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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Gold is Only Life Raft Available to Investors From Sinking Global Currencies

Peter Grosskopf sees gold as only viable choice of protection against coming storm.

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In a recent note regarding the state of the markets, Peter Grosskopf, CEO of Sprott Inc, likened currencies around the world to a sinking ship. And according to the executive, gold is the only life raft available to investors looking to preserve their wealth.

According to an article on Kitco, given the amount of looming risks, Grosskopf is shocked that investors are still clinging to the waning stock market instead of flocking towards gold. Global debt continues to spiral out of control, with the latest IMF report placing the figure at a staggering $184 trillion.

Domestic investors may be more concerned with U.S. debt, which surpassed $22 trillion not too long ago reports Kitco. Numerous economists have cautioned that a national debt of $24 trillion would mark a point of no return, a warning that was echoed by President Trump himself. Considering the speed at which the debt is expanding, Kitco states the latter figure could likely be reached within a few years' time.

Perhaps even more so than the amount of debt in question, Grosskopf finds governmental response to the issue alarming. For the most part, governments around the world have not only ignored the mounting domestic and global debt, but also continue to entertain loose fiscal policies. The U.S. is on the cusp of reaching a budget deficit of $1 trillion, yet federal spending has only increased in recent times.

Central banks won't be able to sweep the problem under the rug for much longer, said Grosskopf, as a growing number of pension and entitlement programs are placed into question. As has often been the case, Grosskopf believes that central bankers will respond to the issue with even more lax policies.

A prime example of this is the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), a more intense version of traditional quantitative easing programs. According to Kitco, because of the MMT's populist nature and the promise of easy money, the supposed solution has quickly gained public support. Grosskopf, like most other economists, find the notion of MMT not only unsustainable, but also likely to end up undermining the global economy.

The appeal of MMT to the average person means that the model is being used as a political tool, which Grosskopf believes will expedite the economic avalanche that's already taking place. And while there are a few safe-haven options available, Grosskopf sees gold as only viable choice of protection against the coming storm.

Whereas other havens like government bonds or reserve currencies are highly vulnerable to crises, Kitco states gold is the only asset that has kept its value regardless of the sort of economic downturn unraveling locally or globally.

Grosskopf also reminded investors that gold has acted as a currency for millennia, stating that the metal has a good chance of returning to this role. As the weight of global debt becomes too great and currencies grow shaky, Grosskopf thinks gold will once again become an accepted medium of exchange.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Gold/Silver Ratio Suggests Silver's Day is Coming

Lobo Tiggre says silver recovery coming, with the possibility of gaining a minimum of 25%.

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Like many analysts before him, Kitco's Lobo Tiggre recently took note of just how disproportionate the gold/silver ratio is. According to the Kitco article, the ratio remains at historic highs of around 85, meaning that roughly 85 ounces of silver are needed to buy one ounce of gold.

Tiggre thinks this perfectly illustrates the harshness of silver's price lag behind gold. Over the past few decades, the ratio has stood firmly between 50-60, which should put silver prices above $21 an ounce based on gold's current standing. Going back further, the gold/silver ratio was usually tied closer to the metals' natural supply. U.S. law initially set the ratio in coinage at 15:1, while Ancient Rome had it at 12:1. According to the article, a ratio of even 18 would translate to silver prices of roughly $70 an ounce.

All this is happening during a time when demand for silver is flourishing, both among investors and manufacturers. While there isn't a clear explanation as to what's causing diminished silver prices, Tiggre places the blame on excessive above-ground supply due to silver mostly being mined as a byproduct of other industrial metals. Because these metals have been doing very well lately, a surplus of silver ore has been dug up that should become depleted in the near future. In reality, true silver mine production has been falling behind demand for years, reports Kitco.

Tiggre believes we can take cues from past occurrences where the gold/silver ratio was so out of proportion. In each of the three instances over the last two decades, an excessively-high ratio quickly made way for a major rebound in silver prices. Tiggre notes, however, that there are several technical differences this time around.

