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Monday, August 26, 2019

Analysts Predict That Gold Has Enough Force To Move Above $2,000 An Ounce

Gold has seen colossal momentum so far this year, enabling the metal to pick up generally 20% since January

gold to move above 2000

Gold has enjoyed tremendous momentum so far this year, allowing the metal to gain roughly 20% since January. The strength of its drivers became especially prominent this summer, when gold climbed above six-year highs during what is normally its weakest quarter.

Although gold continues to make moves above $1,530 an ounce and many analysts have upgraded their near-term forecast to $1,600 an ounce, a MarketWatch article reports others are seeing $2,000 as a more realistic level in gold's immediate future.

In a recent publication, Brien Lundin, editor of Gold Newsletter, drew a line between what he sees as short- and long-term factors powering gold's remarkable run. The former category includes the now-infamous U.S.-China trade war, whose ongoing escalation has sparked fears that the dispute will bear a heavy toll on the global economy, sending investors flocking towards safe-havens.

According to MarketWatch, other short-term boosters include renewed threats of a recession occurring in the U.S., which were present throughout the Federal Reserve's hiking schedule but came to special prominence due to the recent inversion of the yield curve in both the 2-year and 10-year Treasuries. The likelihood of successive rate cuts by the Fed and persistent weakness in global economic data reports have also played their role as gold's near-term tailwinds. Deric Scott, vice president and senior analyst at precious-metals retailer, has also pointed to conflict in Hong Kong and Iran as two events that have been pushing investors towards safety.

Yet both Lundin and Stan Bharti, chief executive officer of private merchant bank Forbes & Manhattan, believe that there is a much stronger force driving gold's prices, which will ultimately result in gold surpassing its all-time highs. In the MarketWatch article, Bharti notes the last 8-10 years have seen investors jump onto the bullish bandwagon in the stock market in a low-interest environment. Yet Bharti thinks that this era is drawing to a close, and that inflationary concerns will once again drive investors back to hard assets.

Lundin also sees the likeliness of heightened inflation as a key element to higher gold prices, as gold has historically acted as the premier hedge against depreciating currencies. The analyst thinks that any indication of quantitative easing (QE) in the U.S. would send gold soaring. Recently, both the Fed and the European Central Bank have hinted towards looser monetary policies in the near future, including a possible return to QE programs.

Over the short-term, Bharti sees gold jumping from its current levels to reach $1,600 in the next quarter. By the end of next year, the CEO expects gold prices to climb above $2,000 an ounce. Lundin echoed Bharti's sentiment, stating that gold's climb to $1,800 or $2,000 is a near-certainty over a longer stretch of time.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Drivers Helping Gold Stay Above its Six-Year High

There's more than meets the eye when it comes to gold's recent performance.

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Last Wednesday, the Federal Reserve met market expectations by cutting interest rates for the first time since 2008. The 25-basis-point cut was priced in for much of July after the Fed shifted its monetary policy and, while definitely supportive of gold prices, did little to change the metal's upwards trajectory. Gold is still hovering near six-year highs, having ended the last trading session at $1,443 an ounce.

Although Fed Chair Jerome Powell left open the possibility of more rate cuts later this year to support the economy, an article on Newsmax reports that there are many other drivers pushing gold towards its third straight month of gains.

The metal's haven appeal has taken center stage amid widespread concerns over global growth and fears over a possible recession. According to a gauge by the Fed Bank of New York, the risk of a U.S. recession happening in the next 12 months is at its highest since 2008. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) once again reduced its growth outlook, already the lowest since the financial crisis, and added that things are unlikely to change in 2020.

Various global economies are playing their part in the IMF's grim outlook as each suffers its own industrial slowdown. Singapore, which boasted a prosperous economy not too long ago, now faces the risk of a recession as its exports fade. Shrinking factory output in countries like Germany and France also points to weaker growth in Europe in the near future, backed by the European Central Bank's own slashing of the growth forecast. China's economy has also found itself on shaky grounds due to increased pressure on its exporters.

Lakshman Achuthan, co-founder of the Economic Cycle Research Institute, recently told Bloomberg that countries worldwide are in the midst of a cyclical downturn in industrial growth. Achuthan expects this downturn to continue, adding that Powell had previously alluded to deeper problems holding the global economy back.

Besides recessionary concerns, gold has received plenty of support from wary buyers as a new crisis appears to flare up on a weekly basis states Newsmax. The long-standing trade dispute between the U.S. and China is now looking to envelop several other nations as well. Brexit remains an issue to be resolved three years after its vote was passed, and tensions in Hong Kong and over the Strait of Hormuz have also given investors pause.

James Steel, chief precious metals analyst at HSBC Securities, said that investors are turning to gold due to its liquidity and independence from any government, particularly during a time of mounting global debt and less appealing bond choices. Large speculators are once again bullish on gold's long-term outlook, having recently boosted their positions to their highest since September 2017. In a post published last month, billionaire investor and founder of Bridgewater Associates Ray Dalio spoke about a global economic paradigm shift that will include depreciating currencies and international conflict. Dalio added that gold and other precious metals will continue being outperformers in this new environment.