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Monday, 28 June 2021

Key Drivers For Gold

 Last week was terrible for gold and gold dealers in India as it witnessed a 6.04% dip. This decline followed the comments released by the Fed. Fed’s hawkish stance spurred a new wave of concerns about tapering. However, prices stabilized at around $1,770 on Monday as the US Dollar dropped slightly from its two-month high. Some investors may take this opportunity to buy the dips, but uncertainties surrounding the Fed’s next interest rate move may continue to weigh on the prices.

The spot price of gold on RiddiSiddhi Bullions Limited reached $1,787.80 (£1,286) per ounce early on Tuesday morning, up 0.3% from where it rested at the close of play on Monday. Gold steadied after posting the biggest weekly loss in 15 months as the Federal Reserve’s hawkish shift damped reflation bets. Gold is attempting a bounce from two-month lows amid falling yields, although a broadly firmer US dollar is likely to limit the rebound.

Gold bears once again became active in the market but couldn’t sustain for long. Following were the key drivers for the yellow metal -

  • Inflation - Fed President Bullard said he sees inflation running at 3% this year and 2.5% in 2022, which would meet our new framework where we said we are going to allow inflation to run above the target for some time. From there, we could bring inflation down to 2% over the subsequent horizon. This suggests that conditions may be maturing by the end of 2022 for the Fed to consider tightening, which is much earlier than the market had anticipated.

  • Rate Hike - Inflation risks may warrant the US central bank beginning to raise interest rates next year, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said Friday. His comments came after last week’s Fed meeting where officials signalled monetary policy tightening could start earlier than expected. Chair Jerome Powell further added that the Fed would initiate a discussion about scaling back bond purchases used to support financial markets and the economy during the pandemic. The June FOMC meeting forecasts signalled that two rate hikes are likely by the end of 2023 as economic recovery father’s strength and inflationary pressures intensify. The decision hinted that the Fed would raise interest rates and begin asset tapering earlier than expected.

  • Treasury Yield - The benchmark of a 10-year US Treasury Yield fell to its lowest level since Mar 3, 2021. A flattening US Treasury yield curve also seemingly reflects markets attempting to price in the possibility of a 2022 rate hike.

  • Dollar - Ultra-low interest rate environment and central banks quantitative easing since the Covid-19 pandemic has been riding gold and a tailwind. Hence, it may be more vulnerable to a pullback when the reverse begins. Although the retreat in the dollar alleviated the sell-off in gold, the near-term momentum may still be tilted to the downside as tapering fears weigh.

It’s clear that the economy is improving rapidly, and the medium-term outlook is very good. But the data and conditions have not progressed enough for the Federal Open Market Committee to shift its monetary policy stance of strong support for the economic recovery. And hence people are using the correction to buy gold from RiddiSiddhi Bullions Limited - the biggest bullion dealers in India, at these price levels; there is value to hold positions in gold, especially for the long run.

Friday, 18 June 2021

Dollar Went Up The Hill And Gold Came Tumbling After

Gold headed towards its biggest decline in five months this week post the FOMC meeting. The FOMC stated that it would speed up its expected pace of policy tightening.

Since the yellow metal is extremely sensitive and influenced by the dollar and interest rate, such a volatile movement was quite obvious. Due to this characteristic, gold suffered a downfall as the dollar and US real yields both reached two-month highs. The central bank kept its interest rates and monthly bond purchases unchanged, as widely expected and concluded the meeting. The Fed on Wednesday signalled it would be considering whether to taper its asset purchase programme meeting by meeting and brought forward projections for the first post-pandemic interest rate hikes into 2023.

Following hawkish comments from Fed officials, the dollar jumped to a two-month high and was on track for its best week in nearly nine months. On the other hand, gold prices fell below $1800 an ounce on Thursday in London, disconcerting the largest bullion dealers in India. The yellow metal witnessed its 7th worst-ever trading day after the US Federal Reserve spooked the bond, equity and commodity markets by signalling an earlier rise in interest rates than previously forecast, leading in turn to expectations that its QE bond-buying will start to 'taper' sooner than later.

This uncertainty (especially in the forex markets) has led to a steep fall in gold and gold coin prices in Mumbai. The Federal Reserve has disrupted the summer torpor that the markets had settled into by signalling on Wednesday that two rate hikes could be in the cards by the end of 2023, a year earlier than expected. Though gold is considered as a hedge against inflation, higher interest rates will reduce its appeal as they translate into a higher opportunity cost of holding the metal.

The haven appeal of gold took a beating earlier this week on the release of the FOMC statement which indicated interest among a majority of committee members to expect rate hikes to begin as soon as 2023, amid a rapid economic recovery underway. This helped the US dollar, as well as bond yields, climb higher, further exerting pressure on the yellow metal, weakening interest in it among investors.

Just when people were about to write off gold, it managed to rise on Friday. At the time of writing, gold is trading at a little above $1,785. There is no doubt that the strengthening of the dollar will be challenging for gold, but looking at the other macro factors, we feel that gold and gold coins in Mumbai should be able to withstand rising yields as long as it is driven by rising inflation expectations. That was, however, not what we saw yesterday, so once again the million-dollar question is whether inflation will be a passing phenomenon or longer-lasting.

Despite the current high-growth, inflationary environment, the proposed Fed rate hikes are not expected to set in for at least another 18 months. So after a little bit more weakness here, gold prices will regroup and push higher.

Global commodity markets look set to undergo a major change in tone over the coming quarter as the rampant gains that have characterized the pandemic era give way to a more muted performance. Looking ahead, continued dollar strength will pose a challenge while gold should be able to withstand rising yields as long as it is driven by rising inflation expectations.