Silver was always more volatile than gold, meaning that spikes in gold prices such as those in 1980 and 2010 led to even greater spikes for silver, states the articles. Exacerbating this point is the fact that silver prices have been moving further away from gold since 2011. If previous charts are any indicator, this means that the next instance of silver playing catch-up will be momentous.

There are other factors that could expedite or intensify silver's comeback. A potential strengthening of China's economy could offset the global growth deceleration and provide silver with even more tailwind. Jewelry demand is already expected to intensify in the Asian nation this year, and an economic boom would deplete silver's available supply even faster. The latter will happen largely due to solar panel production, explains Tiggre, as manufacturers will no longer be able to cut production costs through silver once panel demand ramps up.

To Tiggre, the question of silver's recovery has long become a matter of when, not if. Instead, the analyst is now searching for optimal entry points before a price leap that should, according to historical precedent, see silver gain a minimum of 25%.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Gold Market Could See Major Breakout

Brexit troubles could help clear the path for gold to reach $1,400 an ounce by year's end.

Gold prices have remained virtually unchanged over the past week, even as a surprisingly optimistic jobs report gave the stock market some much-needed breathing room. According to a recent article by Kitco, however, the lack of any real price movement in the gold market may represent a calm before the storm, one that could end in a major breakout.

Gold’s price invariably thrives during times of geopolitical strife, writes Kitco, and there appears to be no shortage of the latter coming from different corners of the globe. Britain's troubles surrounding their exit from the European Union have made the headlines of most outlets in recent days as Theresa May's government appears unable to broker a deal with Brussels.

With the April 12 deadline for a satisfactory agreement fast-approaching, May requested that negotiations be postponed until June 30. According to the article, should the EU dismiss the request, Britain will be forced into a hard exit from the alliance, which could have numerous dire consequences. These include a devaluation of the sterling and even a potential revision of the Irish border.

Although a Brexit extension could help avoid this scenario, it will further erode the trust of British citizens as their parliament struggles to satisfy Brussels, suggests Kitco. The situation plays into existing tensions in the eurozone, which include Italy's opposition to Brussels' budget terms, an ongoing migrant crisis and an increasingly dovish European Central Bank.

The ECB recently downgraded its growth forecast and placed into question the prospect of hiking interest rates this year. An official announcement is scheduled for next week, and confirmation that rates will remain stationary could provide gold with additional leverage.

On the domestic front, the Federal Reserve's dovish turnaround in March already helped boost gold prices. The minutes from the meeting will be released on Wednesday, and market watchers will be looking to scour the transcript for details on just how far the Fed intends to pull back.

Although a potential U.S.-China trade deal could subdue gold prices in the short term, President Trump said that negotiations will likely last for weeks, leaving investors with little certainty. The culmination of the Mueller probe did little to calm domestic political tensions, and Trump's collision with Russia over Vladimir Putin's support of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro is yet another source of concern.

Traders are now waiting for next week's CPI and PPI reports, and Kitco says signs of rising inflation would likely translate to immediate short-term gains in gold prices. Over the longer term, gold should receive plenty of support as equities resume their downtrend, said Ross Strachan, senior commodities economist at Capital Economics.

Combined with weaker growth projections in both the U.S. and Europe, Strachan believes the path has been cleared for gold to reach $1,400 an ounce by year's end.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

ABN AMRO Predicts Gold to Reach $1,400 Before End of Year

Georgette Boele says gold hasn't lost any luster from the previous months, and its outlook for the rest of the year is still exciting.

gold could reach $1,400 by end of year

As gold moves back and forth across the $1,300 level, Kitco reports that Dutch bank ABN Amro stands by its prediction that the metal will see $1,400 an ounce before the end of the year. Georgette Boele, the bank's coordinator of foreign exchange and precious metals strategy, explained in her latest precious metals report why she sees gold heading higher and higher as the year progresses.

Despite occasional dips, Kitco writes that gold remains comfortably in the green since the start of the year. Furthermore, prices have held their ground above the 200-day moving average even during periods of selling, something Boele sees as very optimistic.

Boele and her firm believe gold hasn't lost any of its luster from the previous months, and that the metal's outlook for the rest of the year is still exciting. Although the troubles in equities have lessened a major hurdle for the gold market, Boele noted that a persistently robust U.S. dollar and a sudden, albeit short-lived, spike in Treasury yields will be gold's main competitors in the near-term.

