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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Gold Fever Spreading as Prices Breach $1,400

FXEmpire's Stephen Innes lays out why gold is the asset to keep your eyes on.

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Last week, FXEmpire's Stephen Innes commented in a Yahoo article on gold's rapid upswing, in which the metal went over $1,350 after weeks of lingering below the $1,300 level. At the time of publication, the metal had just touched the $1,350 mark before moving lower. Innes was adamant that we were seeing the beginning of a shift towards safe-haven assets amid mounting risks and threats to the global economy.

Since then, Yahoo reports gold has blazed past $1,400 within a week's time and reach $1,411 on Friday, the highest level in almost six years. The move stunned even optimistic forecasters who expected the level to be reached later in the year, as summer traditionally tends to be a tepid month for gold prices. The action solidified Innes' view that a veritable gold fever is on the horizon, as all the pieces appear to be falling into place.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about gold's breakout, states the article, is that it happened during a time of a robust greenback and U.S. equities. As Innes noted, both were holding firmly as gold surged to the $1,350 level, hinting that the price action is being driven by pure investor appetite.

Innes also points out that gold is currently supported by various favorable factors, such as lower U.S. rates and dovish looks from Fed officials. According to Innes, however, the real driver of the gold rush comes in the form of fear over geopolitical risks.

The recent heating of tensions between the U.S. and Iran over the drone shootdown in the Strait of Hormuz represents a red-flag that some traders might be overlooking, but Innes isn't. Having traded gold for decades, Innes knows full well how the threat of military conflict can escalate safe-haven demand even during times of prospering economies.

The latter part has looked especially questionable as of late, as the escalating U.S.-China trade war has the global markets more  worried than they have been in a long time. The tariff conflict comes during a time of both domestic and global growth slowdown, as well as a reasonably high consensus among analysts that a U.S. recession is around the corner. Investors are also anxiously awaiting the upcoming G20 summit, as it could signal more bad news for risk assets.

Innes has long maintained that gold is a must-have inclusion to any portfolio, adding that the rapid break above the $1,350 level should be sufficient to awake dormant investors and allow them to reach the same conclusion. Interestingly enough, central bankers have been the most consistent gold bulls, as the official sector continues to load up on bullion at a record pace and irrespective of any market fluctuations. According to Yahoo, China's purchase of 16 tons of bullion is only the most recent example of how central banks will continue to act as the strongest pillar of gold demand.

Given his previous prediction that gold will jump to $1,400 an ounce in 2019 from the $1,200 levels in late 2018, it should be interesting to see how far gold can go from this point, as Innes shows exhilaration for the metal's prospects going into 2020.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Degussa Analysts Show Gold Has Beaten the U.S. Dollar for Nearly 50 Years

While the U.S. Dollar is subject to systemic shock, gold benefits from it.

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In less than a week, gold bounced back from a lengthy tepid period to gain roughly 5%, bringing it to a three-month high. The outperformance could be seen as a victory against a persistently strong dollar, which has kept gold prices subdued over the previous months despite intensifying haven demand.

However, according to an article on Kitco, analysts at Degussa explained why gold has been beating the dollar for nearly 50 years, even during times when the greenback seemed unshakeable. Compiling data from 1970 to 2018 and focusing on gold prices in real terms by taking inflation out of the equation, Degussa's team found that gold has returned an average of 5.9% each year.

In contrast, holding U.S. dollars in a three-months old bank account would have annualized an average return of 4.6%. The results of the study largely stem from the dollar's continued loss of purchasing power, as the greenback has lost as much as 85% in that regard since 1970.

The analysis comes as investors worldwide begin to doubt the stability of supposed safe-haven currencies and the monetary systems built around them. As Degussa's analysts noted, much of the global monetary system rests on the U.S. dollar keeping its value, yet there are signs that the greenback could soon find its role compromised.

With the ongoing threat of China dumping an immense amount of U.S. bonds and a national debt of over $22 trillion, one could make the argument that the greenback hasn't looked as vulnerable in a while. Like all currencies, Kitco states the U.S. dollar is subject to systemic shocks, yet its status makes these scenarios particularly menacing. As the world's reserve currency, a rapid faltering of the U.S. dollar and the ensuing loss of confidence in it could plunge the entire global economy into chaos.

Gold, on the other hand, suffers no threat from questionable central bank policies or collapsing economies, but rather benefits from them, reports Kitco. The only cited downside to owning gold comes in the form of a perceived opportunity cost of holding it during times of higher interest rates. With the Federal Reserve's quick shift from a hawkish standpoint to one that signals concern, even this perceived downside has been eliminated.

Degussa's analysts think that the economic outlook is fairly straightforward. The steady trickle towards negative interest rates by the world's major economies will create a situation where owning bonds punishes investors instead of rewarding them. Add to this the ever-shakier haven currencies, and the analysts say people will once again be reminded that gold is the only true safe-haven asset with no clause or vulnerability.

The latter point couldn't be timelier, as most agree that the era of risk-on investment is drawing to a close. According to Kitco, U.S. stocks are about to end a decade-long bull run as growth concerns reverberate across the globe. As central banks prepare to debase currencies further through more money-printing programs, the impending move towards safety-oriented strategies could look more like a panicked rush than a steady migration.