For now, the market including the largest bullion dealers in India trusts the judgement of the Federal Reserve and until data potentially proves them wrong, gold and with that also silver may face another challenging period.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Gold Will Be Watched Closely

Gold has had a great run of late, encompassing a 14.7% rise across just 60 trading days (from 1673 on Mar 8 to 1919 on June 1) which is an annualized pace of 61.8%. Last week gold and gold coin prices were seen hovering around $1900 an ounce. A lot of activity was seen happening which led to this price movement -

  • The debate around price pressures,
  • Speculation over whether the Federal Reserve will start talks on the idea of tapering its massive bond-buying program, 
  • Thursday’s U.S. consumer-price index report numbers.

Data coming in from the US created a significant impact on the markets. On Friday, gold rose 1.1% as a Labour Department report showed the following key numbers -

  • Some 599k jobs were added last month, compared to a 650k baseline forecast. 
  • The unemployment rate fell to 5.8% from 6.1% in the prior month, hitting the pandemic-era low.
  • The labour participation rate was little changed. 

However, this rally was short-lived as Yellen's comments dampened the rise. Bullion ticked lower after Yellen said on Sunday that President Joe Biden should push forward with his $4 trillion spending plans even if they trigger inflation that persists into next year, adding a “slightly higher” interest rate environment would be a “plus.”

Gold prices pulled back slightly following Yellen’s comment about inflation and interest rates. As a result, the 10-year Treasury yield rebounded, reflecting reflation hopes. Real yields edged higher, denting the appeal of gold as the opportunity cost of holding is increased.

Looking back at Friday’s close, a slight miss on May’s nonfarm payrolls data cooled fears about the Fed tapering stimulus and sent bullion prices 1% higher, keeping bullion dealers in India on their toes. Gold declined as investors weighed comments by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on interest rates against U.S. jobs data which missed expectations.

Piling on record historical global debts and holding rates down at 5,000-year lows are likely to stoke inflation like we haven't seen for a long time. Gold and RSBL gold coins have been sensing this since 2000 but have kicked into high gear once again since late 2019. You've no doubt seen and felt the increase in the prices of food and pretty much every other consumable. The Fed says the recent bump in inflation is transitory, but the action in precious metals says otherwise. It's why gold prices are up 42% in just the last two years. Sustained high inflation, coupled with low nominal interest rates, creates an environment of extended negative real interest rates. And that is when gold thrives, making bullion dealers in India happy.

Investors and bullion dealers in India will be closely watching commentary by the U.S. central bank as inflation ticks higher and policymakers move closer to paring the huge asset acquisition that saved the economy from the turmoil caused by the pandemic. The monetary support has driven the Fed’s balance sheet to a record, while muscular fiscal spending has enhanced government debt. Both may pose a concluding risk to the dollar’s value, potentially buffing the appeal of alternatives and probably pushing gold to new highs. 

Friday, 4 June 2021

Crucial Week For Gold Ahead

 Last week gold closed above $1900 an ounce for the first time since the start of 2021. This could once again mark the onset of bullish sentiments for the yellow metal. Spot Gold kept firm tone and consolidated under new nearly three-month high ($1912) on Monday, supported by weak dollar while growing inflationary pressures lift gold’s appeal as the metal is used as a hedge against inflation. Moving further, gold and gold coin prices in Mumbai scaled a near five-month high on Tuesday. This rally was driven by -

Weaker Dollar - The dollar index was down 0.2% against its rivals, making gold and gold coins in Mumbai less expensive for other currency holders. The U.S. unit registered its second consecutive monthly loss. Broad US dollar weakness became the main catalysts to help the gold post the biggest run-up in 11 months. The US dollar index (DXY) remained on the back foot as hopes of further stimulus and steady vaccinations in the West, recent in Asia as well, improved risk appetite for the metal.

Stimulus - The other supportive factor for the yellow metal is the monetary policy as it remains firmly stable, refusing to start changing the policy in response to rising inflation, arguing that the latest increase in consumer prices is transitory. Having proposed a $6.0 trillion budget, US President Joe Biden stretched talks over his $1.7 trillion infrastructure spending to June even as tax hikes become the key hurdle for the much-awaited stimulus.

Growing Inflationary Pressures - Last week, data showed U.S. consumer prices surged in April, with a measure of underlying inflation blowing past the Federal Reserve’s 2% target. The constant subdued tone around the US dollar, in retort to Fed’s policy expectations, continued to underpin gold price, as per the gold dealers in India. While investors awaited more U.S. data to gauge the extent of global economic recovery, Federal Reserve officials have repeatedly maintained they expect any rise in inflation to be short-lived, and said monetary stimulus would stay in place for some time.

Rising Demand - China’s factory activity expanded at the fastest pace this year in May as domestic and export demand picked up, though sharp rises in raw material prices and strains in supply chains crimped some companies’ production. Rising demand has resulted in pushing gold prices higher.

The true test for gold will be after the next couple of months of hot inflation reports and if we have some surprising better-than-expected nonfarm-payrolls reports.

Friday’s US Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) will become important catalyst to watch for gold traders as markets for consolidation in the previous month’s disappointment. Should the headline US jobs figures print upbeat figures, traders may have an additional reason to expect the Fed action during the upcoming Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), which in turn may underpin the US dollar and drag the gold and gold coin prices in India. But weak Nonfarm payrolls number this Friday may jolt gold prices toward the $1975 level.

Investors eagerly await Friday’s US Nonfarm Payrolls data for fresh hints on the economic recovery, which would likely affect the Fed’s policy outlook and in turn gold price. In the near-term, if gold can breach the $1,922 per ounce mark, it can open the room for further upside potential.