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Friday, 1 January 2016

Mr. PRITHVIRAJ KOTHARI (MD, RSBL) MAKES GOLD PRICE PREDICTION FOR THE YEAR 2016



(Brief details are given below. For full detail, view the embedded You Tube video) 


Link to the video: https://youtu.be/0vUYZf9M1RQ




QUESTION 1: After 2 consecutive years of negative returns, what is your Gold Price Forecast for 2016?
Prithviraj Kothari: I do agree that since couple of years there is a downward trajectory with respect to Gold prices, since it had been increasing for almost 11 odd years. But according to me a range of $1050 - $1070 an oz is the cost to the mines to procure Gold. Looking at that figure, I find it difficult for the price to go below this range. I see an increase to the extent of 7% to 8% compared to last year in the year 2016.

QUESTION 2: How will it translate in the Rupee term?
Prithviraj Kothari: In rupee term, gold price may hover between Rs 24,000 and Rs 30,000 per 10 grams.

QUESTION 3: What impact do you envisage on gold following the US Fed’s interest rate hike?
Prithviraj Kothari: A 25 bps interest rate hike after a decade in 2015 followed by four such hikes in 2016 by the US Fed has already been factored in with the price of Gold. If you see the price of Gold eventually appreciated when the rate hike took place. A bottom line could be $1000 to $1050 at the most in the line with the mining costs.

QUESTION 4: What impact do you see of high import duty on gold import into India?
Prithviraj Kothari: Indian population is around 125 crore with consumption less than 1gram, bringing import figure to 850-900 tons. With present import duty of 10%, it has created big gap between International price and Indian price. This import duty almost comes to INR 250,000 per kilo. Usually, import of gold has been in the range of 800 to 900 tons per year. Last year gold smuggling was around 200 tons. The increased price gap may give rise to increase in gold malpractices.



QUESTION 5: Do you see any impact of Government related Gold schemes? Would they be beneficial?
Prithviraj Kothari: I am positive with government efforts & schemes. Gold Monetization and Gold Sovereign Bond schemes are good. Gold Monetization scheme will be worthwhile, if it can draw 1000 tons or even 500 tons of gold from temples, public etc. will also have impact on international price. It should happen gradually.

QUESTION 6: India’s gold import has been diverted towards Dore. Would it really help gold jewellery industry at large?
Prithviraj Kothari: It depends on import. Dore import is processed in limited refineries to manufacture pure gold. These refineries import Dore at $2 lower. Those jewelers will be benefited by $3 to 4, who make ornaments by buying gold from refineries.

QUESTION 7: What is your final take on ending of 2015 and 2016 soon to begin?
Prithviraj Kothari: 2016 will be good for the trade. It may create bullion history and it may be ‘Golden Period’ for all traders.



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Sunday, 22 February 2015

PRE-BUDGET VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS



    FDI in Indian Bullion Industry is the key to Growth 


                                                                        by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD – RiddiSiddhi Bullions Ltd.
 






The most discussed topic of this month is the "Budget" and how it will affect the commodities  business. Lately, I have been asked about my views and expectations from this year budget. I would like to put forward the following points-

Expectations are high for a massively reformist Union Budget that would give the somnolent economy the jolt it badly needs.

There are quite a lot of aspects that need immediate consideration for action as the bullion industry has been suffering a lot due to the current norms and practices.

Research & development is the key to the future of Indian bullion industry. Data by China Gold Association (CGA) shows China produced 451.8 tons of gold in 2014, up 5.52% year on year. It has been the eighth consecutive year for China to become the biggest gold producer globally.

Primarily, there is a need for R&D to be carried out in an efficient way in the country, which will increase production of the metal. This will reduce dependency on imports and in turn help the government to increase the forex reserve. As the metal will be extracted locally, customers will be benefitted pricewise, due to local production.
R&D is costly which requires huge investment, but with the help of FDI we can surely work out the way to get the most out of it. In turn, FDI would help in strengthening our rupee and in turn reduce the depreciation of our currency.
We expect the following to be executed immediately and in a short period of time.

a.    GST implementation is a must: If implemented, it is expected to provide a significant boost to investment and growth of the economy. GST will have a significant impact on almost all aspects of businesses operating in the country, including the supply chain, sourcing and distribution decisions, inventory costs and cash flows, pricing policy, accounting systems and transactions management.
We expect a flat 1% GST across India to be levied by the government, which would replace most indirect taxes currently in place. 

b.    Introduction of Option product for Commodity exchange is must: Those who have the exposure should be given an opportunity. It will be a boon for a bullion trader and jeweler. By using this instrument they can hedge their future position and in a way provide the necessary risk cover. An investor will also highly benefit through this instrument. He/she will get a chance to invest in a larger quantity of metal with a lower investment and reap benefits till the expiry date.