Nonetheless, the analyst thinks that gold could climb to the $1,365-$1,375 level over the next few months even in the face of these headwinds. Later in the year, Boele expects the pressure from the U.S. dollar to subside, driven largely by a change in policy by the Federal Reserve.

It's hard to argue that years of monetary tightening have weighed on gold, even though the metal's price held up with as many as four rate hikes per year. Many experts think that 2019 will be the year when the Fed finally dials down on its hawkish strategy, or even reverses it, writes Kitco. Boele concurs, adding that the Fed's gradual wrap-up of its hiking cycle will be accompanied by dovishness from other central banks.

The latter point has already been highlighted by the European Central Bank's announcement that it would not raise interest rates for the rest of the year. In the same announcement, the ECB also slashed its growth forecast by a wide margin, which many interpreted as another bullish signal for gold, reports Kitco.

The spike in yields should also prove to be inconsequential, says the article, as analysts have pointed out that Treasuries are on a long-term downwards trajectory, with the yield curve nearing flat status. A flat yield curve signaled the last two market crashes, building on existing concerns that an economic slowdown and a possible recession are on the way.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Gold Ready to Recapture Levels Not Seen Since 2016

Sprott Money CEO says current landscape is more favorable for gold than two years ago.

gold to recapture 2016 levels

2016 was the last time gold climbed past the $1,370 level, brought up by a string of geopolitical concerns and a weaker dollar. But now, having already crossed the $1,340 mark, the metal looks ready to recapture levels last seen two years ago, while also setting new records in the process, reports Kitco.

In an analysis on Sprott Money, Global Pro Traders CEO David Brady explained why he thinks the current landscape is even more favorable for gold than 2016 was. According to a recent Kitco article, despite a robust greenback, which is often seen as one of its main headwinds, gold still managed to surpass $1,340 an ounce since the start of the year.

This display of strength is set to continue, said Brady, who sees gold heading towards the 2016 high of $1,377 this year, largely driven by central bank policies. As Brady noted, the Federal Reserve might be looking at a policy U-turn after hiking interest rates on an annual basis since 2015.

According to Kitco, the recent dovish stance expressed by Fed officials could soon make way for quantitative easing (QE), an inflationary policy that has heavily benefited gold in the past. Brady and other analysts contend that a new QE program will drive prices up, yet without the prospect of higher rates or Treasury yields. This will be the perfect environment for gold to stage its bullish run, said Brady.

The strategist feels that the recent sentiment turnaround among money managers is testament enough that gold is soon heading up. In just fourteen weeks, speculators slashed their short gold positions by more than half, which speaks good things about the metal's direction, reports Kitco.

Past the Fed situation, Brady feels that central bank policies around the world will likewise prove supportive of gold. As the CEO noted, all of these policies are ultimately setting fiat currencies up for depreciation, and gold is often cited as the best and surest protection from wealth erosion.

After hitting the $1,377 mark, Brady expects gold to pull back and potentially test several support levels along the way. This pullback, however, will merely act as part of an over-arching upwards trend that will eventually lead gold to new highs before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Brady expects the opposite to happen with the dollar index (DXY). After so many months of persistence, the CEO finally sees the DXY peaking and falling to a figure as low as 80, which will be another highly bullish development for gold.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Goldman Sachs Revises Its Gold Forecast Upwards

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Change Comes Just Weeks After Initial Forecast

Goldman Sachs is among the latest to go long gold amid a re-emergence of interest in defensive assets. A few weeks ago, the bank updated its gold forecast for 2019, from $1,350 to $1,425, citing risk aversion as the primary reason.

Now, in a more recent interview, Goldman's global head of commodities research Jeffrey Currie reiterated the bank's forecast with an upgrade. According to Currie, fears that another recession is around the corner could be a key driver behind gold's outperformance this year.

Although the markets, for the most part, retain the image of stability, numerous analysts have stated that a crisis could be brewing. The threat of stagnant growth in both the U.S. and Europe is ever-looming, and central bank policies have likewise done much to reinforce concerns.

