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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.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

"Mad Money" Host Disagrees With Latest Rate Hike But Sees Potential in Gold

Jim Cramer believes latest rate hike was ill-advised.

potential bull run for gold

Last week, the Federal Reserve met market expectations by raising the borrowing rate another 25 basis points, reported CNBC, bringing it to a total of 2.5%. Addressing the public after the hike, Fed officials hinted towards less hikes in 2019 but appeared confident in their decision to raise rates four times this year.

According to the CNBC article, even before the latest hike, many criticized the Fed for ignoring important data metrics and instead, powering through with their agenda. Just days ahead of the hike, President Trump took to Twitter to criticize the Fed's policy amid a possible slowdown of the U.S. economy.

In Thursday's episode of "Mad Money", CNBC host Jim Cramer underlined why this month's hike was ill-advised, especially in the context of additional rate hikes in 2019. Additionally, he pointed out that the central bank's hawkish tone can only persist through willful oversight of important data.

This includes a projection for slower GDP growth in 2019 and the looming threat of maxed-out employment. According to the article, some have also felt as if the Fed is turning a blind eye to the recent stock crashes and what they might mean for the economy going forward.

To Cramer, the last point is especially poignant as stock investors have been placed on thin ice by the Fed's hawkish rhetoric. The host shared his view that equity investment right now hinges on the chance that Fed Chair Jerome Powell becomes more recipient towards red flags and simmers down on tightening.

Despite the concerning implications of future rate hikes, Cramer reminded viewers that there is always a profitable market out there. After four rate hikes in 2018 and promises of several more next year, Cramer sees little alternative to gold investment as the best possible bet.

The analyst said we will see a bull market in gold as the true state of the economy becomes apparent, reports CNBC. In particular, Cramer pointed to several sliding stocks as proof that the economy is slowing down faster than Fed officials would like to admit.

While rate hikes are considered bad for gold, the markets usually price in future hikes months before they happen, alleviating any downside to the metal. With so many cautioning against the consequences of successive rate hikes in a slowing economy, what is usually seen as a headwind could act as the catalyst for the next bull run in gold, stated the article. Cramer certainly seems to think so, as the host compared his feelings of distress post-hike to the tense atmosphere of 2007, right before the global financial crisis hit.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Precious Metals Analysts Bernard Dahdah Sees Gold Shining in 2019

Natixis sees imminent economic growth slowdown and accompanying upturn in gold.

natixis sees gold going up

As gold investors try to guess what 2019 could bring, one French bank is bullish on the metal's prospects next year amid a change of economic climate in the U.S. Talking to Kitco, Natixis' precious metal analysts Bernard Dahdah said his bank sees an imminent economic growth slowdown and an accompanying upturn in gold prices.

The average domestic investor has had little difficulty maintaining optimism this year. The Federal Reserve proceeded with its hawkish agenda, backed by positive economic data reports and a high-riding dollar. President Trump's historic tax cuts also extended his campaign promise of a reinvigorated U.S. economy. But according to the Kitco article, several flash crashes in the U.S. stock market, most recently in October, affirmed to investors that trouble might be brewing.

Dahdah points out that market participants were quick to rejoice over tax cuts while ignoring the more significant issue of budget deficit. Whereas the cuts were only intended to serve as a short-term stimulant, the article writes that the $985 trillion of projected deficit for 2019 is a long-lasting issue without an easy solution.

Dahdah expects the U.S. deficit to become more prominent next year and force government officials to take a step back. The fading of the stimulus effect will place further pressure on stocks, likely leading to more corrections. Meanwhile, the Fed will wrap up its tightening cycle after years of successive hikes.

According to the article, this environment of stagnant growth and tumbling stock valuations will play directly into gold's hand as investors rush to move away from riskier assets. The weakening of the dollar, expedited by the change in Fed's policy, will remove additional pressure from the yellow metal. Dahdah said that the dollar index will face more hurdles as central banks around the world commence their own tightening.

The return of uncertainty will quickly bolster gold prices, and Dahdah sees the metal averaging $1,275 an ounce in 2019. However, the analyst noted that gold has plenty of catalysts waiting in the wings, and that the metal could shoot up to $1,350 an ounce next year.

Natixis also sees great things in store for silver after a middling year. According to the article, the bank predicts silver will catch up to gold due to renewed interest in commodities, thereby closing the gap in the highest gold-silver ratio since 1993. Dahdah said that investor demand will push silver to an average of $16 an ounce in 2019 with the possibility of a climb to $18 an ounce.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Amid Global Economic Concerns, World Returns to Gold

Dr. Makhdoomi states when people loose faith in a government, the solution is precious metals.

world return to gold over currency

Despite the outwards appearance of stability, the global economy runs on an inflationary system that confines it to an endless cycle of crashes and reboots. And, according to Greater Kashmir's Dr. Makhdoomi, the world's economic woes can be traced to the abandonment of the gold standard, albeit much earlier than the Nixon Shock in 1971.

