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Monday, May 11, 2020

UBS Predicts Higher Gold Prices in Near Future

A strategist from the bank explains their bullish outlook, particularly regarding the shift in investor sentiment brought on by the global pandemic.

In a recent interview with CNBC, Joni Teves, a precious metal strategist at UBS Investment Bank, shared the bank's outlook for gold over the coming months, particularly regarding the shift in investor sentiment brought on by the global pandemic.

According to Teves, the slump that gold experienced during March's broad market selloff is long gone, and the metal is primed to continue climbing as it has been doing since mid-2019. Over the past weeks, gold has consistently closed trading sessions around $1,700, with frequent climbs to around the $1,720 level.

Teves and her bank believe that the steady upwards trend will continue, placing $1,790 as the target level for gold in the short-term. Over a slightly longer period, Teves thinks that there is plenty of room for gold to move past $1,800.

Speaking about the reasons for her bullish forecast, Teves explained that investor interest in the metal continues to grow, both among individual investors and funds that were short gold not too long ago. Teves attributes this to nearly unprecedented levels of uncertainty and expectations of low growth that were a significant talking point even before the pandemic hit. Likewise, plummeting interest rates will diminish the appetite for bonds, lowering the amount of choices investors have to hedge their portfolios and diverting attention to gold.

Fat Prophets' resources analyst David Lennox shares the view that central bank actions will continue to greatly benefit gold from various angles. Whereas certain currencies might have been seen as a safe or attractive investment prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the debasement of fiat due to monetary stimulus will rapidly change this notion. Lennox, like many other analysts, also points to the worrisome issue of global debt, one for which there is no solution in sight and will greatly worsen as various governments scramble to mitigate the damage to their economies caused by the coronavirus.

As a side note, the World Gold Council's end of April report revealed that the coronavirus was the biggest driver of gold demand, with investors piling into the metal and funds buying the most gold they have in four years. Prior to the coronavirus, global central banks were spearheading bullion demand and have doubled their yearly purchases between 2018 and 2019. Keeping the WGC's report in mind, it should be interesting to see how the gold market's demand dynamics move, along with the figures themselves, as the situation progresses.