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Monday, 27 April 2015


                                                        By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

The week has lot of gold friendly news: but unfortunately none of it supported gold. Be it the soft US data reports or the Greece Crisis or the weakening US dollar any many other news: Gold failed to benefit from any of them.

Any news failed to ignite gold prices leaving it range bound for the week untill the later part of Friday which did some new movement but downwards.

On Friday, the price of gold was down more than 1.5%, or nearly $20 an ounce, to as low as $1,176, the lowest price for the precious metal since late March. Gold ended lower on Friday as investors were more interested in next week’s monetary policy meet of the Federal Reserve. Investors believe that this meeting would give signals on Fed’s interest rate hike plans. The yellow metal was also impacted after some upbeat manufactured durable goods data from the U.S., even as the dollar continued to fluctuate.

US Data

          US weekly unemployment claims increased to 295,000 in April, higher than the forecast 288,000. US new home sales for March, meanwhile, came in at an annual rate of 481,000, which was 11.4 percent below the prior month’s reading and missed the 514,000 forecast. The recent soft data from the US could delay the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) from raising interest rates from near-zero levels until later this year. The Fed’s next meeting takes place on April 28.

            In some upbeat economic news, new orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods increased much more than expected in March, a report from the Commerce Department showed Friday.

Fed Interest Rate Hike:

             Soft economic US data has pushed the expected dates of interest rate hike even further. The run of weak US macroeconomic data has taken a June rise in interest rates by the Federal Reserve off the table and even a change in September now looks unlikely, according to the CME Group’s Fed Watch. Interest rates have been zero since December 2008 and now the members of the Fed’s policy board are locked in what has become an increasingly public debate on when will be the right time to raise interest rates with most of them believing that the hike will come sometime in September.

US Dollar: 

           Weak data on U.S. jobless claims, manufacturing and home sales have hurt the dollar this week, boosting uncertainty over whether the Federal Reserve will conduct its first U.S. rate rise in nearly a decade in June or September.


           Gold fell on Friday, on track for a third successive weekly loss as strength in global equities diverted interest, though uncertainty over the timing of a U.S. rate rise pegged prices in a narrow range. World stocks hit all-time highs on Friday as corporate updates in Europe and a post-dot com-boom peak for the U.S. NASDAQ stoked investor optimism.
          Gains for equities are spurring investors to shun gold, with prices posting the biggest tumble in seven weeks.


          Gold prices dipped below $1,180 on the London spot market and on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday afternoon after some progress was made in Greek debt talks. Gold’s credentials as a safe-haven investment appear to have taken a hit on suggestions that Greece is closer to a bailout deal after a summit of Eurozone ministers in Riga. The country is running out of money – Athens is under pressure to accelerate reforms that would secure a deal before it defaults on its debts.
           Greece ordered state entities from municipalities to a fund meant for future generations to park idle cash at the central bank in a scramble on Monday to pay the bills. With IMF loan repayments due next month, Greece has been tapping into public cash reserves in temporary transactions.

Meanwhile Eurozone ministers are attended a summit again  to discuss Greece’s possible default on its debt obligations but positive headlines have been supportive of the single currency, which possibly reduced gold’s safe-haven appeal.

In other news, Russia have increased their Gold reserves by adding nearly 30 tons in April. The brings the country's total reserve to 1238 tons. Russia have steadily invested in Gold through the last nine months of 2014, to diversify reserves and protect Ruble illiquidity.

Now the market players have turned their attention to Wednesdays Federal Open Market Committee statement. Investors was looking out for some signs of tightening of monetary policy as the FOMC decides exactly when to start normalizing. That would raise the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion, while boosting the dollar.

Despite the current stickiness within the range, I do feel that a bigger move is about to come. GDP and FOMC or even the Greece could be the next big catalyst not leaving the Geo-political tensions out of the way.

