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Monday, 21 October 2019

A Favourable Environment Has Emerged For Gold

US China trade war that gathered lot of limelight last week, seems to be put on a back burner as China said that they will not sign any further deals unless another round of talks happen,. There was a renewed volatility when China issued this statement and DOW fell along.

Gold prices edged higher on Thursday after the European Union and U.K. reached a preliminary Brexit deal, with worries that a deal may not pass a weekend vote in the British parliament and signs of a weakness in the U.S. economy providing support for the haven metal.

Gold’s gains after an initial small sell off suggest that many market participants remain sceptical of this latest Brexit.

Gold has benefited from new safe-haven flows. It hasn’t taken much to push investors back into gold; the latest move was triggered after disappointing retail sales numbers for September.

Investors digested a batch of mostly weaker-than-expected U.S. data, which could cement expectations for interest-rate cuts from the Fed.
  • The Philadelphia Fed said its gauge of business activity fell to 5.6 in October from 12 in September
  • Economists polled by Econoday expecting a 7.1 reading and a report on industrial production from the Federal Reserve fell 0.4% in September, marking the biggest drop since April.
  • Data showed that U.S. housing starts slid to an annual rate of 1.26 million last month from a revised 1.39 million in August
  • Initial weekly jobless claims increased by 4,000 to 214,000.
According to some analysts, the disappointing economic data continues to support market expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates at the end of the month.

According to an unofficial poll conducted with the LBMA delegates, they see gold prices rising to $1658 an ounce, up nearly 11% from current prices.

The LBMA forecast has garnered more attention lately, as their last years forecast has also proved to be fairly accurate.

Last year the conference poll attendees saw gold prices rising to $1532 an ounce.  The bullish outlook came at a t time when gold prices were struggling to hold support above $1200 an ounce. Earlier this summer, expectations of looser monetary policy and rising recession fears helped to rally gold prices more than 20 % for the year, with prices hitting a six year high above $1560 an ounce.

According to reports, this is only the second time in last 10 years that gold has seen a 20% rally. Although prices are off their highs, the gold market is still holding on to a 16% gain for the year.

The signs of a favourable environment for the commodity emerged late last year and have continued to build throughout 2019. Our original thesis is now playing out; we continue to see slowing global growth, a more dovish Fed and real rates below 2% driving demand for the commodity and causing a decoupling in the negative relationship between gold and the U.S. dollar.

Prithviraj Kothari is author of this article. Find more information about Prithviraj kothari.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Gold Continues To Ride The Bulls

Has gold really been the safe-haven asset? Has gold really proved to be a hedge in times of uncertainties? Has the yellow metal been the highest return generating asset in its class?

So let’s see what gold has done since 2001. I have always been telling people to buy gold on dips. In 1981, after gold had made its top above $800 it was pushed back into the bears market wherein it plunged to about @250 by 2001; at that time no one even wanted to hear the word gold. People were shifting focus to other means of investment. But I was quite sure that gold was here to stay and it will soon shift its sentiments to bullish. And it happened. I was expecting gold to enter the bulls markets after a 20 year period. Targets were $3000, and currently, it doesn’t seem to be a far reality.

The gold price tends to rise in times of crisis and as of now, the yellow metal has the potential to go much higher even without a major calamity.
Later then, gold will become the most desirable asset when the central banks restart their QE (quantitative easing) programs in order to avoid devastating recessions. The purchasing power of money will be eroded significantly.

Precious metals enjoyed their second-biggest inflows ever in the week to Wednesday, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said on Friday, as festering trade tensions and global growth woes triggered a rush for safe-haven assets.

This quarter too we saw gold running over the bulls. Gold had a good third quarter, rising 8%. 2 factors that suggest, gold may be set for further rises in the immediate future

Demand- We all know that China and Russia have been the biggest buyers of gold in the past decade. On a quarterly basis, central banks increased their purchases of gold immensely in the first quarter of 2019.

The World Gold Council reports that the first quarter of 2019 purchases were the highest in 6 years, rising 68% above the year-ago quarter.

Early this year the World Gold Council reported that central banks around the globe bought the most gold in 2018 on over 51 years. According to the report, last year central banls bought 651 tonnes (metric) of gold. That is an increase of 74% from 2017.

What can be noted further is that India that was once the biggest consumer of gold, will also be seen buying the yellow metal? But the demand is expected to come not from the central banks, but from the locals. The monsoon this year in India has been higher than usual. This leads to a series of events that will further boost agricultural income and this drive increased purchase of gold.

Furthermore, in China, forward contracts have surged to record highs on the Shanghai Gold Exchange and there has been a build-up in China gold ETF holdings since late May.

Tight the unfavourable duty structure in India has not really been helpful in boosting gold demand, but analysts in the market feel that this issue has been boo timing out and a turnaround is soon expected.

Similarly, physical demand in China has been lacklustre due to high prices. But that too seemed to be fading away, where the rise in demand is soon to be witnessed in the Chinese markets too.

Uncertainties- US and China are expected to hold trade talks on 10th October. Simultaneously Iran is also attempting to have talk initiative with the US but the latter is denying all kinds of talks with Iran s of now.

Thought most banks in China will be shut due to Chinese national holiday, this whole week markets will witness Trump’s impeachments dilemma on one hand and Brexit on the other. Nonetheless, these uncertainties will help in evolving the markets.

A noteworthy point is that worldwide money printing triggered by attempts to stimulate economic activity could lead to a substantial gold price increase.

But one thing that cannot be ignored is that as of now one should wait to buy gold. With bullish sentiments at extremely high levels, I think that this is probably not the best time to buy the yellow metal. We will surely witness some dips and that would be the right opportunity.

Prithviraj Kothari is author of this article. Find more information about Prithviraj kothari.