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Saturday, 28 September 2013


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

Gold prices seemed to be in a wavy mood all this week. With prices gaining momentum on Tuesday and Wednesday and then falling back on Thursday and picking up on Friday again.
Let's take a look at the weekly movement of gold prices.

Monday- On Monday, gold and silver slightly declined. Their decline coincided with the downfall of other commodities such as crude oil. In the forex market, leading risk related currencies such as the Euro and Aussie dollar depreciated against the USD. 

Tuesday- Gold went to test the downside and dropped to 1305.50 when aggressive selling hit the market in the afternoon. A lower US September consumer confidence number seemed to provide the needed support, and by the end of the day, Gold shorts got squeezed out when it recovered all the way up to 1328 again.

Wednesday- On Wednesday there was uncertainty in the market on the issue whether the US lawmakers would be able to agree to a spending bill before next Tuesday to avert a government shutdown. Focus again shifted to gold as it witnessed safe haven buying. According to US Treasury Secretary Lew the Government will be out of money on 17th October and won’t be able to meet all of its financial obligations. Gold reacted with a move higher to a high of 1338.20

Thursday- Gold fell on Thursday as a rise in the dollar and mixed US economic indicators prompted investors to take profits after gains in the previous session. In US economic data on Thursday, contracts to buy previously owned home fell for a third straight month in August, while fewer Americans filed new claims for jobless benefits last week. Spot gold was down 0.8 percent at $1322.40 an ounce

Meanwhile, Republicans in the US House of Representatives refused to give in to President Barack Obama's demands for straightforward bills to keep the government running beyond Sept. 30 and to increase the government's borrowing authority to avoid default. 

Friday- Gold prices gained more than one percent on Friday as the trading hours closed. Prices rose over expectations ahead of a weekend that could yield a decision on whether the US government shuts down next week.

Gold jumped more than 1 percent on Friday as wrangling over the U.S. budget and jitters over the outlook for Federal Reserve policy stoked buying interest, with buying accelerating sharply on a break of a key chart level.

New York Fed President William Dudley said on Monday that the U.S. central bank could still reduce its support for the economy later this year, while St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said on Friday that stimulus could be scaled back in October, depending on economic data. Comments from a Federal Reserve official that suggested a bond-buying taper could be pushed out to next year helped spur the precious metal upward.

It was this month of the year, in 2011 that gold reached its life time high of 1920$ when the first US debt ceiling crisis surfaced. The crisis was resolved at the last minute. A similar crisis creates waves (though minute) in the market where investors wait and watch the US economic data reports and key figures that determine whether the US Federal Reserve could begin reducing its bond purchases this year.

The metal also received a boost from the International Monetary Fund, which reported that central banks continued to increase gold reserve. The data showed an increase of 12.7 tons in Russia’s Gold Reserves, Turkey adding 23.3 tons, Kazakhstan 2.5 tons and also Ukraine, as well as Azerbaijan were among two tons of buying. On the sell side stood Canada, Mexico and the Czech Republic with marginal amounts of a few hundred kilos in total.

Still, the price of bullion has fallen about 20 percent this year, after 12 years of gains.

Moves by India to cut gold imports as it wrestles with its ballooning current account deficit have been keeping buyers at bay. 

The US debt ceiling debate is heating up, but while a temporary Government shutdown cannot be ruled out, no one really expects the US to default, but finally increase the limit again.

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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Saturday, 21 September 2013


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

So finally.....the much awaited and the most discussed meeting was held this week. The FOMC meet began on 18th September and was over by the 19th. All expectations, rumours, speculations and predictions were finally put to a halt.

Everything was going red for the yellow metal until Wednesday. On Wednesday gold jumped 4.1 per cent (the highest in 15 months) when the Fed made a statement that they would need more evidence and clear signs of US recovery before curbing its $85 billion-a-month of bond buying. No taper! The Fed topped the surprise no-tap vote, by delinking tapering to any “magical number”

Gold hovered near one week highs and was on track for its biggest weekly gain on five weeks after the US Federal Reserve postponed the tapering of its stimulus measures that have long been a supporter for bullion.

Bullion rose 70 percent from December 2008 to June 2011 as the U.S. central bank pumped more than $2 trillion into the financial system by buying debt, increasing concern about currency debasement. Bernanke said there is no fixed schedule for tapering and a statement from the Fed signalled interest rates will stay near zero as long as unemployment remains above 6.5 percent and inflation forecasts don’t exceed 2.5 percent.

Gold slid on Thursday and more so on Friday after positive data release from the US. Spot gold prices were last at $1,352.45/1,353.20 per ounce, down $15.10 or 1.1 percent on the Thursday’s close. Spot Bullion prices for gold fell $25 on Friday morning from Thursday's 7-session high, trading at $1350 per ounce as concerns grew that next month's US "debt limit" deadline could spark panic in financial markets. In the other precious metals, silver prices at $22.53/22.59 per ounce were down sharply on Thursday’s close of $23.12, while platinum prices fell $14 to $1,448/1,453.