Commodity Transaction Tax (CTT) reduces market participation and lowers liquidity.

c.    Allow Depository schemes for bullion industry corporate: Gold Deposit Schemes are offered by banks in which investors deposit gold for a period of certain 3 years earning a fixed rate of interest.  Currently that has been reduced to 6 months. The depository scheme that the banks and MFs are enjoying should also be allowed to corporate, working for bullion industry. It will help to increase the gold reserves and in turn benefit the customers willing to deposit their idle gold. The government should instead harness the existing reserve of gold in our country rather than turning towards imports and implementing alarming hike on custom duty. Hike in the duty on imports will in no way; curtail the demand, as the precious metal has always been regarded as one of the best investment options for social security.

d.    Introduce schemes to convert unaccounted gold to accounted one: Indian households have nearly 25,000 to 30,000 tonnes of Gold. I expect that this budget would show an effective way to gain revenue by exporting it. I would suggest Government of India to introduce schemes like minimum tax scheme wherein an investor is charged minimum tax to convert his/her unaccounted gold into an accounted one. By this the government treasury will also increase and the idle gold can be put to use. The other scheme can be a VDS scheme (voluntary disclosure scheme) by which the Gold /Silver can be brought to the market.

e.    Extend Gold Loan scheme period and LC Tenure: We expect an increase in Gold loan scheme period to extend from 180 days to 360 days and LC tenure from 90 to 180 days. As of now Gold Loan is allowed up to 180 days which implies, a jeweler has to rollover his/her position twice in a year and that in turns leads to increase in imports. If the loan period is extended to 360 days, one cycle of loan will be reduced. A direct effect will be reduction in imports.

f.    NRI’s to be allowed to bring more Gold in India: Currently NRI’s are allowed 1 Kilo of Gold while arriving in India. Earlier this was 10 Kilos. We feel this cap should be raised back to the earlier levels or even more which would help in import reduction and lower the Forex pressure.


“The primary purpose of this blog by Prithviraj Kothari - MD, RSBL, is to educate the masses of the current happenings in the Bullion world.”

- Previous blog -
"Gold Perplexed"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2015/02/gold-perplxed.html

Sunday, 30 November 2014

TOO MANY ECONOMIES PUTTING PRESSURE ON GOLD?


- Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL


The ones who are constantly in touch with the world markets especially precious metals know that the driving force behind gold and the main reason for its volatility between 2008-2011 has been the:

FOMC’s policy
Falling long term treasuries rates 
Higher risk of economic slowdown 
Fear of inflation. 

Initially all eyes would be glued to the US markets as any one step from this government would create volatility for gold. But nowadays, apart from the US markets it’s the Japanese, Chinese and Euro market that also played an influential role for gold. The economic indicators from these economies have also influenced gold prices to quite some extent.

This week the markets remained calm over the long Thanksgiving holiday, and there was not much volatility for gold and silver in international markets. Interestingly however the gold forwards have tightened significantly in spite of weak physical demand and ETF outflows, down 20k to 51.96 million ounces.

Apart from this the decision on Swiss referendum on gold holdings is also being long waited for. Looking back, Switzerland was the last country in the world to leave the gold standard in 1999 and may be the first to take a major step to becoming a gold-backed currency. One fifth of Switzerland’s 1040 tonnes of gold reserves are in the vaults of The Bank of England while a third are deposited in the Canadian Central Bank.

Under the ‘Save Our Swiss Gold’ initiative the SNB will have to hold at least a fifth of its assets in gold within five years. The bank will also be required to repatriate all Swiss gold held abroad and be banned from selling any of its holdings in future. Speculation that Switzerland could vote in favor of a motion to raise its gold reserves had strengthened prices. But finally on Sunday, a No Vote was passed which could create some ripples in the markets.

During the week, recent strong U.S. data had fueled talks that the Federal Reserve could soon raise interest rates, depressing gold. But the contradictory reports released on Wednesday showed domestic personal spending grew slightly less than forecast in October, while U.S. jobless claims rose to their highest since September and new orders for U.S.made capital goods fell for a second month in October Thus pushing gold prices up. 

