Top trade idea for March 30th, 2016 – GOLD/SLIVER
By Vladislav Antonov on Mar 30, 2016 12:52:29 GMT
Gold Deficit Nearing
Never before in modern history have central banks gone all out en masse with negative interest rates. First the US, then the Japanese, then the ECB, Swiss, English and then the Chinese joined the party; all trying to rear back inflation under control; throwing out the rule book and reopening the text books to get financial markets moving. As a result, yields on bonds worth over $6 trillion have headed negative. It is unsurprising that investor capital has run for precious metals.
At the European Central Bank’s 10th March meeting there were some radical monetary policy measures introduced to stimulate the economy: they dropped the base rate from 0.05% to zero and set the interest rate for deposits at minus 0.4%. The monthly asset purchasing program was increased from 60 to 80 billion euros, thereby increasing the money in circulation on the market. So what was gold’s reaction? A thirteen-month maximum against the dollar and a five-year maximum against the euro.
The price of gold correlates with the regulators’ interest rates, but not exactly as seems at first glance. To get a good idea, we need to take consider the US Fed’s rates. In theory, tightening monetary policy means increased yield on instruments on the stock market and leads to capital fleeing the gold market. Furthermore, a rise in interest rates theoretically leads to a strengthening of the dollar, meaning a fall in the price of gold as it is the currency in which the metal is sold.
The historical data tells us the opposite though. From 1970 to 1980, the Fed rate rose from 4% to 20%. In the same period, gold rocketed from $35 to $675 per ounce. Another example: before the period of financial crisis from 2003 to 2006, the federal fund interest rate increased from 1% to 5.5%. Gold quotes during this period reacted by growing from $355 to $650.
But a rise in interest rates from the Fed does not mean a rise in gold prices: it actually holds the price back. In both circumstances above, the rise in interest rates was preceded by inflation. Real negative interest rates in the States (federal fund rate minus CPI) have practically forever led to a new price maximum for gold.
In this there is nothing surprising since a widespread fall in interest rates in different countries has a positive effect on the price of precious metals. If we take into account the fact that the Fed, based on the Phillips curve, is trying to stimulate inflation, we receive a factor which is possible to support gold price growth over a sustained period of time.
The higher the price of gold, the stronger it will stand on its own two feet in light of the avalanche of demand which follows rises in gold prices. A fall of the stock market indices, negative interest rates for deposits, meagre growth of the world economy, in addition to rising political tensions have forced investors to search for a safe haven which has come in the form of gold.
So, as the purchases of precious metals gather pace with new players, the higher the price will rise for gold and silver. The situation will escalate when gold traded on the stock market in paper form begins to exceed the physical amount available.
So there is a precursor for a technical default. It wasn’t so long ago that COMEX, the largest precious metals market in the world, saw its reserves of accessible gold for immediate delivery fall by 73% due to a single and unexpected withdrawal. As such, at the end of January 2016, 99.81% of tradeable futures ended up unsecured by physical metal.
Now let’s not forget about the central banks buying up record amounts of gold over the last eight years and joining the gold rush with the other market participants. Taking into account that the diverging demand and supply on the market (gold production in 2015 fell 4%, whilst demand rose by 4%), in addition to the modest size of global markets of physical gold and silver, we could well see a deficit come about.
About Vladislav Antonov
Vladislav Antonov is an Alpari analyst since 2007.
In the top 5 most influential Russian financial analysts throughout 2012-2014. 3rd place in a Russian media rating of financial analysts for quarter 1 of 2015.
Vladislav is one the most media quoted financial analysts in Russia and the CIS and is known in the trader forums under the name of A-Vlad. He has been working on the Forex market since 2000 and he specializes in writing reviews on the Asian, American and European sessions as well as on the rate of gold and silver.
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