Two and a half millennia ago, the government of Athens used a sound economic system with a set currency value based on physical gold writes Greater Kashmir. Yet wartime expenses drove the government to inflate its bullion reserves by minting coins of a lesser purity. With the addition of copper, 1,000 gold coins became 2,000 and the government had enough leeway to fund its ventures, even at the cost of currency stability.

As simple as it might seem, the very same method of funds creation is used today by governments around the world at a much larger scale. As Makhdoomi explains, any spending done by a modern government is done in the red, as no sovereign country operates without a budget deficit. When a central bank needs more money, the solution is to simply print new currency and worry about the inflationary consequences later. According to the article, the problem is exacerbated by the issuing of government bonds, which create more money out of thin air.

Makhdoomi points out that, when given enough false assurances, the people can and will lose faith in a government. When they do, he says the solution is always to rush back to precious metals as a way of preventing wealth erosion amid increasingly questionable central banking practices.

Consumers have come to equate money with currency, even though the latter has no intrinsic value and is merely a government's promise. According to the article, the price movement of gold in dollar terms is a perfect example of this, as an ounce of metal went from $40 in 1971, when President Nixon moved away from the gold standard, to over $1,200 today. The jump in value illustrates how much money has been printed since then in a baseless free-floating currency system.

Makhdoomi, however, believes today's gold prices might still be far lower than they should. Some pundits, such as monetary historian Mike Maloney, believe that an economic crash is closer than most think. When things go awry, Maloney expects gold and other precious metals to come under revaluation with a rapid price jump to $5,000 an ounce.

Both Makhdoomi and Maloney agree that the next major crash will be accompanied by a wealth transfer. Depending on whether one invested in gold or kept their faith in currencies, this could either translate to massive profits or a risk of losing everything.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Analysts Say Gold Poised to End Year on a High Note

Gold expected to do well in the last few months of the year with more upside potential in 2019. 

gold buyers are back

Having gained 3.5% over the previous week, gold seems poised to end the year on a high note after two mild quarters says CNBC. The CNBC article writes that different analysts expect the metal to do well in the last few months of the year before moving on to post a strong performance in 2019.

Jim Steel, chief precious metals analyst at HSBC, attributes gold's performance this year to an overbearing dollar which, along with higher-yielding Treasury notes, diverted some safe-haven demand away from the yellow metal. According to CNBC, Steel said gold was severely oversold below the $1,200 level, as it recently had the largest amount of shorts since 2001. He explained that dips such as these are bound to attract bullion investors, especially those in Asia.

Steel noted that bearish sentiment among speculators created an excessive short position that could ultimately act as strong support if sellers end up having to cover their bets due to higher prices.

Although a pick-up in physical demand in emerging markets played an important role in the price spike, Steel thinks the concerning equity picture is what really placed gold back into the spotlight reports the article. The S&P 500 index notched major daily losses in back-to-back weeks as investors grew increasingly worried over tensions between the U.S. and China, shaky emerging markets and economic issues brewing in the eurozone.

According to CNBC, the Fed's assurance that rate hikes would continue into the new year was another source of concern, with some feeling that the central bank is too eager to tighten. But Bart Melek, head of commodities strategy at TD Securities, believes the Fed might not follow through with its intent to raise the funds rate above 3% by the end of 2019. In particular, he says the Fed could be dissuaded from tightening by additional flare-ups in the stock market.

Melek noted that a drop in the 10-year yield from above 3.25% to 3.15% also helped gold take back safe haven demand. A loss of faith in the dollar's long-term picture could further strengthen gold's case in the near future.

The strategist sees gold holding onto its gains as the year comes to a close, expecting an average of $1,225 for this quarter. From there, Melek thinks the metal will average $1,325 an ounce by the fourth quarter of 2019.

HSBC predicts that the metal will average $1,274 an ounce this year with plenty of upside potential in 2019. Steel pointed to record volatility that the markets suffered from earlier in the year, which brought the metal to $1,360 an ounce. According to CNBC, he expects the markets to slip back into turbulence again, cementing gold's long-term position and giving way to ample short covering among speculators.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Barron's Sees Gold Staging a Comeback in the Near-Term

Despite lack of enthusiasm from large speculators, gold remains as popular as ever.

barron's time to own gold

In a recent article on Barron's, columnist Andrew Bary outlined why gold could be staging a comeback in the near-term. Newsmax reported on the article and wrote that, despite the lack of enthusiasm from large speculators, gold remains as popular as ever among cautious investors and those looking to shield themselves against the dollar's depreciation.