Apart from the Swiss and US, data that came in as a surprise package for gold was the easing of curbs from the Indian government. In a move that is likely to bring cheers to traders as well as customers, India eased the restrictions on gold imports by withdrawing the 80:20 schemes.

Under the 80:20 norm, put in place in August 2013 to curb high gold inflows that was widening the current account deficit, at least 20 per cent of the imported gold had to be mandatory exported before bringing in new lots. With this move by RBI, they expected that gold will be kept back at home and thus improve supplies for the domestic market which will further bring gold prices down. Though the policy supported their idea of arresting Current account deficit but in turn created unprecedented growth of illegal channels that support Gold imported in the country. 

This move by RBI is to acknowledge the fact the CAD has reduced and even the Oil price has declined by almost 30% by what it was two months ago. I feel this is a really good move by the government. This will reduce the cost of Gold and procedural issues that the companies were facing with regards to Gold imports. 

Though gold showed mixed trends this week, there are players in the market who still believe that the sentiment for gold is bullish over the longer time frame. 

Following are a few reasons for this belief-
Slowing of the ETF sales and outflow
Seasonal demand from India after the onset of festivals and marriages India has witnessed a 100 tonne plus season consumption of gold. 
Rising demand for gold is expected from China ahead of the Chinese New Year where gold is purchased heavily in the Chinese 
With executive board member Yves Mersch commenting that gold buying could be part of the asset-purchase program, expectations and, therefore, demand may rise due to potential ECB investment in the yellow metal.

So once again it’s the bull v/s the bear market for gold and would be too early to comment. Now we need to wait for the market to further react to the easing of the 80:20 schemes and the Swiss Referendum. 



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 - "Lots in Basket For Gold This Week"
http://riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2014/11/lots-in-basket-for-gold-in-this-week.html

Monday, 7 April 2014

BAD NEWS PROVES TO BE GOOD FOR GOLD


                                                       - by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari






I was awaiting this...gold bouncing back from its lows last week. As expected, gold crossed the $1300 mark on Friday.

Bad news turned out to be the good news last week for gold. A higher unemployment rate and worse than expected job creation is the bad news that has proved good for gold.
Throughout the week gold was lying low, but on Friday post the release of the US jobs report, gold managed to cross $1300. (future delivery)

The US jobs report were not as strong as expected. Though they were decent, but the market came off with a strong belief that the Federal reserve won't become any more aggressive in scaling back its accommodative monetary policy.

Now let's see what exactly the jobs report was all about.

Labor Department data showed private employers boosted hiring to 192,000 jobs in March, just a shade below analysts' average estimate of 195,000 net new jobs. The government reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by 192,000 in March, when expectations had been for 195,000 to 200,000. Job gains for the prior two months were revised higher by a combined 37,000. However the US jobless rate remained unchanged from February at 6.7 percent as the number of unemployed held steady at 10.5 million.

Before the jobs report was out, Analysts believed that that positive jobs data means the US Federal Reserve will likely continue cutting each month the amount of monetary stimulus it injects into the economy. But that did not happen. Markets now expect the Fed to begin raising its ultra-low interest rates in the middle of next year.

The jobs data prompted some short covering along with fresh buying, as (traders) were looking for a little better report than they got. Some traders were buying to offset, or cover, positions in which they had previously sold.

Yellow metal finds its support in the simmering geo political tensions in Ukraine and the reduced curiosity about the Fed's tapering.

Earlier in the week, Fed Chair Janet Yellen provided a relatively dismal outlook of the labour market and said she and other committee members believe “extraordinary commitment is still needed and will be for some time.”

Prices for the yellow metal also got a boost from sustained consolidation in the stock market and it saw a little extra benefit due to the fact that it was a bit oversold after a few weeks where gold was lying low.

In the Asian markets, precious metals fetched a premium in Shanghai's trade as compared to London for the first time since March. This saw demand rising from top buyer China, on Wednesday.

Prices for 99.99 percent purity gold on the Shanghai Gold Exchange hit a premium of about $1 an ounce to spot prices in London before paring gains. Shanghai prices had traded at a discount of between $8-$10 to London gold since March. Before this week, the last time they were at premium to London was in January, when Shanghai prices fetched a premium of about $20 or more an ounce on ramped up demand for gold before the Chinese New Year holidays.

Amongst other precious metals, platinum rose to $1432 an ounce, a rise of one per cent and palladium gained 1.2 per cent an ounce on continued worries over supply constraint and positive US car sales.