Whatever be the move, yellow metal will always be known for its safe haven appeal and as the countries are adding their reserves, it clearly indicates that Gold will never be out of picture.

GOLD $1173- $1200 an ounce Rs.26,500- Rs.27,500 per 10gm
SILVER $15.40- $16.30 an ounce Rs.35,000- Rs.37,000 per kg

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Sunday, 19 April 2015


 By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD, RSBL

It was a rather confused market for gold this week. The negatives pushed gold high while the stability kept it low. 

Though it was a neutral week for gold, it managed to stabilize over $1200 an ounce. The recent gains on gold prices have been supported by-
  • The sluggish reports from the US economy
  • The dreary March payrolls report from the Labor Department
  • The slowly advancing US housing reports
  • Rise in SPDR Gold Shares
  • The uncertainties about Greece’s finances
  • Other geopolitical tensions
The sluggish economic reports have raised the expectations that the US central bank would not be hiking the interest rates before September. 

The weak economic data this week did not have much impact on gold prices. Neither the US housing reports nor the declining dollar – gold prices did not bank on any of these factors. 

The gold price remained in positive territory in Friday afternoon trading despite the dollar managing to claw back.  Spot gold was seen trading at $1,204.70/1,205.50 per ounce was up $7 on the previous session’s close. Reasons supporting this are:

Greece Crisis: Investors shifted focus to gold to seek safe haven after world stock markets tracked lower over worries of a potential Greek debt repayment default.

Meanwhile, Consumer prices in the euro zone rose for the second straight month in March, not enough to pull annual inflation out of negative territory but another positive sign as the currency bloc looks to escape prolonged deflation.

Sluggish reports from US: US Industrial production disappointed in March to print -0.6% (expected: -0.3%) to suffer its largest fall in well over two years. US retail sales too printed a lower figure of 0.9% vs 1.1% expected

SPDR Gold trust- Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold backed exchange traded fund, remained unchanged at 736.08 tons, from its previous close of 734.29 tons

Demand for Gold: Physical buying in the world's top two gold consuming countries is expected to rise. A spate of manufacturing data from all the world’s major economies next week as well as the key Hindu festival of Akshaya Tritiya in India on Tuesday, which is widely regarded to be the most auspicious day in the country’s calendar to buy gold, could prove key to near-term direction. India’s March gold imports rose 94 percent year-on-year to $4.98 billion, according to the  trade ministry.

In the week to come factors supporting a bullish sentiment for Gold are: 
Weak US Dollar: A weak U.S. dollar could end up taking some momentum away from equity markets and that could help gold prices. Further weakness in the dollar could push up gold prices as bullion is seen as a safe-haven asset.

Eurozone: Negative bond yields in Europe continue to make the yellow metal an attractive safe-haven investment. Meeting of Eurozone ministers on the 24th April where Greece debt deal issue will take the center stage.

Economic Data from US: Though it will be a slow week for economic data, it will play a crucial role in influencing gold prices and the highlight will come on Friday with the release of U.S. durable goods for March. Disappointing economic data will make it clear the Federal Reserve will be unable to raise rates as high or as fast as markets are currently expecting and as a result, gold will benefit.

US rate hike: The G-20 did acknowledge the  fact that a FED tightening could send shock waves around the Globe.

For the time being Markets are puzzled when it comes to Gold price move. Until we get clear-cut news from the U.S. economy; that will allow the Fed to make a definitive move on rates or the clearance on Greece debt deal issue, Gold is bounded in a range of $1170 to $1238.



$1194- $1230 an ounce
Rs.26,500- Rs.27,800 per 10gm
$15.63- $17.00 an ounce
Rs.35,000-Rs.37,500 per kg

Investment tip:


For Silver: Buy for future. Some facts:
1. 750 million ounces of Sivler are produced everyday which is worth US$14 billion. A price tag which is nothing in the current world. Individual companies are brought and sold at this price level.
2. New silver deposit exploration has found very little over the last decade.
3. Uses of Silver have been growing consistently in medical, Solar, Industrial etc fields. Relating to its increasing demand. A did read in an article that if the Silver is used at the current rate and only this much production happens across the world, then it can be extinct in the next 25 years or so.

