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Gold price outlook: Gold peak projected despite price dip

Gold prices are slightly down today, trading under $1778 per ounce (-0.34%) after having gained 0.58% on Monday ending at $1783.91. Despite this pause, gold prices remain very closed to their annual record, and analysts believe they won’t run out of steam. Within the next few months, the precious metal is expected to break its…

Gold prices are slightly down today, trading under $1778 per ounce (-0.34%) after having gained 0.58% on Monday ending at $1783.91.

Despite this pause, gold prices remain very closed to their annual record, and analysts believe they won’t run out of steam. Within the next few months, the precious metal is expected to break its $1921 historical record reached in September 2011.

Having gained almost 6% in a month, the precious metal hit an intraday peak at $1789.15 an ounce last week. This is a level not seen since October 2012.

Where next for gold price?

Lately, Citi analysts increased their three-month gold price forecast increased to $1825 per ounce, against a $1715 prediction for the second half of 2020 at the end of May.

The bank is expecting gold price to break above $2000 in 2021, breaking its $1921 all-time high.

Goldman Sachs projections are pretty similar, betting the precious metal will reach $2000 an ounce in the medium term.

Earlier this month, Dan Popescu, investment research consultant and gold and silver analyst, said to IG TV he believes that in the next five years gold price could break above $5000.

Discover on IG TV why you should keep at least 10% of your portfolio in gold as a hedge

Gold price technical analysis : the uptrend remains intact

In a recent analysis, Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG said, ‘the gold price is drifting sideways once again, but the overall uptrend remains firmly intact. A move below $1750 would likely indicate some near-term weakness, but for now the most likely course from here is a push higher.’

According to Arnaud du Plessis, thematic equity portfolio manager at CPR Asset Management, the next targets remain at $1790/1803/oz (October 2012, February 2012 and November 2011 peaks) then $1921/oz (record peak reached in September 2011).

‘These targets will be retained as long as the $1645/1670/oz market support zone stays in place. Below this level, the main support zones are at $1550/1560/oz and $1440/$1460/oz (medium term) and at $1365/$1385/oz (long term)’, he explains in a note published a few days ago.

Gold will continue to rise amid low US real interest rates

If the overwhelming majority of commodities analysts are bullish on gold, it is not by chance. The combination of a set of elements are undoubtedly conductive to supporting the precious metal.

‘The environment is still looking very good for gold and gold miners’, says Arnaud du Plessis. ‘Central banks are staying on full alert as the resurgence of Covid-19 in some parts of the world is creating fears of a second wave. This unique situation in generating growing interest in the barbarous relic, in the form of both the physical metal and gold-mining stocks able to offer investors potentially very significant performance leverage’, considers the portfolio manager.

On top of this coronavirus related risk-off sentiment, gold is gaining some tracks on signs of weakness in the US currency. ‘In two thirds of cases, gold and US dollar prices are inversely correlated’ stresses Arnaud du Plessis. But US real interest rates (nominal interest rates minus inflation), which are currently negatives, ‘are actually the biggest source of support’, he explains.

Finally, ‘the combination of a fall in US-10 year interest rates (0,66%) and a rise in inflation expectations (the US 10-year breakeven inflation rate is at 1.45%) has created a perfect storm of gold, as shown by the high correlation between the trend in gold prices and inflation-linked bond.’

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Don’t Count On JPY Correction; Staying Long GBP/JPY

The path of the potential pace of the JPY decline may still be underestimated by markets, which continue trading the JPY long.

While the 10% USDJPY advance from September lows looks impressive from a momentum point of view, it may no thave been driven by Japan’s institutional investors reducing their hedging ratios or Japan’s household sector reestablishing carry trades.

Instead, investors seemed to have been caught on the wrong foot, concerned about a sudden decline of risk appetite or the incoming US administration being focused on trade issues and not on spending. Spending requires funding and indeed the President-elect Trump’s team appears to be focused on funding. Here are a few examples: Reducing corporate taxation may pave the way for US corporates repatriating some of their USD2.6trn accumulated foreign profits. Cutting bank regulation could increase the risk-absorbing capacity within bank balance sheets. Hence, funding conditions – including for the sovereign – might generally ease. De-regulating the oil sector would help the trade balance, slowing the anticipated increase in the US current account deficit. The US current account deficit presently runs at 2.6% of GDP, which is below worrisome levels. Should the incoming government push for early trade restrictions, reaction (including Asian sovereigns reducing their holdings) could increase US funding costs, which runs against the interest of the Trump team.