Initial jobless claims for the week ending September 14 increased 15,000 to 309,000 but were well below the expected 330,000 and the Philadelphia Fed business outlook index rose to 22.3 in September, much better than the forecast of 10.3 and Augusts' reading of 9.3. Reports released showed sales of previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly rose in August to the highest in more than six years and manufacturing in the Philadelphia region expanded in September at the fastest pace since March 2011. Apart from the encouraging data, Gold sank more on later part of Friday after Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said that the US central bank may move next month to taper its QE and reduce stimulus pending which has acted a booster for precious metals over the years. He simply put it in this way, “Market overeacted with taper expectations”

The next big event is the appointment of a new Fed Chairman. Any tapering that is expected to happen in October will be dependent on data released from the US and speculative interest may remain soft as investors prefer to wait and watch before jumping into the markets.

On the domestic front, the government on Tuesday raised the import duty of Gold Jewellery to 15% from 10% earlier, introducing a 5% tariff differential with raw gold. The move, which underlined the government’s persistent efforts to dampen the demand for Gold imports and stabilize the rupee, will also give some comfort to domestic jewellery industry with a decisive export orientation. The Finance ministry’s decision followed RBI’s tightening norms for Gold Loan non-banking financial companies (NBFCs). 

Usually artisans manufacture gold jewellery factoring in local demand and the process of manufacturing does take time. This move if not had implemented, the absence of duty differential between the imports of plain Gold and jewellery, bulk buyers who didn’t want to wait for purchases started importing. This affected the livelihood of artisans who were dependent on jewellery making.

India's gold shipments came to a virtual halt after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) told importers on July 22 that a fifth of their purchases would have to be turned around for export and that 80 percent would be available for domestic use. Clearing the air on gold import norms, a government official today said more than 20 per cent of the imported metal can be exported back, a clarification that is likely to help release inbound shipments held up at the customs. 

Domestic jewellers can now breathe a sigh of relief with this clarification, as demand is expected to pick up in the coming months with the arrival of the wedding and festival season, traditional times to give gold. And this year's good monsoon will boost incomes of farmers, who often use gold as an investment.

As far as the trade range for gold is concerned  it is expected to hover between $1270-$1370 and Rs.28,500- Rs.31,000 in the international and domestic markets respectively.

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

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Saturday, 14 September 2013


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

This week a lot has happened with precious metals and in the coming week too a lot is bound to happen with gold, silver and platinum

The bears are in the driving seat in Gold. Gold prices shed 5.6 percent for the week. Gold fell to a five-week low on Friday at $1,304.56, heading for its worst week in more than two months.

For the first time in a month silver traded below $22. It suffered a huge sell off on Thursday. Silver prices fell 5.32 per cent on Thursday, closing at $21.90.

Platinum was not sparred from the selling pressure, falling 2.31 percent to close at $1,438 and saw some slight recovery to the $1,440 levels now. 

There are various factors responsible for this Sell - off. Let's take a look at them one by one.

Gold prices rallied above $1,430 an ounce to a three-and-a-half-month high in late August on safe-haven buying, as the United States and its allies looked set to launch military strikes on Syria.

But the metal’s appeal has been dented by diplomatic efforts to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, which may avert a US military strike. The risk mood improved with Syria welcoming a Russian plan to surrender their chemical weapons

Obama has threatened to act alone, if necessary, and his administration credits that threat with Russia's surprise proposal last week to have Syria turn over its chemical weapons arsenal to international control. Outside of the United Nations, however, administration officials insisted they would not take the military threat off the table.

As of now gold doesn't seem to be playing much to the tunes of the Middle East tensions as the UN has clearly not given a go ahead for any attack on Syria.


The FOMC meeting to be held on 17-18th September and its speculations over the tapering of the quantitative easing program will be one of the biggest events for the movement.

Since the inception of the Fed’s quantitative easing programme in 2008, gold price has more than doubled from about $837 an ounce in 2008 to reach a peak above $1,900 in 2011. 

Since the Ben Bernanke’s Speech on QE3, prices have saw humungous correction and fell to a low of $1,180 in June this year. 

With talks of possible withdrawal of their liquidity injection programme coming up at the FOMC meeting next week, it is no wonder we see such volatility in bullion prices.


Another factor that affected gold prices was the lacklustre physical gold demand, particularly out of India, one of the biggest importers of Gold, where the Government restrictions to import Gold have further dented the supply. The dramatic trend decline in the Indian Rupee against the US dollar has sharply increased the local price of gold with the gold price measured in Rupee up some 20% since late June. 