“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, 13 April 2015


By Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, MD,RSBL


The last couple of years have been anything but normal for gold.  Back in early 2013, the Fed started augmenting its young QE3 debt-monetization campaign with aggressive jawboning.  It kept implying to stock traders that it was ready to quickly ramp up money printing if the stock markets sold off materially.  This short-circuited normal healthy sentiment re balancing sell offs, as traders feared nothing.

Thus the stock markets levitated, powered higher without normal material sell offs.  Since gold is an alternative investment that moves contrary to stock markets, this slowly strangled gold investment demand.  Investors gradually abandoned it, leaving this metal for dead.

FED's exiting the zero interest rates is a big point of debate for US economy. But frankly I do not think this is the only challenge we are talking about. To me, the unwinding of trillions of dollars used to purchase Bonds by the FED is more of a concern. Less than a year from now, FED will have take one of its biggest decisions of reinvesting $200 billion (approx) which are the proceeds from Treasury debt that is supposed to get matured in 2016. 

I did get some more idea by going through some news on the same:
1. If FED does not invest, it could lead to an increase in supply of security products available to the investors and put an upward pressure on yields.

2. If they plan to let it expire, it will shrink FED's balance sheet drastically leading to monetary tightening from increases in the benchmark interest rate officials envision for this year. That could mark a reversal of easing that FED achieved when it started its bond purchases programme after the recession.

For this week, Gold advanced for the first time in four days after holdings in exchange-traded products backed by bullion posted the largest increase in more than six weeks. On Thursday, gold-backed ETP holdings rose by 3.9 metric tons, the most since Feb. 23, to 1,620.1 tons, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Holdings in the SPDR Gold Trust, the top bullion ETP, had the biggest jump in two months. This jump in holdings shows that there is some movement out of the conventional assets into gold.

CFTC data released on Friday showed that speculators sharply increased their bullish bets last week. The net weekly gain of 20,738 contracts was quite balanced from 10,312 of new longs and a 10,426 reduction of shorts. This increase brings the net position to +100,000 for the first time since March 3rd. This was also the third straight week of gains there.

But a good sign from Eurozone did come on Tuesday, where its private sector continued to improve in March with Markit's final composite PMI rising to 54.0 in March from 53.3 in February, an 11 month high.

Following suit, gold prices stabilized above $1200 on Friday although the markets watched the surging dollar. The dollar index remains strong at around its highest in three weeks – it was last at around 99.30, having earlier touched 99.69. The US currency has gained ground following the release of the mildly hawkish minutes from the March meeting of the US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) earlier this week.

The spot gold price was last at $1,207/1,208 per ounce, up $12.80 on Thursday’s close. Trade has ranged from $1,193 to $1,210.8. This does seem to be a pyschological boost for the boost.

To bottom it up, we saw gold getting support on Monday; post the weak jobs report that were released last Friday. Moreover, the dovish comment from New York Fed President William Dudley, gave gold the further push in prices. Furthermore, a weaker U.S. dollar provided underlying support for bullion. There may be more scope for bullion to rally.

Precious metals are highly sensitive and react instantly to the following
  • Changes in monetary policy expectations,
  • Fed's decisions
  • Dollar prices
  • Geo political crisis.
But currently what matter the most for the market watcher is - when the Federal Reserve will make its first move on rate and potential political fallout of Greece leaving the Eurozone.

Investment Tip: 
If gold breaks $1225 an ounce then it can be considered a good opportunity to buy in the market.


$1188- $1224 an ounce
Rs.26,500 - Rs.28,000 per 10 gm
$16.15- $17.30 an ounce
Rs.36,000 - Rs.38,000 per kg

“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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