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Saturday, 25 January 2014


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

In 2008, when the financial crisis rattled economies, investors inevitably resorted to the perceived safety of gold - and its price escalated from $800 to $1900 an ounce. This, in turn, accelerated the exploration for yet more gold. And gold became the most sought after metal. But in 2013, gold plunged 28 percent, the most since 1981, amid a U.S. equity rally to a record and speculation that the Federal Reserve will scale back monetary stimulus.

There were quite a many investors who abandoned gold and wrote it off. They declared that gold was ready for a bear market and that it has lost all its glitter. But the ones who are still loyal to gold hold a strong belief that gold will shoot up this year and perform well. I think gold is all set to prove this true.

This month, gold has jumped 5.2 percent. The losses in equities market has once again shifted focus from financial markets to bullions. This week gold saw a 5 per cent gain- thanks to equities. 

A global fight from emerging markets and declines in equities increased gold status as a safe haven asset and it rose to a two month high on Friday.

Fluctuations in the currency markets led by  plummeting Argentina peso and Turkish Lira prompted investors to buy gold.

This was not the sole reason behind the yellow metal prices going green.

- The options market expires next Tuesday, on 28th January. Buying sentiment behind this expiry has pushed gold prices higher.

- Also, the market has seen a big inflow for the so-called gold spider ETF. Recent inflows are also encouraging. Gold ETFs on Friday scored their biggest daily inflow since October 2012.

- The Chinese lunar new year is also playing its part for physical metal demand, as customers are rushing in to grab the metal at a cheaper price. The Lunar Year holiday will start next Friday (31st January) but gold dealers in China have made their purchases well in advance. Increasing demand for coins, bars and jewellery has pushed up gold prices.

- There are talks in the market that the government may relax certain import restrictions. Gold shot up and after murmurings that the punitive taxes on gold in India may be reduced. Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi has asked the government to review tough import restrictions on gold, which include a record 10% import duty.This will result in higher demand for gold and may push prices further.

- Also we see many investors shuffling their portfolios in January after what they have witnessed the year before. In Jan 2014 we saw that the equity market has not given satisfactory returns hence many investors are again allocating major chunk to gold and other precious metals.

- The world has a picture that banks have been selling off gold. But what came as a shock to the market that Germany failed to get its gold back. On January 16, 2013 Germany’s central bank, the Bundesbank, said it will ship back home all 374 tonnes it had stored with the Banque de France in Paris, as well as 300 tonnes held in Manhattan by the US Federal Reserve, by 2020. the Germans have managed to bring home a paltry 37 tonnes of gold.
And a mere 5 tonnes of that came from the US, the rest from Paris. The Fed holds 45% of the total 3,396 tonnes German gold. Now what conspiracy lies behind this pull back is certainly unclear.

Meanwhile, A quiet Monday, following Martin Luther King day in the US saw most interest in Platinum trading, which was driven to a high of 1473 USD per ounce by the AMCU calling also for strikes at Impala. - First day of the week. A strike at South African platinum mines paralyzed the world’s three biggest producers of the metal for a second day as talks to resolve the dispute over pay broke up until Jan. 27. Nearly 70,000 employees downed tools at Anglo American Platinum Ltd., Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. and Lonmin Plc mines, where 70% of global platinum is produced. Hence, Platinum is 6% higher this month. 

While the yellow metal may take a back seat to other asset classes this year, but strong physical demand will sustain elevated average price this year. 

But investors have to be “cautious and quick” in taking profits because if the FED announces further tapering of its bond-buying program at its meeting next week, the dollar could soar, which could be a bearish sign for gold.

Nonetheless, momentum is still pointing up for now.

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.
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Sunday, 19 January 2014


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

So has been a decent start for gold. In the first fortnight of 2014, gold scaled up by 3.7 per cent. As we all know that 2013 has been one of the worst performing years for gold and it was down almost 28 per cent. It even ended a 12 year bull run for gold. All this may sound very repetitive as I have mentioned this time and again in all my articles lately.

But this has cropped up again as at this point where some believe that gold is making a comeback it is very important to know that is actually where gold is headed. 

Throughout the week, there were not one but many factors that played a pivotal role for gold's price movement:

  • Strengthening of US dollar
  • Federal Budget Balance
  • Beige book
  • Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s speech.
  • Core CPI m/m
  • Building permits
  • German Buba President Weidmann’s speech

The recent disappointment in non-farm payroll report may have lowered the chances of FOMC reducing its stimulus program in the near future. But that does not mean that we can expect Gold to begin a new rally? There are various reasons for it. One of the major concerns is the demand for leading precious metals’ ETF including iShares Gold Trust (IAU) and SPDR Gold (GLD) continued to diminish. During January, SPDR Gold’s holdings declined by 1%. 

But the upper trend did continue during the start of this week too. Gold rose to its highest level in a month on Tuesday at $1,255.00 an ounce due to a drop in equities and uncertainty over the U.S. growth outlook after a disappointing jobs report last week.  But later in the day, gold lowered. It fell nearly 1 per cent as a rally in U.S. equities that was sparked by encouraging December retail sales data dampened buying sentiment among bullion investors. 

On Wednesday too, gold fell as the dollar rallied over producer prices data released in US. It showed that the price has risen sharply in December, even though there were few signs of sustained price pressures.

Supporting investor appetite for riskier assets like equities, the Federal Reserve said in its Beige Book published late on Wednesday; the U.S. economy continued to grow at a moderate pace from late November to the end of 2013, with some regions of the country expecting a pick-up in growth.

Thursday followed suit, as a developing global economy bettered the market scenario for equities and gold lost its appeal as an alternative investment and made it vulnerable to further losses.

Gold rallied towards the $1,255 level but it failed to go through it because there is no investor interest, and there may be a push towards the $1,210/$1,200 area.

Gold now relies on macroeconomic events that are coming up for the month of Jan:

1) The FOMC meeting: 
The next meeting of the Fed's FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) is on Jan. 28-29, while the next major U.S. data figure is the U.S. weekly jobless claims report, scheduled for release

2) Physical Demand from China:
In China, the biggest physical market for gold, demand has picked up since the beginning of the month in the build-up to the Lunar New Year, when the metal is bought for good fortune and given as gift. 

China has become the third-largest holder of gold, according to a Bloomberg Industries report. Gold holdings were nearly 2,710 metric tons, compared with the last reported holdings of 1,054 tons in April 2009, according to the report. Italy’s holdings are 2,451.8 tons, and France owns 2,435.4 tons, according to the World Gold Council data. The US is the biggest holder with 8,133.5 tons. The PBOC reported in April 2009 that its official gold reserves stood at 1,054 tons – and it has not reported any increase in official gold reserves since that announcement nearly five years ago,

China will continue to add its official gold holdings in a bid to raise the status of its currency, the Yuan and strengthen it.

So now all eyes on the upcoming FOMC meeting and wait for the best to happen

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.
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