gold price climbed on Monday to its highest in nearly three months with investor interest in bullion improving thanks to a subdued dollar and political worries about the US and Europe.
Spot gold was up 0.6% at $1,226.91 during trading hours, having earlier touched $1,230.14, a level last reached on November 17.

Political Uncertainty- Majorly, the current uncertainty prevailing in the US is being driven further by President Donald Trump’s policies, the most controversial of which is a temporary ban on immigrants from seven Muslim countries.

Moreover, Data on Friday showed U.S. wage growth slowed, reducing the odds of Federal Reserve rate increases this year and sending bullion to the biggest weekly gain since June. Uncertainty about Trump’s fiscal-stimulus policies and his administration’s spats with traditional allies helped push hedge funds’ bullish bets on gold to the most in almost two months.

Dollar - The dollar’s value against a basket of currencies has fallen nearly 4% since January 3. That was partly on expectations that the US central bank will wait to see what happens on the political and economic fronts after Friday’s monthly jobs report showed that wages barely rose. "Gold’s solid showing so far this year ... is mostly attributable to a weaker dollar and last week’s standoffish Federal Reserve statement with regard to when it would next move on rates. Trump has also criticized the strength of the dollar, which has pushed the greenback lower. A weaker dollar is good for gold as gold is denominated in U.S. dollars.

French politics - Elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany this year are also adding to jitters. Apart from the Trump presidency euphoria, investors are also watching French politics, where conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Monday vowed to fight on for the presidency despite a damaging scandal involving taxpayer-funded payments to his wife for work which a newspaper alleges she did not do. French pollster Opinion way published a survey on Monday that showed independent Emannual Macron resoundingly winning a presidential election runoff against far-right leader Marine LePen.

Interest rate hike - The Fed raised rates for only the second time since the financial crisis in December and most Fed policymakers agree with Harker that three more rate hikes this year would be appropriate. Wall Street banks and interest-rate futures traders are betting the Fed will only lift borrowing costs twice this year, starting in June.

Currently there is basket of positive and negative factors that might respectively push or pull gold prices further. Of course the positive factors for gold could indeed be overturned by a significant improvement In US employment statistics, or advances in GDP, thus strengthening the Fed’s hand, but if the dollar continues to fall (President Trump appears to think it is too high) and real interest rates remain negative, gold could yet have a good way to run this year, particularly given the global geopolitical uncertainties noted above.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Gold appeal Fading

Gold hitting newer and newer lows have been a current trend confirming a bearish view on the metal’s safe haven appeal. Reasons begin with:

  1. Death of uncertainties and acceptance of the same as a new norm.
  2. Central banks of the world getting their ticks right to push the economic growth via fiscal and monetary measures.
  3. Physical buying cushion; getting softer.
  4. Massive reduction in geopolitical tensions with UN forces keeping a check on the extremists.



The upcoming FED meeting will give a glimpse to the US economy getting strengthened. Almost a 100% prediction for a Rate cut in this meeting has put a downward pressure on Gold. Over the course of 2017, there is an expectation that interest rates would be raised by the US Federal Reserve.
Meanwhile, US Dollar has gained a lot of attention due to a rise in US treasury yields and US equity markets causing a downward spiral in Gold prices.

Furthermore, if the recent election outcomes and market reactions to them have taught us anything, it’s that nothing is certain in politics, the global economy and the markets. While I say this, I do understand that the investors have used recent Gold rallies to unwind existing long positions and this is treated unhealthy for an asset’s performance.

While domestic prices would be supported by the Rupee weakness, overall Gold in Dollar terms would trader in the range of US$ 1,080 to US$ 1,200, while Silver would trade in the range of US$ 14.70 to US$ 18.20. In Rupee terms a range of INR 28,200 to INR 29,700 is expected for Gold while INR 39,000 to INR 44,000 is expected for Silver.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Gold and Silver prices on RISE: RSBL

                                                                                      - Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD RSBL




Precious metals price rise is eminent and it ended the week on a positive note post poor US data released. The negative data sent the dollar tumbling, stimulating a good recovery for the yellow metal and its white counterparts.

Data released from the US was as follows:
  • GDP data out of the U.S. disappointed on Friday, growing at a seasonally and inflation adjusted +1.2% during Q2 (exp: +2.5%) as business inventories contracted for the first time since Q3 2011
  • The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index dropped to 90.0 in July (exp: 90.2) from 93.5 in June as both current and future conditions declined.
  • The poor data countered the Fed’s statement that the US economy is stable and the near-term outlook is positive. Even though the unemployment rate is around five percent, the policy-board has been ineffective at spurring inflation or consistent wage growth. All eyes were on this meeting as something crucial was expected to happen regarding the interest rate hike. But negative data has postponed this hike and this gave gold the push. 
Apart from the US there was news that came in from other economies which affected the gold price: 

U.S Dollar:
Major downturn in the dollar created by the release of second quarter US GDP where it plummeted to 95.38 around the lowest mark since mid-June, before staging a modest uptick to 95.60.

Japan:
Host of new data releases and a Bank of Japan decision to inject further stimulus, markets were directionless this week with volatility and volumes continuing to drift lower. The Bank of Japan (BoJ) decided to adopt a minor adjustment to the existing monetary policy by increasing its purchases of exchange-traded stock funds to 6 trillion yen and expanded its dollar lending programme to $24 billion but kept its policy rate unchanged at -0.1 percent while maintaining the pace of government bond purchases.

The BOJ certainly doubled purchases of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and said it will “conduct a thorough assessment of the effects of negative interest rates and its massive asset-buying program in September.”

The bank was considering a $265 billion package, part of which would target low-income citizens in another attempt to boost inflation and weak wage growth.

This can be understood as- either the central bank may feel that Japan’s economic growth needs very, very extensive stimulation and they have yet to formulate an appropriate plan or it can be interested that they want to see how the chips fall in eight weeks and move cautiously from there.

India:
Coming to the domestic markets- India being one of the largest consumers of gold, but currently the demand for gold isn’t intense. Frankly speaking, very few people want to invest in gold at this price. Buyers, it seems, feel that the current price is not sustainable and hence, they wait for a correction. Gold price in India is governed by two major factors: global economic conditions and the movement of rupee against the dollar. Both factors have contributed to the current price rise. While global economic conditions continue to pose a greater risk by the day following fluctuating recovery trend in the United States, Britain’s exit from the European Union (BREXIT) and other geopolitical tensions. On the other hand, Indian rupee has depreciated against the greenback despite reports of good inflow of dollars.

Since BREXIT, spot gold price jumped rapidly but, stayed elevated. Also, rainy season is considered as a lean period for gold purchase due to the lack of festivals, weddings or any other occasions during this season. Also, consumers have faced two subsequent years of deficient monsoon rainfalls. Although, the current year has seen normal rainfalls yet its distribution continues to remain uneven. Also, the crucial rainfall month – August – is yet to come. So, let’s keep our fingers crossed for the Kharif sowing and harvesting this year. In case of normal monsoon and its even distribution, Kharif crop would bring some cheers for farmers with higher output which would translate proportionate increase in gold demand.

In India, therefore, standard gold is available at Rs. 31,300 per 10 grams approx. Gold price may touch $1400 in near future in the international markets which will translate in rupee term at Rs. 32,500 per 10 grams. While the uptrend continues there could be some profit booking.

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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:
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.

India:
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:
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.

WHAT IS BREXIT:
 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. 

HOW WILL IT AFFECT UK:
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.

HOW IT WILL AFFECT GOLD:
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, 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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