Many have pointed out that nearly every U.S. hiking cycle has ended in a recession, and the Federal Reserve now appears to be slowly putting the wrap on a tightening cycle that started in 2015. The Fed appears to have been rushed along by equity downturns and other red flags, which are a recessionary concern of their own. To top it off, numerous central banks around the world are aiming to tighten monetary policy in the near future.

Currie highlighted the recent central bank bullion purchases, noting that the resulting "wealth effect" is enough to push gold prices to $1,425. Last year, the Indian government took cues from its people as it re-entered the gold market with a 70-ton purchase. Chinese bullion buying is also expected to intensify moving forward.

This is on top of standard buyers like Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkey, whose regular purchases act as perpetual support for gold prices. Bart Melek, head of global strategy at TD Securities, said that central bank gold holdings grew by 3,900 tons, or 13%, since 2009. The forecast that reserves will expand by another 800 tons in the next two years could push gold past the already-bullish expectations, said the strategist.

In his report, Melek explained that central banks are looking to diversify away from the U.S. dollar as the global market faces the prospect of another superpower in China. Melek thinks India's economy is another one to look out for, and the strategist believes the densely-populated nation could soon become a major player on the global scene.

Currie said that rising geopolitical tensions are another reason why central banks are looking for protection. Out of the various flare-ups, the U.S.-China trade standoff could prove to be the most beneficial for bullion due to the inflationary implications of the conflict.

Goldman's stance that long gold is the best commodity play is unsurprising, as the metal continues to outperform both equities and other commodities. Building up on the bank's previous forecast of $1,425 an ounce, Currie now sees gold reaching $1,450 sometime this year.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Goldman Sachs Analyst Shares Why Bank is Raising its Gold Forecast for 2019

Goldman Sachs sees gold soaring to $1,425 over next 12 months.

goldman sachs forecast for gold in 2019

In a recent note to clients, Goldman Sachs' analysts announced that the bank is raising its forecast for gold going into 2019, reports CNBC. Goldman's previous forecast was bullish in its own right, with the bank calling for $1,250, $1,300 and $1,350 an ounce over the three, six and 12-month periods, respectively.

But now, the analysts expect gold to inch even higher this year. According to a CNBC article, Jeffrey Currie, Goldman's head of commodities research, said in the note that gold will hit $1,325 in the next three months before moving on to $1,375 by the end of the second quarter. The bank sees gold soaring to $1,425 over the next 12 months.

In the note, Currie explained that the change in forecast centers around a quick reversal of sentiment following a re-emergence of risk, states the article. Whereas the previous year saw many investors chase profits backed by the confidence from a strong dollar, the landscape in 2019 could be markedly different.

Various reports indicate that U.S. growth could be heading towards a slump after a prolonged era of Fed-fueled optimism. The U.S. Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) slipped to a 15-month low in December, with manufacturers' confidence in business likewise dropping to the lowest level in almost two years. According to the article, these economic reports build on existing concerns that the Fed has thus far largely ignored, such as the prospect of peaked-out employment.

Nonetheless, the central bank appears ready to dial down on its hawkish rhetoric, with Fed Chair Jerome Powell recently assuring market participants that officials will be ready to adjust the hiking strategy based on market response.

Currie noted that the traditional correlation between rate hikes and gold could be absent this year. According to the article, despite some feeling that higher rates reduce the appeal of owning bullion, Currie firmly believes that risk aversion and fears of a recession will trump the desire for bigger profits.

Recessionary concerns appeared to be validated last month, when U.S. stocks suffered their worst December since the Great Depression. The performance was especially striking as the final month of the year tends to be a strong one for equities. Gold returned more than 4% in that month, and in doing so outperformed the previously record-setting stock market.

Currie stressed that the shift in sentiment will be a key driver of gold prices this year, reports the article. Besides individual investors, the analyst said that central banks will adjust their strategies in accordance and continue upping their monthly bullion purchases. Governments already showed a heavier-than-usual predisposition towards gold in 2018, with data suggesting that total central bank purchases for the year exceeded 450 tons.