As the Anglo American Platinum said that it has sent out force majeure motives on its supple, which underscored the impact of a near 10-week old workers strike on the leading platinum producer. It's been 10 weeks since the AMCU members have been on strike at the platinum mines. there are 70.000 members of the AMCU that have been in strike. These 70,000 workers account for more than 70 per cent of the platinum production. the AMCU has been on strike since 23rd Jan, at the Impala, Anglo American Platinum  ltd. and Lonmin Plc. Due to disruptions in operations the companies have lost more than 10.3 billion rand in revenue and workers 4.6 billion rand in earnings. This has resulted in pushing the platinum prices higher.

On the other hand, gold, in the coming week, is expected to range between $1277 and $1230 an ounce in the international markets and Rs.28,000- Rs. 30,000 on the domestic markets.

While silver is expected to range between $19.20 to $20.55 and Rs 42,000 to Rs. 46,000 per kg in the international and domestic markets respectively.

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 -
"Is it the right time to buy gold, silver platinum?"
http://www.riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2014/03/is-it-right-time-to-buy-gold-silver.html

Sunday, 23 March 2014

GOLD GOES ON A BUMPY RIDE

-By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL (RiddiSiddhi Bullions Ltd.)






On Monday, gold reached a high of $1391.99, after the Crimean people had voted over the weekend in favour of joining Russian Federation. As Putin passed on the legislation, the west did their move with the first sanctions on Russia, now it is time to wait and see what Putin Replies. 

After shifting focus from Ukraine issues, gold then concentrated on growth figures from China and then the US tapering.

On Wednesday, gold dropped two percent, when Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank will probably end its massive bond-buying program this fall, and could start raising interest rates around six months later.

It was a bumpy week for gold. After surging to near $1,400 earlier this week when Crimean voters agreed to join Russia, gold prices tumbled, picking up speed after the Federal Open Market Committee cut another $10 billion from its monthly bond purchases, and new Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed may consider hiking interest rates about six months after it ends its quantitative easing program.

The US data so far has been supple. The month of Feb did not show a positive growth (weather conditions and harsh winter to be blamed) but now the economic growth is expected to accelerate.

However, the bank said it could take several more weeks, until April economic data is released, to get confirmation that the economy is  fact picking up. The Fed, as expected, tapered its QE by $10 billion on 19 March. With inflation staying low, rising nominal interest rate will lead to a jump in the real interest rate, which will likely cause the gold prices to trade lower.

Apart from this, precious metals were also partly related to the data released from the Chinese economy. The worries over this have also been rampant. The growth forecasts of China have been downgraded by many. In fact in 2014 the growth is expected to be 7.3 per cent compared to the prior estimate of 7.6 per cent. This means that the demand for gold will be affected which in turn will push gold prices down as China plays a central role in the market and had also become the leading consumer of gold in the world in 2013.

On the domestic front, this week, RBI added 5 domestic private banks to import Gold under the 80/20 rule, which is will assist in facilitating imports and ease premiums to some extent. Their quota will be dependent on how many customers do they have for exports.

India's CAD level is now nearly at 4 years low. The deficit is around$4.5 billion in Oct-Dec period as compared to $5.2 billion in the previous year. This is surely good news for Gold trade in India as it provides a chance for the government to work out strategy to allow Gold imports, but the time frame for that decision to come will take sometime since general elections are just about to begin.

What we need to watch out for in the week-
U.S. - Consumer Spending, new home sales on 25 March, the U.S. Q4 final GDP and core PCE Index
U.K.- Consumer Price Data
Japan- Inflation rates
Germany-a report on business confidence, IFO Business Climate Index
China- March flash manufacturing PMI 
Europe- Developments in Ukraine and Crimea

Since there is a lot to watch out for gold, giving "a" particular prediction for the yellow metal gets difficult at this stage.

But in the long run, gold is expected to be range bound by $1272-$1430 in the international market and Rs.28,000- Rs.31,500 in the domestic market.

On the other hand silver is expected to range between $19.55 and $23.00 and Rs.43,000- Rs.52,000 in the international and domestic markets respectively.


The primary purpose of this blog (Prithviraj Kothari's view on Bullion Markets- MD,RSBL (Riddisiddhi Bullions Ltd.)) is to educate the masses of the current happenings in the Bullion world.
- Previous blog -
"Lots of If's and But's for gold"
http://www.riddisiddhibullionsltd.blogspot.in/2014/03/lots-of-ifs-and-buts-for-gold.html