Instead of counting on risk aversion to stop the JPY depreciation, we expect nominal yield differentials and the Fed moderately hiking rates to unleash capital outflows from Japan.The yield differential argumenthas become more compelling with the BoJ turning into yield curve managers. Via this policy move, rising inflation rates push JPY real rates and yields lower, which will weaken the JPY. Exhibit 12 shows how much Japan’s labor market conditions have tightened. A minor surge in corporate profitability may now be sufficient, pushing Japan wages up and implicity real yields lower.

JPY dynamics are diametrical to last year . Last year, the JGB’s “exhausted”yield curve left the BoJ without a tool to push real yields low enough to adequately address the weakened nominal GDP outlook. JPY remained artificially high at a time when the US opted for sharply lower real yields. USDJPY had to decline, triggering JPY bullish secondround effects via JPY-based financial institutions increasing their FX hedge ratios and Japan’s retail sector cutting its carry trade exposures. Now the opposite seems to be happening. The managed JGB curve suggests rising inflation expectations are driving Japan’s real yield lower. The Fed reluctantly hiking rates may keep risk appetite supported but increase USD hedging costs.Financial institutions reducinghedge ratios and Japan’s household sector piling back into the carry trade could provide secondround JPY weakening effects

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Mexico raises interest rates, cites Trump as risk

The head of Mexico’s central bank says U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump represents a “hurricane” sized threat to Mexico.

Banco de Mexico Gov. Agustin Carstens told the Radio Formula network Friday that a Trump presidency “would be a hurricane and a particularly intense one if he fulfills what he has been saying in his campaign.”

Trump has proposed building a wall along the border and re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Mexico’s central bank raised its prime lending rate by half a percent to 4.75 percent Thursday, citing “nervousness surrounding the possible consequences of the U.S. elections, whose implications for Mexico could be particularly significant.”

Mexico’s peso had lost about 6 percent in value against the dollar since mid-August. It recovered slightly after the rate hike

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Africa’s first Fairtrade certified gold co-operative offers hope to gold miners living in poverty

Syanyonja Artisan Miners’ Alliance (SAMA) has become the first artisanal small scale mining co-operative in Africa to become Fairtrade certified, bringing much needed hope to impoverished communities who risk their lives to mine the rich gold seam that runs around Lake Victoria.

SAMA is one of nine previously informal groups from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania which has benefitted from a pilot project launched by Fairtrade in 2013. This innovative program aims to extend the benefits of Fairtrade gold to artisanal miners across East Africa.

In that short time, SAMA has undergone training in business and entrepreneurship, as well as safe use of mercury, internal control systems, labour rights and better working conditions, health and safety and more. Previously, daily contact with toxic chemicals used to process gold meant members risked disease, premature births and even death.  Fairtrade gold was first launched in 2011, and SAMA now joins Fairtrade certified gold mines MACDESA, AURELSA and SOTRAMI in Peru.

The co-operative produces just 5 kg gold per year, but nevertheless has the potential to significantly benefit many people in the local community through better conditions through certification. It is expected that Fairtrade and organizations like Cred Jewellery will support the miners, ensuring their gold can be refined and made available to jewellers in the UK and other markets.

Gonzaga Mungai, Gold Manager at Fairtrade Africa said: “This is a truly momentous and historical achievement and the realisation of a dream that is many years in the making. Gold production is an important source of income for people in rural economies. Congratulations to SAMA, it sets a precedent which shows that if groups like this can achieve certification, then it can work for others right across the African continent.”

The Fairtrade Gold Standard encourages better practice and changes to come in line with international regulation around the production and trade of so-called ‘conflict minerals’. Under the Standard, miners are required to:

  • Uphold a human rights policy preventing war crimes, bribery, money laundering and child labour
  • Clearly represent where the minerals were mined
  • Minimise the risks of conflict minerals through robust risk assessments and collaboration across supply chains
  • Report to buyers and trading partners regarding the risks of conflict minerals

Now in its second phase, the programme will focus on supporting other mining groups in the region to access affordable loans and explore a phased approach to accessing the Fairtrade market, allowing more mining co-operatives across Africa to participate in the programme.

Gonzaga added: “Sourcing African metals from smallscale miners in the Great Lakes Region is the responsible thing to do. For a long time companies have avoided buying gold from this region, with devastating consequences for impoverished communities who were already struggling. It has driven trade deeper underground, as unscrupulous buyers pay lower prices and launder illegal gold into legitimate supply chains. That’s why we have chosen to work with these groups to help them earn more from their gold within a robust compliance system that offers social, environmental, and economic protections.”

The Fairtrade gold programme offers a small but scalable solution to sustainable sourcing of gold from the region in line with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act in the US, OECD Due Diligence Guidance and recent EU Supply-Chain Due Diligence proposals which could come into effect in 2016. This means that up to 880,000 EU firms that use tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold in manufacturing consumer products could be obliged to provide information on steps they have taken to identify and address risks in their supply chains for so-called ‘conflict minerals’.

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