The Indian jewellery market, which is a major component of global jewellery demand, has tended to be price sensitive. Thus the high local gold price is likely to dampen Indian jewellery demand and pull down gold prices unless the rupee depreciates further

Although physical demand has picked up in Asian Markets over the past two days, it is not nearly as strong as what we have witnessed in at the start of August. The strong physical demand during August had pushed plenty of shorts out of the market (this short covering assisted in pushing gold above $1,400). Should physical demand improve now, there may not be the same level of short covering to help push gold higher again.


Furthermore, the trend weakening of the South African Rand and the Australian dollar have lowered gold mining cuts in the two countries with the highest production costs which makes production costs less likely. It is also worth noting that the gold labour strikes in South Africa are now over which will may pull gold prices down

Having discussed these factors, I would expect Gold to trade sideways until FOMC meeting with its stimulus plan can lead to a direction.

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

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Monday, 9 September 2013



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

Gold prices started weaker in Friday’s North American session, but reversed course and rose 1.5% following a lower-than-expected U.S. nonfarm payrolls report that increased confusions over when the Federal Reserve will start paring back its massive bind buying. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said that 169,000 jobs were created in August and the unemployment rate fell one basis point to 7.3%. That’s under the 170,000 to 180,000 expected. 

The better US Non-Manufacturing ISM data sent Gold heavily lower, as a Fed tapering for September seems on the cards now. Gold dropped by nearly 25 USD to a low of 1365 after the data with heavy volumes. Silver traded down to 23.01.

The U.S. August services sector ISM expanded to 58.6 compared to an expectation of 55.0. The ADP showed that 176,000 jobs were added in August while the jobless claims for the week ending 31 August declined 9,000, with the four-week average dropping to the lowest level since October 2007. The U.S. government bond yield surged while the Dollar Index climbed and the gold prices dropped upon the encouraging economic data. The European bond yield has also been rising in reaction to the Fed’s expected bond purchase tapering as well as the recent European growth recovery. The German 10-year government bond yield has surged above two percent on Thursday compared to 1.3 percent at the end of last year. 
Increase of jobs could push the Fed heavily in favour of tapering stimulus before the end of September, but a disappointing level of growth could sway the central bank to wait at least another month. 

Despite Friday's rally, gold ended the week 0.5 per cent lower for a second consecutive weekly loss as its safe haven appeal dropped on lack of progress about possible US military strikes against Syria.

Gold prices could rise next week as market awaits Fed tapering, moreover, there are some other factors underpinning gold, including decent physical demand in Asia and the likelihood of more Indian purchases ahead of the holidays there.
Another factor for gold is a potential military strike on Syria by the U.S., following reports that the government there allegedly used chemical weapons against its citizens. As President Obama persuades the Congress to vote and looks for the international backing for war in the G20 meeting, the delay in the Syrian strike has put a damper on gold prices

Gold traders are watching the Syrian conflict, but so far the saber-rattling has done little to impact markets. Several analysts said going into next week that Syria might take on added significance and the conflict will likely at least add support to prices.

The gold market has another week and half to mull what the Fed might do, as the Federal Open Market Committee meeting is Sept. 17-18, and there’s a debate over whether the Fed would taper its QE program or not. 

Monetary stimulus has been a major driver of gold's rally for recent years as the metal's stats as a hedge against inflation and economic uncertainty benefitted from increased money printing by central banks in low interest rate environment.
Gold rose to a record high of $1920.30 on 6th September - exactly two years ago. Year-to-date, the metal is down nearly 16 per cent.

Meanwhile, India welcomed the new RBI governor - Mr. Raghuram Rajan with open arms. And this was clearly visible in the market movements once he took his post. Equities were up, rupee appreciated and the sentiment became positive.

In a seven-page statement read out at a press conference after markets closed, Dr.Rajan set out a bold, reformist vision for his tenure at the central bank. Included in it are measures to deepen securities markets, improve financial inclusion including for SMEs, support and push for the rupee as an international currency and a warning for corporate defaulters of loans. Declaring that he would “preserve the value of the currency”, Dr. Rajan said India is a fundamentally sound economy with a bright future. 

On Tuesday, The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has said gold supplied to units in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and export units and to star/premier trading houses will not be treated as gold supplied to exporters under the 80/20 scheme — the allowing of import with the condition that a fifth must be supplied to exporters. With RBI’s new clarification, exports might be higher but gold supplied to exporters from a Domestic Tariff Area (any place outside an SEZ or other units outside a Customs-bonded one), other than export zones and by export houses, will be considered as part of the 20 per cent policy. Such exports last year were estimated at 55 tons and this year could be higher, with improved demand. An exporter will have to show a proof of export, including proof of inward remittance. Since the latter takes 270 days, waiting till then will mean the next export will be delayed. 

Now Indians have eyed their entire hopes on this new governor, who promises to deliver.

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

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