Although it isn't making the headlines, Bary notes that global inflation is something every investor should prepare for. As GoodHaven portfolio manager Keith Trauner explains, governments around the world are dealing with an immense amount of sovereign debt. According to the Newsmax article, policy makers will always see inflation as preferable to defaults or restructuring, which is why a steady uptick in prices will continue to be the norm. Few assets can boast of having retained their value against the dollar over the past century, which makes gold the ideal hedge against a guarantee of high inflation.

Potential losses in the dollar are another source of relief for the yellow metal reports the article. Those who feel that the greenback is propped up and overbought rely on gold's strong negative correlation with it to guard against a potential pullback.

According to the article, the general consensus is that higher interest rates will continue pushing down on gold, with the federal-funds rate expected to rise by 1% between now and late-2019. Yet many forget that the inflationary 1970s, which hosted a record number of rate hikes, still rank among gold's best decades, showing that the metal can thrive in an environment of higher rates.

Gold's unyielding scarcity likewise speaks in favor of a recovery. The roughly six billion ounces of gold available today, worth at least $7 trillion, are minimally replenished year-on-year, as the total annual mining output amounts to less than 2% of the global supply. Mining efforts have been complicated by the cost-cutting closures of many mines over the past decade and a dearth of new exploration, giving weight to warnings that the supply of gold is rapidly dwindling, writes Newsmax.

Large investors with a keen eye for precious metals aren't waiting for gold prices to surge, as evidenced by John Paulson's recently-formed coalition whose goal is to breathe new life into the gold industry. Besides the billionaire fund manager himself, other prominent members of the 16-member group, called Shareholders' Gold Council, include fellow money manager John Hathaway and Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris. Sawiris, who makes the list with his La Mancha Group, said in April that he invested half of his $5.7 billion net worth into gold.

Paulson's decision to unite institutional gold investors comes as large funds continue to shun gold in a gesture that many interpret as a sign of higher prices to come.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Analysts Say Win-Win Situation is Forming for Gold

Despite the dollar's recent gains, ScotiaMocatta sees gold recapturing its haven appeal.

gold in a win win situation

In the latest edition of ScotiaMocatta's monthly Metal Matters report, the bank's analysts examined gold's prospects amid various geopolitical escalations. After falling for much of 2017, the U.S. dollar managed to rebound in December and has since attracted the attention of safe haven-oriented investors.

According to a recent article on Kitco, ScotiaMocatta sees gold eventually winning against the greenback and recapturing its haven appeal. A notable part of gold's tepid summer was a lack of response to risk factors that would otherwise warrant a price boost. But now, with a clear bottom forming on the chart, the analysts are certain that gold will receive its long-overdue benefits from the myriad of risks on the horizon.

Among them is a well-publicized tariff battle between the U.S. and two of its main trading partners in China and Canada reports Kitco. The Asian nation has seen over $200 billion of its exports to the U.S. incur higher levies and has pledged to retaliate in kind. Meanwhile, Canada finds itself facing a possible exclusion from the trillion dollar-worth Nafta agreement, which would greatly complicate trade with its U.S. and Mexican neighbors.

Iran has also been a source of concern, as the country saw its economy placed into question by sanctions imposed by the U.S. over nuclear disagreements. The situation will likely worsen towards the end of the year says Kitco, when further sanctions are scheduled to take place.

ScotiaMocatta also expects flare-ups in emerging markets to make an impact on gold's price, noting that the strength of the dollar has highlighted the weakness in various emerging economies. According to the article, the recent economic upheaval in Turkey has taken center stage, with the country experiencing a hyperinflation scenario similar to that of Venezuela. The presence of several European banks in Turkey raised concerns that the crisis could spread across the entire eurozone as well as complicate the region's handling of migrants. The analysts listed Argentina, South Africa, Russia, Brazil and Italy as other potential sources of risk, whether due to issues with their respective governments or those stemming from U.S. interference.

To ScotiaMocatta, this is a win-win situation for gold, as renewed safe-haven demand will be further strengthened by lower price levels. Likewise, emerging market crises could make the world's leading central banks, including the Federal Reserve, hesitate to continue applying their tightening policy writes the article.

The bank listed $1,241 an ounce as a key level to watch out for in the gold market. According to the analysts, a holdout above this threshold, coupled with any sign of weakness in the dollar, could trigger an aggressive price rebound in the metal as funds rush to cover their positions.